Hello, my name is Tyrone Byrne: I'm assuming as you are on my page you are looking for (1) How I became an Atheist and (2) Why I support the work of the RDFRS. I was brought up in a household where both my parents were Roman Catholics, however (surprisingly) they never impressed their religion onto me. I did, however, believe in God up until I was around 15, it was more of a default position for me as opposed to a question I had considered at great depth at that age. I was never obliged to go to church, nor did I feel any volition to; but up until a certain age you tend to believe what your parents believe; this was the case with me. I began reading Richard Dawkins' own book 'The God Delusion' when I was 16 years of age. I had watched a few debates via the wonder of YouTube, but ultimately it was the succinct and compelling arguments in 'The God Delusion' that finally tipped the scales for me, and compelled me personally to "come out" as an atheist. I cannot say why I began to research the question of Gods existence, the school I attend is traditionally an Anglican one (however before that I attended two state schools with a less religious fervour about them), I never had strong religious beliefs, I suppose this relative agnosticism led me to independently research both the religious and atheistic arguments for and against God. I have been surprised since "coming out" the negative connotations which being an atheist seems to carry, even in the UK where atheism, according to the 2011 Census, accounts for at least 24% of the population; it has more proponents than all the non-Christian religions in the United Kingdom, I feel it is about time that the national media presentation of atheism needs to change to reflect that. Anyway, I hope you enjoyed reading my story, and I hope to speak to you soon, fellow heathens. Tyrone Byrne.