Alabama atheist, born and raised in the Bible Belt.

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Alabama atheist, born and raised in the Bible Belt.

I'm a 40 year old graphic designer from deep in the Bible Belt. I was raised by a lapsed Southern Baptist and a lapsed Presbyterian in a community where being Christian and Protestant just meant you were breathing. The Catholics had been driven out of town by the Methodists, Baptists and Presbyterians long before I was born. Unlike most of my friends, I didn't attend church. My mom and dad were both forced to attend church as kids, every time the doors were open. As a result, when I and my brother were born, they decided against going to church. Although my parents still consider themselves Christian, they are Christian in only the widest of senses.

By the time I hit high school, I considered myself a Deist. By the end of college, I was firmly in the atheist camp.

Living here in the land of raving fundamentalists, I take any opportunity I can get to speak with other like-minded folks. I'm on about a half dozen atheist, freethought and skeptic forums, and I'm considering starting a "Skeptics in the Pub" or "Drinking Skeptically" group in my community, because there just aren't any groups around. The nearest group to me is almost an hour drive.

To complicate matters, I'm married to a wonderful woman who happens to come from a deeply religious, evangelical Southern Baptist family. She's much more liberal than they are. Think United Church of Christ. Still, we spend a lot of time with her family, because they are very close-knit. I find myself biting my tongue clean off.

I work both freelance and an 8-5 M-F job, both doing design work for advertising. At my company, they still say grace before company-provided meals.

Yeah, I know.

Anyway, I hope to be able to contribute something of worth to the forums. I'll answer any questions and receive condolences now.


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                Welcome on board, we do have other bible belt atheists on site. Personally I am from the deep south of Canada. Mississauga is actually 100 miles south of where I grew up in the state of Maine.

 

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My wife and I are also from

My wife and I are also from alabama, I'm from south Alabama and my wife from north. Tell me is it just me or does growing up around baptist and have there shit shoveled at you day after day make you a little more hostile toward them. I don't mean boomer hostile, but out spoken. Are you as tired of seeing praise god sticker as I am? Anyway welcome to the site.

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jimmy.williamson wrote:My

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My wife and I are also from alabama, I'm from south Alabama and my wife from north. Tell me is it just me or does growing up around baptist and have there shit shoveled at you day after day make you a little more hostile toward them. I don't mean boomer hostile, but out spoken. Are you as tired of seeing praise god sticker as I am? Anyway welcome to the site.

 

As I am in Portland, OR, the bumper sticker I'm sick of is the COEXIST one.

There is, apparently, a big legal wrangle going on over the ownership of this design.  But the bumper stickers still abound.

If you are not familiar, the symbols are said to represent, in order,

Islam (though this symbol dates back to the older astronomical deities-father sun, mother moon, etc)

Peace symbol for all the greenies

Male and female symbols on the letter "e" are to encourage gender harmony.

Judaism (Star of David)

The symbol on top of the "i" is supposed to be a pentacle for all the Wiccans and similar.

Yin and yang on the "s"

And finally, the christian cross.

Half of which I had to look up.

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cj wrote:jimmy.williamson

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jimmy.williamson wrote:
My wife and I are also from alabama, I'm from south Alabama and my wife from north. Tell me is it just me or does growing up around baptist and have there shit shoveled at you day after day make you a little more hostile toward them. I don't mean boomer hostile, but out spoken. Are you as tired of seeing praise god sticker as I am? Anyway welcome to the site.

 

As I am in Portland, OR, the bumper sticker I'm sick of is the COEXIST one.

There is, apparently, a big legal wrangle going on over the ownership of this design.  But the bumper stickers still abound.

If you are not familiar, the symbols are said to represent, in order,

Islam (though this symbol dates back to the older astronomical deities-father sun, mother moon, etc)

Peace symbol for all the greenies

Male and female symbols on the letter "e" are to encourage gender harmony.

Judaism (Star of David)

The symbol on top of the "i" is supposed to be a pentacle for all the Wiccans and similar.

Yin and yang on the "s"

And finally, the christian cross.

Half of which I had to look up.

 

I have this sticker on my car but I also have the darwin fish. I'm in search of the flying spaghetti monster now. I did figure out how to make the flying spaghetti monster christmas lights too. So this christmas while everyone is putting up their nativity scenes I will be putting a bright ass flying spaghetti monster in my yard for all to enjoy.

If all the Christians who have called other Christians " not really a Christian " were to vanish, there'd be no Christians left.


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rebecca.williamson wrote:cj

rebecca.williamson wrote:

cj wrote:

jimmy.williamson wrote:
My wife and I are also from alabama, I'm from south Alabama and my wife from north. Tell me is it just me or does growing up around baptist and have there shit shoveled at you day after day make you a little more hostile toward them. I don't mean boomer hostile, but out spoken. Are you as tired of seeing praise god sticker as I am? Anyway welcome to the site.

 

As I am in Portland, OR, the bumper sticker I'm sick of is the COEXIST one.

There is, apparently, a big legal wrangle going on over the ownership of this design.  But the bumper stickers still abound.

If you are not familiar, the symbols are said to represent, in order,

Islam (though this symbol dates back to the older astronomical deities-father sun, mother moon, etc)

Peace symbol for all the greenies

Male and female symbols on the letter "e" are to encourage gender harmony.

Judaism (Star of David)

The symbol on top of the "i" is supposed to be a pentacle for all the Wiccans and similar.

Yin and yang on the "s"

And finally, the christian cross.

Half of which I had to look up.

I have this sticker on my car but I also have the darwin fish. I'm in search of the flying spaghetti monster now. I did figure out how to make the flying spaghetti monster christmas lights too. So this christmas while everyone is putting up their nativity scenes I will be putting a bright ass flying spaghetti monster in my yard for all to enjoy.

 

You can guess what the FSM looks like to me and it isn't a pair of eyes on a pile of spaghetti.  And the image of a large set of balls all lit up on your yard........... I can't breathe.

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Crap!!! I never even thought

Crap!!! I never even thought about that. Oh well, they can take it for whatever they see in it....."this is what I think about your nativity scene" lol.

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Hi There, Mr. Frog.... Based

Hi There, Mr. Frog.... Based on Mis Vito's testimony, was there any way the defendants car made those tire tracks? ..... Welcome sir...


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Rich Woods wrote:Hi There,

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Hi There, Mr. Frog.... Based on Mis Vito's testimony, was there any way the defendants car made those tire tracks? ..... Welcome sir...

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cj wrote:As I am in

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As I am in Portland, OR, the bumper sticker I'm sick of is the COEXIST one.

There's a version of that which uses the same basic symbols to spell out "Fiction".


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jimmy.williamson wrote:My

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My wife and I are also from alabama, I'm from south Alabama and my wife from north. Tell me is it just me or does growing up around baptist and have there shit shoveled at you day after day make you a little more hostile toward them. I don't mean boomer hostile, but out spoken. Are you as tired of seeing praise god sticker as I am? Anyway welcome to the site.

Always nice to "meet" another Deep South atheist. Also nice to meet another Williamson.

The only time I get really frustrated is when I hear the local church folk talking about how oppressed they are, and how downtrodden and persecuted they are. Then I look around and think of all the churches, church billboards, crosses on highways, t-shirts on teenagers, restaurants with discounts for churchgoers, etc. and I just shake my head.


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Crap!!! I never even thought about that. Oh well, they can take it for whatever they see in it....."this is what I think about your nativity scene" lol.

If there's anyone who will see it as obscene, it will be the church folk. They're so obsessed with sex, they see naughty things wherever they look.

Reminds me of the guy who goes to see a psychiatrist. The doctor shows him a series of ink blots, and for each the man says he sees two people having sex. The doctor considers this, and says, "Sir, I think you are obsessed with sex." The man replies, "Well, you're the one will all the dirty pictures."


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Jeffrick wrote:Welcome on

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Welcome on board, we do have other bible belt atheists on site. Personally I am from the deep south of Canada. Mississauga is actually 100 miles south of where I grew up in the state of Maine.

I've heard southern Alberta is Canada's Bible Belt. What's it like in Ontario?


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Vastet and Atheistextremist,

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Sweet home Alabama, lard I'm

Sweet home Alabama, lard I'm babbling on to you

Sweet home Alabama, praise god and pass the ammo

 

I can identify with living in the babble belt. I used to live in the same city as that xenophobic jackass Jerry Fuckwell. Even the Christians outside his church couldn't stand his bullying the city. When I left in 05, I had spent 10 years speaking out against his right wing bullshit. His family is a joke and more and more people in that city are getting wise to his families power grab and getting increasingly tired of it.

Don't give up in Bama, when people are exposed to things outside their own little world, they may not switch positions, but the more they see the less the fear mongers have control over them.


 

 

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I can identify with living in the babble belt. I used to live in the same city as that xenophobic jackass Jerry Fuckwell.

 

Is that Lynchburg, Virginia? Isn't that where the Virginia State Colony for the Epileptic and Feebleminded was located back around the middle of the last century? I always wondered if Falwell wasn't the result of a couple of randy escapees who managed to avoid their eugenics program.


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Welcome to the forum.

Welcome to the forum.

Our revels now are ended. These our actors, | As I foretold you, were all spirits, and | Are melted into air, into thin air; | And, like the baseless fabric of this vision, | The cloud-capped towers, the gorgeous palaces, | The solemn temples, the great globe itself, - Yea, all which it inherit, shall dissolve, | And, like this insubstantial pageant faded, | Leave not a rack behind. We are such stuff | As dreams are made on, and our little life | Is rounded with a sleep. - Shakespeare


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butterbattle wrote:Welcome

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Welcome to the forum.

Thanks. I like the profile pic. What kind of bird is that?


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I can identify with living in the babble belt. I used to live in the same city as that xenophobic jackass Jerry Fuckwell.

 

Is that Lynchburg, Virginia? Isn't that where the Virginia State Colony for the Epileptic and Feebleminded was located back around the middle of the last century? I always wondered if Falwell wasn't the result of a couple of randy escapees who managed to avoid their eugenics program.

The Lynchburg Va, yes. 

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Welcome to the forum.

Thanks. I like the profile pic. What kind of bird is that?

It's a Woodland Kingfisher. 

 

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butterbattle wrote:It's a

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It's a Woodland Kingfisher. 

 

Nice. We have belted kingfishers here.