I hadn't planned to tell you anything about myself (especially since I'm something of an interloper here), but since Jim asks so nicely, and others have written in some detail, I thought it'd be rude not to!
I've been an atheist ever since I could think for myself. I was born and brought up in England but have been living in the north of Sweden for most of my life, now. Sweden is a completely secular society, although we do have our fair share of religious nutters. I was christened as a baby (no one asked me), but have not had my own children christened. I figured they could make up their own minds about it, and they have both turned out to be atheists, too! My daughter went to the church choir group with her little friend for a while when she was eight and asked me whether she should tell them in all honesty that she didn't believe in any god. She decided in the end that it would be politic, as well as polite, to say nothing about it unless challenged.
Neither my children nor I have been confirmed. My husband and I were married in a civil ceremony only. I am happy to go to ceremonies in churches, though. I love ecclesiastical buildings (especially those built in perpendicular gothic) and can fully appreciate all the culture surrounding religion.
I love to watch debates (only on YouTube, unfortunately, since no one ever comes here!) with people like Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, Sam Harris, Dan Dennett (the "Four Horsemen"), Neil de Grasse Tyson, and all the great public speakers who are atheists, making mincemeat out of their fatuous religious opposition.
I am constantly flabbergasted at the fact that parents are prepared to indoctrinate their poor children with any amount of drivel, and worst of all, prevent them from learning to think. I think that this should be classified as a crime against humanity!
OK, "enough already!" I hear you cry.
I came here hoping for a lively debate, but I'm afraid I haven't found it. I thought we'd be making sparks fly and discussing all sorts of relevant matters to what we share as common beliefs, but mostly I find people wittering on about campaign buttons, and spam! People post a topic and then it gets no replies. I realise that in America, money is especially important in politics, but I'm a little disappointed that it's a major issue here.
I tried reading the "Religion" thread, but people were getting touchy, and I thought that the discussion was losing it – or at least, losing me. I hope that this board picks up and generates a lot of interest so that we can all develop our ideas and feel the moral support that you evidently need on your side of the Pond.