Let me start it off. I'm in Huntley, the edge of the Chicagoland burbs. Its difficult to stay sane when there is so much denial of science and reason out there. I had a discussion with a friend of mine the other day. Turns out he is more fundie then I had realized. I have known him some 30 years and knew he went to church, but he floored me the other day. We had a creation vs evolution discussion ( I am surprised every time someone denies evolution) and he whips out the one less rib argument as proof of god. Yes he believes men have one less rib then women because the bible says so. WTF? How can an educated man believe something so obviously incorrect? I did correct him, but I do not know if he will believe the deceitful atheist.
I am in Chicago. It's okay. It's not as easy being atheist here as people think. I don't know if this is true in other countries, but it seems like in the USA it's either church or drinking. If you are not into either one, this country can feel like a vast empty space.
How are things in the St Louis area? Your blog looks pretty interesting, SisyphusFragment. Any reason you haven't posted in a while?
I have a metric butt-ton of friends in the area here because I was stationed at a local Air Force base for the last 4 years. Programmers in the AF are mostly agnostic/atheist. I go to a lot of concerts in the summer and board games/movie/halo 3 nights occupy a lot of my winter. I really lucked out finding so many non-christian friends when I got stationed here so I always have something to do if I need it.
My blog has stagnated because of writer's block primarily, the rest of the blogosphere covers most of the big issues rather thoroughly and I don't encounter much personal drama in the way of religion because of my situation with friends and family all being fairly liberal. I'm in a cushy spot, lol. It's hard to write when you're comfy.
If I read less blogs I would likely have more to write about, but they all cover everything so well :(
I am out in Geneva. Since 9/11 and subsequently reading The God Delusion, separation of church and state has been my hot button issue. I am interested in sharing ideas about how to promote non-belief on a broad level. It doesn't seem like it is going to be an issue, but I was genuinely frightened at the thought of Sarah Palin being a heartbeat away from the presidency. Want to know more about me, you can read and interview of me by another blogger at http://fvthinker.blogspot.com/2007/09/my-new-atheist-interview.html.
I'm in Bloomington, Chicago is about 2 & 1/2 hours north if you stay within 10 miles an hour of the speed limit and go all the way into the city.
This area is not only Christian, but overly politically correct to the point of dishonest. There are two groups that I know of in central Illinois; Bloomington-Normal Free thinkers and Champaign-Urbana Freethinkers.
I'm not really fussed about how others view my beliefs. There is no hesitation about saying, 'no I'm not Christian', or 'Bible prophecy is no more accurate than Nostradamus' and the vast majority of response has been respect that I'm honest, while polite and not asking anyone to agree with me.
I also have the privilege of working somewhere that not do something against me based on religion. It is policy and the company is very image conscience.
Outside of that, I try to be as useful as possible, behave in an unwaveringly honest manner and show respect for others. I'm happy and those I truly love, love me too. The plan is to get all I can out of the life I have while I have it.
I was born and raised on the Westside of Chicago but now go to college in TEXAS!! yeah I know but oddly enough it was at college in TX that I became an agnostic I had a very difficult weekend during my first spring semester where I stayed in my room the entire time eating pizza and just watching everything I could about atheism/freethinking etc. and reading Robert G. Ingersoll's works. I was a stressful two days mainly because for 80% of the time I only knew what an atheist was and i knew i did was not comfortable with labeling myself with that, then i finally found the meaning of agnostic/ism and thats how I got to where I am. But i mainly use sources on the internet to stay sane especially at school
I'm in Urbana, which is pretty tolerant of nonbelievers, so I don't have too much trouble keeping from going crazy here. I'm pretty much fine as long as I don't read some of the letters to the editor of the local paper (which covers a much larger, and largely rural and religious, area).
I live down state in Carbondale and am working on a dissertation about secularisation. I'd love to hear/meet some other academic types to discuss atheism in the classroom. As for going crazy, I ignore the prosletyzing as best I can and tell the Gideon's to keep their book of death to themselves.
Right now I am in the Army in Washington state. When I get out I will be in Charleston, or Champagne-Urbana going to school. I lived in Charleston before, and am looking forward to going back. Didn't do a whole lot there, just went to the college anime clubs, and hung out with my friends. When I get out (whenever that may be) I will be looking to get involved in whatever atheist groups are in these areas. I don't want to see my home state descend into ignorance. I heard a group recently put a nativity scene in the capital, and this troubles me greatly.
I suppose I'll answer this as well because I just joined. I'm all the way out in the boonies. I literally live between two villiages with populations under 250. The two I grew up in, about 15 miles from where I live now, had five churches which were positioned quite near one another and were only ever separated by a bar. All this in a town with only 1400 people. It was nearly enough to drive me up the wall if I hadn't stumbled across several people my own age that were also either agnostic or atheist. Mostly, though, I just rolled my eyes and tried to learn about religion so I could keep with debates. Didn't take long to learn that most of them cherry-picked and didn't really even know anything about their own religion. Thus a history major was born lol.
To maintain sanity I write, read, and keep my headphones on unless it is absolutely necessary that I remove them. I search desperately for like minded people. I go to a community college and it is very difficult sometimes to talk in class because some people aren't so accepting. However, I'm starting to find people that actually are accepting and that softens the blows.