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Comment 4 by strangebrew :

I am of the totally unsubstantiated opinion that there are far more atheistic attitudes in the bible belt then anyone could possibly contemplate or indeed realise.

A very significant pressure is to not be a target or singled out from the crowd.

Anonymity is in a society that is seemingly dominated by religion it would be safer to pretend then to actually take it seriously. No one says a word to anyone, not even family members, not a hint...fear is a powerful and unforgiving tool of the oppressor. The ironic thing would be that if everyone felt that way then presumed peer pressure would result in a significant percentage that are keeping stum...even from each other.! A typical Baptist church might harbour over 50% atheists on any single that would be weird...and ultimately extremely sad if not poignant.

But as I say...this scenario is unevidenced...but they say fact is far stranger then fiction.

Well as we all know the Baptist minister might even be an atheist! The RDFRS is working to help some. I live in the UK and it is very common to be open about non-belief here. There are a lot more atheists in America than are apparent. Since non-belief is correlated with education there will be a lot of educated people who are sceptical about religion. President Obama had two parents who were not religious. It makes you wonder if a smart guy like him really believes that a supreme being would send his son to be tortured to death to atone for the behaviour for a talking snake in a magical garden. Of course there is one candidate for president that actually believes that the magical garden was in Missouri!

I think the key to this is to carry on putting up the billboards and doing the busses. When people realise they are not alone they will come out of the closet.

Mon, 06 Feb 2012 15:48:08 UTC | #915049