I've only been in Japan for about 5 months. Before that I was living in Yelm Washington, not too far from Olympia, the capital (nice area). But I'm from San Antonio Texas, which is a nice place too but hotter than blazes a lot of the time and for that reason probably won't return there. Before Wa., we lived in S. Korea for 2 years.
Japan is one of the least religious nations on the planet and has one of the lowest crime rates.
It went through a phase of Shinto fervor in the early part of the 20th century and got all militaristic and nationalistic and went to war and we know how that ended.
M. Jones: I don't think an atheist has to be vocal to arouse ire in some Christians. Just saying the word "atheist" inspires indignation. But I think there are a lot of people like us around only we tend to be isolated and feel isolated. There aren't the equivalent of churches (support groups) for us.
Went to Southern Indianaonce and it was very nice.
Erich: Yes, the "internets" is one way of getting in touch with ideas that seem so rational and natural but are ignored by so many of those around us. I often feel like religious people are all ignoring the huge elephant in the room. And yet we all feel so inhibited from saying anything about it.
hang in there girl, I would suppose there are many more Christians surrounding each of us agnostics in the USA....I'm the only one I know in my world also. these Internet sites are my way to listen to logic and sound off. Another great site is ex-christian.net...take care, Erich
I wouldn't have thought of Hispanic with the name Olga! ;) How long have you lived there and where in the States are you from. I'm in Indiana now but lived in Tennessee for years. I am fairly open about my atheism but cautious. You have to do what is best in your situation. I think the more vocal atheists become the meaner some christians will be. They are afraid and fear breeds anger. I think things are changing and the next few years will be really volatile for some of us.
No, I'm Hispanic so that makes me even more of an oddball. We currently live in Japan because of my husbands job. He's a civilian DOD employee (working for the US Army). My brother used to be atheistic but now he's "got religion" and is now a Mormon (of all things).
And yes I tend to keep my beliefs under my hat most of the time because there are some really mean christians out there.
I think that is why this place is good. So we don't feel so all alone. Both my parents are atheists but my 2 brothers and their wives are christians. I think the most important issue for atheists right now is to make it possible to identify as atheist without fear.
There are lots of atheists our age I think, but few feel free to be open about it.
Since your name is Olga, I have to ask, are you Japanese?