The first one this week is from MikeMoeller1, a former Jehovah’s Witness:
I think I speak for every last atheist when I say, I am so glad you didn’t succeed, Mike. I am happy to be able to publish your story here.
The next story comes from, @The_Antistatist:
I spent my childhood perpetually moving from one location to another but always to a next parochial school as my father’s line of work relied on 1-3 year long contracts and my parents believed in the higher standard of education along with a strong religious instruction such as they had grown up with. It didn’t take many moves to realize that my classmates and their parents were predominately yuppy-ish hypocrites who’d go through the motions, never miss a church service or church service practice (how does one practice for worship 3-4 times per week?)and behave like mean spirited snobs for the rest. Many of the lay teachers could be equally as nasty although to be fair, there were occasional gems in the rough, pupils and teachers. At least they meant well… Pretty soon I began going through the motions as if praying out loud, genuflecting, saying certain parts of mass at certain precise times, or singing hymns were part of a mandatory and bizarre yoga session on the grounds of a spiritually run prison complex.
And finally, a brief story from, @d_iaman:
I was born to a Muslim parents, as a child ( a child born to a Muslim parents) I attended Islamic school that a child born to a Muslim parents supposed to attend. I started to question my Islamic belief when I was in university ( thanks to a particular bookshelf in my university’s library). After reading quran thoroughly, and compare it with scientific fact, I abandon Islam though still maintain non-believing Muslim status quo.