My name is Rob and I live in Markham near Toronto. I became an atheist at the age of 12 -I just woke up one day and stopped believing in God. Simple as that! I grew up in a protestant family that wasn’t into religion very much but my mother was always looking to find some new age foolishness to belong to and feel like part of an accepted group. Eventually she married into an Italian Catholic family so all of a sudden I had to go to church with incredibly boring services (Latin) with compulsory bible studies. I was around 15-16 at the time so it fit into my rebellious nature rather well. I would dare the priest to give me proof of God and had no problem pointing out biblical contradictions and the common sense of evolutionary theory. They would smile and calmly and call me ignorant of the ways of the lord and hand me free bibles. These I used to hollow out and hide my weed.
Being an atheist in Canada is hardly a problem. I never lost a job or felt persecuted. Most people I’ve run into rarely care - or if they do the debate is usually fairly civil even after a few beers. I never hide the fact I’m godless and I get a kick out of the questions I get like-are you a communist? How do you stay moral? Is science your religion and where is Jimmy Hoffa buried?
Toronto is a little more conservative than most Canadian cities. This is where I have settled in my middle age years. It’s a wee bit more pious than the rest of the country but still a good place to live. It’s when I visit the U.S is where I get the full force of rampant religiosity. The people are friendly but they take the big “J” very seriously indeed. I don’t give a damn if people are offended at my atheism. I won’t attack their religion if they don’t call for my death, question my moral compass or ask me if I have heard the “word”.
I’m not fond of scientologists either and each time I’ve met one it has not gone particularly well. Letting them know that they belong to a corporate pyramid death cult is a possible cause. I applaud what anonymous is trying to do and I hope they keep at it.
I also believe that political correctness is the slow poisoning of freedom and the root of servile intolerance!
I work as an artist and this has allowed me to travel the world. There have been discussions of Hinduism in India, Islam in Thailand, Buddhism in Korea and Atheism in China! All incredibly interesting and open discussions.
Anyhoo…joining this forum seemed clear to me because the beliefs stated here are similar to what I think make a tolerant and educated society
Thanks for reading