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Old 19th June 2017, 04:50 AM
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Hi Everyone

My name is Chris and I live in Somerset West, a town in the beautiful wine lands of the Western Cape, 45km east of Cape Town in South Africa. I know this is the Atheist Foundation of Australia but we don't have a local equivalent, I hope I will be welcome here.

I was born into a deeply religious Protestant family but had questions from an early age. My parents lived in a small, conservative town and throughout my primary and secondary school years I attended church with them every week. I went to Sunday school and did everything that was expected of me. But I had questions, lots of them, and no one in those circles were able to answer them. This led to a lot of tension between me and my family but I refused to join the church officially.

When I left home things got easier and I met non believers who became very good friends and allowed me to be my own person. For many years I considered myself religious but not affiliated to any church. Gradually I came to realize my "faith" was noting but fear, a remnant of years of indoctrination, the effects of the hell and damnation approach of the Protestant church. I was at a stage in my live where I could finally admit I didn't believe, realized I never have, and that I can be and identify myself as an atheist.

And what a wonderful realization that was. For the first time in my life I feel truly free, free from years of religious bullshit and indoctrination. This forum was a big part of my journey and I'm looking forward to many more years of spending time in your company. You have no idea how much you meant to me over the past few months.

All the best.

Chris
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Old 19th June 2017, 07:51 AM
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Hello Chris. Welcome.
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Old 19th June 2017, 08:08 AM
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Welcome aboard, Chris.

I hope you enjoy our company.
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Old 19th June 2017, 08:17 AM
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Hello and welcome Chris.
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Old 19th June 2017, 09:19 AM
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Hi Chris. We have at least one regular South African poster here and a few existing threads on matters RSA. Welcome to the forum, hope you enjoy it.
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Old 19th June 2017, 09:47 AM
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Welcome Chris. The AFA could also be called Atheists Sans Frontières as we have a number of international members.

I hope you enjoy our little corner of what we hope is relative sanity.
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Old 19th June 2017, 11:37 AM
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In practise we don't worry about borders and so on in this place so feel very welcome.
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Old 19th June 2017, 12:09 PM
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Hi Chris, welcome. I hope to see you around ongoing. I found posting reflections and comments somewhat daunting at first. You just have to do it. It is edifying.
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Hiya Chris *waves*
Foreigners are welcome here!
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G'day Chris, and welcome.

I'm pleased we've been of service.
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