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Old 1st March 2017, 11:37 AM
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It's a long time since I was surrounded by religion, it was like having your head held under water. I've surfaced now, but I still look at the churches and the websites and the Christian right politicians and the sectarian wars, and it's clear that the thing I escaped from is still everywhere. People are drowning! And if you fight against it you're still treated like some sort of pariah in large portions of society.

So to me the number one purpose of this forum is to be a place where you can BREATHE! Atheism is an odd thing. we differ in so many ways, while what we have in common is something that we lack (belief). But what flows from that lack very important. I feel a lot of warmth for everyone on this forum. It's a loose community, an online community and therefore ephemeral, but I find myself drawn to it every single day.

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Old 1st March 2017, 12:15 PM
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The sole purpose of this forum is to educate and entertain me, and I must say you are all fulfilling your purpose admirably. Keep up the good work.
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Old 2nd March 2017, 11:09 PM
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The sole purpose of this forum is to educate and entertain me, and I must say you are all fulfilling your purpose admirably. Keep up the good work.
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Old 2nd March 2017, 11:11 PM
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So:

1) Community
2) Exploration of ideas
3) Call to activism
4) Coordination of activism
5) Challenging one another's ideas
6) Having space away from theistic environments
7) Passing the time when your tired
8) Learning new things, teaching old things
9) Alerting each other to relevant news
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Old 3rd March 2017, 11:38 AM
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10) Humour
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Old 3rd March 2017, 04:25 PM
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I do not really see the question as valid. Does anyone ask what is the purpose of the internet? This forum is a tool, people use it for different things, some of which have been expressed in this thread already.

Personally I use the forum to mainly challenge my own understanding of the world in which I live. I find the posters here rational and engaging, with the focus on evidence based argument refreshing. Of course the shutting down of the occasional theist and the funny picture section are also highlights.
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Old 11th March 2017, 07:54 PM
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11) Encouragement.
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Old 11th March 2017, 08:29 PM
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Community. You are all wrong, but I loves ya all anywayz!
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Old 12th March 2017, 09:06 PM
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13) Perspectives, including gender effective or all other subjective kinds.
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Old 12th March 2017, 10:39 PM
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14) A venue for developing and expanding one's expressive skills.
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