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2/10/10 4:55 A

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This says it for me, too, MAYA.

"Here I am. 100% atheist. But I'm happy to let everyone else have their own religious/agnostic/atheistic beliefs as long as they don't try converting me. :) I have friends of many religions. They know I'm an atheist. They occasionally tease me, but they also accept me as I am. Which is just awesome - they're wonderful people! "

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2/8/10 9:14 P

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I think I lucked out - growing up, my Mum was always the one who wanted to go to temples and stuff, Dad always said that if you truly wanted to pray, you could even pray in the lavatory and it would still reach god's ears. Of course, I interpreted that as ... never mind. :)

As I grew older and more able to question what was being fed to all us kids, I grew more and more disbelieving, got to the point where I decided I was agnostic. Then realised that agnostic (at least in my case) simply *encouraged* people to try to convince me by "bearing witness" (witLess, if you ask me) to all sorts of magical happenings.

Here I am. 100% atheist. But I'm happy to let everyone else have their own religious/agnostic/atheistic beliefs as long as they don't try converting me. :) I have friends of many religions. They know I'm an atheist. They occasionally tease me, but they also accept me as I am. Which is just awesome - they're wonderful people!

Which is why SP was such a SHOCK to me! I've been spoiled by being surrounded by thinking people all my life, I think. :)

Welcome to all the new-comers to the group. This *is* a most refreshing group - although I still won't be eating the cottage cheese octopus surprise!

Cheers,
Maya


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2/8/10 2:32 P

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Glad you're coming out. I think I'm pretending to be Agnostic when I'm really an Atheist, but I'm not sure.

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2/8/10 1:40 P

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I just found this team, and I have to say, I cried "Hallelujah!" when I saw what it was. I am so glad all of you are here.

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One finds that this is the best of all possible worlds.


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I'm glad - and grateful - to meet you, 4REAL4EVER! I suspect there are many of us out there who have grown very weary of pretending. I'm one of them, too - so grateful to have found this team AND you!

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1/26/10 10:47 A

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Welcome, Spark_me! You're right this *is* a great team!

~ Susan

Even if our efforts of attention seem for years to be producing no results, one day a light in the exact proportion to them will flood the soul.
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Welcome! This is such a super team... I'm glad to be here.

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I am a kind of pranoiac in reverse. I suspect people of plotting to make me happy. - JD Salinger



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1/25/10 4:42 P

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Stop in and set a spell!

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1/25/10 4:29 P

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I read somewhere that those who love God are not always the friends of their fellow men. We've all seen plenty of evidence of that being true.

Pretending, in order to keep people who look down on us happy, gets very tiresome. I'm with you guys. We can't really be ourselves, until we decide to stop the pretense. We deserve to be happy.

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1/25/10 12:46 P

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Definitely. Pretending is way too stressful.

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1/25/10 11:11 A

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Been there, Spark_Me, and it's NOT fun. It was a good day when I publicly made my internal beliefs=my outward behavior & words. Pretending is not good for inner peace. Welcome to our team of wonderful people!
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1/25/10 10:59 A

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This is a great team. I am tired of pretending I'm a Christian just to keep people off my back. Thanks for being here.

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