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Old 06-16-2011, 08:51 PM
 
Location: Log "cabin" west of Bangor
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I don't know for sure but I'll bet the quality of education (or lack of ) goes right along with the religious beliefs.
You may be onto something there. Not that I have conducted any sort of scientific study, but it seems that the grasp of correct spelling and grammar is inversely proportional to the level of 'fundie' beliefs being promoted.
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Old 06-17-2011, 01:31 AM
 
Location: Earth
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Providence is heavily Italian and Roman Catholic.

Georgia has Atlanta, which is becoming a far more progressive city with each passing day. Same with SLC, believe it or not. I'm a bit more surprised that West Virginia isn't on the list.
Georgia also has Athens. Yes, Georgia has liberal pockets, but then so do Texas and North Carolina. South Carolina, otoh, doesn't have any substantial liberal pockets of any size, and is often considered the most socially conservative US state.

I'm aware that Providence is a very Catholic city, but if that indicated unfriendliness to atheists than Rhode Island's neighbor Massachusetts would also be one of the unfriendliest states for atheists, as Boston is also a very Catholic city.

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Old 06-17-2011, 01:37 AM
 
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Oklahoma City just had a huge Satanists Convention here.
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Old 06-17-2011, 01:42 AM
 
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Oklahoma City just had a huge Satanists Convention here.
I can only imagine the reaction of the locals....
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Old 06-17-2011, 01:47 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles, CA
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Oklahoma City just had a huge Satanists Convention here.
Yes, but the satanists are at least "believers" ......so not as "godless" as those pesky atheists.
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Old 06-17-2011, 01:52 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles, CA
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To quote the author of the article:

"I freely admit that this list, and the order I'm presenting it, is subjective. It's not based on a careful statistical analysis of rigorously gathered data based on journalistically objective criteria about anti-atheist bigotry."

Her No. 1 pick is Louisiana but I venture to guess New Orleans is a heck of a lot more friendly to atheists than ANYPLACE in the entire state of Alabama (her No. 7 pick).
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Old 06-18-2011, 12:10 AM
 
Location: Metromess
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You may be onto something there. Not that I have conducted any sort of scientific study, but it seems that the grasp of correct spelling and grammar is inversely proportional to the level of 'fundie' beliefs being promoted.
I've noticed that as well.
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Old 06-19-2011, 03:14 PM
 
Location: Massachusetts
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10 Scariest States to Be An Atheist | Belief | AlterNet

Some surprises here. Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas, and North Carolina aren't surprising at all. Neither is Idaho with all of its Mormons. Even Florida and Pennsylvania aren't totally surprising - FL is half Southern and PA is the most socially conservative Northeastern state. But Rhode Island, a liberal Northeastern state? Who would have thought?

I would have expected Oklahoma, South Carolina, or Georgia to be on this list, but they're not.
I live in Florida but am from the NE. Believe me, it is ALL Southern. I have no idea who started this claim that Florida is not "Southern" or only paritally Southern; it simply isn't true. In fact, politically, it is one of the most conservative states in the U.S. The only part that one might not consider Southern is Dade County/Miami.

And, yes, it sucks to be atheist here, or agnostic for that matter. It also sucks to be liberal, left-handed or educated.
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Old 06-19-2011, 11:01 PM
 
Location: Louisiana
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To quote the author of the article:

"I freely admit that this list, and the order I'm presenting it, is subjective. It's not based on a careful statistical analysis of rigorously gathered data based on journalistically objective criteria about anti-atheist bigotry."

Her No. 1 pick is Louisiana but I venture to guess New Orleans is a heck of a lot more friendly to atheists than ANYPLACE in the entire state of Alabama (her No. 7 pick).

NO is a very liberal city in general, so yes. Yet, when you account for the rural areas of the state and some of the smaller towns it's no different from the bible south. While I'm not surprised that our state is #1 on another bad list (we seem to be doing that a lot these days), I honestly never had as radical of an experience as described in that article. And I think, you are more likely than not to see crazy stuff like that in the more rural parts of the state.
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Old 06-20-2011, 09:27 AM
 
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Some surprises here.
Really? You're surprised by the totally subjective opinion of a lesbian, athiest activist-blogger from San Francisco?

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I freely admit that this list, and the order I'm presenting it, is subjective. It's not based on a careful statistical analysis of rigorously gathered data based on journalistically objective criteria about anti-atheist bigotry. It's based on stories that happened to get my atheist dander up. It's based on stories that made me sad -- and enraged.
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