North Carolina Atheists

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North Carolina Atheists

A way for the Carolina folks to get in touch.

Location: Anywhere, North Carolina
Members: 226
Latest Activity: Jan 28

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YMCA - what can you tell me about it

Started by skepticmom. Last reply by shane brooks Jul 2, 2014. 9 Replies

Atheist Dating in the bible belt

Started by Heather. Last reply by Paul Martin May 7, 2013. 5 Replies

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Comment by Joseph P on January 28, 2017 at 5:21am

Yeah, TAM, FAAST, and TFS are pretty active, along with a few other, smaller groups.  We have a local chapter of Sunday Assembly, too.  I do camera work for them.

Sunday Assembly isn't my sort of thing, since I had enough of the whole regular-services thing after 18 years of being forced to go to regular Catholic mass.  But, I think that we need to have things like this for people with families and who like the regular community, and I can help from a technical perspective.  At least the music is better.

The Ethical Humanist Society has a monthly thing, too.

And yeah, meetup.com is a good place to go for this sort of thing.  It's kind of hit and miss for various metro areas, but you could possibly find something.

Comment by Bead Bum on January 25, 2017 at 3:45pm

Ah well, good to know there's still someone here I can roust out of AN hibernation at least.

I've noticed a group in the triangle area that seems fairly active but not close enough for us. I've found a couple of Asheville meetup groups we'll check out, see if we can interest anyone in broadening the choices of activities.

Hickory's a mere 60 miles or so from us so going for ReAsonCon is doable and would be worth a trip. Thanks for mentioning that - I hadn't even heard about it but just checked it out. I'd really like to do this.

I'm glad I wasn't just talking to myself here - thanks for your reply.

Comment by Joseph P on January 25, 2017 at 3:01pm

Some of us are around and about, yeah, although most of the state-specific groups are a bit slow, as you can tell from the last comment in here.  I'm in Durham, so it's a little far to drive for a get-together.

I'm not sure how active any atheist groups are in Asheville, but there are enough atheists in Hickory to host ReAsonCon: reasonnc.com.  I imagine that it's just a fairly centralized location for the local groups that are based all over the surrounding area.

Hell, it could be a lot of the Asheville atheists, and Hickory just had better facilities, or they could be working together with Triad groups ... or something.  I'm not sure.  I missed the first two, because of random nonsense.

Comment by Bead Bum on January 24, 2017 at 6:46pm

Just wanted to say 'hey' to our NC Atheists - anyone around? Anyone here live in the Black Mountain/Asheville area?

Comment by Joseph P on February 14, 2014 at 5:53pm

*blink*

Err, are you in North Carolina now, Joan?

Comment by J S on October 31, 2013 at 8:28pm

On the first day of school, the religious nutjob neighbor brought her bible and was reading scripture to the children at the bus stop. I only found out about it later - we were late, and came running up as the bus was about to pull away. The other atheist parent had stormed off - not saying anything... I have a few choice passages of scripture preloaded on my phone, if I ever catch her proselytizing at the bus stop again. I'll literally put the fear of god in her kids with some Old Testament fun if she pulls that shit again!

Regarding your right wing nutjob in the IT department... is religion a byproduct of his right wingedness, or is his right wingedness a byprouduct of his religious outlook? 

Comment by Joseph P on October 31, 2013 at 3:25pm
The Triad group isn't very active. Some of the people in Greensboro come to the Triangle events, because it's so hard to get a Triad event together.
Comment by Joseph P on October 30, 2013 at 11:51pm

Same here, with the religious crap.  The only time I hold back in the slightest is at work, and it isn't much of an issue even then, since half of my team is atheistic.  Even the Christians are liberal-leaning ones, except for the one token right-wing nutjob that apparently every I.T. department has to have, judging from my past jobs.

Outside of work, though?

Run into some Boy Scouts selling things outside of Walmart?  "Sorry, I don't support the Boy Scouts," with a meaningful look at the parents running the stand, since the kids will have no clue what I'm getting at.

Anyone brings up Christianity (or any other religion, which never seems to happen, for some reason) at random, in conversations that have nothing to do with the subject?  I'll tell them flat-out that I'm an atheist and why what they said has nothing to do with the subject and is silly.

Comment by J S on October 30, 2013 at 12:22pm

I call out religious B.S. when it confronts me directly. Just met a new couple that moved in to my neighborhood this weekend. They were having a 2 day yard sale Sat-sun and were surprised that nobody was showing up on Sunday morning. They just moved here from upstate New York. Found out that they're atheists - woo hoo... at least 3 families on my block are atheist!!!!

Of course, the religious nutjobs across the street sent their daughter out to sell pancake dinner tickets for her troop of 'american heritage girls'. 'Oh sorry sweetie, I don't have any money on me right now." Then mumbled under my breath (I don't support groups that discriminate).... She even told me it was 'for Jesus'... Oh yes, then definitely sign me up! Ugh. When your bigoted parents start buying my kids' secular fundraising tickets - I'll happily be a good neighbor, even if I despise the premise of your group - you get a pass because you're an indoctrinated child.

What a rant, sorry!

Welcome William!

Comment by Greta K. on October 30, 2013 at 6:15am

It’s downright embarrassing to live in N. Carolina these days.  Though, on a brighter note, the ECSU student highlighted on the Rachael Maddow show won the election.  I'm very vocal about my atheism and that helps.  I couldn't imagine having to be in the closet. 

 

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