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Old 05-15-2013, 12:12 PM
 
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3 more non-believers here in GA. Am friends w/other non-believers. I home-schooled for awhile. When I was homeschooling, I kept my mouth shut just to keep the peace and have access to the programs some of the religious groups offered. Most of the groups were OK w/non-believers but some weren't.

Now, it amost never comes up. If it does, I state I am not a Christian. Most people go, OH, and we change the subject. Or they ask me what I believe and I tell them. No biggie!

I recently joined an Humanist group and met one guy who called himself a Celtic-Daoist, Celtic cause he liked to celebrate solstice/drink beer and Daoist, cause he believes we can't understand the language of god. He is a retired rocket scientist. He told me something interesting about Huntsville, AL. He stated because of NASA influence in Huntsville you have a little enclave of non-believers in AL. Never knew that about Huntsville!
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Old 05-21-2013, 10:31 PM
 
Location: Wichita, KS
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The subject got brought up at my workplace the other day in Arkansas, and to my surprise, both the person I was talking to and the other employee working were both Atheists.
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Old 05-21-2013, 10:41 PM
 
Location: Mississippi
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I live in a small town in MS. My DH, family members and friends, although Christian, are of the nonjudgmental sort and the topic of religion rarely comes up. My pets don't seem to care either.

At work, my students are nosy about such things. The school is almost uniformly Christian of some kind, though there are more atheist students running around these days than there used to be. The students see all of the other teachers at church and get curious why I don't attend. At first, I would just tell them it was none of their business. But eventually, since everyone else wears their religion on their sleeve, I started telling them I wasn't religious if they pestered me about it. That seems to satisfy their curiosity and they don't care anymore afterwards. I try to avoid using "atheist" because it is inflamatory to them (not in a bad way, it just provokes a lot more off-topic discussions than the term "non religious" does). A lot of them are fairly open-minded, so I think the stigma of being non-Christian is starting to wear off.
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Old 05-22-2013, 04:04 AM
 
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Interesting post. There may be a lot more atheists in the South than we supposed. If they should use the 'not religious label' that seems more acceptable than 'atheist' (1) they may find it safe to Come Out. When there are enough of them to hold off a seige, they can use the 'aythayist' term.

(1) 'Agnostic' won't do as that translates into Theist as 'believe in God but am looking for a denomination'.
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Old 05-28-2013, 01:15 PM
 
Location: Somewhere out there
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Wink Simple Question: simple answer!

To answer your simple-enough OP question "Any atheist living in the southern US?"

The sure and certain answer?

No. Not a one!

There. Nailed it right off!
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Old 05-28-2013, 03:31 PM
 
Location: Boone, NC
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To answer your simple-enough OP question "Any atheist living in the southern US?"

The sure and certain answer?

No. Not a one!

There. Nailed it right off!
No atheists in hellholes
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Old 05-28-2013, 05:49 PM
 
Location: Northeastern US
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Interesting post. There may be a lot more atheists in the South than we supposed.
There may, at least, be more people fed up with Bible Belt old-time religion than one would think. In looking up some facts and figures regarding a response to thread elsewhere about the prospects of liberal Christianity, I was surprised to find that Unitarianism grew 15% in the last decade and took that growth disproportionately from the South, of all places.
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Old 05-29-2013, 08:39 AM
 
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No atheists in hellholes
Says who? You? DH, decorated combat veteran USMC, first Iraqi conflict. I have his journal from this time in his life. His writing is shaky cause he was scared ********! Nowhere in the journal does he mention god.
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Old 05-29-2013, 10:56 AM
 
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Says who? You? DH, decorated combat veteran USMC, first Iraqi conflict. I have his journal from this time in his life. His writing is shaky cause he was scared ********! Nowhere in the journal does he mention god.
Check his 'about me' - right at the bottom, where it says 'religion'
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Old 05-29-2013, 11:15 AM
 
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Ok, I'm confused. Maybe no atheists in hellholes, cause atheists don't believe in hell? That's all I can think of!

Maybe he'll come back and clarify.
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