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Posted: 23 February 2012 11:57 PM   [ Ignore ]
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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.

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Posted: 24 February 2012 12:01 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Welcome Mitzo,
I am looking forwrd to your posts

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Posted: 24 February 2012 12:18 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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A few more things about me:

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.

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Posted: 24 February 2012 12:58 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Welcome and Hello Mitzo, There are several loud and proud freethinking Texans already here - so you’re not alone.  Funny signature LOL  Jump right in.

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Posted: 24 February 2012 03:12 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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Hi Mitzo,
  Were you a teacher?  I taught Mathematics and then Chemistry in 1970 and 1971.  I knew of no problems with religion in the northeast at that time.
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Posted: 24 February 2012 04:50 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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Welcome, mitzo, glad you found us here at the CFI Forum. Enjoy!

Cheers,

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Posted: 24 February 2012 11:49 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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Hello Mitzo, like the button!! Hope you enjoy the site and become a regular contributor. There’s a few Texans here as well AFAIK!


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Posted: 24 February 2012 12:01 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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Ted…I’m not a teacher, but my wife is a professor, and most of my family is - or has been - in the teaching profession.

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Posted: 24 February 2012 12:23 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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Welcome Mitzo! Are you Greek?

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Posted: 24 February 2012 02:47 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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Welcome, fellow free-thinking Texan.

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As a fabrication of our own consciousness, our assignations of meaning are no less “real”, but since humans and the fabrications of our consciousness are routinely fraught with error, it makes sense, to me, to, sometimes, question such fabrications.

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Posted: 24 February 2012 02:48 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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FreeInKy - 24 February 2012 12:23 PM

Welcome Mitzo! Are you Greek?

My maternal and paternal grandparents emigrated from Greece.

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Posted: 24 February 2012 08:13 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 11 ]
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Welcome Mitzo. There are more free thinking Texans than many people realize. Glad to have you here.

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Posted: 25 February 2012 08:04 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 12 ]
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mitzo - 24 February 2012 02:48 PM
FreeInKy - 24 February 2012 12:23 PM

Welcome Mitzo! Are you Greek?

My maternal and paternal grandparents emigrated from Greece.

Cool. My father also emigrated from Greece. I was also baptized into the Greek Orthodox Church as an infant. Then later I became a Fundy.  smile

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