On Thursday, January 24, 2013 10:20:25 PM UTC-5, Brent wrote:
>  On 1/24/2013 6:28 PM, Craig Weinberg wrote: 
> On Thursday, January 24, 2013 9:05:31 PM UTC-5, Brent wrote: 
>> On 1/24/2013 5:14 PM, Stathis Papaioannou wrote: 
>> > On Fri, Jan 25, 2013 at 4:55 AM, meekerdb<meek...@verizon.net>  wrote: 
>> > 
>> >> It's probably a lot simpler than that.  In the U.S. if you're an 
>> atheist it 
>> >> may be hard to find a sympathetic ear.  Depending a lot on where you 
>> live, 
>> >> you may be isolated and reviled. 
>> > Is that really true? I was in the US recently for the first time, 
>> > Scottsdale Arizona and NYC, and other than Christmas decorations I 
>> > can't recall seeing much evidence of religion at all. This is perhaps 
>> > a superficial impression but I was a bit surprised nevertheless. 
>> > 
>> > 
>> Scottsdale is pretty cosmopolitan - it's where airline pilots go to 
>> retire.  NYC of course 
>> is as secular, diverse, and worldly as any place in the world.  Try 
>> visiting small towns 
>> in Kentucky, South Carolina, Mississippi, Oklahoma,...  It's not called 
>> "the bible belt" 
>> for nothing. 
> It would be more tedious than genuinely threatening to be an atheist adult 
> in redneck America - unless you insist upon being as vocal as the Fundies. 
> Yes, there's a lot of churches, and people will ask you what church you go 
> to, but they will also ask you what sports team you support and think you 
> are just as threatening if you are unaffiliated that way.
> I'd didn't say they'd be threatening.  But if you were an atheist looking 
> for a friendly ear the only ones you'd find would probably want to convert 
> you.

I don't know that not being able to talk to others about your (non) 
religious beliefs would be cause for suicide though. Especially now that 
there's the internet... I can't remember the last time I had a conversation 
with someone about religion IRL. If it was that important to find a 
friendly ear in multiple neighbors and co-workers specifically to listen to 
you talk about being an atheist, then that makes me think about questioning 
the claim that atheism isn't like a religion.


> Brent

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