Welcome, Lurkers! January 4, 2010

Welcome, Lurkers!

All new commenters on this site have to be approved/moderated by me. After that happens, you’re free to comment whenever you’d like. It’s always nice to hear fresh opinions, whether you’re religious or atheist.

So let’s consider this post an open invitation to say hello and introduce yourself! Tell us who you are, where you’re located, what you do, and what your blog is (if applicable). Whatever you feel like sharing 🙂

I’ll periodically approve the comments throughout the day, so let me make the most of my breaks!


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  • liz

    hi, i’m liz.
    I’m from baltimore/d.c. area
    I have yet to start a blog of any sort…

    =]

  • Anthony

    Hello!

    I’ve been following this site for a while now and think its great, so I’ll take this as an opportunity to get involved. I’m an undergrad math major right now. I am also a founder and president of an organization at my school whose goal is to promote public understanding of science.

  • Steve

    Glad to have another forum to share my views and learn from others. Thanks! 🙂

  • Joyfulbaby

    I’m Joy. I’m a middle school math and science teacher, currently being a stay-at-home-mom for a while. Live in Winston-Salem, NC. I comment occasionally.

  • Jason Leonforte

    Hello, I’m Jason
    Fort Worth, TX.
    IT Security Architect/Engineer.
    http://beselfevident.net/blog/

    Been following this blog for quiet a while now, never posted, but linked many times here!

  • Aparna

    Hi,
    I’m Aparna. I’ve not commented here yet, but I want to keep my options open. I live in South Africa and am a full-time atheist.

  • fembot

    Hello and thanks for the invitation!

    I live in the desert southwest of the U.S. If I had enough to say to start a blog, I probably wouldn’t be a lurker. 🙂 I’m an atheist of the friendly variety. Not out to convert anyone, I’d just like my beliefs to be given the same respect I give to others.

    Anyway, I really enjoy your site. Keep up the good work!

  • Brad Feaker

    Hi,

    I’m Brad and I live near Memphis TN. Perhaps I shall lurk no more and start commenting once in a while 🙂

  • swanjackal

    Hi, recently been reading your stuff, after many years just reading pharyngula and other more uk based blogs/sites.

    Am a Physics/Biology Secondary school teacher in Swansea, Wales, UK. I am an atheist and happy to be one since, well since I started to think for myself. (My Relgious Education teacher hated me). Anyway nice to hear and spread “the good news” of sensibility and rational thought over nonsensical primitive/modern ramblings.

    Peace out

  • Alan E.

    I have been posting here for a few months, but my name is Alan. I run the online store for a major non-profit in the San Francisco Bay Area. I haven’t done much as far as atheist groups in the area, but that is on my new year’s resolution list. Most of my time has gone into volunteering for environmental causes and LGBT rights. For now, I am trying to answer my own personal questions before I try to answer for someone else.

    I discovered Hemant’s blog through StumbleUpon a couple years ago, and from here, I have discovered even more in the blogosphere. Thanks!

    I was raised Catholic (when I “came out” as atheist to my mom, she said “but you went to Catholic school for all those years.”). I have taken a more scientific approach to my personal discovery since I’m a nerd of sorts.

  • Potco

    My name is Daniel from Dallas and I have commented a few times. I write software for a living.
    I have been an atheist for a long time though I am relatively new to label. I don’t try to convert anyone but I do fight against any type of bigotry or anti-science, and try to help change the negative connotation that atheism has.
    I really enjoy your blog and check it multiple times a day.

  • Hi, I’m Edman, a lurker who found this site via Unreasonable Faith. I’m a graphic designer/illustrator living in NC.

    Hello everyone. 🙂

  • Leah in Fargo, ND. I start my last semester of coursework for a B.A. in music next week. Mostly-at-home mom to the two most fantastic little boys to ever exist.

    I spent the first 22 years of my life as a devout Mormon. I’m now an atheist. I blog at whoreofalltheearth.blogspot.com.

  • Deiloh

    Good morning from California! Currently, I’m a stay at home Mom. When I have free time I work on my art portfolio. Eventually I hope to sell enough paintings to pay college tuition and finish up my degree. I am atheist.

  • J — live in NC, formerly dabbled in teaching history, love the history working with kids is not for me. Blog is personal; lots of pictures of hiking in NC and randomness. Currently working a low stress job where I don’t have to bring work home with me, which helps feed my need for procrastination.

  • Jim H

    I’m Jim, from New York City. I’ve been commenting here for a while. I first learned of this blog from Daylight Atheism, when Senator Hagan from N.C. was running, and was loudly denounced for support she received from atheists, varying from the dark (Daylight Atheism) to the hateful (Friendly Atheist). [Gee, I wonder how loud those denunciations would have been if the two blogs had slightly different names. ;-)]

    I think I am the same as a lot of others above… I write software for a living (Hi Daniel) and I was raised Catholic (Hi Alan). I acknowledged my own atheism (to myself) in the past couple of years.

    In the time since, I have found all these new friends here and at other sites. It’s nice not to be alone.

  • Hello, I’m Brett. I work for Google in Silicon Valley as a software engineer. I have a blog recalling my thoughts and experiences about deconversion at http://absquefide.blogspot.com. I haven’t posted to that blog in a while though. I’m probably done with it.

  • Adam

    English Expat living in Finland. Spiritual but not religious (or theist/deist) though I was a full Anglican Christian until I was about 17 or 18, I live with my fiancee (strong atheist). Found this site from your links on Facebook

  • Hi, My name is Diana. I’m a PhD student in Medical Physics in Hamilton, Ontario. I’m the president of the local atheist group (The McMaster Association of Secular Humanists). My blog is kitchenfallout.blogspot.com where I make a disaster area of the kitchen.

    Cheers!

  • Jen

    I’m Jen from Nashville. Very frequent lurker, not so frequent commenter. I work in the Country music industry, needless to say I’m not “out” as an atheist to many people other than close friends, but I’m getting bolder.

    It’s not about atheism, but I did recently start a blog about my community: southnashvillelife.blogspot.com

  • Eric Mattingly

    I’m Eric and I live in rural Kentucky. I work as a librarian and started reading regularly when Hemant linked to the the Breckinridge County High School football team kerfluffle (when the coach took them all to church and a bunch got “saved”– took place in my county, proud to say). I’ve commented a few times but mainly lurk.

  • Bud

    My name is Bud (yes, that is my real name). I’m originally from Chicago, but now currently residing in Springfield, IL. I’m a former ordained minister. I don’t remember where I found the Friendly Atheist, probably through another fine atheist blog. I started blogging more seriously in October 09 @ Dead-Logic.com.

  • Scott Warren

    Hey. I’m Scott from Birmingham, Alabama. I generally do not comment, but I read Hemant’s and PZ’s blogs throughout most work days. I just graduated with B.S. degrees in Information Sys Security and Psychology from UAB. I apostatized from Southern Baptist Christianity about four years ago and (as you might imagine) it was hard to find a network of similar minded individuals in my state. So, I turned to the internet and found Hemant and PZ and am very grateful for their efforts.

    Thanks for the invite 🙂

  • Sachi

    I’m Sachi, and I’ve been reading the RSS feed of FA for quite a while. I’m a rational humanist Buddhist from Sandy Eggo. I have a cat in my lap as I type.

  • FarmerJon

    Hi, everyone! I’m Jon in Fargo, ND. It’s a balmy one degree below zero today. I am at least agnostic if not atheist. I used to be a christian pastor, but I woke up to the sad truth that christianity as well as many other religions are fear-based. For example, one must be saved (from what?) from an eternity of suffering. Isn’t this fear-based?! I am enjoying my new-found freedom from fear and control by “the church”. I am now looking forward to sharing with you.

  • Ashley Moltzan

    I’ve posted here a few times. My name is Ashley Moltzan, am 23, and live in Rock Springs, Wyoming. Graduated from University of Wyoming with a B.A. in English. I’m the proofreader of the local newspaper, The Rocket Miner. I was raised by devout Catholic parents and gradually lost faith in it, as I grew older and especially as I went to college. I like to look at things scientifically. My boyfriend feels the same way too except he grew up Lutheran. We are atheists. I visit this site multiple times a day. My thinkatheist page is: http://www.thinkatheist.com/profile/AshleyMoltzan

  • Filostro

    Good evening everybody, I lurk from the land of the spanish inquisition! I’m an engineer, I was raised catholic but I became an atheist at the high school.
    I love long talks on the beach with Jehovah’s withnesses 🙂

  • I’ve been lurking for a few weeks now. Found this blog through someone else Twittering a link.

    My name is Paige. Hello. 🙂 I’m an existentialist atheist, and have been for the last six or seven years. I was raised Catholic/Anglican, but not overtly – it was very easy to tell my family and they all knew I was a free thinker anyways, so I don’t think it came as much of a surprise. I haven’t had the same issues as others with their families aside from convincing my grandmothers that I’m serious. Thankfully, it’s not a topic that comes up very often in my family.

    I did notice some things at work over Christmas though. I work at a rural radio station and Christmas is a big affair here – which is fine for me, I celebrate a secular version of the holiday very enthusiastically anyway. But when we played the song “Kung Pao Buckaroo Holiday” by Brad Paisley I got pretty upset and apparently surprised a lot of people by being offended by it. It’s funny how assumptions work.

    Anyways, there’s my little story. I love the site and will hopefully do a little less pure lurking. Happy New Year’s.

  • I’m Marty from Salt Lake City. long time commenter (most of 2009 at least). I’m currently an email administrator for a web-based freight bill shipping company, but am working towards being a filmmaker and writer.

    I grew up Mormon, but quit church and all organized religion in 1996 after years of trying to conform. I refer to myself as agnostic in most circles, but know I’m an atheist.

    my blog is: http://www.banalleakage.com

  • Apsalar

    I’ve commented a few times, but mostly I lurk. I’m a sysadmin for a large internet company in sunny California (well, actually it’s foggy today). I was raised in a very religious conservative family, and I’m still not able to be 100% honest with my parents about what I don’t believe in, but I’m out to many of my friends and coworkers.

  • Hi! I’m Lilly from São Paulo, Brazil. I only commented once, but I’ve been reading FA for quite some time now. I’m on my third semester of graphic design. I have a blog, but it’s in brazilian portuguese; I posted about the atheist bingo and now I’ve got my own christian troll bugging me about it. Lovely!

  • Phrosty

    I’m an avid reader of the site, but rarely comment. I’m from the Lake Charles area in Louisiana where I am a chemical engineering major. I was raised in a religious environment with Methodist, Pentecost, Baptist, and Catholic influences, but have always had a skeptical mind about theism (even a child knows something’s fishy with the whole idea). It wasn’t until sometime during my sophomore year of highschool that it occurred to me that I took absolutely no stock in religion, and that I found the very notion of theism to be absurd. Now, years later, I’m happier and more free than I have ever been, and have only just recently divulged my stance of anti-theism to my friends and family. My friends were very accepting, because to them, it had long been obvious. My family, however, were…well, you know.

    I believe I stumbled across this site a long time ago by way of an article on BoingBoing, and have been checking in ever since. I enjoy the site’s non-incendiary stance when it comes to the discussions at hand. Also, the articles themselves are well-worded, insightful, and highly interesting. Keep up the good work.

  • Clay

    Hi, my name is Clay. I’ve been lurking for a long time. I can’t remember how I found this site, but I keep tabs on it in Google Reader. I’m an atheist living in Charlottesville, VA. I’m working on a master’s degree in statistics at the Univ of Virginia. I don’t have a blog but I do have a math web site: curiousmath.com. It’s an old site, rarely updated, using an obsolete CMS. Back in 2003 it looked pretty cool. Now, not so much. But the content is math, so I guess that makes it timeless. 🙂

    Anyway, keep up the good work Hemant. I enjoy your posts.

  • Vinay

    Hi, I’m Vinay. I live in Boston and am an undergrad majoring in physics at MIT.

  • cassiek

    Hello, hello! I’m Cassie and I live in Indiana, just south of Indianapolis. I’ve commented here occasionally and follow you on Facebook as well. I’m a “born” atheist, raised without religion, a fact for which I am increasingly grateful.

  • I’ve been reading your blog for about 6 months and I don’t think I’ve ever commented here before, but I appreciate the invitation. I am a university professor in the southeast. After being raised Catholic and believing in Christianity for over 30 years, I came to the conclusion that I could not believe in any gods about a year ago. I maintain my blog (An Atheist’s Answer) at http://atheistsanswer.wordpress.com/. I use this blog to provide my own answer to the questions posed to Billy Graham and published in many newspapers under the My Answer title.

  • Ian

    I’m Ian, in Dallas, Texas, and I’m a lurker. I’m more agnostic than atheist, but I enjoy the discussion anyway.

  • Ayesha

    Hello, I’m Ayesha and I’m an atheist. (This feels a bit like an AA meeting – Atheists Anonymous!) I’m a philosophy student at the University of London (King’s College). I don’t have a blog, but I’m really interested in the sort of topics this site covers and think the idea of atheist organisations is really exciting. This site in particular is, I think, particularly “useful” since it tends to discuss “hot” topics in a non-inflammatory and respectful way whilst not pandering to the idea that faith is above criticism.

    Look forward to reading more in the future, keep it up!

  • Hi, my name is Tyler. I check this website for updates around 30 times a day.

    I write ridiculous emails to people (unmails) and post them at: http://www.unmails.com

    This is one of my favorites:
    http://unmailblog.wordpress.com/2009/10/22/nihilism-or-im-going-to-hell-for-this-one/

  • ATL-Apostate

    Wes from Atlanta here. Raised fundy Christian. Kept the faith through college, if you can believe that. Finally “saw the light” and learned some critical thinking in med school. After that, my atheism was inevitable. I’ve been un-born again for about 5 years now. Praise FSM!

    Congratulations, Hemant. I’m assuming that since you now need to approve comments, this means you’ve got a sufficient number of spammers and nutjobs to warrant it. These types only post to blogs that matter.

    [I’ve always moderated comments this way, but the spammers are around… — Hemant]

  • CoffeeJedi

    Hey, surfed over from Daniel’s site and quickly added you to my google reader.

  • Melody

    Hi, I’m Melody and my family and I are currently living in Southern New Jersey. I found this site through the HNN site. Us “out” atheists are few and far between in this area, so it’d be great to meet more like-minded folk in our region. Keep up the great work, Hemant!

  • Sue D. Nymme

    Hi, I’m Eric. Mid-40s, Philadelphia.

    I used to edit the news links at Internet Infidels (infidels.org), for about five years, about ten years ago.

    I was raised Christian in backwoods Pennsylvania, was exposed to a lot of worldviews in college, did a lot of exploring, studying, and thinking about religion, ethics, and epistemology after college, searching for The Truth. Went through a long agnostic period; finally decided atheism is what I really believe.

    Married a Unitarian Universalist who is now a devout Catholic. Loving and respecting, and raising children with, a life partner whose beliefs have drifted so far from one’s own is a difficult challenge, but (in my case, anyhow) very rewarding.

  • incunabulum

    Hi. I am Billy – also from the Baltimore/DC area. I am active-duty military, although I’m transitioning to civilian life very soon. I’ve posted here only a handful of times.

    I haven’t blogged much since the presidential elections. Blogging has mostly been replaced by Facebook updates and my shared Google Reader items.

  • Tiina

    Hi o/

    I’m Tiina, and I’m from Finland. I follow a few atheist bloggers, mainly US Americans, and never seize to be amazed how big of an issue religion is in the States.

  • Jeff B.

    Hi,

    Jeff from Cincinnati; I’m a long time follower /commenter.

    Also we’re FB cronies

  • Harknights

    Hey Hey from SoCal. It’s not cold here. That is all.

  • Mike

    Howdy. Mike from Boston, born and (not) raised atheist. Surprised and pleased to see a couple of posters from my birthplace of Fargo, ND. I tend to comment (here and elsewhere) only in response to extreme cases of logical fallacy. Happy New Year to all…

  • Hi
    My name is Jaco and I’m a lurker :p. Sometimes post, but not often. I live in South Africa, home of tokoloshes and sangomas.
    Found this site through PZ I think, but might have been someone else. Been reading for almost a year now I think. Always thought provoking.

  • *waves to all*
    I’m a-hem. I’m an Indian expat living (and working as a Chemical Engineer) in the Middle East. Not really the best place for an atheist, I can tell you.

    Mine’s a personal blog. It’s mostly an excuse to not email friends and family. (“What, you didn’t read my blog?!”)

  • I’m from Arkansas, USA. I’m a husband, father, network administrator, and an Atheist. I run a blog but it doesn’t have anything to do with religion or lack thereof, but if you’re a photographer or graphic artist on a budget, you might enjoy it.
    http://gimparoo.wordpress.com

    I’d like to say thanks to Mr. Mehta. This is my favorite Atheist blog.

  • Hi! I’m a California girl born and raised. I was also raised Catholic and grew skeptical in my late teens (even after being confirmed and being a Sunday school teacher!) when I observed that my own nature and the world around me did not operate as if that belief system were true. I am now passionately and joyfully atheistic.

    For several years, I was an entrepreneur and small business owner, until the recession more or less squashed my efforts. That’s okay, though, because I realize that I’m not a very good businesswoman and I’d like to do something much more humanitarian in focus. Now looking forward to resuming my education and starting anew (as soon as I figure out how to get out of this giant financial hole!), and in the meantime educating myself in subjects such as philosophy, law, secular humanism and separation of church and state issues, etc.

    Love your blog, Hemant, and nice to meet you all!

  • Hey Hemant… I’ve commented a few times on your site, but mostly I lurk and read your blog posts. I’ve enjoyed them all.

    I’ve made frequent references to your posts on my radio show, Freethought Rhode Island, which is–sponsored by the RI Atheist Society–broadcast on 88.1 FM in Providence, and also on WPRR in Grand Rapids, MI every Wednesday night at 9. I really hope you’ll become one of our listeners, and perhaps one day maybe we could have you as a guest! Email me if you want to hook that up.

    Anyway, I’m an agnostic atheist and my mother’s a spiritualist who embraces the whole life-after-death thing and can talk to dead people. We get into frequent debates, albeit friendly ones. I was raised Catholic for 14 years until I finally came to the conclusion at 16 that religion in and of itself was completely bogus and for the most part harmful to society.

    Can’t remember the last time I blogged about anything, as I usually do it on my myspace. Nobody ever really reads it, so I stick to reading everyone else’s.

  • martin

    I am Martin, I have been posting here for a few months now, you even gave me props once for a news article :D… Anyways, in the DC Metro area and work in medical research. No blogs but active on Yahoo! Answers R&S section if anyone wants to follow me there trying to be a friendly atheist… Really looking for some groups of people who share my views and want to stand up for our equal rights 😀

    Also in late 20’s and though raised in a Christian household, always have been an atheist because I could never bring my self to believe in things without any evidence …

  • Arctic Ape

    Hi. I’ve commented a few times before, but you probably don’t remember me.

    I’m a young male atheist in Helsinki, just graduating in Plant Production Biology. I found your blog last summer via Blag Hag and enjoyed reading some of the archive. It’s great to read bloggers from other countries and be able to communicate with them. Even if I hardly ever have anything relevant to say, that is.

  • Jyotsana

    Hi! I’m in Oregon, and I am a stay-at-home mom and hobbyist bellydancer (both cabaret and tribal). I was not raised with religion, but I fell into Christianity during my high school and early college years because all my friends were doing it (yeah, I know…). Those days are behind me now, and I happily adopted the atheist label for myself a few years ago.

  • Kim

    Hi — I’m a big lurker, but I’ve wanted to comment a couple of different times. I’m an atheist who is also a recovering christian. I’m a mom of a 13 year old who I’ve been trying to teach critical thinking to, but his dad is a total fundamentalist christian and is constantly enforcing his religion on his son.

    I am so much happier since breaking free of religion.

  • reyno_buxworth

    Hi, I’m Alan, a student living in the north of the UK. Not got a blog but found this through RDF website and recommend pharyngula (type it into google). Sat on the fence til early last year. Will probably stay lurking but this is my first toe dipping into some kind of semi-spotlight

  • dale

    I’m a closet atheist in Carrollton, VA. I’m a disillusioned software engineer working from home now doing web work, hosting, etc. I’ve actually been non-theist since I was about 18, now 43. Due to work (clients), the area of the country I live and my family it’s pretty much *sshhh* for me. *sigh*

  • Hi!
    I’m Ernesto. I’m from Mexico City/Cuernavaca in Mexico. I’m a social psychologist turned epidemiologist.

    Atheist to everyone save my extended family since some ten years ago.

    I’m not quite a lurker, as I posted before, but with a busy year, I’ve been sort of becoming one.

  • Duke York

    Hi! My name is Duke, and I live in the New York City area. I suspect I’m a bit more hardline than Hemant, so it’s good to hav someone to add some leavening to my starch.

  • Seaborn

    Hi. I’m a lurker from Waterford in Ireland. I’ve been visiting this page several times most days for the last 3-4 years. This is the only blog (atheist content or not) that I read.
    I work in IT for a web hosting company.
    My parents are devout Roman Catholics but my faith didn’t last much longer after I discovered Santa Claus wasn’t real. This really annoyed my Christian Doctrine teacher at the time who told my mother he thought I should be a philosopher.

  • Ed

    I found this site via Cynical C about a month ago and have been checking daily and commenting a fair bit since. I am a practicing Buddhist, an atheist and an artist. I don’t really blog, though recently I started recording a few art/Buddhist related thoughts here.

  • subre

    Hi! I’m an English teenager studying to hopefully get some qualification in physics or maths. I’ve been lurking here for about six months now. Other people tend to voice my opinions more eloquently than I can, so I’m shy about commenting.

    This past year was the first time I started admitting that I was atheist to other people – I’m lucky enough to live in a country where the stigma attached to non-belief here isn’t a huge issue, and the worst disapproval I’ve met so far was from an aunt I only see every couple of months, but since half of my family are devoutly Anglican, it was still a personal step forward for me. I’m not sure I would have bothered coming out if there weren’t such great, thought-provoking blogs and communities like this around. Thanks for everything!

  • Stacy

    Hi, I’m Stacy. I live in the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex. Been around for awhile, and Hemant will marry me one day!

    I work in the door security industry, a passing fancy to keep me busy and pay the bills.

    I blog at Mere Skepticism, and also this year I will be chronicling my adventures thru the Bible from a secular perspective at One Secular Year

    [Woohoo! I found a wife! — Hemant]

  • Joshua W.

    Hi everyone. I’m Josh from the Charlotte, NC area. I have been following the blog for a while now (posted a few times but mostly lurk) and I really enjoy it. Just judging by the number of comments it seems to have grown a ton since it started. Keep up the good work.

  • BSM

    I’m BS Martin from Central PA, USA. I am a web developer for a non-evil FI. Atheist since 12 or so.

  • Suzanna

    Suzanna from Houston! Student, retired arcane mage, life long pewner.

  • cicely

    I’m cicely, from Springfield, MO (USA). I do intermittent data entry, and have no blog.

  • DemetriusOfPharos

    I’m Mike from Salt Lake – I have the misfortune to share a last name with one of the founders of Mormonism, one that is extremely common in Utah, probably because they shagged a lot of women. I have a blog I haven’t updated in a year. I am a web programmer though I have been having trouble convincing other people of that (read: jobless).

  • Ross

    Ross near Memphis TN as well. Been reading for a while, never really commented much. I am a IT security engineer. Atheist since freshman year in college. Raised in some form of religion (mixed Catholic and Lutheran).

    @Brad Freak- Where near Memphis?

  • LK

    It’s finally reached -4 outside (up from -32) and so it’s finally warm enough to take my hands out of my gloves and type a response.

    I’ve read this site for a while and have commented only once, though maybe I’ll make it more of a habit in the future.

    I’m in Nebraska, going to college (public relations/advertising/marketing). I have a cell phone obsession and currently own 8 functioning devices–and am and avid reader of sites like Engadget, etc. I have a very impressive ’80s music collection and my favorite artist is Michael Jackson (kind of an understatement–119 songs are just of him).

    As I look back, I’ve always been an atheist. My mom tried (and succeeded) in having me go to a Presbyterian church when I was young and I made it very clear each week that I hated it with a passion, though I didn’t really know why. It just didn’t jive with me. Once I got in my early-mid teens I realized what the issue was, put my foot down, and I haven’t looked back since. And neither has my mom, who oddly hasn’t returned to church ever since I refused to go.

  • Cameron16

    I’m Cameron, a native Iowan who now lives in the Twin Cities. I am an undergrad in Philosophy. Long time lurker, never posted, mostly just lazy. I used to be a Christian, and recently in the past year started becoming more vocal in my personal life about my atheism. Your book, Hemant, is one of my favorites, and one I share quite often with friends and family who want an introduction into how I think.

  • Thegoodman

    Hello! I am Kyle, I currently live in the Indianapolis area and I’m in my mid-twenties.

    I was baptized Episcopalian at the age of 9 but became an agnostic sometime around the age of 16. I suppose I am still a skeptical agnostic however I feel it more likely there is no god than some sort of supreme being. In the Christian/organized religion sense, I am an atheist as I do not believe in their god (nor do I believe any “personal” gods).

    Its possible, however unlikely, that some being more powerful than ourselves set the universe in motion roughly 14 billion years ago and has no role in it today.

    Its equally possible that the current state of the universe is just part of a never ending (and never beginning) cycle of expansion/collapse.

    Who knows? I think that no one does.

  • I’m Sakura

    I think I’ve already been commenting on some of your posts. But, a bit about me:

    I’m from Salt Lake, currently work for a market research company and a promotions company. I do have a blog that should be linked to my name, if not, it is http://yamipirogoeth.blogspot.com/

    Been reading Friendly Atheist for a while. I’m an ex-mo and damn proud of that fact too.

  • Greg

    Hello, my name is Greg, I have been actively reading post for about a year now, and before that off and on for like 3 years.

  • Douglas

    I’m Doug from central Indiana. I’m a secular humanist/Zen Buddhist, but was taken to Southern Baptist churches by my grandparents most of my childhood. I was first introduced to people like Richard Dawkins, Phil Plait, and PZ Myers via my outspoken atheist friend Adam.

    I’m probably at about a 6.5 on the Dawkins scale. I think there are most likely no gods, but as it’s an unfalsifiable proposition they don’t enter into my decision making or thinking.

    I found this site via Facebook.

  • Tori Aletheia

    Hello,
    I’m Tori and I am an undergrad psych major at Iowa State University. I’ve been an atheist all my life and am very “out”. I’m the treasurer for our campus atheist group (The ISU Atheist & Agnostic Society) I’m one of the few who don’t have a blog. (I don’t even have time to keep up w/the ones I subscribe to let alone write my own!)

  • I’m Deek. From the Mobile, Alabama area. I am a Christian. I pastor a small SBC congregation. I have enjoyed and been enriched by your site for a few months now. Subscribed via RSS.

    Check out my site at deekdubberly.com where I blog mostly about the Bible and Christian life. Or check out my church’s site at eastwoodbaptistonline.com.

  • David. I’m an evolutionary biologist at Mississippi State University living in Starkville, MS. Yes, this is the heart of the south and the most religious state in the union. Maybe I can do my little part to change that. At least it’s a university town.

  • Lynne

    Hello Hemant and all!
    I’m Lynne, a research scientist in Madison, WI. I am a regular lurker and always enjoy reading your site.

  • aspentroll.myid.net

    I’m a 75 year old atheist and have been an atheist as long as I can remember. I live in Alberta Canada. My hope is that every freethinking atheist would make himself known
    so that the theists who don’t trust us will see
    that we are not as bad as their Pastors/Priests
    say we are.

  • Mike

    Hey, My name is Mike, I’m from St. John’s Newfoundland Canada.

    I read 100% of the posts and approximately 0% of the comments… maybe that will change now!

  • Keith

    Hi All.

    I’ve been visiting, and enjoying, this site for a short while. Although South African originally, I’m now an American living in Colorado.

    I don’t have a blog, but an online essay about religion that I’ve developed and tinkered with over the years, at http://sites.google.com/site/objectionstoreligion/

  • ursulamajor

    I’m Dietra, a 52 year old mom and widow from a mountain town about an hour west of DC. My parents were agnostic and though I have always been fascinated by religion, it always felt false. I consider myself to be a strong atheist. I’ve commented a few times and really enjoy Hemant’s sense of humor and the intelligence of the regulars.

  • Ollie

    Hi, I’m Ollie
    I’m a late-20s American atheist in Saudi Arabia. I’m a contract worker on a project for the RSAF, after several years working on USAF fighter jets.

    I realized the bible is a load at a pretty early age. I was already a dinosaur geek by the time I remember hearing fairy tales in Sunday School. The paleontology & geology was way more logical & interesting, so it won over my brain. Having to put up with invocations in the USAF helped in moving me from apatheism to atheism. 🙂

    I remember hearing of Hemant when he put his “soul” on eBay, but didn’t start following the blog until some time later, after starting to read Pharyngula. I’ve been lurking for around 2 years, and love the site!

  • I’m Gerald from The Netherlands, where atheism isn’t a big issue because religion isn’t, mostly. My pet project, darwin-at-home, is all about having people acquire evolutionary intuitions so they might lose some illusions about how complexity emerges, while playing a game. It can happen spontaneously! I will be releasing it in the coming few months.

  • GregDallas

    Hi,

    I live in Arlington, TX and am 39.

    Have posted a couple comments here, but primarily a lurker (read it every day though).

    Great website and has really given me a lot more to think about (and ammo!) I was raised a Southern Baptist. Rejected organized religion about 20 years ago and about 2-3 years ago finally came to the realization that I’m an atheist.

    I love this website and the ecosystem that surrounds it. Thanks for providing it!

  • Eric B

    I’m Eric from Illinois. I’m an attorney. Raised Catholic, became skeptical in college and finally became an atheist after reading Carl Sagan and others and reflecting further on the god question. However, I appreciate the “idea” that god is life – that makes sense to me on a scientific/common sense/practical level, so I like to find common ground with my religous friends and family that way. I think it is essential that we all consider ourselves connected to one another.

    I love the Friendly Atheist – keep up the great work!

  • runawayuniverse

    Hey ..

    I’m John and I currently live in Oregon. I work in a hospital and I’m an unabashed atheist.

    I’ve been lurking here for about 6 months or so after following a link from NoBeliefs.com and I really dig the place.

  • Greg

    I may not have commented before. Love the blog. I’m from North Dakota where it’s mighty cold – uff da. We have us a few of them atheists up here too, ya know. 🙂

  • Brandon

    I’m Brandon. I’m about to leave for Army training in a couple of weeks. I suppose I’ve been lurking on your blog for a year or so. I currently live outside of Raleigh, NC. Ironically, I went to a Baptist Christian school from kindergarten to 7th grade. I realized that I was an Atheist around 5th grade.

  • yggdrasil ash

    I’m Stephen
    Happy New Decade from one friendly atheist to another and to everyone else out there. I’m a community college adjunct teaching humanities and religion in Tucson, Arizona (those who don’t do, teach). I’ve enjoyed this blog silently for a long time and use it in my Religion and Popular Culture class where the entries always spark lots of great discussion.

  • Andreas

    Andreas, a greek/british person, recently US citizen, now living in San Francisco. Read daily and lurk, haven’t commented before. I’ve been an “out” atheist since age 12.

  • Discovered you via PZ, of course.

    Just want to quickly mention that contrary to conventional wisdom, I am not the only atheist in Kentucky.

    Also I would like to strongly endorse the nontheist Unity Convention in D.C. in 2013. Will start recruiting Kentucky representatives immediately.

  • My name is Sadie and I live in DC. I’ve been reading for about a year. I was raised Methodist.

    I’ve been an atheist since I took a world religions class at my catholic high school and learned that not only were there other ways of viewing the world than through the Christian lens but that I related better to many of them than I did with the religion I was supposedly “practicing”.

  • Hello… My name is Kara. I’m from Columbus, Ohio. As a coping mechanism for getting through the holidays, I requested every atheist book I could find from my local library. So after reading “I Sold My Soul on eBay”, I checked out this site. I’ve been lurking daily for the last month or so. I’m a big fan of the respectful approach of this blog.

    I grew up Presbyterian, but never really believed the fairy tales. My grandpa was a Presbyterian minister, so I felt obligated to pretend. I stopped going to church about 11 years ago. I call myself an agnostic atheist.

    I’m half of an electro anti-folk duo called Team Smile and Nod. Being the word writer, my agnostic atheist views often come through in the lyrics. You can hear an example of this in our song “Scrooge”. http://www.myspace.com/teamsmileandnod It can be found on our first CD, Look Both Ways Before You Die. I keep a blog about our band here: http://teamsmileandnod.blogspot.com/ We’ll be releasing another CD this year. It will have at least one track devoted to my agnostic atheist views.

    Thanks to Hemant for the friendly push to post a comment. It’s great to meet everyone here and learn a bit about you.

  • RobbG621

    Hello,

    My Name is Robert, I am a Web Developer in Austin, TX USA.

    Started my deconversion as a teenager when I took a liking to ancient mythology, and science. I have kept my atheism to myself for a long time, and in the past few months have started to get into “New Atheism”. It is funny that I didn’t notice until recently the amount of Christian Bigotry that I hear everyday from my southern baptist family.

  • Not a new commenter – been here since September, but I never introduced myself.

    I’m Kevin, from the Virginia / DC Area. Newly an atheist (yay me) after having moved out of my parents’ home. I’m an absolute geek, and am in love with science and reason.

    My blog is linked to my name though it’s rather poor right now (gonna put a review of Avatar up soon.)

  • BoomerChick

    Hello from Annapolis, MD.
    I’m a Baby Boomer or as we are now known Senior Citizens (ugh!). I prefer BoomerChick formerly known as Farks on previous posts.

    I’ve been an atheist ever since a classmate in first grade told me I was wrong – there is no Santa Clause. I extrapolated from there other misinformation i.e. no God, no tooth fairy, no Easter bunny, no prince charming – well, I revised that last one in the 1970’s (found him).

    I have been “in the closet” publicly. All my family knows I’m an atheist. Most of them are atheists too.
    Hemant, I love your site so much you are on my Google homepage.
    I don’t feel so isolated anymore.
    Always lurking.
    Thanks.

  • Laura Lou

    Hey there.
    I’m Laura Lou, an atheist from the Pacific Northwest. I’m a student in Portland and a great fan of Friendly Atheist (even though friends would describe me as a belligerent atheist). I’ve commented a few times, but more often I quietly read everyone else’s thoughts. My interests are politics and PC gaming.
    It’s lovely to read about you all =)

  • Hi, I’m Marsha, a 57 year old atheist living in Greeneville, TN. I’m a librarian at Tusculum College, a small Presbyterian college in east TN. Raised in KY, So. Baptist, moved to San Diego, finally saw the light that religion is a bunch of hooey. My partner Amy and I are lucky to have found a great group of liberals here in the bible belt, and a few atheists/agnostics. We’d like to find more. I love Hemant’s site. I check it every day and frequently put in my 2 cents worth. It helps me know we’re not alone here where there are more churches than restaurants, and they’re building more churches every day. Aren’t there enough already? Hope everyone is having a great New Year.

  • Robert Gardner

    Heya.

    I’m Bob, I’m 26, I live in the UK.

    I was brought up nominally religious, but with parents who figured that I could decide myself when I was old. I became old enough, I read, I made my decision.

    Been following the blog for a good few months now between doing my degree and playing video games (research you see).

    So yeah, thats me.

  • Jeremy

    I’m Jeremy, from Aurora, Illinois. Recently had the fine pleasure of meeting Hemant at the gathering in Palos. Nothing else about me is interesting.

  • I’m an author/student in Florida. Last year I published my first novel, and this year I graduate and hopefully go on to grad school for an MFA in Creative Writing.

    I’ve been lurking around here for a little bit, commented maybe twice. I’ve been an agnostic since I looked it up in the dictionary in seventh grade, but the line between agnostic and atheist is a hard one for me to find, and I usually ID as the one that will take least explanation to whoever I’m talking to.

    My blog is about fiction writing, books, college, politics, the sandwiches I eat, etc. I started it before I was published, so it has an interesting arc for anyone interested in the writing/publishing process.

  • BEX

    Mid-20’s, Canadian living in Manhattan with my husband.
    Very blue-collar, just basic education.
    Grew up in a very secular environment. As an adult I’ve grown more comfortable and confident with my atheism and now seek to understand other’s ‘religious experiences’. Since I was never indoctrinated into any religion I’m a minority of a minority and have maintained a similar outlook throughout my life. So what is it that makes me so different from 95% of my species?

  • My name is Angus and I’m an advertising student at the University of Colorado in Boulder, CO. I found your site through Phil Plait at Bad Astronomy as I recall, and your RSS has been rolling in to Google Reader since. My own blog is called Unreasonably Dangerous Onion Rings, and it deals with a smattering of things, mainly what I regard as stupid but really whatever I feel like addressing.

    I was an agnostic, I guess you’d call it, having never really thought about the issue, until my junior year of high school, when I entered a pretty serious depression and decided eventually that no one else was going to get me out of it, just me. A few years after that, I started reading. The Bible, of course, and then some Dawkins, some Hitchens, some Harris, but also some Timothy Keller and some C. S. Lewis. I’m now much more educated and secure in my beliefs and dedication to critical and rational thought, and happier for it. Thanks to you and all the other atheists more vocal than myself for helping me get where I am now.

  • Jay

    I’m jay, from ohio… Atheist. Loves science. writer…

  • CatBallou

    Hello everyone. I’m Cat from Seattle. Discovered this site through PZ, and I check these two blogs frequently–mostly to alleviate the boredom of work.
    I grew up in Iowa and graduated from Iowa State (Hi Tori!) but moved out here immediately after.
    I realized I was agnostic as soon as I first read about the concept as a teen, and under the influence of PZ’s blog, I boldly took the leap to atheism a few years ago.

  • Tara

    I’m Tara and I live in Northern Virginia. I have been lurking for a while. I don’t have an active blog. I was raised Lutheran in Minnesota, and have been gradually sliding away for many years. I am an aerospace engineer.

  • Carolyn

    Hello!
    I’m Carolyn, a high school senior in CT waiting impatiently for college acceptance letters. I’ve been lurking for a while now, but since I was so kindly invited to post perhaps I’ll start commenting. 🙂
    I was raised Roman Catholic and began thinking about the contradictions of religion in middle school. I’ve identified as an atheist for at least four years now, but don’t tell my mother that. I’m pretty open about my atheism with my friends, and basically everyone but my mother.

  • Jessica

    Hello,

    I love your Blog and read it everyday. I am from Missouri

  • FreeBeat

    Greetings from Philly–

    Longtime anti-theist with an online history dating back to Lycos message boards. I found this blog easier to follow than aggregating stories of interest on my own, so I’ve been following for a few months now.

    I mostly lurk, but am compelled to write every once in a while …

  • I’ve been a reader for awhile. I periodically leave comments. I am from Indiana. A momma, a crafter, a wife, a friend, and somewhere on the list a deist or an agnostic…depending on my thoughts of that particular day or moment.

    I enjoy reading your blog.

  • tamarind

    I’m Coreen, originally from the DC area, and I now live in Utah. I was raised mormon and officially left the mormon church a few months after graduating in sociology from BYU. I have a wonderful ex-mormon boyfriend who posts at http://www.examiner.com/x-8829-Salt-Lake-City-Freethinking-Examiner.

  • Néstor Daniel Altamirano

    I’m from Argentina, and I regularly check your blog on my GReader. I’m 28, still a student, and working as a software developer.
    I’m not an atheist, I’m a buddhist, but I agree with almost every opinion that has been poured on this blog.

    Cheers 🙂

  • Berlzebub is my online handle, but my real name is Berlie. I live in the Greater Cincinnati area (in Indiana actually) with my wonderful wife, three astounding daughters, high-maintenance mutt, and aloof cat. My blog, Berlzebub’s Inferno, is where I put my two cents into the blogosphere on topics that interest me.

  • I don’t know if I count as a lurker, since you know who I am, but it’s neat of you to give everyone a chance to say hello. 🙂

    I’ve been following this site for quite a while now, and I’m looking forward to being a more active commenter now that I have a blog of my very own!

    I’m currently living in Milwaukee, trying to stay warm while interning as an assistant director and writing a novel about atheist pirates.

  • cj

    Hello!

    Lifelong Pittsburgher here. been an ‘out’ atheist for a couple years now. Was closeted for quite a while. Grew up in a fundie environment (assembly of god). thrilled to be free from those bonds.

    I am so happy that you take the time to put this blog together everyday. It’s kept me feeling like I’m on the cutting edge of things that go on in this realm. Really appreciate all the work you guys put in.

    Take care

    cj

  • Guffey

    Hi! Marsha, from Colorado. Mostly a lurker but I’ve hit the Submit button a few times. I enjoy your blog.

    Grew up with fanatical Christian Science parents – and 30 years after leaving the religion (and all religion) I’m still told occasionally that my rejection of CS is due to my misunderstanding of CS. Couldn’t possibly be anything else 🙂

  • Hi – all the duct tape in the world couldn’t keep my atheist mouth shut so I can’t pretend I’m a lurker.
    I’m Sue and I live in Charlotte, NC. Unfortunately.

    Anyway, I do blog, mostly about my kids and silly stuff. I like silly.

    http://lagunatic.wordpress.com/

    Thanks for not blocking me 😉

  • mocular

    Hi. I’m a geologist and came across your site maybe a year ago. Don’t comment often but enjoy your posts and the often insightful commenters.

  • I’m Jaki. Long time reader. I’m currently residing in Portland, Oregon. I’m a filmmaker and I am shortly going to be getting my Master’s in Teaching. I blog about food, movies, and whatever stupidity manages to piss me off that day. 🙂

  • Hello! I just found this site today, and must admit, it’s by far one of the better atheist sites I’ve found on the web.

    I’m a Christ-follower myself, not an atheist, but have to shake my head at what happens in the name of religion time and again, especially in North America, and have enjoyed giving your site a read! Keep up the good work, and I look forward to seeing more articles and engaging in conversation here.

    Cheers,
    James

  • Daniel

    Hey, I’m Daniel. I’m an 18-year-old high school senior from a rural town in eastern PA. I’ve been just lurking here for a little while, and I’m a closeted atheist on the books as United Methodist. I became an atheist 6 years ago following skepticism.

    My folks and family are close-minded when it comes to religion, but I love them in every other respect. We’re Democratic, support gay marriage (not that we know any gays), and do lots of stuff together. I sing in church every now and then, and I play trombone in the orchestra, but that’s OK with me because I like performing and I hang with friends.

  • Karen

    Hi, I’m Karen, from West Virginia. I’ve been reading your blog for a few months, and just finished “I Sold My Soul on eBay,” so now I know how to pronounce your name, too! I really enjoy your writing. I’ve been an atheist from a young age — maybe 10 or so? Never really gave religion much thought for a long time after that. Went to graduate school here, studying behavioral psychology. Surrounded by scientists, it was easy to think that nobody believed in God. But now, as a mom to two middle-schoolers, I have discovered that most of the people around here are actually church-going Christians. Who knew? I tend not to discuss religion, except with a couple of nominally Jewish friends who also feel a bit out of place around here. This blog is a nice place to visit to hear from like-minded folks.

  • sc0tt

    I’m sc0tt (not to be confused with Scott). The gravatar is my retired greyhound Abbey.

    I’ve posted a couple dozen comments, so I’m already in the system.

    I grew up in a home where we did all the religious stuff but weren’t devout, and I pretty much bought the story until I got honest with myself and concluded I was deluded. I’m 50 and have been atheist for probably 30 years.

    I have a blog but it’s about cycling and I keep religion and politics out of it. A couple years ago though, there was a local Christian nutcase who tried to rename my beloved Mount Diablo because he was offended by having to even say the Spanish word for Devil. So I unrestricted myself on that topic just once… he was unsuccessful.

    http://www.mdia.org/Cultural%20History/nonamechange.htm

  • Kathy

    Hi all, I’m Kathy.

    I live in Oregon, with my atheist spouse. While working on my Microbiology degree, I turned agnostic, and then full-blown atheist. It was Molecular Biology what done it to me, too!

    I’m happy, though underemployed, and I’m hoping for that to turn around sometime soon.

  • davis

    i don’t leave comments many unless they are related to urology. I just enjoy. found a group of freethinker in winstonsalem FACT that is 45 minn. drive from this town of a church on every corner of every silly variety. The athiest here are mostly physicians and we keep a low profile as many fellow physicians are fanatics. hard to believe a scientist could fall for such mysticism. so thanks for this blog. davishart Mt Airy,NC

  • Kit

    I’m Kit and I grew up as a person of colour in small-town Canada. Yes, as a general rule, Canadians are friendly, welcoming people. As long as you’re in the city, anyway. Not so much where I came from, which is a lot more conservative, racist and religious.

    I’ve been lurking for a few months but maybe only commented once (if that). I’m currently an undergraduate studying physics and applied mathematics, and I’ll be starting law school next year. I currently live in London, Ontario (Canada).

  • I’m from Austin, TX, live in Toronto, and have been traveling for most of the last 13 months. Friendly Atheist is one of the few sites I visit on a regular basis, when I have internet access. I blog, mostly about my travels, at hoopyfrood.org. My real name is Nihar.

    I ‘discovered’ Friendly Atheist back in 2008, by this route:
    Point of Inquiry podcast with Phil Plait -> Bad Astronomy
    Bad Astronomy blog mention of PZ Myers -> Pharyngula
    Pharyngula mention of Hemant -> Friendly Atheist
    Thoughts upon reading Friendly Atheist for the first time: “Hey its that ebay-soul guy. Cool.”

    One interesting thing I learned during my travels: Pharyngula (actually, all of Scienceblogs.com) is blocked in Iran, but Friendly Atheist is not.

  • Robert Byrch

    Hi, I’m Bob, an expat Brit and recently retired entrepreneur, living in Florida. Joined the BHA over 40 years ago and am a member of several Atheist/Humanist organizations. I add my comments occasionally, when I find the subject matter interesting and enjoy Hemant’s blog very much!

  • Hi,

    My name is Shawn and I am an atheist. Hm, I guess this feels like an Atheists un-Anonymous session. I am an atheist/skeptic software developer from Johannesburg, South Africa.

    As with most of the chaps above, I found my way to your site via the usual suspects and have been reading if for… a while. I may have commented here before, but I can’t remember.

    Anyway, I like your style and look forward to attending one of your talks one day. (And I read every single one of your posts via Google Reader).

    I do blog, can be found at: http://onefuriousllama.wordpress.com

    Come visit the Llama.

  • ZombieGirl

    I’m Zeynep, I just turned 18 years old and I’m really obsessed with college, and learning as much as I possibly can before I die.

    I come to friendly atheist and other atheist sites because it makes me feel less lonely in a world in which people revolve their lives around things I highly doubt exist. I especially don’t believe in the Judeo-Christian God, or any other god, any supernatural beings such as spirits and ghosts, and I don’t believe consciousness can exist outside a physical brain. I like to think about this a lot and question myself and my assumptions.

    I am not huge on debating to win, just discussing.

  • deatkin

    Hello!

    I have been reading Friendly Atheist for about a year, but this is my first comment (I think). I’m a student of Psychology at a university in British Columbia, Canada, and I’ve been an atheist since I was about eleven, when I attended a Church of England school for a year (it was the only school in the village that I lived in) and gradually began noticing the vast difference in type and quality of thinking the teachers demanded of students when it came to religious studies versus every other subject (science, math, history, etc.). When I applied the critical thinking I learned through studying the other subjects (logical argument, reproducibility of experimental data, multiple sourcing, etc.), I realized that religious claims are at best unknowable, but more often they are ridiculously unlikely or even impossible. I don’t have a blog (although there is no particular reason why I don’t), but I do have a Twitter account, where I often speak about whatever religious and scientific topics are currently making the rounds in the media and the blogosphere:

    http://twitter.com/deatkin

    Perhaps in a year I shall comment again!

  • centricci

    hi.

    i’m Thomas.i’m danish.i live about an hour’s drive outside of Copenhagen.
    i’ve been an atheist my entire life, although i do sympathize with parts of the deistic world view.
    i was raised by a dad who has never expressed any interest in religion whatsoever and a mom who at a very early age was forced to take an active look at what she believed in and came to the conclusion that organized religion does more harm than good.i agree with her.

  • mousers

    Hey all…I’m from Topeka, KS (someone has to be behind “enemy” lines, right) and an in-the-closet atheist…kinda…my friends know, and for the most part are also atheist, but still not out to my parents…and I’m almost 30! I think mostly I don’t want them to start concentrating harder on my children.

    I found this site from lurking pharyngula. don’t have one of my own.

  • hello!! 🙂

    I’ve been following for a while now since I either stumbled on your blog or my boyfriend told me about it. Either way we’re spreading the love! Though I’m not technically an atheist i love your blog and I think anyone that wants to think (or should think) need to read it. ^_^ keep posting awesome stuff!

  • ursulamajor

    For those of you that have mentioned being in the DC area, someone over on Pharyngula today started a facebook page that you might be interested in:

    http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=238291301508

    The Lower Beltway/Manassas Drinking Skeptically Group

  • Cylencce

    Hi-I’m Deirdre. I’m a former biologist, now NYC public school science teacher and also a single mom. I was raised Eastern Orthodox but I’ve been an atheist for a long time. My brother is a deacon in the church, which makes for “interesting” conversations at family get-togethers. I’ve been lurking here for a while, along with a few other atheist blogs, like PZ’s.

  • Lauren

    Hi, I’m Lauren. I’m an atheist/feminist/environmental activist extraordinaire 🙂

    Me and my family have had horrible experiences with the Catholic, Baptist, and Jehovah Witness churches. Despite all that, it wasn’t until my pastor dedicated an entire sermon to why gays don’t deserve equal rights in Maine (in the mid-90’s) that I finally decided religion is a giant lie.

    I now live in DC where I can find other atheists pretty easily but still have to deal with my uber-christian friends from the past. Luckily, my immediate family is mostly atheist as well!

  • Margy

    I’m Margy and I live in Northern California but am originally from Texas. I occasionally comment, but don’t have a blog. I work as an editor in a high tech Silicon Valley company.

    I was raised Catholic and heavily indoctrinated by 12 years of Catholic schooling, but I stopped going to church before I was out of my teens because of the church’s hypocrisy. Somehow, I managed to develop critical thinking skills, and I was appalled by what I saw as I took a closer look at organized religion, especially Catholicism and Mormonism.

    I was an agnostic for several decades, but during the past few years have become an atheist. My scientist husband has been an atheist most of his life, but until recently, he and I seldom spoke about it and he never tried to influence my thinking.

    I feel much more free without religion in my life and view “The Friendly Atheist” as an oasis. Hemant has saved my sanity more times than he knows. I love visiting this site and am especially fond of the “Ask Richard” columns.

    I strongly urge everyone to see Julia Sweeney’s “Letting Go of God” on Showtime or DVD. My husband and I ended our Christmas/Solstice holiday by watching this show together and we both just loved it! (As with so many things I’ve enjoyed, I read about it here.)

    Thanks to Hemant and everyone here for enriching my life and giving me a safe place to land.

  • Kyle here (2nd one if I’ve seen all the posts correctly), from Parker, CO (3rd Colorado’an – angus/marsha), work in auto finance, and am the son of Christian Scientists too (marsha – double coincidence :-). Lurk and read several times daily. Found you through Blag Hag and PZ. Don’t blog myself, but wife does and she’s an atheist too, though her subject matter runs along other lines mostly. http://www.themomslant.com.

  • Reality Chic

    Hi I’m H. I am an atheist. I live in SE Michigan so if you’re in the area, let me know. I was raised Catholic and went to parochial schools but religion wasn’t a big deal at home. Currently work in healthcare management and working on my Master’s. Have commented a couple times but mostly lurk.

  • I’m WMDKitty, from Bellingham, WA. I mostly lurk, and enjoy the wit and wisdom of others. I’m just popping out of the woodwork to say hello, and thank you for providing this space.

  • Mina

    Hi! I’ve been reading this blog for awhile, but never commented. I live in Asheville, NC and I first found this site through Skepchick.

  • muggle

    By no stretch of the imagination can I be called a lurker and like Lagunatic I can’t keep my big mouth shut but I can’t lurk here either because I just have to say:

    Hello, everyone. Nice to meet you. It was an interesting read from an interesting bunch. Comment more often. Or at least when you have excess time on your hands.

    Any of you who read comments too has seen me so I’ll spare you all the long story (and probably a brag or two about my grandson).

  • weas

    Just testing

    Hi, I am Weas. I rotate between living in Canberra, ACT and Perth, Tasmania. Both in Australia

    I haven’t had any bad religious experience (just boring ones). I always found it illogical and lacking sense. My father, a baptist Reverend, encouraged me to come to my own conclusions and choices. He has happily accepted both my atheism and homosexuality.

    These days I mostly lurk, with the odd comment. I enjoy seeing the progress the world is making in it’s very slow acceptance.

  • Derek

    Hey there everyone. My name is Derek. (though you probably gathered that from the “Derek says:” at the top of this comment) I’m your friendly, neighborhood Christian…no really, some of us exist. Heck, I even saw one or 2 others in the comments above.

    Anyhow, I’ve completely enjoyed the site. I found it around 2-3 weeks ago, and I comment from time to time. As a whole I’ve found the site to be an enjoyable community.

    Thanks to Hemant and the rest of the crew.

  • Ian Bee

    Ian from Brisbane, Australia here. Been lurking for the last 2-3 years. Hate/fight/debate “the woo” in all it perversions, but I also sing in a gospel a cappella choir, because I love the music. Does that make me a bad atheist? 😉

  • Hello, I’m Anna, and I’ve been an atheist most of my life, though I did try to fit into the Catholic mold to please my parents until a year ago, when my interests in other religions took off for some reason. I devoured everything, and then looked for history, and well…I stopped pretending. I live around Red Deer, Alberta, and have mild moebius syndrome – I am extremely lucky, as it only affects my ability to smile.(hence my name)

    Um…I love to write, and I started a blog in which I’ll put up my smaller works: http://fictionalworldsofannagladue.blogspot.com/

    Hemant, thank you for doing this blog. Though my uncle isn’t religious, I thought I was alone in the world in my way of thinking – I found your site through Google, I think, and it was such a great thing! I was no longer alone in a warped world where reality was denied.

  • Mike

    Hi there! My name is Mike and I live just outside of Charleston SC. I’ve been following this wonderful website for quite a while now.

  • I’m Venture Free McGee (real name since birth), I live in Knoxville TN, and I can’t remember not being an atheist. As I grew up my father was constantly changing religions looking for “the true one” and taking me along for the ride (during his Bhuddism phase he got a root canal w/o anesthetic as a demonstration of his meditative focus). I think that experiencing such religious diversity so young helped me to see all of them in relation to all of the others. It’s hard to take any of them seriously when you see them that way. Especially since the most common thread among them all was that all of the other religions were false. (he finally settled on atheism too, probably for the same reason)

  • JayTemuri

    Hi, I am Jay, I am 18 years old. I am in college and I live in Pakistan. I have been studying cosmology and astronomy for 2 years. I am an Atheist and I am surrounded by Muslims who are absurdly superstitious and religious. I don’t have a blog but I might start one soon.

    I stumbled upon your blog a few months back and I have been reading it since. Keep up the good work.

  • Staceyjw

    Stacey, 33, Baja California, Mexico.
    I’m an American-Feminist-Atheist, from Cleveland, Ohio, but have lived all over before landing here. (NYC/Columbus-OSU/ Tampa/San Fran/Austin/Denver/San Diego)

    Been a pretty loud atheist for many years. Found this site from Daylight Atheism. No Blog, I work in the Renewable Energy Industry, and am an art school drop out 🙂

    I’m not a lurker, but I spend lots of time online instead of working, so I figured I would say hi.

  • Dan W

    I’m Dan. I’m a student at college in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. I posted on some threads a few months ago, but haven’t posted for a while due to lots of classwork. Been lurking a little more recently. I don’t have a blog.

  • Danny

    Gidday, I’m Danny. I lived in New Zealand, but I currently live in Seattle.

    I was raised as a Lutheran Christian, a denomination that I still respect for its relaxed approach to the big G, despite identifying now as an atheist. I still get along with a majority of that congregation (which includes some gays and lesbians), but that sort of awkward “why aren’t you ever at church” icebreaker question still comes up.

    I found this blog a few months back, and check it daily for posts; despite the Pacific Northwest allegedly being the most godless of the USA, there sure are a lot of Christians in my area, and seeing this blog is a bit of a comfort I guess.

    I have no blog that I currently work on.

  • upliftingmofo

    Hi! I’ve been lurking here for a while, joined a few discussions over on PZ’s blog, and have been active over on Reddit for a while. I’m a fairly recently de-converted Jehovah’s Witness Elder, teetering on the verge of open atheism.

    I live in a very conservative christian area, but even conservative christianity is liberal, in comparison to Jehovah’s Witnesses, at least in many ways. I hope to someday be more open about my life-view, but I’d rather not be cut off from my family, if I can help it, and that’s rather inevitable if my views become publicized. So I quietly contribute from the sidelines whenever I can. You do a wonderful job, and I appreciate your site a great deal. Keep up the good work, and I’ll make it a point to try to add to the conversation here more often.

  • AxeGrrl

    This is a great thread 🙂 wow, there are so many of you!

    As a fairly regular ‘commenter’, I’d just like to say…..nice to meet all of you and hope to see/read/hear more from you in the future! 🙂

  • Greg

    Hi there, I’m – err… ::looks up::. Yeah, Greg.

    Lurked a bit, said a little now and then, and then oddly didn’t seem to be able to post. Or at least get a comment to show up. I was wracking my brains to figure out what I’d said that could have blocked me, so nice to know that it was nothing much.

    (I did nothing wrong, right? :p)

    Anyway – yes. Enough rambling. Like I said, I’m Greg, from England, and grew up an Anglican, so I guess I wasn’t far away from Atheism anyway… 😉

    First started questioning theism when my R.E. teacher introduced Anselm’s ontological argument for the existence of god. I think I saw at least 2 problems with it as a thirteen year old, and it made me think that if that was the best argument for god they could give, then I ought to actually question it. The Bible, and solitary musings did most of the rest of the work. Gotta love irony.

    Can’t say I’ve got anything like a blog, although I’ve played around with considering writing a few essays on certain theistic matters. Like the consequences on an omnipotent being, for example. Of course, if I did, I’d probably keep them to myself anyway. Got all the respect in the world for you guys who put yourselves into the public sphere to get shot at.

  • Mikko

    Hi all my name is Harri i live in Stockholm County in ice cold Sweden, I’ve always been atheist

  • Salo

    Hey! I’ve been following the site for a little while now, but I never really comment. Usually, by the time I think of something worth saying, the conversation has moved on. I guess I’ve commented at least once before since I have this nice little icon next to my name. Anyway, I’m a grad student studying biology, and really just starting to dive into the atheist/skeptical scene.

  • Cafeeine

    Cafeeine here, otherwise known as George, Canadian Greek living in Athens. Frequent lurker, infrequent poster. Been an atheist for a few years now.

  • Hey there – I am a graduate student currently living in Baltimore getting a Ph.D. in Microbiology (I think Science is VERY important). I was born in Puerto Rico.

    I have always been an atheist, as my parents both left Catholicism and decided to raise me and my brothers in an environment without religion. I am still incredibly thankful for this. Once I finally learned about religion and became aware of its incredible influence in high school I very quickly rejected it. Throughout high school and college I read a lot of books on atheism, including those who some people consider to be harsh like Dawkins, Harris, Hitchens, or George Smith.

    I found this website a month or two ago when I was specifically looking for blogs written by atheists – I check it at least once a day, but this is my first time posting.

    Now that I have a girlfriend who is a practicing Catholic, it has definitely been an interesting dynamic :).

    Keep up the good work!

  • Alisonkj

    Hi. I’m Alison and a total lurker. If I thought I had something new and original to say I’d have a blog. I’m 26 and I’d like to be another female voice for atheism, but I’m still defining what that voice will be. Currently living in Peoria, IL, but searching for jobs in the Seattle, WA area. I got my BS in Cell and Molecular Biology, and have a Master’s in Healthcare Administration. I work as a lab supervisor for the Red Cross.

    I’ve been an atheist for about 3 years, but only recently came out to my sister. The rest of my family is still in the dark. I married a wonderfully supportive freethinker who helped play devil’s advocate while I worked through my deconversion. :)I’ll probably stick to lurking, but its nice to introduce myself to the rest of the community.

  • Ann P

    Hi, I’m Ann. I’m expecting my first child in July and trying to learn how to raise a child without religion. I was excited to find this blog!

  • Becky

    Wow Hemant! I can’t believe how giant your blog is now! 🙂

    My name is Becky.. I’ve posted off and on for about a year..? I live in IL, and I am a giant geek 🙂

  • Becky

    @Ann – you may want to check out the author of “Parenting Beyond Belief”‘s blog — I’m not a parent, and I enjoy it. 🙂 http://parentingbeyondbelief.com/blog/

  • Chargefire

    Hello. I like to be called either by my given name, Brooke, or my Internet pseudonym, Chargefire.

    I am a female, an atheist, bisexual, and 13. Before becoming atheist, I was agnostic, and as I remember, have had a crisis of faith twice. The first time strengthened my belief in God as a Roman Catholic but it was short lived. Two months? Two weeks? Sometime between that. ;p

    My parents don’t know about my lack of religion, and I plan to keep it that way until my college education is done. I have no idea what they would do if I told them I was an atheist. I’ll tell them eventually.

    I have been a lurker for a couple of weeks now, having drifted here from another blog that I like. I might comment on things, I might not. All depends on whether I’m grounded or not. I’ll try not to sound so stiff next time I post, but, hey, I’m trying to tell ME in four paragraphs. I’m going to sound like that. :3

  • BillyB

    Hello. I’m a black freethinker and like finding sites like this because I like hearing the thoughts of like-minded individuals. Definitely not too many of us in the black community, although I’ve heard that I could be wrong about that. I hope I am.

  • Amy

    I’ve commented once or twice before, but it’s been a while.

    I’m Amy, from the Raleigh NC area. On the board of the recently formed Triangle Freethought Society. Grew up southern baptist, started losing my faith as a teen and by the time I was 28 claimed myself as a proud atheist.

  • I’ve been following for a while and I haven’t commented. I love the blog and love the info it provides me. My name is Jenn and I am from the Houston, TX area. I’m a pretty outspoken atheist, especially since I teach high school in Texas!

  • Jenniffer Groceman

    Hello! I’m 29, single, and enjoy long walks on the beach… oh, wait. Sorry. I forgot where I was. 🙂 I’m Jenn, and I live in Chicago. I just recently found this blog (through Google, I think), but I’m extremely happy that I did. I comment now and again. I love to read everyone’s stories about how they came to be where they are now. It gives me a sense of community that no church can rival. 🙂 Anyway, see you around. (I can also be found on Atheist Nexus, and I just started blogging at http://handmedownlife.blogspot.com.)

  • Howdy! I’m (non-lurker) Mike, an atheist from Michigan who transplanted to New York just under three years ago. My religious history is a bit complicated, going from liberal Christian to born-again to ‘fundigelical’ to deist to agnostic to atheist (with ‘attempted Buddhist’ thrown in there along the way). I’ve got a blog going that I’ve (slowly) been adding to for eight months now: http://miketheinfidel.blogspot.com/

    I’m lucky to be in a somewhat rational part of the country; I don’t face a lot of trouble from anyone I know. I’ve just recently (read: on New Years’) outed myself as an atheist to my family, so we’ll see how that goes…

  • Trace

    ¡Hola desde Nueva York!

  • Liz

    Hi, I’m Liz. 🙂 I’m from Arizona, and an atheist. I don’t have a blog, but I have enjoyed reading this one. Nice to know I’m not alone!

  • Caba

    Hi, I’m Caba from NJ. A fellow freethinker introduced me to this site, and I’m a huge fan now. Raised Catholic, recent atheist, software developer.

    I’m slightly in love with this site.

  • Hilary

    Hi. I’m Hilary, a chemical engineer in Michigan.
    I lost my last bits of faith after reading Sam Harris’s End of Faith, which was given to me by my mother. My entire family left the Catholic Church and migrated to atheism over the past few years, so it’s nice to have the built-in support.
    I found this site during my search to determine my views and have been a regular reader ever since. (Lurker sounds kind of creepy.)
    My New Year’s resolution is to write to my representatives each week to make sure my non-theistic views are heard about the topics that are important to me.

  • Steve

    I lurk therefore I am…… I’m a 32 year old atheist (I before E) from Illinois. I was a philosophy major as an undergrad which means I should be rightfully unemployed but I bucked the trend with a nice logistics position that constantly challenges all forms of logic and ethics. I’m almost done with my MBA so that I can completely confirm that I’m soulless. Love the blog. Keep up the good work. Cheers yall

  • Ken

    Hello everyone. I’ve been a lurker on friendlyatheist for about 2 years. I live in the Atlanta, GA suburbs, married 14 years with small two kids. I’ve been an atheist for 18 years.

    I love this site and read it daily on my lunch break. I have especially enjoyed the posts on raising kids, the Ask Richard segments, and Hemant’s awesome dancing video.

    Hemant, I appreciate the information you share and time you invest in this blog. Thank you.

  • Alexi

    Hellos from Malaysia / Singapore.

    I’ve been following this site for about a year now. I’m not an atheist, but an agnostic, however, I do have a strong disdain for organised religion in all its foul forms and designs.

    I enjoy the various discussion and articles that pop up. It really is a breath of fresh air to hear people talk without attributing something to the big guy.

  • Dan

    Hi. I’ve been lurking on FA for only a few weeks, but find myself checking it daily. Found it by following a link from PZ’s blog.

    I live in Chandler, Az but grew up in Canada.

    I have a blog that I need to update, its been a loooong time. Maybe some of your followers would have some suggestions.
    http://howlongwouldyoulive.blogspot.com/

  • Miss Addict

    Hiya,

    I am 23, female and I live in Australia. I work in retail (for now) and was raised a submarine catholic (meaning we only surfaced and went to church at Christmas and Easter)Lost my faith permanently at 20.

    Not sure long I have been lurking, Probably about 18 months.. I am an RSS lurker due to the fact my old work used to block Atheist web sites (but not christian ones … surprise?)

    I tend to read the site on my iPhone which gets me occasional old ladies praying for me and last week got me the title of “Most offensive person they had ever met” from a man who sat next to me and read over my shoulder…

    I Love your blog because it makes me realise that there are sane people in the world!

    Miss Addict 🙂

  • My name is Rene and I live in beautiful South Florida. I am a psychology student, grandmother, and a free thinker. I was pagan for many years, I still wear the pentacle, a Thor’s hammer, and a Humanist pin (just to make people aware that I am not monotheistic).

  • Name is Lyf (pronounced Leaf). Have been lurking for a while now and really appreciate your even handedness in difficult and frustrating times.

    I am a Christian, have been most of my life, but only recently have I really begun to understand my faith on new and exciting levels. I refuse to label myself beyond Christian as there are many ideas from different denominations that I agree and disagree with.

    Can’t wait to see what 2010 brings for your journey and your website! Love it and keep it coming 🙂

  • Hii Hemant and the others reading here as well! I think I probably introduced myself somewhere or another before, but just in case, I am Claire-chan the Friendly and the Hungry. And the Oboist/English Horn player, much like Lyz Liddell, pleasingly enough. And the Otherwise!Student of Knowledge/Russian. I don’t lurk if I have something to say.

    I just turned the ripe age of XX mid2009. Raised Catholic, made parents cry with Atheist declaration mid 2008, couple months after my 20th birthday. That was exciting. Oh, bother, hear more crying, maybe I’d ought to see what it is now.
    Lazy to get picture up here.

  • Chris Jones

    I guess as a very infrequent commenter but very frequent reader, I’m obligated to respond to the lurker-lure. I’m Chris, and I live in Conyers, GA, a suburb of Atlanta. I’m a financial analyst for a public company in the technology sector, though I’d give some part of my left arm to turn back the clock and get into theoretical physics instead. I recognized my interests some time after I had already plowed through school and entrenched myself in a career. Now at 39 with a family to support, it really is too late to start over. What was I supposed to share? Well, I don’t actually have a blog, so I’m only in the business of self-expression through someone else’s blog comments forum or an occasional message board. I can’t ensure that I’ll up my posting frequency here or elsewhere, because I’m often reading on the run and too time limited to compose a respectable comment.

  • Hello there, I’m Psicop (a pseudonym inspired by Babylon 5). I’ve lurked here a while, and have commented a few times. I was raised Catholic, then was a fundamentalist for a while, and who is now an Agnostic. My own blog — almost 2 years old — is Miscellanea Agnostica, in case anyone is wondering (and I’m not assuming anyone is).

  • I’m Nick. I grew up in South Carolina with no religious background, and have been an atheist since a Christian classmate told me I was going to Hell for listening to rock music when I was 8 years old. I had recently confirmed the truth about Santa Claus, so it didn’t take much to apply that same reasoning to God.

    I started reading after following a link from PZ, and I started following him after following a link from Bad Astronomy.

    My blog is linked above, where I opine about religion, music, science and entertainment.

  • Hi, I’m Steve. I’m an atheist. And a writer, lover of scifi, research technician … and a guy who spends a few minutes trying to think of something else to say for this.

  • Hi everyone, I’m Ian, a 20 year old computer programming student from Pittsburgh, PA.

    I’ve been an atheist for just over two years now. I’m stuck living with my overly religious (though not fundie) parents until I graduate towards the end of this year.

    Also, I’m a total nerd and proud of it. Programming, D&D, World of Warcraft, etc…

    I have a website hosted on my own personal server, which currently resides in my parent’s basement. I also have blog. Neither of which have much content currently. I’ve been meaning to get to it, but…

    http://vhyrrimyr.homelinux.com:8080/
    http://vhyrrimyr.wordpress.com/

  • Chakolate

    Hi, I’m Chak. I’m a 57 yo female, atheist since age 16 (omg, that’s 41 years. I feel like I should lie down.) and I’m a math tutor by profession.

  • Self confessed lurker here.

    I’m Tamsin, I’m a graduate student in New Zealand, studying genetics. My blog is still in its infancy, and it’s about embryonic development, genetics, and all sorts of other things that take my fancy. I’ve started it for two reasons: (1) A way to journal what it’s like to undertake graduate study (but not in so much personal detail as to make it tedious for my readers), and (2) To develop my science communication (read: try to write interesting articles about my field, that people will enjoy. And hopefully learn something from).

    I was raised pentecostal christian, and gradually lost my faith starting from about age 16. I guess my science education has been a big force in making me wonder how Christianity could be ‘right’, when it just didn’t square up with what I observed in the world.

    Now I’m a cheerful atheist, and I’m attending the Global Atheist convention in Melbourne in March. Pretty excited!

  • Jean-Pierre

    Hi All

    My name is Jean-Pierre and I’ve been an Atheist since I was a teen. I see there are a number of other South Africans here (hi guys!)

    I lurk around here and PZ’s site. It is great to have a community like this where we can all feel at home …

    Jean-Pierre

  • Twin-Skies

    Twin-Skies here, from Manila, Philippines. I’m 26, and I write for a living.

    Deist. Given my notion of god is a non-interfering (higher?) entity though, I simply live my life assuming said being isn’t there not there.

    This is by no means my first comment, though I thought the regulars would appreciate a proper introduction.

    I traverse between here, Pam’s House Blend, Pharyngula, and the Filipino Freethinkers.

  • pinksponge

    Like Jyotsana, runawayuniverse, Jaki, and Kathy, I too live in Oregon. I’ve been reading this blog for some while now (c. 1-2 years) but have only recently stuck my neck out and made a few comments. I was baptised Lutheran; then, after being unchurched for some years, my parents (and I, as a youth) turned non-denominational Protestant, then Calvinist-Baptist. Unlike my parents, I could never muster enough belief to be baptized as an adult or “born again.” I stopped attending church sometime during college and ended up an agnostic atheist. I very much enjoy this blog and the interesting discussions. 🙂

  • I’ve been an atheist for a few years now, a teacher for a few more. I live in Utah. I enjoy your site- thanks so much for keeping it up. Living in Utah, I don’t get to hear from a lot of other atheists. I’ll stop lurking and comment more- my New Year’s resolution!

  • My name is revatheist. I recently started my own blog at revatheist.wordpress.com called “The Incridible Blog of His Eminence, the Most-High Reverend Atheist,” which as you can tell from the title alone already reeks like a steaming pile of sheer awesomeness. I check out Friendly Atheist daily and have already posted about the Foundation Beyond Belief, which I think is one of the best ideas I’ve ever seen. Anyway, that’s me. Thanks for the opportunity Hemant!

  • Norvegov

    Hello!

    I live on Chicago’s north side and am a recent graduate from Columbia College where I received my BA in fiction writing. I found this blog after seeing a flyer about the screening of Collision you chaps did a little while ago and I’ve been thoroughly enjoying it since. I’ve been an atheist for a number of years but only recently have found myself becoming more outspoken and I’m overjoyed to find a good source of information about the goings on of the local atheist/skeptic/humanist community and I’d love to find more ways to become involved. I was thinking about attending the Skepchicamp fundraiser.

    I guess I’ll stop lurking so much from now on. Anyway, thanks for running this blog. It’s always a pleasure to read.

  • Julia

    Hi, I’m Julia and I post only infrequently. I’m a 32 year old geotechical engineer in Vancouver, BC. I have never been part of any organized religion, but considered myself ‘spiritual’ until I started dating a Mennonite. After lots of reading, discussion and ‘soul’ searching I now identify as an atheist. I also married the Mennonite who is now agnostic. His parents are adjusting. 😉

  • Brent

    Hemant,

    I am a Christian pastor of a church in Lafayette, IN. I came across your blog while interacting with the Purdue non-theist organization. I don’t have an active blog at this point. I may post a comment occasionally.

  • Real name’s David. 29 years old, college student.

  • Philip

    Hello, I’m Philip.

    I’m more a lurker than a comenter on several atheist blogs, and will probably stay that way.

    I do appreciate all of the more outspoken atheist bloggers that make me feel a little less isolated.

    Thanks for that.

  • J

    Shalom from Israel,

    I’m one of a dying breed of secular zionists. If anyone is interested in learning about what secular zionism is – I would strongly recommend Bernard Avishai’s “The Hebrew Republic” where he advocates replacing “Jewish” as the defining characteristic of the state with “Hebrew”.

    I currently live in Yafo, one of the few mixed Jewish/Arab cities in Israel, and I stumbled on this site thanks to Google Readers fantastic “suggest” function.

    I currently make my living as a full time journalist and part time country musician (we have the only washboard player in the country)!

  • Conrad

    Lurk!

  • Flah

    Hi, I’m Flah, native of NC residing in Florida. I’m a telecom engineer and a skeptical Methodist. Don’t have a blog because, really, who cares what I think?

  • Anonymouse

    I’m not sure if I’m still a lurker, posted a few comments previously but I don’t know if I have sought or gained approval to comment.

    Hello, from RP.

  • I’m currently in Columbus, Ohio, but that’s likely to change at any time. I have posted a few comments here, but most of my (less friendly) writing is at my LiveJournal. I look forward to being a part of more discussions here and there.

  • mike

    Hello

    I’m Mike, love the website. Hemant I work with you, but we have not met yet. I was reading your site before I worked here.

    Thanks for all your work with the site.

    Mike

  • dorcheat

    Greetings,

    Hello Hemant and fellow non theists. I am an agnostic atheist originally from northern Minnesota that now resides in Shreveport, Louisiana. I am employed as a civilian for the federal government.

    I enjoy reading your great blog. Keep up the outstanding work!

  • Mark

    Mark, from Fort Worth. One of four grown children of a Fundamentalist Baptist preacher. All four of us are atheists. I comment occasionally.

  • Tory

    Howdy, I’m from Tempe, AZ. I’m very new to the online atheist community; things were pretty lonely for awhile there, to be honest, but it was pretty nice to finally stumble upon a whole group of people among whom I will never have to grit my teeth and smile as they proclaim their latest “god told me” story. It’s nice to not be alone.

  • christopher

    Wow, very diverse group, great to read their posts.
    I am 50-year-old central NJ, MWM semi-out atheist for the past year or so, Atheist since…I don’t know 2-5 years or so. I was always very spiritual, sometimes very religious (Catholic) and was searching for the “real” Jesus. When I found out that not only was the real Jesus not there, but that the god of the old testament is a real sh*t…at some point any belief system (spirituality) seemed meaningless. I tell you, losing my belief in a god and/or even a non-deist-abstract-spirituality was like losing superman, Santa and my always-there, always-reliable invisible friend all at once, I did not expect it nor did I want it to happen. Coming out gradually to my wife was fine, she was never religious, but look on my Priest friend face was tough. I don’t really come out any one in our families because hers is religious Catholic and my sister is a wacko-delusional fundy. We are raising our kids catholic for the family and pictures, but I am concerned about the potential impact/damage being done. I am increasingly concerned and distraught over right-wing Christianity in American politics and culture.
    Thanks for the site, community, posts and opportunity to participate.

  • Hello, Hemant. I’m a math prof at a northern California college. My family is of Portuguese descent and very Catholic. Fortunately, they no longer try to get me to go to mass with them. I’m sure it’s a terrible disappointment to everyone since I was the one who was supposed to grow up to be a priest. Bad call, that!

  • ed

    Hi, I’m Ed. I’m a physicians assistant in Atlanta Ga. I’m a lurker here and over at Pharyngula for the past few years. I don’t comment often, I enjoy the information and discussion. I belong to Americans United which does the legal work to try to keep this country secular.

  • plublesnork

    Greetings from Sydney, Australia.

    Been reading this blog since I found it via BlagHag, which I found via Pharyngula. I now subscribe to many atheism/skepticism blogs and I think this one and Jen’s are my favourites to read.

    Keep up the great work, Hemant and others.

  • Eight

    Emily, Florida. Posted here a couple of times but not all too often. High School Senior, a friendly-ish atheist at school, under the radar at home. It’s an interesting life.

  • ChrisZ

    Hmm, I’m not new so I may not have to do this, but in case I do . . .

    I’m Chris, a year and a half out of college, living in Denver right now but am applying to law school (and not one in Colorado) so I’ll be leaving pretty soon. I tried blogging once but didn’t enjoy hearing myself talk that much (the evidence of this post to the contrary). I comment rarely and mostly when Hemant says something I disagree with (which is not often), which probably ends up throwing me in a bad light, or would if I commented enough for anyone to notice.

  • Jachra

    My name is Paul Zimmerle, I’m a member of the Bruin Alliance of Skeptics and Secularists here at UCLA, and events coordinator.

    While you’re in the process of reviewing my comment for moderation, Mr. Mehta, I would like to extend an invitation on behalf of my group to you to come visit our lovely campus and speak to us. Please contact me if you’re interested.

  • I’m pretty sure I haven’t been totally lurking (just a little bit) but anyway, hi, I’m lizard. Most people call me Karen, and I live in Southern California. I’m trying to be an atheist blogger, but rather new at that (though quite old to blogging).

    *waves*

  • Marron

    Hello from Alaska! I’ve been an atheist since I was old enough to understand what that meant (my parents were kind enough to let me decide on my own beliefs). I also just finished a Masters in astrophysics and now live in Canada.

    I’ve never commented before, but I love your site and have been reading for quite some time now. Thanks!

  • Hey, I have some comments here and there, but not too much. I am originally from Catholand, also known as Poland 😉 That’s where I’m currently living (central Poland, city of Lodz), but it’s temporary – I lived in many countries including Sweden and yes, that’s where I’m planning to live. Quite obvious, isn’t it? 😉
    My full name is impossible to pronounce in English, so Ellie, Elaine and Helen are the most common substitutes 😉

    I’m 26, poltical science student (forever) and lecturer-to-be, atheist, participating in largest polish community of atheists and agnostics – racjonalista.pl. We do have an english version of a part of the site, so You’re all welcome to visit. It’s obviously not my property, but it’s definitely my site. 🙂

  • Ashley Whittal

    Hey, i’m Ash.

    I’m a 31 year old male from Bristol,UK

    Im a squaddie currently serving in Afgan. I’m a active lurker 🙂

  • OneHandClapping

    I don’t recall if I have posted here before, but maybe. I’m an early 30-something living in Boise, Idaho and have been an atheist all my life. I was raised Catholic, but it never really sat right, like some others alluded to here. I don’t have a blog, but read: this one, Pharyngula, Skepchick, Happy Jihad’s House of Pancakes, Atheism is Freedom, and The Whore of All the Earth blogs (to name a few). I work as in the biology field and am applying to grad school this fall.

  • Emily

    Hi, I’m Emily. I go to college in downtown Chicago for theatrical/concert lighting design. I’ve been an atheist for about four years now and have been reading this blog for about two.

  • Lauren

    I’ve commented a couple of times already, but mostly I lurk. I’m 24 years old and I live in Southeastern Washington–a very Republican area. I do customer service for a very popular online retailer. Yes, that one. 😉

    I was raised Seventh-Day Adventist and became an atheist–very, very slowly–while my husband and I were stationed overseas (he’s in the Air Force and is currently stationed in South Korea). I’ve lived in both Japan and Turkey. Turkey was definitely interesting from an atheist’s point of view. I believe that being away from my family’s influence for about five solid years definitely helped with my deconversion.

    I have a six-year-old daughter and it has lately led to many interesting conversations with my parents about their religion vs. my lack of religion when raising a child.

  • Tracy

    Hello Hemant,

    I have been an avid reader of your blog for many months, but have yet to comment. I am a 52 year old woman, raised by a Catholic mother and an agnostic father. I chose atheism for myself at age 16. I live in a small, conservative town in the Rocky Mountains, and use your blog (and many of the shared links) for much needed “brain food.” I will come out of the shadows and do a little more commenting from here on out. Thanks so much for your web presence–I appreciate you!

  • Hi, I’m Jamisyn. I’m from the Indianapolis, Indiana area. I’ve been an atheist for a long time but recently became vocal about my views. Since I love confrontation this has worked well for me…except for alienating some of my family. I do have a blog, but it’s about knitting and I haven’t been posting a lot lately.

    I LOVE your blog. I’ve been lurking often recently.

  • En Passant

    Whoops, I accidentally posted a first comment in another thread; I hadn’t seen this one. Sorry!

    I found this blog via a weekly Google Alert on atheism. (Is that absurdly lame? I like to know what people are saying.) Hemant, I love your attitude: your blog is straightforward and clear, without being too aggressive or alienating anyone. I really respect that. One can only hear so much ranting and raving on a topic before it gets old, right?

    I was raised in a Protestant Christian family who believed (well, still believes, most of them) very deeply in their faith. I never had a bad experience with my church or religion, aside from the blatant cognitive dissonance that comes with the territory. In fact, though I’ve been an atheist for about five years (and agnostic for about a year or two before that), I harbor no inherent animosity toward faith. As long as it’s out of our public schools and offices and it doesn’t hurt anyone, believe whatever the heck ya want.

    I look forward to reading more of your views and becoming a regular commenter!