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Old 10-22-2015, 10:35 AM
 
Location: Atlanta metro (Cobb County)
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Hi everyone,

As far as my original post, my ultimate goal was not to offend anyone with the "opposed to California/Texas/South comment". I would not intentionally do so. My only concern with the southern United States is that not only am I a liberal, it is that I'm also an atheist (please do not think I'm some arrogant, snooty, "I'm smarter because I'm not religious", crazy neo-liberal. I am very moderate and very reserved with my views. I am not confrontational). I really do not want to meet some nice people in cities like Asheville, Raleigh/Durham, or Austin and then have people view me as some devil worshiper baby eater (lol) when that conversation of "so what church do you go to?" comes up. Ultimately, I do not want a bible thrown at my head or shoved down my throat. I have family who has lived/spent time in the Bible belt and they say it's as bad as it's made out to be. That was the direction of the comment about being "opposed to the south".
The scenario you're describing has virtually no correspondence to the reality of Asheville, Raleigh-Durham, or Austin - which are among the most liberal metropolitan areas in the southern US. These locations have a
diverse population from many walks of life, and very few people would have any interest in pushing their religious beliefs on you. The "Bible Belt" moniker really doesn't apply to the entire South - it's more prevalent in rural areas with more stagnant populations, which are not likely where you would find career opportunities as a recent graduate.

I would suggest you research and take the time to visit locations in the South. It's true there is somewhat of a disconnect between state level politicians and the general populace of the more progressive areas, but that shouldn't impact your daily life significantly.
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Old 10-22-2015, 03:03 PM
 
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I would suggest you research and take the time to visit locations in the South. It's true there is somewhat of a disconnect between state level politicians and the general populace of the more progressive areas, but that shouldn't impact your daily life significantly.
Personally I think the reason to not move to Asheville is COL relative to the job market.

It's a nice little city though if you have the money.
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