This is Srivathsa - a new member. Have been visiting the website for sometime now; decided to join this forum today.
I gave up on organized religion when I was about 11 or 12 after being made to do a Ganapathi puja sitting in front of some idols. I thought it was the most foolish thing to do in the name of "carrying on traditions". I never sat for any of that stuff after that. Thankfully my parents did not force me to. I think organized religion ought to be counted as a crime against humanity for what it does to people - divides them, makes them kill, kills free thought, etc etc.
It also suddenly occurred to me that there is no god who controls everything. I have been an atheist for about 30 years now. My wife seems to slowly realize that there is likely no god.
I have two boys 11 and 9. I have brought them up as freethinkers - no talk of caste/religion at home. If they want to believe they can do so once they turn 18.
I am not sure what I will get out of this site or contribute; but let's see. An atheist group is a bit of a contradiction - no?