I see repeatedly on this forum suggestions from fellow atheists, in response to an OP's lamenting about dealing with theists on a daily basis, to consider relocation as the answer to their situation. Is this actually always the best advice? It seems relocation is actually a passive response to a situation that might be better served by growing a spine. Do we really want to change the demographics of a country to where there exists concentrated pockets of atheists clustered among the theists? Would the dissolution of religion not be better served by atheists holding their individual ground amid the sea of supernatural believers, to ensure that continuing morsel of doubt and critical thought is made available? Maybe, just maybe, a theist who is questioning their own belief system will encounter the freethinker who gives them that moment of clarity they surely need. 

I no longer back down to theists, especially southern self-righteous fundamentalists, and call them out when they spout their incoherent religious jibbering. I consider myself a beacon of light among my local fundamentalists. We need more atheists to stand their ground and not run at the first moment of confrontation. There was a time early in my atheism when I was almost embarrassed to admit to a theist that I did not accept the concept of invisible supernatural entities. Today I consider that state of mind almost laughable. So as other atheists pack up and head for more agreeable freethought climes I will remain and fight the good fight. It might feel good to rub elbows with fellow atheists but the real action is engaging and disarming the religious zealot, one idiot at a time.

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