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Ah, I thought you meant that you had grown up in West Virginia, then moved to California for a brief period, and have now moved back to West Virginia. Jeeze, so you were in California for all of your teens and 20's then, huh? That makes it a hell of a lot more of a shock than I was first thinking. Yeesh.
Sooooooooo, your mother is an atheist then? Or was she giving you something, so you could see what those silly atheists are up to? Leo Behe did something along those lines, reading The God Delusion so he could refute it, only to get broken free of his religious brainwashing by it and some followup research and reading that he did.
I almost envy those who had a more dramatic break from their religious upbringing. I was raised Catholic, but I never believed any of it. Thanks to early exposure to Greek and Norse mythology, learning to read on National Geographic children's books that dealt with nature and science, and watching lots of stage-magic shows at a young age, I saw the silly stories they told us in church for what they were. And 18 years of weekly Catholic mass gave me an absolute aversion to religious services of any sort.
I was an altar boy for 6 or 7 years, just to have something to do during mass. Of course I had no idea, at the time, what kind of danger I was putting myself in, with the priests.
North Carolina is kind of a mixed bag. The Raleigh/Durham area and Charlotte are very liberal and mostly full of transplanted northerners. I'm originally from the suburbs of Chicago, myself. I'm about ready to try to go back, with all of the recent insanity that has gotten North Carolina into the national news. I'm not so sure we can get the state back from the Republicans until after the 2020 redrawing of the congressional districts. They're too badly gerrymandered.
Anyway, I was saying, those two densely populated areas are great. Having three major universities within a 10 mile radius has an amazing impact on the Triangle. Most of the rest of the state is ... ugh. Small-town North Carolina isn't as bad as small-town South Carolina, Georgia, or Alabama, but it sure isn't good.
There are several groups in the Triangle that have events a couple times a week. Triangle Atheist Meetup, Triangle Free-thought Society (Todd Stiefel's group; maybe you've heard of him), FAAST (whatever their acronym stands for; I can never remember), and a few others. There's a local skeptic group that is mostly full of people from the atheist groups, as well. We're pretty active.