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Hmm, subcultures? Do you mean Pagan groups, and similar? I looked into that sort of thing, myself, in my late teens. Honestly, it was mostly to annoy my Catholic mother. If I had known that it would have bothered her as much if I just became more outspoken in my lack of belief, I could have saved myself a lot of time. The Pagans are generally more decent than Christians, in my experience, but not a whole lot more rational.
I feel your pain. I can just imagine what it's like, actually living in South Carolina. I've driven through plenty of times, on my way to Atlanta, and I've stopped off a few times, for various things. Rural North Carolina is pretty bad, but the three major urban centers are decent. South Carolina doesn't have as much in the way of urban centers, of course, so you haven't got as much to go on, down there.