Bible Belt Atheists

For Atheists in the Southern United State but anyone can join.

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  • Linda Turnipseed

    Here's food for thought. I live in Alabama and love the weather in the south. I DO NOT like the cold. However, sometimes I have pipe dreams about leaving this backwards state (all of you know the many reasons for getting away from the close-minded south). I would love to find a more liberal, non-religious place to live but it seems all those places are in cold climates. I'm thinking of Sweden, Denmark, etc. Does anyone know of an atheist's paradise with tropical weather? Let me hear your suggestions.
  • Brandon Falcon

    Louisiana
  • Linda Turnipseed

    Since when is Louisiana not in the south? I'm thinking tropical beaches.
  • ADiFatta

    I grew up in Louisiana, and, besides New Orleans, it's very religious. Mostly Catholic, but a lot of Southern Baptists.
  • Eric Lawson

    Not only do I live in the bible belt, but I believe I live in the"buckle" of said belt. Christianity has poisoned everything here.
  • Shawn P.

    Funny story; So a friend of mine works with a preachers wife who related how at Halloween, she gives candy only after asking the children what they know about the Bible; she lamented "sometimes all they can say is 'Jesus'". I'm sure they were like "Jesus, give me the freakin' candy."
  • Kevin Myers

    I find that being openly atheist in the south is almost a full time job in itself. One of the first questions asked of you when you meet people is what church you belong to, if you are open; as I am, and tell people you are atheist, they see it as an open invitation to do one of the following...

    1. Give you their "testimony" right there on the spot as if they are going to be the ones to change your life and save you from the clutches of hell. This process usually takes between one and three hours.

    2. Tell you that this country was founded on Christianity and if you don't like it you need to move out of the country or kill yourself or better yet they will do it for you.

    3. Make note of you so they can report you to their church and tell people what you do for a living and to boycott your business.

    4. Continually harass you until you go to their church so God will thank them in the afterlife with more Golden Palaces to live in.

    5. Once in a great while a person will ask why, listen and not judge me, and then we can become friends. These people are the exception and not the rule.

    Wondering what your experiences are?
  • BryanPaul

    Sup. everyone. I'm in North Louisiana right now but I have lived near New Orleans half my life also. I loved the south but I love to hunt more. Lots of religious folks around here but I dont have problems with them often. I have no aversion to landing a right hook and love a challenge so I guess it makes me real outspoken and confident. This leads to alot less crap than most people I hear about. They leave me alone and I return the favor mostly. lol, I'll see you everyone in the descussions!
  • Chuck VonDerAhe

    Alabama League of Reason (Mobile, AL)

    Professor Brian Axsmith will be giving a presentation on "Anti-Intellectualism in America"


    This Saturday (Sept 18th) 4PM - 6PM

    Location
    Satori Coffee House
    5460 Old Shell Road
    Mobile, AL 36608
    251-281-8591-*Chuck's Cell

    How to find us
    We will be meeting in the back room. (I have been here before for meetings with other groups. Do not feel that you need to purchase anything. It's a self service counter in the front and comfy couches in the back.)

    Visit our MEETUP page for more information. While you are there please join our group. That will insure that you are notified by email about our future events and news.
  • Mary Thomas

    Hi, I just joined Think Atheist last week. Been religion free for 2 years. Glad you have a group for people like me who are trapped in BFE. Religious nuts in this town make life difficult. I do all I can to endure this backwoods xtian enclave & raise my kids to have morality without religion.
  • Terri Day

    Hi all. I am in central Missouri of all places. Born and raised in California so yeah, totally out of my element. Only here because it is cheap and my house is paid off. Only problem, when I open the front door, Missouri and bible thumpers are out there. Gah!
  • Jonel Burge

    Hey, I live in Alabama.
    Yes, when you walk out of my house, you can hear dueling banjos in the background.
  • CJoe

    lol Terri... my grandparents live in Holts Summit MO and I was there last Jan for two weeks. I almost had a panic attack because Missouri is so miserable. I admire you for your ability to stick that place out...
  • Serendipity Rose

    This "bible belt" is SO broad! Where isn't it?

     

    I grew up in Mid-Missouri and now live in NW Florida. I never thought of Mid-Missouri as part of the bible belt when I lived there. 

     

    I hear people say that they want to move to someplace else but living here makes me appreciate the freethinkers I meet here just that much more. I sooo appreciate our local freethinkers group! I don t know how I'd survive without them!

  • Terri Day

    Serendipity, the locals tell me this is the bible belt, but I agree, broad term. It is infinitley more religious than where I come from.

    Funny Cara, I feel near panic here my own self. I just keep telling myself I am debt free and it is worth it, some days, it is hard.

  • Wayne Edgar

    @ Jonel - Also in Alabama. When you walk out my door you can hear a church choir. I think I could stand banjos.
  • Wayne Edgar

    Crap at the new group members! Did the Holidays cause the sudden influx or what?
  • Allen

    @ Wayne - Maybe but more the merrier eh
  • ADiFatta

    Went to Mentone Alabama for a few days before Christmas. Couldn't find any scotch, but, DAMN if there weren't a church between every trailer!
  • Ken Hughes

    Nolan, welcome again, is this the bible belt or what?
  • Michael C.

    I'm in central alabama, and have at least 6 churches within a one mile radius of my house. I'M SURROUNDED!!!!!!
  • Chuck VonDerAhe

    @Michael, I'll see your 6 and raise you 2.... Mobile, AL
    Think of all of those lost property tax dollars. Nevermind...
    We just pay more to make up for it.
    So proud to support my local churches.
  • Ken Hughes

    Churches and religion: The single largest real estate and tax-avoidance scam in the history of man.
  • Nolan Warner

    As a commentary on my friend Ken Hughes and his comments about the tax dodge known as religion, I will go one better.   Several churches around the country have been leasing steeple space or other high points on their churches to the mobile phone and other wireless companies as a source of revenue without paying taxes on the monthly income they recieve.  These are for profit enterprises using their property and paying for the priviiledge but the church pays no income taxes on the revenue.  Sweet deal huh!?!?
  • Ken Hughes

    Thanks Nolan, I wasn't aware of that fact or practice, but I'm hardly surprised, even by our religion-infested government allowing it to happen.  I agree with no tax regarding the sanctuary, but not a penny on any and all other property.  Every church or religion-related building is a drag on taxes and a waste of real estate and floor space that could be put to much better and more profitable uses.
  • Ken Hughes

    Religious organizations, by their holy "charter", for lack of a more descriptive term, and I America one can suppose they have some, perhaps tenuous connection to jesse's crap are supposed to always assist the poor and hungry rather than invest by far the bulk into their edifices and impressive sanctuaries.  Something about a rich man's ability of getting into heaven being analogous to a camel's inability to pass through the "eye of a needle" or words to that effect in any case.

     

    Many times I have wished to be filthy rich so that when I see a case of a family or woman having an extremely difficult time or loosing everything to a disaster I could anonymously write a check to make them whole again; nothing would please me more than that single ability and it pains me to know there's no ef-fin possible way.

  • Ken Hughes

    Our "Texas Prayer Leader", otherwise known as the governor, called for a state-wide prayer for rain.  This year Texas has received only 6-inches of rain and we're in an extended drought.  One result is hay prices are going through the roof and hay is being hauled in from other states.  Then the bible-pounder himself is the main organizer for an unconstitutional prayer state assembly in Austin for prayers to jesse's crap for the nation.

    Yet no one of any notoriety has dared to call the governor out on his clearly failed rain prayer; however, if he had performed a Comanche Rain Dance, that would also fail of course, all the media would be on his case for acting crazy.

    WTF's the difference, one's as idiotic and doomed to failure as the other!

    Sitting and waiting for the Mother Ship to beam me up from all this crapola seemingly centered on
    Texas.

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  • Trish E. Harmon

    Thank goodness, I am not alone! LOL!

  • Trish E. Harmon

    I forgot to mention that I live in a small town in Missouri, Odessa. I moved to Missouri in '97 from Anchorage, Alaska (talk about a culture shock!) to be close to my mom who settled in Kansas City. Thankfully, my mom is an atheist, but it's hard to find another around here in my little podunk town. I actually keep to myself so I don't have to find myself being "that one" in town, lol. I like my anonymity. There are so many churches here and the big favorite...huge white angels on the front of many houses. Yay. I am proud of my town, however, for running out a white supremacist who was trying to open a teen club here (does the name Charles Juba ring any bells?) but they're still a bunch of hardcore Christians in many respects. Because of this, they get all up in arms about things like Pepsi (or was it Coca-Cola) putting the Pledge of Allegiance on their cans but leaving out the God part. We were founded on Christian principles, don't ya know? Ugh.

  • Karen Greene

    Trish, Hi!  I don't envy you in that little podunk town.  A big city like San Antonio isn't much different.  Just more idiots.  You are lucky your mom is an atheist.  My husband and I have been married 33 yrs and are told that we are nothing and immoral because we "Don't love Jesus and have a personal relationship with him"  One old lady tried to get us evicted by lying about us.  We are alone here in Texas and prefer it that way.  Having atheist web sites to chat with folks of a like mind is great.  Welcome!!

  • Karen Greene

    Kathleen, My husband and I lived in Winston Salem for several years in the 1990's.  NC is so beautiful.  My husband had a show once a week on the local cable channel about calling in and asking questions of atheists.  He was so popular people would shake his hand in the grocery store.  It was so unreal. Have you joined some of the atheists on FB?  I did and do not feel alone anymore.  My hubby is gone all day driving a cab and I am disabled so my computer is my friend.  Nice to hear from you.  Karen

  • Ken Hughes

    My missus and I are both from Eden, NC just a pleasant drive east of Winston-Salem and you are spot-on about the natural beauty of the state.  I've covered it from the highest point est of the Rockies, Mt. Mitchel, to the Outer Banks and I regret ever moving to Florida in 1993.  However, the move was necessary if I was to make a living.  When we moved away there were 125 churches of various brands, mostly baptist or pentecost in form in Eden or its near environs.  I outed myself as an atheist on 1990 after being exposed to the true nature of bible freaks and geeks by being dragged by my missus and two kids to the Assemblies of doG-affiliated Martinsville Crapstian Fellowship for a year before I finally bailed to preserve my sanity.  My missus is still a born-again and I tell her that she'll have to "forgive" me fore thinking that my mom got it right the first time and I never felt the need for a second round.

    We lived in Fort Lauderdale from 1993 to 2003 where I was very active with the James Randi Education Foundation and became close friends with the "Amazing One' Randi himself, actually appearing in his chair on occasion when the JREF ran a web cast every 4th Thursday following the 4th Thursday Open Forum discussion hosted by Randi if he wasn't traveling as he often was.  It was held in the Isac Asimov Library and I would give anything to have a copy of that library as my office.

    In 2003, for a host of reasons we moved from Fort Lauderdale and its incredible international wildly-flavored community to rural north central Texas horse country in Wise County )not) near the Texas version of Podunk, Decatur.  Little did I realize I was moving to a cowboy version of Eden and there are a very few atheists but this forum has allowed or enabled two of my fellow atheists to link up and we go to the Denton Atheist Meetup Group every other Sunday 46-miles to our east.  Denton is a college town and there are a lot of fellow travelers on the not-doG road there as one would anticipate, even in Texas.

    Here's the rub, my missus is still an evangelical crapstian and this past June 3 we celebrated 45-successful years of marriage, proving that as long as there is mutual respect for each others First Amendment rights and responsibilities it's possible for the immovable object and the irresistible force to coexist under the same roof; she's also a neocon-theocon repugnican who voted for McCain and I was a very active supporter of Obama.  Be that as it may he needs to get his head out of his republican-smelling ass and listen to the people like me who are renewing the protest movement that I remember fondly and have long thought it was time for a new Peace Movement.  I'm 67 so I know well of what I speak.

     

  • Karen Greene

    I so agree about the mentality of Texas.  I was told to stay away from the Dallas Fort Worth area.  Is churchie good old boys kind of crap.  After all, look at our Gov good hair. My big question is where is the rain? Ugh!  I am an out spoken 65 yr old, not so nice old lady.  My hubby is an atheist also.  I read a lot of Issac Asimov books when we lived in NYC.  I think Obama is such a nice, well educated man but he needs to drop the nice and tell these morons where to go.  Nice talking, Karen

  • Ken Hughes

    Thanks; however, one can never "know about the mentality of Texas" until one lives it.  I found that when one is introduced to someone here in Wise County (an oxymoron for the century) the first question is normally "where do you go to church"?  I always replied "I don't do the church thing" to weird looks and questioning eyes.  I write a lot for the editorial section of the local rag and it's generally known that I'm a non-believer, and the missus tells her fellow bible-pounders that I am a non-believer and to not hit on me.  Here pastor is a young, very nice and accommodation guy who knows of my atheism and allows Ken to be Ken; his name is also Ken.

  • Karen Greene

    You are lucky!  Here in San Antonio most folks leave us alone because we live in a hotel apartment.  That is sure a first question asked in small towns.  

  • Ken Hughes

    Do you think it possible that, perhaps in the distant future, certainly not in our lifetimes,  it will become obvious that there's no one or no thing coming back to "save" us?  Or will it remain as Sam Kennison once said, "Its been 2,000 years," as he looks at his watch and adds "Hell, it could be any minute now"? 

    I have all sorts of books by the "New Atheists" lying around on my desk and in my bedroom, she has her own where she can sleep with jesses crap and listen to crapstian propaganda at any hour.  I have her keep him in that room as opposed to all over the place, but she did sneak some small magnetic crap on the reefer door.

    Will humanity be ever cursed by religion?  It would certainly seem so, or will science and reality ever in the day?

  • Trish E. Harmon

    Hi, everyone! I almost feel like I'm at an AA meeting, lol. (I happen to work in an alcohol/drug treatment outpatient clinic). I really have been mostly quiet on facebook about my atheist beliefs, though I did put it on my info page for anyone to see. I'm one of those who doesn't want to rock the boat most of the time and don't want to upset others, but I'm starting to lean toward trying to find more atheist friends on facebook with whom I can converse, regardless of the subject. Most of my "friends" are Christian, right-wingers and sometimes they post ridiculous crap about Obama (the birther thing comes to mind) and will put up "inspirational" messages that I just ignore. I'm not offended by it, but more often their political stances really bother me. Most are okay with homosexuals...to a point, but often talk about their Christian ways being threatened. I'm really trying to be more open about my views without actually getting into it with my fb friends. So, if anyone wants to be a fb friend with me, I would love that. Just look for Trish Harmon with the funny profile pic of a female skull and crossbones wearing big sunglasses. That's me! (One of my creations for the design work I do.) If I can at least converse about whatever with other like-minded people on my facebook page it will be more fulfilling. If my Christian friends don't like it, they don't have to comment. It's just very frustrating being a minority in a world of crazy people.

  • Samantha L

    Hello everyone!  I am in Florida...have been for a decade now.  Moving here after living in the Pac West has been so frustrating! In the county I live in..I cannot drive anywhere without seeing "Believe in jesus christ" There is a dentists office who on a major intersection, has a huge billboard with various christian messages on it.  I would like to post my own billboard about Freethinkers...probably would get a big fat no!!

     

  • Ken Hughes

    G'Day Samantha,

    I, too, spent a decade in Florida, Fort Lauderdale to be more exact, and the jeebus crap wasn't as prominent there as in a lot of other areas in Florida, although to my taste it was plenty bad enough.  There's even an End Timed Ministry there somewhere in central Florida I think and there are plenty of Caribbean islander folks  who seem to be very excitable when it comes to being "spirit-filled".

    My missus went to a crapstian fellowship in Plantation where we lived immediately west of Fort Lauderdale and there were a lot of islanders that went there as well.  She even had a few of them over on a few, very few occasions to our home for a little get-down until I put a stop to it.  I told her the house was as much mine as hers.  Therefore, I said I was going to start inviting some of my friends from the James Randi Education Foundation over for little get-down of our own flavor and that put an end to it.  I reminded her our home was not a church and I didn't expect to have that crap going on within my hearing.

    Like an idiot I moved away from SE Florida after becoming worn out by living in the middle of 7-million south Floridians and we moved to doG's country of Tucking fexas!  I've regretted the move a lot but I have some very good atheist friends here and we have meetings and events as often as possible.

    Rick Perry is an idiot and it's funny how he zoomes to the top of the Repugnican's list, at least until they listened to him speak.  That down-home, Texas country boy TA&M graduate drawl, logic and language plays well only to a dumbed-down dip-shit electorate.

  • Karen Greene

    Ken, I see you love Gov good hair as much as I do.  Still waiting for all that rain the boobs in this state were praying for.  Had a big prayer thing in New Braunfuls a month or so ago.  Still only a dribble.  On the more serious side, I am afraid this moron might get elected!  Samantha, that sounds nasty to have to see everyday.  My hubby was a trucker about 10 yrs ago and I lived on the truck with him and in Utah all you hear on the radio and TV is Mormon stuff and the Walmarts only carry Mormon stuff.

     

  • Ken Hughes

    Ha!  Indeed, I'm trapped in a Perry Paradise of jesse's crap freaks.  I've had the experience of flying through Salt Lake City several times headed to Anchorage, Alaska and I can feel the weirdness leaching through the alloy skin of the MD-80 in which I was riding.  That airport is assembly central for those bicycle-peddling freaks in dark suit and tie to head out into the world and spread their hip-deep BS.  If I had, for some unimaginable reason, to move there for a job, I'd become a beach-bun in Florida before I'd allow that to happen.  And think of it, two of the repugnican presidential candidates are Mormon freak-a-zoids; wonder if they wear their special underwear, LOL!  If one of them should actually be elected, I'd go jump into the ocean and swim away of that was the only avenue left to me to depart this religion-infested nation.

  • Karen Greene

    Joy Behar called it magic underwear!  Donnie Osmond says it is to remind them to be good!  Yikes!  

  • Ken Hughes

    If the picture I've seen of the, what, bullet-proof or bad spirit-proof undies are the real thing, just getting out of them would allow time for their conscience to intervene and keep them from being "bad".  It has always been my opinion that things some people have listed in the "Conscience" column actually belong in the "Cold Feet" column.  I wonder if they realize that under those Mormon undies they're all naked just like the rest of us?

  • clay harshbarger

    Another example of what happens in the bible belt. The local goverments think they have the right to push their religion.

     

    Glad the FFRF got them

     

    WHITEVILLE, TN (abc24.com) - They're fired up and sounding off. The Freedom from Religion Foundation struck a nerve in Whiteville, Tennessee when it began a campaign to remove a cross from the town's water tower.

    That issue was settled, but it sparked another effort among residents offended that out-of-towners butted in on their religious expression.

    What was seen as an attack on Christianity got Whiteville residents like Roger Alston riled up.

    “Most people felt like if they didn't want to look up and see one, they'll see them everywhere they look,” Alston tells abc24.com.

    Alston is behind the movement in Whiteville to saturate the town with crosses.

    “I've made about 150 so far,” Alston says.

    Now, he has about 30 left. When the Freedom from Religion Foundation pressured the town of Whiteville to remove the cross on its water tower, frustration among locals like Inis Houseman ran deep.

    “They don't like the cross, don't look at it," she says matter-of-factly.  "They don't like the cross move. That cross has been there, I don't know how many years."

    “It's very disturbing, very disturbing,” Brannan Lewis says describing the pressure to remove the cross.

    He compared it to efforts that eventually took prayer out of public schools.

    “Look at what happened to our schools," he says, "and all the violence and all the gang related activity you have in the school now."

    While the vast majority of people in Whiteville say the city has every right to have the cross on its water tower, we spoke with a few people who say it doesn't really matter to them. We didn't find anyone who thought the cross should be taken down.

    The Freedom From Religion Foundation says complaints from a Whiteville resident prompted the group to get involved. The mayor doesn't buy it.

    “She's got her spies here (referring to the organization’s Co-President Annie Laurie Gaylor) and that's the unfortunate part about it," Mayor James Bellar tells abc24.com.  "I don't think any of them live in the corporate limits of Whiteville, Tennessee."

    Bellar spent nearly $4,000 to remove one arm of the cross to avoid a lawsuit. The Freedom From Religion Foundation says if the town restores the full, Latin cross, it will meet the mayor in court.

  • Craig Fine

    Living in Northern Arkansas...it's so religious here it's a bit depressing. 

  • Christopher Staats

    Surviving in Oklahoma. If anyone is in the Norman area hit me up!

  • Ken Hughes

    I hear ya' mate.  I'm just across the Texas border in Wise County, a county in which the populace majority appears to be anything but "wise".  The local paper, Wise County Messenger, publishes most of my letters from the liberal and non-believer side and it's soooo much fun to poke the local Republican'T majority in the ass.  How does one make a Republican'T?  Simple, take an ordinary Republican and add some Tea.  One may see my words @ www.wcmessenger.com under "Letters to the Editor" and look for my name.

  • Melody A. Rogers

    Ello everyone! I'm from Charlotte NC (well, close enough) and am wondering if anyone there is planning on heading to the Reason Rally? If so, do you have room for two more in your car? We're small, friendly people and it would be much appreciated! [:

  • Rocky Oliver (LotusGeek)

    Hey y'all! I wanted to share two things you might like.

    First, the National Atheist Party is something worth checking out, and they are creating state chapters for each state. I spent time reading over what they're about, and I definitely think it's worth a look. In the current political climate we live in, we should formally band together to help protect our rights.

    The second thing is a new blog/discussion area specifically targeted towards Southern atheists and topics meaningful to us. It's called Atheism, Y'all, and is worth a look as well.