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Refugees from the Bible Belt

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Comment by The Big Blue Frog on August 30, 2010 at 9:27am
I sent you an email, Chuck. I'd love to come out, if there's still room.
Comment by Chuck VonDerAhe on August 29, 2010 at 4:54pm
For anyone within driving distance of Mobile, AL.... On September 11th, Hemant Mehta will be speaking to the newly formed Secular Student Alliance chapter at University of South Alabama. We have one of the auditoriums reserved and have plenty of room. We would love for anyone in the Refugees from the Bilble Belt group to join us. (6PM 9/11/2010). For further information, directions, etc. contact me backchannel ... murfsdad@gmail.com Hemant is the FriendlyAtheist.com , is on the board of SSA and is the author of "I Sold My Soul on eBay". (fascinating read, if you haven't already) He is a great speaker and will surely be worth your time. Give me a shout out for more info !!
Comment by Alan Sammet on July 23, 2010 at 2:00pm
I am an Atheist who chooses to follow a Buddhist path in the heart of lala land, Bible Belt USA. And I don't really try to hide my own belief (or lack thereof) just as I tend to wear my politics on my sleeve. I am loathed or pitied by those around me. One imbicile decided that I was a witch and professed to pray for me! I told him, "I don't use my magic on you. I would appreciate it if you wouldn't use yours on me. I don't trust your skill with it!"

I am tired of being bitter toward these people. It only hurts me. But they go on and on about how they are saved (better than me) and I am not (sub-human and undeserving of basic human rights). I can't believe that they can't see how utterly ugly they are.
Comment by Vanessa on June 23, 2010 at 11:33am
"Next time we go back (grandmother will have to babysit) I am getting drunk and humping all of the signs. I will have pictures. :)"

Haha! I have to see those!
Comment by Diana on June 22, 2010 at 9:34pm
They can't have one big church because they don't agree with each other. In fact, many of them hate each other, but not as much as they hate atheists.
Comment by Kellesta Jones on June 15, 2010 at 7:11pm
I tend to keep to myself, I grew up in a household that believes in jesus but not like how most do and didn't attend church. I married into a very religious family. My husbands family is hardcore Christians, we've done everything that you're not suppose to and got in trouble by his family. Him and I have to go through life as of now acting like we believe that way we don't have to hear his family complain. It isn't a fun thing to do, but it's a lot better than hearing someone whine in your ear about going to hell if we don't repent...
Comment by SteveH on June 15, 2010 at 2:29pm
Personally I try to be kind and keep my beliefs to myself with most people, but sometimes I just feel the need to speak my mind. I am making progress on that. I suspect I'll be speaking up more and more as time goes on. I admire those of you who are speaking up for yourselves on that. Being in the bible belt it just seems to be to ones advantage to pretend to believe.
Comment by damian on April 28, 2010 at 9:27pm
I agree orson, but my honest answer to senior citizens around here will most probably not be good for me. I have a lot of elderly customers waiting for heaven, and i don't want to screw that up for them. Well, I guess everyone can do what works for them. If a young jesus freak dude approaches me at a gas station, it's on (that has happened). When i walked away from him to get a snack in the store, he got shouted down by the next guy at the pump:) Great moment. I told bible thumpers at my door to not come back. But, like i said, i don't feel the need to get into it with some people and some situations; don't have the time or energy. The information is out there, and it's not my job to enlighten anyone. I'd rather spend my time doing something else. For me, i avoid the topic (religion) with people in public. People close to me know where i stand, and that's all i care about.
Comment by Orson_Zedd on April 28, 2010 at 8:50pm
Damian, I think if someone asks if you're religious, then you owe them an honest answer. You don't have to make a scene. When my students ask if I'm saved, I tell them no, and leave it at that. They deserve to know the truth.
Comment by damian on April 28, 2010 at 3:27pm
This discussion reminds me of "Annie Laurie Gaylor", radio host of the freedom from religion show. She always says "keep agitating". Here's a clip of her with an obnoxious fox reporter > http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HiS9SPPg8OY .. She handled herself well in this exchange, but laura ingraham kept talking over her.
 

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