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    Hi all,
    I grew up in a large Catholic family (dad was not catholic), and went to catholic school for 12 years. The religion just never sunk in; I never believed it at all, ever. To tell you the truth, we didn't get a lot of religion, and the nuns taught evolution correctly - this was in the late 60s/early 70s.

    At university, I studied science, and lived a non-religious life, but I never actually formulated my atheist views. That happened when I married into a fundamentalist family (husband not a fundie), and got to see creationism and evangelical fundamentalism up close and personally. Seeing the damage wrought on the entire family by the father's ridiculous beliefs (eg. there are no such things as dinosaurs, God created the world complete with fossils to test our faith; there is no such thing as mental illness, it is your lack of faith), I came to the conclusion that I really am an atheist, and religion in schools/politics/laws etc, needs to be eradicated.

    I live in Melbourne, I have 3 children and of course I'm going to GAC2012

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    Thanks for the intro Deb, and welcome to the AFA Forums.
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    What, indeed, is an atheist? He is one who destroys delusions which are harmful to humanity in order to lead men back to nature, to reality, to reason. Baron d'Holbach

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    Great intro Deb, and looking forward to meeting you at the GAC.
    Just stick to the idea that science tests falsifiable hypotheses to destruction.

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    Wotcher, Deb.
    Welcome to the forum.
    Matt, the spare dumpling sponge and noted tea drinker.

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    Well it's about bloody time, woman!

    Folks, this woman is hard drinkin' and hard partay-in'

    She'll be a huge asset to the GAC, believe me

    We MUST go to that Mexican place again! Purple marharitas all round! Ole!
    I've never been very good at knowing "my place". Well actually I have, it's just never been where you want it to be.

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    Quote The Irreverent Mr Black said View Post
    Welcome aboard, Deb!

    Has Admin run the Welcome Post past you yet, or should I arrange that?

    There's a wide range of stuff here, and I hope you enjoy it.
    I would be grateful if you could arrange the Welcome Post, thanks.

    Don't listen to Praxis. I am a well-behaved sipper of alcoholic beverages

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    Hi Deb, welcome to the forum, hope you enjoy the community.

    Fine intro post, thanks for sharing it.
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    Hi DebinMelbourne

    This is a message sent to all who find their way to these forums.

    We like people, and we like facts too!

    We're friendly but we're skeptical, and if somebody calls for proof, it's not an accusation. Only the strong ideas thrive here: we try to respect people. (We do not tolerate personal abuse.)

    You may already have visited these other handy places:
    * New Member Information
    * Welcome from AFA president
    * For those interested in learning, I recommend the Atheism Resource Thread maintained by Fearless.
    * And a quick look at our reserved spot for belief-based discussion, Fantasy Island, includes The Great Big List, a sort-of "things we've seen before" for those of faith, and general rules of argument for the forum.

    If you've got questions, please ask. Moderators have red name tags, but many of our friendly people may have the answers you need.

    Enjoy the forums. We hope to see plenty from you in discussions.

    Have fun.
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    That's it, Deb. You're "official".
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    What, indeed, is an atheist? He is one who destroys delusions which are harmful to humanity in order to lead men back to nature, to reality, to reason. Baron d'Holbach

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    If we go back to the beginnings of things, we shall always find that ignorance and fear created the gods; that imagination, rapture and deception embellished them; that weakness worships them; that custom spares them; and that tyranny favours them in order to profit from the blindness of men. Baron d'Holbach

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    Oh the pressure, the pressure.
    Now I've got find a great avatar and a clever banner, or whatever those things are called at the bottom of one's post (file extensions?)

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