Hi everyone. I'm just introducing myself. My name is Emily. I'm an atheist, formerly from the east coast, NJ to be exact. I moved out here to Yuma with my husband and children almost 2 years ago. As much as we love it here, I have yet to meet any secular, freethinkers or atheists. This area is very much a God fearing one.
I'm new to this site as well. I live in southern Louisiana and very much love the culture of family and food and music, but the lack of critical thought (or even honest discussion) on religion feels a bit stifling. My husband and sister (and 2 year old) are the only heathens I talk with, so I'm trying to branch out online. :)
Anyway, hope you meet lots of freethinkers in the future!
This part of Nebraska is very religiously oriented as well, but the Christians are more pragmatic here: they pretty much don't care what you believe as long as you mow your lawn and pay your bills.
I thought I would be the target of endless religious recruiters when I moved here (with all the pro-Wicca bumperstickers on my car) and even more so when I left Wicca entirely, but no, they don't come to my door. (Who says magickal talismans don't work? I still wear my pentacle [it's silver, I ain't throwing it aside] and nary a single assault on my intellect by a religious person]).
Shoot, the village even appointed me to the city council as an open atheist. (The parishioners at the church across the street still won't park on my side though - they'd rather walk in the snow than have our atheism rub off on their cars. That came from when we had our old car with all the Wicca bumperstickers.)
Hello Emily. I belong to a community group with freethinkers, secular atheists here in Yuma AZ. Please message me personally and I'll share the information - I hesitate to share Atheist info publically so as to protect the non-theists ability to convene in a like-minded environment : )
Welcome Emily you are among friends.