"I was raised in the Texas panhandle, which is VERY conservative and VERY religious (largely evangelical Christians). This is my favorite story that illustrates the ridiculousness of uber-Christians in the area where I grew up:…"
We discuss the problem of solidarity and atheism. For example we needadvices for people who lost their beliefs and want something new.We must strengthened the idea ofsocial solidarity and discuss the ancient faults of the LeftSee More
Hmm, yeah, I guess that isn't the place for a Darwin fish on your bumper, huh?
I think the family issue is pretty much universal, in the US ... well, I mean there's the potential to have irrational, religious parents no matter where you are in the country. Fortunately, my mother is a pushover, emotionally, and none of my siblings are particularly religious that I'm aware of.
I'm a bit more secure on the job front, too. I don't initiate any conversations on the subject, but the times that I've worked in an office, I've brazenly read provocative books on my downtime, stuff like Dawkins, Hitchens, and Barker. I'm in a pretty liberal pocket of the south, though, where they actually understand what freedom of religion means and don't want to start the sort of mess that firing someone over religion would cause. Well, and most of the companies I've worked for are large enough corporations that truly don't give a damn.
And ... wow, I've heard random bits about north Texas on The Atheist Experience and Non Prophets Radio, but damn ... 'breast cancer events that do not highlight abortion'? Seriously? Bound 4 Life sounds pretty @#$%^&* scary, too.
Careful? What do you have going on over there? Do you have psychos who will try to abduct someone and exorcize the demons from them or something? Or do you mean slightly more tame things, like threats to your job stability or something?
Can you use Meetup.com to get a group together, or will you get fundamentalists invading the group?
"I suppose in regions of the country where Christianity is a major influence in local culture working towards a level of acceptance would be in Wicca's best interest. When I visited a gem shop in the bible belt with one of my friends I learned…"
"Hmmm, an outreach to atheists from the pope? I wonder ... is this an attempt at engagement and maybe a dialogue ... or is it an act of desperation from an organization which may finally be recognizing that it is failing at both engagement and…"
Unless you were raised by atheist parents, you probably had some recovering to do when you left religion. The purpose of RR is to provide a landing place for people when they jump from religion. With local support groups throughout the US, Canada, UK, and Australia, and real-time resources accessible to everyone, RR is where to turn when faith has lost its luster.See More
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Is the permafrost's integrity breaking down?
In sum, the half-life of methane in the atmosphere depends upon available hydroxyl ions to break it down. The oft cited values of methane…"
"Hello, Randall. Did you move to the region or have you lived there your entire life? I'm just curious because even my friends in the military who weren't rednecks and grew up in the region still loved motorcycles and racing. They…"