I'm still here. Still in Mississippi. Still surrounded and outnumbered by ignorance.

We have a new mayor. The coffeehouse is open. There's a new corporate chain pizza store. But, really, nothing's changed because the core of the culture of this place has not been impacted one smidgen by any of these superficial changes. The core of this culture is scared of the world and unquestioningly submissive to the God myth.

The new mayor used to be the Representative to the State Legislature for this district. Now that he's vacated that post, guess who's up to be elected as his replacement?  That's right:  the old mayor of this town. Isn't that cute? They just switched places.

I live in Hell. That's what I tell friends from other places when they ask how I am. Locally, such a statement would be proof that I need the salvation they're selling. Thing is, what they call Salvation is actually subjugation, relinquishing freedom of thought, kowtowing to the overbearing persuasion of the religious bigotry that defines this place; all of which is my definition of Hell.

When I go to the grocer's, this is the kind of stuff that visually bombards customers from the front window. Who posts this sh*t? There's no name, no phone, no email address and no address for where the meetings are held. It's anonymous, it's depressing, it's unnecessary and yet... This notice will probably hang in the window for weeks, undisturbed.

My notice announcing the formation of a writer's group, on the other hand, with name, telephone number, email address and description of the group's objectives, was removed by a mysterious hand within 10 days of being posted.

That's how they do things in Hell. I won't be here forever but for now...

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Comment by Dyslexic's DOG on Monday

Even though I've posted here b4, concerning starting up a surreptitious study group to find like minded people, which is a ploy I think some early reformers, such as William Tyndale, Jan Hus, Martin Luther and others used to discover who was on their side, I've never had the problem as bad here, so I cannot even properly empathise with you.

My sad concept of living in Hell, would have constantly boiling water for copious cups of tea and coffee.

No heating costs there! 

:-D~

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on Monday

As someone from "liberal" PA, who moved to the nearest big city at the first opportunity, I empathize. Mississippi would choke me.

Comment by Loren Miller on Monday

Hello, Freedom From Religion Foundation?  Oh, do I have one for you...!

Comment by Alex Mercedes on Monday

Anthony:  I am in the same boat. If someone wrote me a check today for $5000, I would be far from here within 48 hours. Adding to the conundrum:  I recently moved into a historic home here and absolutely LOVE this house. It fits me like a glove. So I live in Hell in a heavenly house. What to make of that paradox....

Comment by Alex Mercedes on Monday

Thank you, Peter Martin Page. The sad and curious thing is that I moved to this place as an independent thinker. On the plus side:  the relentless bombardment of this culture has only served to sharpen my independent thought.

Comment by Peter Martin Page on December 2, 2013 at 5:03am

Congratulations for becoming an independent thinker in such a hostile environment. 

Comment by Anthony Jordan on November 27, 2013 at 1:52am

Alex:

I know exactly what you mean and how you feel. I live in East Tennessee, one of the reddest, most conservative right wing Christian areas in Tennessee. Every time I visit a Doctor the waiting room has several religious tracts displayed on tables, and the Illustrated Children's Bible is also always at every Doctor's office. Our Courthouse has a Ten Commandments monument. What happened to Jefferson's "Wall of Separation" here ? The area I live in is a virtual mini - theocracy, and everyone I know is a Christian, and I often get several hints that I need Jesus in my life. If I could afford to I would relocate to a more Liberal Progressive State and not look back. I find what Christians believe to be very immoral and backward. I, too, live in Hell.

Comment by Anthony Jordan on November 27, 2013 at 1:37am

Alex:

I know exactly how you feel and what you mean. I live in East Tennessee, one of the reddest, most conservative right wing Christian areas in Tennessee. Every time I visit a Doctor the waiting room has religious tracts on several tables, and the Illustrated Children's bible. Our Courthouse has a Ten Commandments monument. What happened to Jefferson's "Wall of Separation" here ? The area I live in is virtually a mini - theocracy, and everyone I know is a Christian, and many of them hint to me that I need Jesus. If I could move to a more Liberal Progressive State I certainly would, and not look back.

Comment by kent l thompson on November 26, 2013 at 4:05am

Belief is such a blinding and hideous mental illness that breeds hate and bigotry......so sad that so many believe in this crap......

Comment by Glen Rosenberg on November 25, 2013 at 11:02am

Alex, I feel for you. I live in Connecticut and it is far removed from the in your face devotion to god.

I hope your chance to be removed from hell comes soon.

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