I have already posted in the atheist movie thread but I just wanted to say hello properly. I have been a reader of this site on and off for about a year. I am an atheist. I have had a very strange history when it comes to religion. As a small child I my mother was a Buddhist, and my Dad a lapsed Baptist. God was never mentioned, we never stepped foot inside of a church, religion just wasn't an issue. I went off to college and at 18 years years old, my parents decided that they were going to "get religion" in a huge way. They joined the most fundamental church in the area and just performed complete 180 personality wise. That was wierd as all get out. Of course, they tried to convert me, but I was just not interested and kept my own lifestyle until I got married. My Ex-husband was a Wiccan and I participated in a few rituals, but it was mostly his thing. Then finally, (I am embarrased to admit this) I saw a television show that finally got me to convert to Christianity, Jack and Rexella Van Inpe a husband wife televangelist team. They had a special on hell that was so horrific that I became afraid of hell for the first time in my life. I asked Jesus into my life for the very first time. The funny thing was I really didn't do it out of love for a diety or conviction for anything Jesus did, I just didn't want to just invited to God's eternal weenie roast as the weenie. I just wanted fire insurance. So I took my parents advice and joined the chapter of Pentacostals in my city that my parents were involved in and that began one of the worst periods of my life. By the time I finally left the Church I was suicidal. I was about 24 years old at the time and I am now 34 years old and although I am a proud and out atheist I am STILL recovering from the experience. Reading your site and others like it has helped me immensely. I am grateful to you guys. You may have never met me before, but ya'll have helped me more than you will ever know. Thank you for being here.