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Debbie Goddard – Director of Outreach, CFI

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Debbie Goddard – Director of Outreach, CFI

Name: Debbie Goddard Born: 1980 Location: Buffalo, NY Organization Affiliation: Center for Inquiry (CFI) Label: Atheist Former Religious Affiliation:...

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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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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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Tim Martin

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Tim Martin

Name: Martin, Tim Born: 1984 Location: New York, NY Label: Atheist Former Religious Affiliation: Catholic About me: My story is in my video. As for those who are trying to come out, be brave! It’s worth the effort if you can be honest with yourself and with...

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