My name is Jamie and I’m 25.
I work as a tutor, though I majored in biology. I volunteered a little bit at my local observatory/science center a couple years ago and donate to the Human Rights Campaign.
I love to learn new things and I love to read. (I’m currently making my way through all of Terry Pratchett’s Discworld novels.) I like to draw and play video games too. I’m an atheist, humanist, feminist, pro-choice, supporter of human rights (so LGBTQ ally), etc. People in real life probably don’t know this about me because it doesn’t come up. I’m not outspoken, though I will give a straight-forward answer if asked.
I grew up mostly without religious influence. My family follows ancestor-worship, and my little sister and I attended church on our own as preteens (to hang out with friends). I never really believed any of the supernatural BS.
A couple years ago I wanted to learn more about astronomy, so I watched YouTube videos on astronomy, and from the comments I was surprised to learn that creationism is still around! That led to videos debunking creationism, and then to atheism and skepticism. Up until I read Dawkin’s God Delusion, I’d considered myself an agnostic, but after reading it I realized I should be applying the same skepticism to existence of gods as I do to centaurs, fairies, and unicorns. There’s no evidence, and that lack of evidence means it’s likely those supernatural things don’t exist.
I don’t believe in gods because of logic and skepticism, but I will call myself an agnostic-atheist because it’s the most accurate label when on the issue of belief in gods. I will continue to be an atheist as long as long as belief is an issue and religion is used to influence laws in this country and oppress people.
Hey Jamie. Smart thinking, always looking for evidence. Thank you for your contribution to Faces of Atheists.
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