My Atheist Activism Acknowledged in College Paper

(The ThunderWord) “Highline Community College Paper” *Battle over souls* Atheists promote life free of religion By Jessica Strand November 19, 2015 Federal Way, Washington Religions are just magical myths that drive people apart, say Damien Marie AtHope. AtHope was promoting atheism and “more human values” on campus Oct. 29 with fellow atheist Jersey Flight. The pair share similar views, and often visit colleges together to share their philosophy. They held signs with the word “ATHEISM” bolded across the top – and a stack of similar signs sitting at their feet – with a different message on each sign. AtHope, a large man with a dyed, bright red beard, sat next to a table with a bowl of candy for passerby to choose from. They were relatively silent until students approached, but were more than willing to get into a philosophical debate once initiated. AtHope hopes to give people a different message from the religious groups preaching repentance, he said. He was religious himself until his mid-30s, when he became a college student and discovered contradictions. “That actually helped me be free,” AtHope said. “Most of the problem with religion is they tell you there’s something wrong with you and it’s something that only they can fix. I had to realize that there is something wrong. We don’t care enough and religion’s not going to fix that,” he said. AtHope started his educational pursuits at the University of California, San Diego, with ambitions of becoming a drug and alcohol counselor. He was required to take a religious studies class due to the requirement for alcoholics and addicts to have an...