Many of you may have noticed that I am always referring to my state (SC) in discussions. I have realized that I don't see many positive things living where I do and everything I have to say is some-what negative. It isn't intentional, it's just how things are. I feel as if we are decades behind everyone else. Honestly, I am jealous of you all that are able to find other atheists near you. Some people have told me that no one around them even cares if they are atheist or not. In SC, it is a HUGE deal. *Sigh* It must be nice to be accepted :)
I am wondering where you all are from and how your area reacts to freethinkers, etc., and where you think are the best places to live.
Thanks for everyone's input! It is really interesting to me to see how different our environments are. I don't get out much, so hearing about them help :D
Colin, you'll be interested to see this post today in Jerry Coyne's blog:
Johannesburg South Africa! 80-90% of the country is religious, mostly christian but a sizeable muslim, hindu and jewish population as well. No atheist groups around (that i have found) but i work at a university so lots of us around, mostly staff and some graduate friends. Large parts of the student body are staunchly religious though.
I dont think SA is as bad as the US when it comes to hatred of atheists but it is purely interpersonal and is technically not allowed under our constitution. Good weather, but our crime rate is a touch on the steep side.