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Re: New black atheist to the forum
« Reply #30 on: May 28, 2010, 04:16:59 PM »
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Re: New black atheist to the forum
« Reply #31 on: May 28, 2010, 04:22:36 PM »
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Farqua?
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Re: New black atheist to the forum
« Reply #32 on: May 28, 2010, 06:30:23 PM »
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Farqua?
Nope. It is Maria  :verysad:  (Thomas Antonius Maria van Breukelen is my full name)
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Re: New black atheist to the forum
« Reply #33 on: May 28, 2010, 06:42:40 PM »
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Farqua?
Nope. It is Maria  :eek: Okay, now we need the backstory. However Thomas Antonius Maria van Breukelen IS a super cool name overall!
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Re: New black atheist to the forum
« Reply #34 on: May 28, 2010, 07:52:28 PM »
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Thomas Antonius Maria van Breukelen is my full name

That is an amazing name!
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Re: New black atheist to the forum
« Reply #35 on: May 28, 2010, 09:15:51 PM »
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It is Maria
Just like the author of All Quiet on the Western Front, Erich Maria Remarque.  :)
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Re: New black atheist to the forum
« Reply #36 on: May 29, 2010, 06:17:32 AM »
I wish I had an embarrasing middle name... Well, sort of.  :D
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Re: New black atheist to the forum
« Reply #37 on: May 29, 2010, 07:07:14 AM »
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:eek: Okay, now we need the backstory. However Thomas Antonius Maria van Breukelen IS a super cool name overall!
My catholic mother was to blame. She came from a catholic family and thought it was cool to give her children the middle name Maria. My father, who was a less devout catholic, managed to persuade her that having three kids with that middle name was enough, so my youngest brother got spared.
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Re: New black atheist to the forum
« Reply #38 on: May 29, 2010, 07:59:02 AM »
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:eek: Okay, now we need the backstory. However Thomas Antonius Maria van Breukelen IS a super cool name overall!
My catholic mother was to blame. She came from a catholic family and thought it was cool to give her children the middle name Maria. My father, who was a less devout catholic, managed to persuade her that having three kids with that middle name was enough, so my youngest brother got spared.
Were your two older siblings also male and thus suffer 'The curse of Maria' as well?
If religions were TV channels atheism is turning the TV off.
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Re: New black atheist to the forum
« Reply #39 on: May 29, 2010, 01:04:15 PM »
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Were your two older siblings also male and thus suffer 'The curse of Maria' as well?
I've got indeed three brothers. Carl is older than me, Peter and Erik are younger. Only Erik doesn't suffer from the Maria curse.
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Re: New black atheist to the forum
« Reply #40 on: September 18, 2010, 07:58:23 AM »
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May I ask why you introduced yourself as a 'black atheist'?

being a black (american)  atheist is a minority inside the minority.

other black people (the women in particular) write you off as a lost weirdo, which brings about a deeeeeeeep head scratch for me

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Re: New black atheist to the forum
« Reply #41 on: September 18, 2010, 08:19:16 AM »
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Tim

May I ask why you introduced yourself as a 'black atheist'?

being a black (american)  atheist is a minority inside the minority.

other black people (the women in particular) write you off as a lost weirdo, which brings about a deeeeeeeep head scratch for me
I understand that better now. Humblesmurph has added to my understanding of the particular circumstances black atheists find themselves in. The attitude of black women towards black atheists has also cropped up in his posts. As you say, deep head scratching moment!
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Re: New black atheist to the forum
« Reply #42 on: September 18, 2010, 08:24:45 AM »
Hi there, sorry to hear of your troubles.  I hope it may be a consolation when I say that in my experience real love brushes aside differences, even those so apparently deep as faith or its absence.
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Re: New black atheist to the forum
« Reply #43 on: September 18, 2010, 03:11:08 PM »
Hi there tim,

Don't give up on your quest for like minded people. This forum has been a refuge for me. I know it can sometimes seem attractive to give in to the herd mentality especially when you find yourself lonely but trust me peace of mind comes from intellectual honesty. As a former theist it is great to be free of religion it is abusive and it sucks all of the beauty out of life. You aren't missing much. Oh and btw there are more black atheists than you think but many are not so vocal because of the costs associated with being honest...religion is very deeply rooted in black culture and it can be difficult to "come out" but slowly that is changing.
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Re: New black atheist to the forum
« Reply #44 on: September 18, 2010, 03:16:44 PM »
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