Increasingly vocal minority fights the influence of religious groups
When she first logged onto an atheist Web site five years ago, Mikel Childers' hands were shaking.
Since she was a teen, she had harbored growing doubts about the conservative Christian faith, "but I was so programmed against the word atheist," she said.
When she eventually decided she was one, a "feeling of almost euphoria" descended upon her, said Childers, now 28.
"I no longer had to justify why a good and loving God would allow (bad) things to happen," she said.
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