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Pat Kugel

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Name: Pat Kugel Born: 1965 Location: Ontario, Canada  Label: Anti-theist Former Religious Affiliation: Roman Catholic My Story:  Part 1: History I start out with a story much the same as many others: I was born and raised a Catholic, went to a Catholic grade school, attended mass at least once a week (Sundays), and even served as an altar boy; my mother was Catholic and my father converted to Catholicism before they were married. That is pretty much the definition of a domesticated Catholic and screams urban religious-moderate westerner. Problem was, as a child, I was just doing what I was...

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Max West

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    Name: Max West Born: 1981 Location: Franklin, NC Label: Atheist Former Religious Affiliation: None! I was born this way! My Story: I don’t believe in god. I am an Atheist. This isn’t really news. I was raised as an Atheist. My parents are Atheists, my sister is an Atheist, my wife is an Atheist (formerly fundamentalist pentecostal), and our daughter is an Atheist.   As such, I don’t have one of the tales of struggling within my family that so many here have shared. To those of you who have shared such stories, I want you to know that I commend you and I am proud of...

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Kevin R. “Vin” Rohm

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NAME:  Kevin R. “Vin” Rohm BORN: 1955 LOCATION:  Milton, WA ORGANIZATION AFFILIATION: MAAF, AA. LABEL:  Atheist FORMER AFFILIATION:  Missouri Mormon (RLDS) MY STORY: Mom was a very religious woman.  She told my siblings and me that she would rather we were dead than to leave the church.  I was such a disappointment to the poor woman.  My doubts began when I was in my teens.  I guess it began with judgment of homosexuals.  I knew my uncle was gay and I just couldn’t see how that made him an abomination.  He was pretty cool; just four years older than me.  It just...

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Zal Cleminson

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Zal Cleminson

Name: Zal Cleminson Born: Glasgow, Scotland Location: Barnsley, England, S70 4PQ Label: Antitheist My Story: 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...

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Rachael Cline

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Name: Rachael Cline Born: 1985 Location: New York City Former Religious Affiliation: Christian My Story:  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...

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Erica Sims

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Name: Erica Sims Born: 1974 Location: Born in Niagara Falls, NY Organization affiliation: American Atheists Label: Atheist, Secularist Former Religious Affiliation: Presbyterian My Story: 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...

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