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North Carolina Atheists

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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 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. 

Comment by J S on August 25, 2013 at 10:43am

being from Elizabeth City originally - I find it humorous how much its been in the news lately... Edward Snowden - the NSA leaker is originally from E.C.... I live on the OBX, any OBX subchapter of the EC group? I'm surrounded by theists... help

Comment by Joseph P on August 24, 2013 at 3:39pm

And they're really freaking needed, right now.  How does it feel to have your little town as the center of national attention?  Our state is royally fucking up, lately.

Comment by Greta K. on August 24, 2013 at 3:35pm

There is a group in Elizabeth City. It's called Elizabeth City Freethinkers. We're on We're up to 69 members in this little bible belt enclave. :)

Comment by J S on July 30, 2013 at 9:29am

Thanks Loren. Yes it is a public school. My daughter hasn't even uttered the word God yet - so I don't know if it'll come into play for a few more years. However, I will sit down with the teacher and administrators if my child is chastised for using the word God. Freedom of speech is important, and religion/God doesn't get a pass, just because somebody might get offended.

I'm very familiar with the ffrf - I actually made a complaint that they've already written the state of NC about. The License Plate Agency, here in NC is a private franchise in each county; i.e. its run by independent contractors on behalf of the NCDMV. In the two counties nearest to where I live - they sell vanity plates for your front bumper (NC is one of those states where you only have a license plate on the rear bumper) - NC State, UNC, Retired, Marine Corps, etc... plenty to choose from, but among those to choose from, are prominently displayed numerous, "Jesus Saves", "God is my Co-Pilot", etc. 

Since I have no other option of renewing my plate, but to stand in line and receive a religious message, I snapped a photo and sent it to the FFRF. They promptly sent a letter to the NCDMV requesting that their contractors be instructed to remove such license plates, as they were a de facto, state agency.

I also volunteered to be their plaintiff when the NC General Assembly passes the bill making Christianity the 'official' religion of NC...

Its funny, my daughter currently goes to a private montessori school run by a bunch of unitarians. Her teacher is a devout Methodist (I know by reading her facebook posts). I have no problem with her teaching my child - even knowing that she might attempt to evangelize. The montessori method is all about equipping the children with the skills of critical thought.

Thanks for you input! I'll post again if I discover any more covert indoctrination in the school system.

Comment by Loren Miller on July 29, 2013 at 8:44am

Well, I'm an atheist and a parent, just not living in North Carolina.  That being the case, I would do a couple things:

  • Focus on the "forbidden" aspect, and inquire directly as to WHY it's forbidden, freedom of speech being the law of the land and all that
  • If they want to fall back on religious explanations, then it's time to get a hold of the Legal Department of the Freedom From Religion Foundation and bring them in, or at least indicate to the school's administration that such is an option and do they really want to face that down?

Of course, I'm assuming here that we're dealing with a public school.  Private schools will run themselves as they please - more's the pity.


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