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If you could change the status quo, what would you do?
Change the general public’s attitude of atheists from negative to postive (or at least neutral) 1
Sunday alternative: Instead of sitting in church, we pick a common goal, publicize it, and make a REAL difference 1
Create a campaign similar to the Christian-based 2 word story but center it around freeing yourself from religion 0
Get God/prayer out of the government 1
Get more atheists/agnostics feeling comfortable to come out of the closet 1
Children should be allowed to choose their own religious/spiritual path, not blindly forced to follow their parents 0
Make people realize that morality comes from us, from knowledge passed on by our ancestors. No sacred text required. 0
Create more groups to help people leave religion (there are enough groups trying to get them in) 0
We need more secular lobbyists (i.e., like what the Evangelical Christians built) 0
Churches should be taxed and the money raised used by local communities for the common good or to reduce the deficit 0
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Posted: 02 March 2013 07:04 AM   [ Ignore ]
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Hey everyone,

I’m from SE Michigan.  I was born/raised a Jehovah’s Witness (now atheist) and left it behind when I was young.  My entire familly shunned me and I had to start my life from scratch.  Over the years my brother and sister eventually came out of the cult which was awesome.  I’m based in metro Detroit.

I’m also an established recording artist/GRAMMY member in the instrumental genre and you may hear my music from time to time on your cable system or Sirius/XM.  I’m starting up a new project to create a rock band with an atheist/humanist message.  Recovery from religion will be a big themel.  We currently need a lead vocalist (it’s been hard to find musicians that aren’t theists) so if you know anyone, please send them my way. 

I’m also very curious about what people would like to see changed with the status quo so I created a short poll and would love your input.  Just trying understand this community better.  If your issue isn’t on the list, feel free to just write back and tell me what it is.  All ideas welcome!

Thanks!

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Posted: 02 March 2013 10:17 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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arrows & alibis - 02 March 2013 07:04 AM

Hey everyone,

I’m from SE Michigan.  I was born/raised a Jehovah’s Witness (now atheist) and left it behind when I was young.  My entire familly shunned me and I had to start my life from scratch.  Over the years my brother and sister eventually came out of the cult which was awesome.  I’m based in metro Detroit.

I’m also an established recording artist/GRAMMY member in the instrumental genre and you may hear my music from time to time on your cable system or Sirius/XM.  I’m starting up a new project to create a rock band with an atheist/humanist message.  Recovery from religion will be a big themel.  We currently need a lead vocalist (it’s been hard to find musicians that aren’t theists) so if you know anyone, please send them my way. 

I’m also very curious about what people would like to see changed with the status quo so I created a short poll and would love your input.  Just trying understand this community better.  If your issue isn’t on the list, feel free to just write back and tell me what it is.  All ideas welcome!

Thanks!

“All of the above” would have been a welcome addition, or at least the ability to choose more than one.

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Posted: 02 March 2013 01:47 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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As usual, Lois beat me to it.  As I read down I didn’t see any that I didn’t wish would happen.  Maybe you should have included some negative ones like, “schools must choose among a Christian, Jewish, or Islamic prayer to start each day.” LOL  That way I would have felt better about not selecting one.  smile

In any case, welcome.  It’s great that you were able to overcome the JW indoctrination.  I’d think that would be really difficult.

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Posted: 02 March 2013 07:28 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Welcome, and I third the vote for “all of the above.”

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Posted: 03 March 2013 08:49 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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Welcome:

All of the above, plus build our own communities.

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