Hello from Kansas City, Missouri.
Have been an atheist all my life, but did not realize it until I turned 50. I was raised Catholic with all the trappings of sin, guilt, low self esteem and eternal damnation always just around the corner. Now I can say proudly that I am an apostate!
Most everyone that I know thinks that I am crazier than a pet coon, except for my kids, wife and close friends. They are all praying for me (preying on me).
I am at the end of treatment for prostate cancer and all through the ordeal many have offered their particular brand of superstition to help me get by and some have even told me that the cancer was due to the fact that I did not believe in god.
Have been reading the posts for several weeks but have not posted yet.