One reason people make the distinction that it was a cop or soldier who committed a crime of violence, is that these people were hired to protect us from violence. The fact that they are armed to the teeth with weapons our taxes paid for adds to the irony being pointed out when their membership in the police force or military is brought up. To those who say there are no good cops anymore, I say, yes there is, I met him! (just a joke, Cory.)
Well here in Australia I'm surrounded by Atheists, but nobody interested in flying the flag for Atheism.
Maybe because when a community becomes completely secular, Atheists disappear.
So since there is almost nobody pushing Theism onto our community, Atheists just go about doing their daily chores without a thought for Atheists elsewhere in the world doing it tough in religious communities.
I am the only one in my community that gives a damn, maybe because I studied theology and keep in touch with countries where Atheists are still considered lowly scum and heretics.
As I started fighting Theistic nonsense and Young Earth Creationists many years ago, when we were inundated with the nutjobs, even though they have gone completely from my region, I still know that they are elsewhere trying to get back in vogue, so I still attack them when I can, I guess I found it fun to demoralize them and I miss that, since they disappeared. I guess that makes me an Atheist Troll, well so be it, trolling against Theists and Young Earth Creationists can be Fun!
I was discussing this situation with another non-theist friend the other day, and he said, talking bout Australia and other more secular places, "I would love to live in a godless society".
I reminded him that we all live in a godless society, it is just that most people don't know it.
I can think of few people who more richly deserve being trolled, and it can be fun.
I never bothered to profess my atheism when I lived in Boston, N.Y. San Francisco, Paris, or Puerto Rico. No one pushed their religion on me, nor did they try to pass biblical sharia laws to control me. But when I moved to Florida I saw the need to defend the 1st amendment right to freedom of (and therefore, from) religion. In this crazy state, County officials in Polk County formed a christian group called Polk Under Prayer, and proclaimed that the county was christian. They then, in a religious ceremonial rite, poured holy oil across all roads entering the county, and prayed for god's angels to look in each car and to either prevent non-christians from entering , or promised the cops would arrest them. Several days later, the most prominent atheist was arrested and held in solitary confinement for a week without her MS medication. WE must stand up to crazy religious bullies whether in Saudi Arabia, or Florida USA!
No one pushed his/her religion on me as the NYorkers did. I was in Alabama, Tennessee and in other states as religious as these two...but in NY is where I felt the fanaticism of the believers.
Dogly, that's some pretty bizzare actions for christian fundies but why is it that I''m not at all surprised? This is the kind of crap we have to keep fighting against.
"trolling against Theists and Young Earth Creationists can be Fun!".
I would say standing up against those who would teach myths to people, young and old, claiming to be telling the reality, is a noble endeavor.
A/N probably will not get any other members from these regions as nobody here can see a reason to even call themselves Atheists, let alone join an Atheist movement or website.
There is no incentive for Atheists in secular communities to even think of themselves as Atheists.
It's like nobody here hassles atheists so there is no call to arms, we are just like everybody else here, so why consider ourselves different and join a website that labels us as different, to the others around us.
So the distinction between Atheist and Theist here is blurred.
Nobody really makes that distinction when in an almost fully secular society.
I was working at a university as a lab tech, to help fund my studies when these weird people started getting friendly as they would sit with me in the cafeteria, and one of them I knew from playing squash, which I was coaching. Then they started trying to convert me to young earth creationism and insisted that I include some of their literature in my school presentations that I was preparing for the lecturers. I refused as I had to follow the curriculum and the lecturer's specifications to the letter.
This was in the late 70s and early 80s, where they tried to get the science department to include their material in lectures, but nobody would listen to them.
I did like the lecturers and ignored them, though suddenly they would be turning up to my squash matches and coaching, arguing with and heckling me from the gallery.
They thought I was the weak link in the university.
Though I did some research on them and then attacked them head on.
To which they ceased to annoy me, but that didn't stop me from going after them and attacking their street preachers, to the amusement of onlookers.
A few times I would be attacking them and they would be foaming at the mouth and spitting as they yelled at me, and every time I put them and their beliefs down, it was met with a cheer and clapping from onlookers.
One day they were setting up their little podium, saw me coming and quickly packed up and left.
That was an indication to me of my success.
That was actually the last I've seen of them in the late 80s.
They haven't been back since.
Good for you.
OK, I'll start something new. I once lived in Bastrop, Texas. Get this. Population 2010(Wikipedia): 7218. Listed with a Bastrop address, total churches, 54. (Total businesses serving alcohol, 4, after buying a membership in a "club".)