North Carolina Atheists

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North Carolina Atheists

A way for the Carolina folks to get in touch.

Location: Anywhere, North Carolina
Members: 226
Latest Activity: Aug 21

Discussion Forum

YMCA - what can you tell me about it

Started by skepticmom. Last reply by shane brooks Jul 2. 9 Replies

Atheist Dating in the bible belt

Started by Heather. Last reply by Paul Martin May 7, 2013. 5 Replies

Rock Beyond Belief - Ft. Bragg, NC

Started by Richard ∑wald. Last reply by Richard ∑wald Apr 2, 2012. 2 Replies

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Comment by Sam Chapman on August 25, 2009 at 10:48am
Glad to be here. I feel like I've been wondering around in a desert and suddenly I've found shelter. Between CAA and A-Nexus, I feel invigorated!
Comment by Ryan Tombleson on August 19, 2009 at 10:19pm
Welcome to the nexus Sam!
Comment by Liz Richey on August 19, 2009 at 10:09pm
Sam, you are an amazing person!!!!
Comment by Sam Chapman on August 19, 2009 at 8:29pm
Born and raised in Gaston Co. NC. I'd probably still be going to the local southern baptist shit hole if I weren't so goddamned queer. To that I say, "thank god i'm an Atheist!"
Comment by Skepticator on July 18, 2009 at 6:32pm
I teach in a Gaston County public school and we have had a Bible class for years. It was taught by a language arts teacher for a few years, but most recently by a history teacher. What is disturbing is that they always pick the most Christian member of the staff to teach the class. I wish they'd give me a crack at it. I think the kids would definitely learn some interesting things about the Bible then.
Comment by Beckster on June 17, 2009 at 6:57pm
http://www.aclu.org/religion/schools/34356prs20080305.html

Here is an article from the ACLU concerning the offering of Bible classes in public school. The course offered in Kannapolis is an elective course (I could not tell if it was a required elective or not). The issue with a bible class is whether the class is promoting a certain interpretation of the bible. IMO, it would be nearly impossible to have an entire class devoted to the bible without the teacher doing some interpretation. The only way it would seem to be legal is if the teacher is presenting it as Bible as Literature, in which case wouldn't you just need a licensed language arts teacher and not a bible teacher? Either way, should tax dollars be spent teaching a particular holy book without teaching all the others? Wouldn't the tax dollars be better spent on a science/math/GT/special ed teacher? That is what would make me angriest if I was a taxpaying citizen in Kannapolis.
Comment by Brian on June 17, 2009 at 12:53pm
Liz posted this on the Charlotte Atheists site. I just wanted to pass it on to others throughout North Carolina. If you live in Kannapolis, or nearby this should cause more concern.

This is a listing for a Licensed Bible Teacher at Kannapolis Intermediate School. From what I understand this is a public school. I have called to ask about the position, but have not been able to contact anyone as of now. I also understand that the school teaches 5th and 6th graders. I hate to jump to conclusions, but it sounds like a good old case of indoctrination. I also sent an email to the NC Board of Education and the Governor asking why we need such a position in a public school.

Here's the link to the job posting:

http://www.kannapolis.k12.nc.us/CentralOffice/employment.htm
Comment by Neil. on June 14, 2009 at 11:01pm
I was born in Scotland spent my formative years (2-16) in Australia then moved back to Scotland. Met and married an NC lass and moved here about a year and half ago. I've never been anything other than an atheist thanks in no small part to my Dad who refused to have my brother or I exposed to any religious indoctrination. Not that he did or said anything to guide us either way that I can recall, he simply left it to our own choice.
I admit that I had some trepidation in moving to the tail end of the bible belt but I am glad to have found that there are in fact quite a few atheists agnostics and couldn't care lessists around.
Comment by Preston on June 8, 2009 at 2:20am
I was born and spent most of my life in NC. Now I live in Virginia just a few miles north of the Virginia Carolina border.
Comment by Liz Richey on June 7, 2009 at 6:20pm
Ya know Alex- I cannot remember (Crumwiddy sounds familiar). This was around 2003. He was openly sexist. When it came time to write the critiques on him, it took all the women in the class about 45 minutes to write.

Judd- saw you on the Charlotte site- glad you joined. I joined the NY Atheist group here in case I move back home. You really should come to one of the social dinners- the restaurant has great food and wonderful beer on tap. And, you sit with a bunch of people that have control of thier minds!!!
 

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