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
>> >> 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
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.
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