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This blog is maintained by the Skeptical Poet's Society - facilitators of the Metrolina chapter of Recovering From Religion (RR) which provides confidential multi-dimensional support and encouragement to individuals in the Charlotte metro area who are doubting their faith, have been negatively impacted by religion in some way, or are in the process of leaving their religious affiliations and dealing with issues associated with this journey. We are also members of several local secular groups in the Charlotte Coalition of Reason. The content on this site reflects our personal opinions only and is not endorsed by RR or any of the other organizations that we support.

  • William Keener

Yours truly and James Randi
The SkepticalPoet, with The Amazing Randi
Reason Rally | Washington, DC | March 24, 2012
OK. So this isn't really a society, and I'm not really a poet. But I really am a run-of-the-mill skeptic, atheist (tooth fairy agnostic), occasional blasphemer, and humanist. I'm also a husband to my beautiful wife (for 28 years!), a father (for almost as long), a sixth generation tarheel, and a rusty mathematician (UNCC) who recently retired (after almost a quarter of a century of service) from a major software company that has great Super Bowl commercials (as a Support Engineer, Technical Writer, Content Development and Project Manager, and for the last nine years as an Engineering Program Manager and Scrum Master). I previously worked in a local hospital emergency room (direct patient care and medical records documentation) for about a decade (the 80s). I'm currently available for freelance and contract work.

After attending the Reason Rally with a friend, we founded a local "Metrolina" chapter of Recovering From Religion in June of 2012. I'm on the leadership team of (and an occasional writer for) the Secular Coalition of North Carolina, a founding member (March 2013) and President (2016) of the Hickory Humanist Alliance, a founding member of the Charlotte Coalition of Reason (March 2013), and an interim member of the Board of Directors of the Catawba Valley Interfaith Council (2016). While I have long been sympathetic to Groucho Marx's maxim ("I don't care to belong to any club that will have me as a member"), I am increasingly concerned about the role that religion plays in American political life and think it is important for secular humanists to organize and build coalitions with progressive people of faith to enhance our shared values of free speech, free thought, separation of church and state, and critical thinking and science-based decision-making. I also write under the pen name Wilhelm Kühner for Kühner Kommentar an Amerika, a new publication I created which you can now support via Patreon.
The Cosmos is all that is or was or ever will be...I believe our future depends powerfully on how well we understand this Cosmos in which we float like a mote of dust in the morning sky.
- Carl Sagan. Cosmos

Kurt Wolery
I've been a non-believer since my mid-teens, encompassing the last 30 years or so, after being exposed to several versions of Christianity. In 2007 I read Richard Dawkins' book, The God Delusion, and was transformed from an apathetic agnostic into searing critic of all religion, enthusiastic supporter of the separation of church and state, and a fan of humanism. I derive satisfaction from helping others find their way to reason, well-being, and the satisfaction of living a life in tune with reality.

I married my wonderful wife in 1992 and together we have raised two very successful children in a secular household. I'm a 14 year veteran of the Air Force, flying airplanes for 10 of those years. I've participated in several combat campaigns in the Middle East since 9/11. For the last 10 years I have been flying boxes worldwide for a major cargo airline that has great Super Bowl commercials!

I'm fairly new to secular activism, but have recently been volunteering as a Recovering From Religion group facilitator, Hotline volunteer, and coordinated the Thinking Atheist tour for the Carolinas in June 2014. I look forward to helping William with the Metrolina Chapter of Recovering From Religion.

My conclusion is that there is no reason to believe any of the dogmas of traditional theology and, further, that there is no reason to wish that they were true. Man, in so far as he is not subject to natural forces, is free to work out his own destiny. The responsibility is his, and so is the opportunity.  
- Bertrand Russell. Is There a God?