Just returned home to Michigan (Detroit area), from traveling the states for several years.
Forced into catholicism while growing up in Ferguson. (a few weeks ago nobody would have known where Ferguson was!) Most of my family members are still trying to save my soul, even though when we discuss religion most of them agree with most of my points and admit that they really don't believe a lot of the stuff in the bible and things taught in their religion.
Seattle, Washington. There are lots of atheists and geeks, and it was a great place for my late wife and me to have raised our biracial child.
You forgot to mention a police force that makes the ones in Ferguson look like teddy bears.
New Mexico is (one place) where the police department does anal rape, in the form of forced drug searches.
this is a site about non-theism, not a mass media ethics debate on police work.
It's a site for non-theists. We talk about whatever we want to talk about. The victims in these rape-by-law-enforcement cases were people stopped by the police when driving, not prisoners. Prisoners are often treated badly, yes.
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.