Hey atheist blades. As most of you know, the previous Atheist Lounge was locked (what appears indefinitely) due to being unproductive, which I'm guessing means it provided nothing worthwhile besides offending believers who happened to stumble into a place not intended for them. In an overly politically correct society, we must remember that insults/harassment not only come from direct person to person confrontation, but can come from publically exercising your 1st Amendment rights even in a semi-private situation (I'm not attacking mods here, just pointing out how our society runs in these times - it is universal). I miss the Atheist Lounge. I miss having a place to discuss the oppression and harms that come from belief in gods and how it affects our jobs, family, regions in which we live, and our basic daily lives. If nothing else it is a nice place to talk about general living with likeminded people, which obviously is the original reason for GC in the first place. I do hope that everyone who posts in this new thread will remember to tread lightly and be respectful to other GC members so that we can retain it for our pleasure and the company of future atheist blades who venture here. I also hope that theists who engage in this thread, that isn't intended for them, realize that we do not hate them personally, or seek to offend them, but that we have no faith in deities and see the religions tied to such deities as often being harmful for humanity and society as a whole. Likewise, that moderators don't punish a thread because of a few "bad apples" who are out to offend directly, and realize that this thread has good intentions and that offending posts should be deleted rather than killing the thread, which is important to many long term members of this community. Post away my fellow atheists. Let's pick up where we left off, within the standards expected by our active mods.