Name: Zal Cleminson
Born: Glasgow, Scotland
Location: Barnsley, England, S70 4PQ
It was in the month of May during the post-war working class austerity of Glasgow in Scotland, I was born the son of an army Sergeant and a shop worker, into a close-knit, loving, loveable and modest Presbyterian home. Brought up within a consanguineous household I wanted for little. Responsive and energetic, I had a happy unblemished childhood, brought up to feel the unease of wrong-doing. Still too young perhaps to form, in the back of one’s mind, the uncertain outlines of an...
Name: Kris Leeds
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Organization affiliation: GSHM, UAA, WAA
Label: Atheist, Antitheist, Humanist, Secularist, Constitutionalist (Yes, I just made that up, feel free to ask me about it).
Former Religious Affiliation: I’ve been Catholic, Protestant, Presbyterian, and Methodist (None of them made sense).
Letting Go of God
It seems like a lot of people are having trouble with this for some reason, so here’s the thin: I’m an atheist.
I’ll let you recover from that shock for a moment, and let that sink in … Good? Okay....
Name: Cody Robinson
Location: Denver, CO
Former Religious Affiliation: Protestant Christian (Non-Denominational)
I was raised Christian and, at times, felt like I was the most devout person in my immediate family. Sometimes even going to church when no one else from my family would. My de-conversion happened very gradually the more I thought about it. I’m not even quite sure when it happened but it was sometime in high school. My doubts started happening the more I actually learned about religious history. I just couldn’t comprehend...
Name: Rachael Cline
Location: New York City
Former Religious Affiliation: Christian
I was raised in a conservative Christian family and I came to the (post-Jesus) light as a teenager after questioning the highly illogical teachings I was spoon fed at home & at Jesus Camp. Since then, I have been joyfully embracing the beauty of living for this life, not some notion of an afterlife.
I am happy and proud to say that I recently celebrated eleven years as a Free Thinker. It wasn’t until this year that I stumbled across the secular community of Humanists and have...
Name: Erica Sims
Location: Born in Niagara Falls, NY
Organization affiliation: American Atheists
Label: Atheist, Secularist
Former Religious Affiliation: Presbyterian
I grew up in a great family – my mom, dad, younger brother and me. My parents took us to church and Sunday school every week but religion wasn’t a big deal in our house, we went to church and believed in god and the bible but didn’t think much about it except for on Sundays. My parents weren’t preachy; no one in my immediate or extended family was. I never doubted the existence of a god until...