Who Am I?
I was born and raised in a small conservative town in southern Missouri. Ninety-nine percent of the counties population was white and locals preferred it that way. Early on, I wasn’t exposed to much religion, my parents were Baptists but never went to church. I had a great love for science and the natural world, I wanted to be a scientist, which my parents loved.
When my parents separated when I was 8 (divorce wasn’t necessary, I’m a bastard), my father married a Seventh Day Adventist. She started making me go to their local church and thus began my religious experience. My mother starting dating a verbally abusive Evangelical not too long after so when I wasn’t missing out on Saturday morning cartoons I was experiencing the “joy” of people speaking in tongues and wailing all sorts of things.
By the time that my parents had decided to inundate me with Jesus it was too late. If I had ever been capable of faith it had long since left me. I accepted the fact that a god existed because the society around me treated it as though it was fact. I didn’t know about other religions beyond the very simple explanations I saw on the Discovery Channel. That being said, I never prayed or tried to speak to Jesus or any other mythical being.
As I grew older and learned more about science and technology the more god didn’t add up. In high school I was having a discussion with a friend and mentioned that I wasn’t sure whether a god existed or not. He said “Oh! you’re an agnostic” I had never heard the term before and had to look it up in a dictionary. I used that descriptor until I discovered atheism a little later.
After I graduated from high school in 2004 I immediately joined the U.S. Air Force. I was very into technology by then and wanted to become a software developer. I came into the AF a somewhat still close-minded Republican hick. This last May I came out of the AF as a liberal Secular Humanist. During my four years in the military I learned a lot about how the real world works and how corrupt my government has really become. I’m a very big patriot but I think America has done some pretty bad things in the last decade that we need to atone for.
Along the way through my enlistment I met a lot of good people and managed to pick up a pretty amazing girlfriend, she’s a Domican national, but she is enlisted in the AF until 2009. We’ve been together for over two years. She’s currently persuing U.S. citizenship which I fully support. About a year and a half ago I flew down to Dominica to meet her family, first time I had left my own country. Dominica is a very beautiful country, but the road system is terrible. Oh, and she’s Catholic, how about that? A Catholic and an atheist, who woulda thought that would work?
I’m going to assume this is enough info for now, if anyone has any questions about me you can ask in the comments or email me.