Wesley is one of the hosts on the Atheist Nomads. Here’s his bio:
Huh? I am *not* a bum. I’m a jerk. I once had wealth, power, and the love of a beautiful woman. Now I only have two things: my friends, and… uh… my thermos. Huh? My story? Okay. It was never easy for me. I was born a poor black child. I remember the days, sittin’ on the porch with my family, singin’ and dancin’ down in Mississippi… ~Navin R. Johnson
Alright… If you made it this far, you deserve a decent bio. =)
I was born in Oakland, California and raised in the East Bay around San Francisco for a few years. My family and I moved up to Bremerton, WA as Southern Missionary Baptists to build a new church. While there, I was no stranger to seeing people speaking in tongues, rolling their eyes back, or plain rolling on the floor.
When I was about 6, my parents divorced and the parishioners turned on my mother and me. We were forced out. This didn’t make me question the religion. Only the people in the pews. We tried a few churches over a few years. None stuck. Going from a Southern Baptist church to other protestant denominations was hard for me. What kept hitting home were all the differences… Some big – some small.
Time magnified my questions til around 9. That’s when I started reading my KJV bible, the Torah, Quran, and the Karma Sutra (Well, the cover looked religious). I hid the last one under my bed and started reading some other Sutras too.
This digesting of all the religious texts ended around age 13. That’s when I came to the conclusion that all religions were most likely full of shit. I found the word atheist fit me like a glove and it was my secret shield in a hostile world. I told my mom when I was 16. Aside from a few tears, my mother was fine. I can count the times I’ve seen my father since I was a boy. He doesn’t count.
I’ve been openly atheist most of my life now and it feels great. Tried living in a post-atheist world as long as I could. Tried to believe religious and non-religious people could coexist in harmony. 9-11 was a galvanizing factor in my life. It made me realize the world has issues – I think religion is at the root of most of them.
So began my days of renewed interest in studying faith, philosophy, and anything that does not play well with science.
In the last few years, I’ve helped form the Kitsap Atheists and Agnostics and the Kitsap Skeptics (Find us on Meetup and Facebook). Even coordinated a few science themed speakers for the groups and more to come soon. Perhaps the next conference you go to will be in Bremerton? hmmm, could be fun!
My interests include: computers, firearms, RC cars, camping, video games, stunt kites, taking long drives, and going to the occasional rave.
Top 10 movies (in no particular order and subject to change on a whim): Amelie, Blazing Saddles, The Matrix, The Jerk, Office Space, Transporter, Fifth Element, Hackers, SLC Punk, and Army of Darkness.