Yes, I’m a Texas resident and a new member to this forum. Briefly, I’m here because - after 52 years of living on this planet - I’ve decided to seek out like-mined friends that are hard to find in my neck of the woods. Maybe it’s the growing and relentless push by religious zealots across the nation to force the teaching of ID as science in our public schools that did the trick. I’ve certainly been apathetic to much of that zealotry in the past. Maybe it’s been the increasing and disturbing political trend toward theocracy over the past thirty years that did the trick. I’ve certainly felt alarmed and disturbed by it. But instead I owe it to the ingenuity that led to this wonderful thing called the internet that ultimately led me here. I’m ecstatic to be a new member of this community.
1) I was baptized a Greek Orthodox Christian as an infant (You can’t escape!)
2) I was born in Portland, Oregon but spent my formative years in a small town in east Texas dominated by multiple Protestant sects and strong cultural ties to the old, Confederate South. There were no other Orthodox Christians living there, that I knew of. Talk about a fish out of water…no pun intended.
3) On more than one occasion, during those formative years, neighbors and other “well meaning” Christians either tried to convert me or summarily condemned me to hell for “not believing in Jesus”. Not only was I primed to be an atheist, but I had a lifetime of rich comedic material.