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Yeah, there are atheists everywhere, but finding them ...
So much work, in places like that.
Heh, dunno about not beating country life, though. I'm originally from the suburbs of Chicago, so Raleigh is a little on the small side, for my tastes. I don't think I could cope with living in a town smaller than 100,000 people or so. I dunno, I guess I view it more as the people making up the place.
The people in urban areas are more educated, more liberal, and more interesting, on average (I'm only speaking about averages here), and it's easier to get a group of similar people together, when you've got a couple hundred people within a 15 mile radius.
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Welcome, Martina. I, too, live in the south so know what you mean by the constant bombardment of religiosity. You will definitely meet like thinking people here. Also, thank you for your contribution to the care of homeless animals.