I just joined today. It's such a relief to find a community of like minded people that I can relate to.
I currently reside in South Georgia and as far as I'm aware, I may be the only atheist around. I'm sure there are others but I don't know any. Only a very select few of my friends are aware of my godlessness, and I think that they believe that I don't really mean it. As much as it is completely ridiculous to me that they believe in a sky father, it is equally ridiculous to them that I don't. Those few are the only ones that have any clue. To everyone else I try to remain a mystery. At work, I am surrounded by believers. All day long I get to hear people at work go on about their imaginary friend and how great their lives are because of him. It's mind boggling to me. The guy who works next to me is a great guy. We get along great. However, he is deeply religious and I would never let on to him that I think it's a load of hog wash. My boss has told me that when she votes, she is only concerned with the religion of the candidate. Others send out blessing emails periodically, or scripture of the day emails. I've even been asked if I'm a christian and if I've been saved. I simply stated that it was unlawful for a supervisor to ask that question. Every single time I come in contact with these superstitious people(all day long), I want scream out because of how completely insane all of it sounds. What if I went around telling everybody about the wondrous deeds of Thor or if I emailed constantly about the magnificence of my cats third left whisker. Everyone would think I was crazy as a loon.
My point being, where I live(small southern Georgia town), you have to be a part of the hive to succeed. I have one friend who admitted to me that he is not very religious but still goes to church just for the social networking. I'm glad that I can come here during the day to inject some reason into my day.