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Old 03-28-2012, 08:49 PM
 
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Default Non-christian living in the South

This is a sensitive topic -- I do not want a religious debate nor any offers to save me. For my own personal reasons, I'm not a particular fan of organized religion and definitely do not consider myself "christian." Realistically, how will this affect me if I live in southern cities? Especially if I live in a small town near a major urban area. And how will it affect dating prospects?

I know I'm asking for generalizations, but just trying to get a sense of if that could be a major problem,
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Old 03-28-2012, 09:00 PM
 
Location: Alabama
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There are plenty of pagans in the South too.



Seriously though, you won't have a problem unless you make a big public fuss about it.
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Old 03-28-2012, 10:20 PM
 
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This is a sensitive topic -- I do not want a religious debate nor any offers to save me. For my own personal reasons, I'm not a particular fan of organized religion and definitely do not consider myself "christian." Realistically, how will this affect me if I live in southern cities? Especially if I live in a small town near a major urban area. And how will it affect dating prospects?

I know I'm asking for generalizations, but just trying to get a sense of if that could be a major problem,

This is what you should do:

1. Take a shower.
2. Set your alarm clock
3. Wake up in the morning
4. Show up for work as usual
5. Go home after work
6. Cook a nice dinner
7. Watch the news or catch a movie
8. Get ready to turn in for the night
9. Do it again the next day

Kinda like you would do in the city you use to live in.....
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Old 03-28-2012, 10:24 PM
 
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There are plenty of pagans in the South too.



Seriously though, you won't have a problem unless you make a big public fuss about it.
Exactly....it's like you're moving to another planet or something.
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Old 03-28-2012, 10:55 PM
 
Location: Florida
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I would simply avoid church and establish relationships with like non believers or people that don't like organized religion . If you hit it off with a gal who goes to church drop her like a lead ballon, Stay away from religious functions of anykind and avoid bible debates or discussions about Jesus or even satan. Just stay within your agnostic lifestyle and you'll be fine.

In Yeshua,

Das (Judeo- christian)
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Old 03-29-2012, 06:36 AM
 
Location: Petticoat Junction
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Bottom line:

Nobody cares. Your beliefs are between you and Gaia, or whatever.
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Old 03-29-2012, 06:39 AM
 
Location: Heart of Dixie
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***rolls eyes***
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Old 03-29-2012, 06:55 AM
 
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Retro Photo - live your life, don't be a jerk, if someone asks you to church be polite, don't be a jerk, keep in mind that most people are religious so it might affect dating, don't be a jerk.

Last edited by Keeper; 03-29-2012 at 07:49 AM..
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Old 03-29-2012, 07:18 AM
 
Location: Greenville, Delaware
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From reading a lot of responses on the North Carolina forum in the past, it would seem to me that people in the South are far more likely than in other parts of the country to ask newcomers if they've found a church yet or to invite them to church. Even though I've lived all over Texas and a bit in northern Louisiana (the protestant evangelical part of that state), I've not really encountered that very much. However, in my own experience, people in the South (again, personal experience living many different places in TX and in LA) are more likely than elsewhere to talk openly about religion/church than you would encounter in some other areas of the country (I imagine it's similar, however, in the rural/small town Midwest). I think if you live in the more trendy, young/hip, transient neighborhoods of larger cities in the South, it would be rather similar to living in the Northeast or other more secular areas of the country, and you wouldn't encounter much churchiness in everyday life.
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Old 03-29-2012, 08:09 AM
 
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I live in a small town and while I am not anti-christian I do not belong to a specific religion. I had many ppl invite me to their church when I first moved here. I just thanked them for the welcome and changed the subject. I will tell you it can be difficult to meet people in a small town unless you go to church. Church is something many of the people I know here consider a major part of their life.

However, I can tell you I have also witnessed people doing so many things for others in need here. I was born in AL but I have lived in several other places so for me it is nice to live in a place that is safe and the men tip their hats to women, stop for funeral processions and offer to help you do things you can not do.

It isn't for everyone but I wouldn't live anywhere else.
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