reply to post by wildtimes
I would be happy to participate in this project.
My brothers and I were forced to go to church on Sundays from the age of 5 or 6 or so. I am pretty sure it was just an excuse for our folks to kick us
out of the house for a few hours on Sunday mornings. Oh, My mother was raised baptist, I think in the same church they sent me to. My step-father was
raised catholic. I have no idea what religion my biological father was invested in.
We went to Faith Baptist Church
in the suburbs of Philadelphia. None of us really enjoyed going to
the church. The kids that had parents who were deacons, pastors or otherwise very active in the church were very elitist and conceited. That whole "My
poop doesn't stink" attitude. Which made it difficult to buy in to the whole message they were trying to push when they were acting like tool bags.
The last straw for me was the baseball little league they had set up through several other churches in the area. Of course the active people in the
church were all the coaches and umpires, and their kids got all the good positions. Anyway, That year I played I did not get out once...not once. Did
I get to bat in the championship game? Nope.
I know that might sound petty, but remember I was like 10 yrs old at the time. Anyway, I thought it spoke a lot about their character collectively, so
I decided I was done with these people. Luckily for me, my folks let us decide whether or not we went to church any more that year.
After that I had nothing to do with any religion until I was 14 or so. I got interested in the
Church of Satan
founded by Anton Lavey. I found it interesting because of their message of
thinking for yourself, but looking back I probably was only into it to be contrary to everything else. Regardless, I think all their pomp and ceremony
cheapened the message and turned me off of it.
Since then I have really had no interest in religion. I wouldn't call myself an atheist, because I think it's possible there could be a god. But I
wouldn't call myself agnostic either, because I just don't care if a god exists or not. I think it's irrelevant. Everything is the way it is.
If there is a god?...OK fine. If not?..Just as well, it changes nothing. I don't have any use for gods or religions. I don't need a god, book, or
another person to tell me to do the right thing for the right reason.
With all that being said, I have many friends who are very religious, and we get along just fine. I don't hold their beliefs against them, and they
don't hold my lack of interest against me.
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