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Old 04-16-2012, 02:54 PM
 
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Well, I'm an Atheist and live wayyyy up here in Canada. We are a pretty liberal country but even here I've heard people say some pretty stupid things.
That being said, I've also travelled throughout the states and have found that I "fear" telling your fellow countrymen (and women) that I am Atheist. So I can agree with the other posters statement when I say I am pretty happy to not live in America (as an Atheist).


I'm "out" here and will soon be "out" there when next I travel. First, I now have the "darwin fish" symbol on my truck (The big one ) and also a "free thinker inside" sticker on my back window. Lastly, I HAD a set of stickers. the first one was "Darwin" and I placed the second one "Loves You" beside it. Spelling out "Darwin Loves You" BUT someone peeled off the second sticker on me. (Darn those Christian Vandels....) I'll replace it when I can find another sticker. It could have been worse. They could have keyed my brand new truck....

I will also have more concerns about parking my nice truck in the local Walmart in the States. I'm hoping everything remains intact and un-molested, but I'll have to wait to see.

I can honestly see some big, suspender wearing redneck sticking around waiting for me to return to my truck and saying "Jus' What do ya'all mean by them thar' stickers, boy??" At which point, redneck, never-read-the-bible guy might get a lesson on religion, but I may get a punch in the nose.

I also have a quite large Tattoo on my upper arm and shoulder with a "Fallen Angel" falling from the sky, feathers flying everywhere, that I don't hide. I am encouraging people to freely ask me about it (and the stickers) but it doesn't mean I am not more fearful of the reaction I will get from those who see it when next I travel down to the Southern States next year. I shouldn't have to be but that's still the atmosphere that gets presented in the States. It will eventually change but it's not there yet.
OK, I'm not going to tell atheists that they HAVEN'T experienced those things. It may just be that I am the one living in a part of the U.S. that's different (NYC/NJ metro area). I've known a few of the fundamentalist types--they do exist here, too--but they are the exception, not the default.

By the way, how is Canada "Waaaaay" up? I drive upstate NY to my daughter's college all the time, and Montreal's a lot closer than Buffalo is! : )
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Old 04-16-2012, 07:47 PM
 
Location: Hamilton Ontario Canada
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By the way, how is Canada "Waaaaay" up? I drive upstate NY to my daughter's college all the time, and Montreal's a lot closer than Buffalo is! : )[/quote]


Didn't you hear? Once you cross over the boarder we live in Igloos... Burrrrrrr

Or at least the Americans who visit Canada in the summer with ski's on thier roof racks have been made to believe
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Old 04-18-2012, 06:06 AM
 
Location: Heart of Dixie
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I'm sorry for you guys that can't express yourselves. I am Christian. However, I would not sit in judgement, I'd do my best to be your friend, co-worker, and may set an example of how Christians should live, although I'm no where near perfect...but, that's (being agnostic or an atheist) is not a reason to talk down to anyone.
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Old 04-18-2012, 09:09 AM
 
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I'm sorry for you guys that can't express yourselves. I am Christian. However, I would not sit in judgement, I'd do my best to be your friend, co-worker, and may set an example of how Christians should live, although I'm no where near perfect...but, that's (being agnostic or an atheist) is not a reason to talk down to anyone.
Thanks, and yes, the majority of religious people I've meant have been very nice like you, very respectful. There are exceptions to everything though. I think it's good to let people know this can be an experience and if you don't believe anything you can still experience hate, just like others who are a religion not accepted in America. It happens.
I feel accepted on here, it's nice to talk to others that aren't as closed minded to how I see things. It's comforting.
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Old 04-18-2012, 09:12 AM
 
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By the way, how is Canada "Waaaaay" up? I drive upstate NY to my daughter's college all the time, and Montreal's a lot closer than Buffalo is! : )

Didn't you hear? Once you cross over the boarder we live in Igloos... Burrrrrrr

Or at least the Americans who visit Canada in the summer with ski's on thier roof racks have been made to believe [/quote]

LOL< We know that Canadians are born with mittens on.
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Old 04-18-2012, 12:13 PM
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Location: Begonia
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Helicopters need to fly in during winter and drop books.

{I think that was from National Lampoon 's old "Kanadian Korner" column.
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Old 04-19-2012, 04:43 PM
 
Location: Mississippi
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Yes I'd be afraid to live an immoral life and then burn in the lake of fire for the rest of eternity.
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Old 04-19-2012, 06:11 PM
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^ That would scare God, too!
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Old 04-20-2012, 06:04 PM
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Rafius, did ya'll live in the US-of-A down around heah?:


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Old 04-20-2012, 06:22 PM
 
Location: under a rock
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I ain't scared of no ghost! Not even the holy one
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