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Andrew Herzman

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Andrew Herzman

Name: Andrew Herzman Year Born: 1964 Location: Long Island, NY Label: Atheist Former Religious Affiliation: Catholic Where Do I Begin? I was brought up Catholic, but never read the Bible. I just went to Church and did the rituals like communion and confirmation, but I never really saw the point of it. As a child, I overheard my mother tell somebody that a priest admitted to her that religion was all made up nonsense. My mother actually taught me that organized religion is just “smoke, candles, stained glass and other things to impress you”.  She made it clear to me that it was important...

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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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Chris M.

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Name: Chris M. Organization affiliation: none…yet Label: Atheist, Humanist, a bit LaVeyan Satanist   Former Religious Affiliation: Russian Orthodox, Catholic My Story I was baptized as a Russian Orthodox Christian. Along with my parents, I didn’t follow it too strictly but at the age of 11, I was sent to a Roman Catholic School where my beliefs opened up to a little someone named Jesus Christ. Being young at the time, I was easily brainwashed and began attending masses and praying every night, but what I never realized was the reason why my prayers never seemed to work…...

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John Andalora

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John Andalora

Name: John Andalora. Born: 4/22/1993 Location: Potsdam, NY Organization affiliation: None at the moment Label: Atheist Former Religious Affiliation: I was originally raised to be a Catholic. However, in 6th grade, my family stopped going to church. At 9th grade I was agnostic. I remained Agnostic until the start of college.   My Story Growing up, I had a lot of things happen to me. I was alone, I was bullied, I was belittled by my peers, and I didn’t have any friends. All of these things left me with a low self confidence, zero sense of self worth, and even led to bouts of...

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Sylvester “Sly” Cotto

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Sylvester “Sly” Cotto

Name: Sylvester “Sly” Cotto Age: 45 (1966) Location: NW Indiana, USA, originally from NYC, NY. Affiliations:Freedom From Religion Foundation, Member/ supporter, Military Religious Freedom Foundation supporter, “Facebook activist”  (haha) Label: Atheist, Secular Humanist Former Religious Affiliation: Catholic, former Baptist My Story: Despite my religious upbringing, I don’t know that I ever truly believed that the stories in the Bible, especially in Genesis, were true.  But this usually isn’t a problem for Catholics, many of whom follow church dogma...

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