One gas station owner here in South Carolina has a digital readout on all of his pumps that says "One nation under god. If you don't like it, LEAVE!" Sadly, it isn't the first time we've heard this. Many Americans also want immigrants and gays to leave as well.
What is with my state? Just last month, we had a woman hang and burn a dog because it chewed her bible. It really pissed me off and I started a petition because I fear that she is going to receive undeserved lenience. I've heard people around here say things like "what if god really did tell her to do it?". I can't help but think she will be sentenced with the same delusion in mind. The ignorance here amazes me. Btw, if you haven't signed my petition, here is the link http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/woman-hangs-and-burns-dog/
Back to the subject. Christians really believe that they run this country. It is aparent that they want atheists out of it. How can we show them that this is not a Christian nation? We have quoted statements from our founding fathers, we have argued about separation of church and state, we have rejected creationism in our classrooms, and Obama has even stated on several occasions that this is not a Christian Nation. What else can we do to convince Christians that this is a country for everyone?
Then you of all people should understand that the only rational people are anti-theist. However, I'm not talking about creating a "banner of atheism". I'm talking about a banner that rational, freedom-loving people can rally under. But part of that movement, whether you call it atheism, humanism, secularism, or whatever you want, needs to include getting the delusional religious people out of power.
Religion as a whole and xianity in particular is decidedly anti-American. It preaches slavery and anti-intellectualism. Not only does it preach it, it insists on it. As I said, xianity is a cancer in this country. The only way to cure the country is to remove xianity from power. Call that movement anything you want.
Another problem is, that anti-theocracy is only one of a raft of issues we have to be concerned with, and we simply do not agree on the other ones. So how do we form a coherent political force, other than forming a number of single-issue groups? Which we already have done. (And some of them are not exactly single issue groups, they inject a lot of other issues that have nothing to do with atheism-vs.-theocracy. Those groups fail to get my money or support because they will piss my money away on shit I don't agree with. *cough* the atheist party *cough*)
I'm from the Northwest (Portland, OR) and have also not seen much in the way of bigotry against atheism. The xians do, once in a while, try to push their "xian principles" (like bigotry against gay marriage) through legislation, but for the most part, religion is kept to a personal level.
I have to agree with Mo. Xianity is a disease rotting away this country. We need to speak up at every chance we get that this is NOT a "xian nation". I know it's frustrating, but believe it or not, we are making progress. Xianity is dying the slow death with the younger people. Church attendance is down almost everywhere. We need to persevere and stick with the mantra "we are not a xian nation, we are not a xian nation". People ARE listening. It's just a slow process.
A nation of christians is not a christian nation!
I've met several Pagans& witches in my area and studied it for a short while. I think they are some of the coolest people I've ever met. :)
I've also been meeting a lot more atheists too. However, it still doesn't amount to the number of Christians in my area. We still have a long way to go in the South.
That is actually another reason for speaking out, even with bad press ("Look at how the evil atheists won't let us shove our religion down their throats! How intolerant of them!"). It lets closet atheists know that they aren't alone and they have a supportive side of society that will not let them be bulldozed over by the religious wrong (I have a REALLY hard time saying the religious "right", even if it does mean political direction rather than ethical correctness).
The more people that stand up and say "this is unacceptable", the more people that will be willing to join that outcry. Believe it or not, even the south is coming around. I know it doesn't seem like it, but how many KKK rallies are held in public down there now-a-days? How many religious groups are hanging "niggers"? Yes, there is still bigotry against blacks (actually just about every race down there except whites), but that brush fire is being contained and diminishes every day. It just takes a LONG time. I don't think that many adults tend to turn away from their superstitions, but if we make it okay for teens to question that "authority" and be perfectly fine with admitting they don't believe in fairy tales, as they grow up, that group of self-righteous, back-water, anti-intellectuals will steadily shrink.
It's a long, drawn-out process. A hard-won battle, but we CAN and MUST if we want our children or grand-children to grow up in a rational, anti-bigoted, fair, and just society.
You must not be in Rhode Island then.