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Ohhhhhh. I forgot that that whole cluster of small countries was all Yugoslavia, at one point. I remembered that Yugoslavia was in that area, but I forgot that it was that big. I just pulled up the Wikipedia article on it, as a refresher.
A lot of my ancestry is Czechoslovakian, so I've looked into the breakup of that country a little bit more.
It's kind of funny how religion weaseled its way back in so quickly, just like it did in Eastern Europe, after the Soviet Union and the Eastern Bloc fell apart. I was looking at some of the other former Yugoslavian countries, like Croatia and Serbia. Those two are almost completely Christian.
At least Slovenia looks like it has a noticeable number of atheists, judging from the religious demographics listed in the Wikipedia article. Heck, it's better than things are looking here, in the US. I think we're the most crazy-religious country in the West. And we're exporting a lot of our crazy to the rest of the world, like many African countries, with our religious extremists messing with their governments.
That's bizarre, what you said about Islam. How is that working, exactly? With only 2% or 3% of the current population identifying as Muslim, who's pushing for conversion to such a minority religion?
Are the small number of immigrants very evangelical, successfully converting many of the native Christians? I've never seen anything of the sort ... although with the current political climate since 2001, here in the US, Muslims are having enough troubles just avoiding persecution. If they were actively evangelizing to the Christians, as an organizational effort, it would get even worse for them. I guess that the leaders know better than to try anything like that.
Heh, sorry about the essay here. I tend to ramble a bit.
Wow, that must be a major change, going from a Mediterranean country to Canada. What made you end up there, when you decided to go abroad for college? Are you just that much of a fan of the cold?
If that's the case, I can relate to that, since I'm originally from Chicago.
How is the atheist community looking, back in Slovenia? I've never heard of much atheist activity in most of the countries along the Adriatic coast, between Greece and Italy. Most of the recent international news I've heard about the atheist/skeptical community involves India and Bangladesh.