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Old 09-03-2014, 07:12 PM
 
Location: Washington D.C. By way of Texas
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That's stretching it. I distinctly remember being in a barbershop in Marshall, Texas (pop. 23523) where a group of men were openly discussing all their problems with religion/the bible and why they no longer attend church. No one said a word in protest.

What people fail to realize or either don't want to admit is that most southerners under the age of 60 can hardly be called devout Christians. Many are lapsed Protestants who would rather sit home and watch football than be bothered with church on Sunday. And even within the church you have a slew of people who aren't very Christian like 6 days out of the week.

Personally I am a man of faith but I'm not giving any atheists a hard time about their beliefs, nor will I support the ridiculous idea that they are unwelcome in the south or that they're only safe in the large cities.
I only said that because you are likely to run into people of faith in smaller towns compared to people that live in larger cities. Contrary to popular belief, most of the major cities in the South are not that much different than the rest of the nation.
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Old 09-03-2014, 07:35 PM
 
Location: Wichita, KS
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Well, I'm an Atheist. I don't go announcing it to people, but I'm not afraid to tell them my opinion if they ask. I've been living in Northwest Arkansas and haven't had a single problem, though Benton County is said to be the 2nd least religious county in the state. Sure, there are a number of churches here and I do on occasion hear people talk about their beliefs. It's actually not what I expected when I first moved here though. From what I've seen, I'd say the religious still have the majority, but I'd say it's it's only 60% who are very religious.
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Old 09-03-2014, 08:27 PM
 
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orlando-calrissian = "Almost every major southern city is predominantly Democrat/liberal"

If you mean that almost every major southern city has a large black population who usually vote Democrat and are liberal on economic issues, that is true. However, black southerners are also generally religious.
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Old 09-03-2014, 08:52 PM
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Location: A Yankee in northeast TN
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If you are from the South and happen to be an atheist - or light on religious roots, it will be easier for you.
Errr... possibly, but a number of us posting here with the view that's it's not a big deal are not originally southerners. We're transplants who somehow made it work without issues.
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Old 09-03-2014, 09:20 PM
 
Location: Mid Atlantic USA
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I just tell people I'm Catholic (lapsed one at that), and in the South that usually shuts them up pretty fast about religion. I felt very comfortable in New Orleans though cause it warmed my heart seeing all those Catholic churches and so few of those Baptists churches you see everywhere else in the South. Also liked the giant Cathedral in Mobile. Catholics are pretty tolerant of atheists imo. Much more so than the evangelical Christian.
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Old 09-03-2014, 10:38 PM
 
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All of the cities above 100K in TN have democratic mayors at this time. That includes cities without large AA populations.
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Old 09-04-2014, 12:06 AM
 
Location: Boise
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I guess it just depends on where you are in the region. It's more likely that people are going to be more accepting in urban areas as opposed to rural areas for example.

I'm not an Atheist, but I know plenty of them that live in my area and would definitely say that your choice in where to live shouldn't be hindered by your beliefs. If you don't actively seek out arguments then you'll be completely fine.
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Old 09-04-2014, 08:47 AM
 
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orlando-calrissian = "Almost every major southern city is predominantly Democrat/liberal"

If you mean that almost every major southern city has a large black population who usually vote Democrat and are liberal on economic issues, that is true. However, black southerners are also generally religious.
It's not just about having a sizable Black population; most major Southern cities truly do lean left. For instance, although NC as a whole voted for the gay marriage ban a few years back, most of the state's major cities voted against it.
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Old 09-04-2014, 08:51 AM
 
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Yes, atheism is generally looked down upon in the South.

Most people (and institutions) in the South are religious. Be prepared to see churches everywhere and people being very public about their faith.

Most people will have a live and let live attitude. Some people will invite you to their church (because helping to save your soul is the kindest act they can offer). Militant atheism is despised, for example atheists who complain about prayers at football games or public meetings are regarded as intolerant interlopers.

The manner in which you posed your question and the manner in which you responded to Wmsn4life (who is a great resource for info) leads me to believe that you would be fine here.
This is a good answer. I concur.

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Couldn't hope for a better answer. Thank you very much. My fear is indeed not that I'll be chased through town by an angry mob, but more that people will try to save my soul (just like you responded). While I do appreciate the gesture of people trying to do something nice for me- Maybe if I were born in the US I'd be religious myself, but where I come from religion is quickly dying out.

I do not know what militant atheism is, but by how you say it it sounds like an extreme form of atheism. Like I said, I could not care less if somebody is religious or not. I like to see churches and the culture associated with it, I just hope people will allow me to make my own choice.

Once again, thanks for the kind answer.
I think that the fact you're not from the U.S. will be taken into consideration, being that you have a different background.
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Old 09-04-2014, 12:04 PM
 
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but rather that the smaller percentage that is liberal in numbers is still a large amount.
Yes, you'll find that to be the case in the cities, not so much in the rural areas and most suburban areas.
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