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Christianity &Islam Thomas on 10 Aug 2009 12:03 am

Coming out as an Atheist

Out, atheist and American

In much of the American South and Midwest church membership and religious faith are assumed. (In my hometown of San Francisco, as in Manhattan, faith is more apt to evoke surprise.) People have often never met an admitted atheist. “Literally people think that we do have horns, or that we’re mean, or that we do not have kids,” said a Kansan. Even in a city like Atlanta, some people feel religious pressure. Ed Buckner, president of American Atheists, said the Atlanta Freethought Association has members who “never saw any need [to gather with others] until they came to Atlanta – and people behind you in line in the grocery store say ‘Do you know Jesus?’ And your boss asks what church you attend.”

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