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Sun Dec 11, 2011, 01:24 AM

Black, atheist and living in the South

(CNN) - Benjamin Burchall first realized how different his experience in the South was going to be while looking for something to watch on television on a Sunday night.

"I couldn't find anything on television but religious programming,” says Burchall, 38, a former Christian minister and agricultural consultant who moved from Long Beach, California, to Atlanta for work in 2010, “And I thought, 'Oh my God, where am I? Is this all that is on television here?'"

And he quickly found other differences from West Coast living.

"I was not used to meeting someone for the first time and having their first question be ‘what church do you go to?’"

Burchall’s proud response to such queries was, “None.” He is part of an increasingly visible minority – black atheists living in the Bible Belt.
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http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2011/12/08/black-atheist-and-living-in-the-south/

Pretty interesting article.

Whenever I think I have it hard as a white male atheist out here in the West, I can only imagine what black women non-believers have to go through in the Bible Belt...

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LAGC Dec 2011 OP
knowledgeispwr Dec 2011 #1
progressoid Dec 2011 #2
dmallind Dec 2011 #4
knowledgeispwr Dec 2011 #5
8 track mind Dec 2011 #6
knowledgeispwr Dec 2011 #7
beam me up scottie Dec 2011 #3

Response to LAGC (Original post)

Sun Dec 11, 2011, 01:48 AM

1. I'm black, atheist, living in the South and gay!

How about that! Haha, seriously though, I'm more out as gay than as an atheist.

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Response to knowledgeispwr (Reply #1)

Mon Dec 12, 2011, 12:08 AM

2. Holy cow.

I'm only one of those four. Next time I feel uneasy living as an unbeliever, I'll think of you.

My hat is off to you sir!

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Response to knowledgeispwr (Reply #1)

Mon Dec 12, 2011, 11:39 AM

4. May God help you....oh bugger

I hope and pray you'll....no shit not that either....

Hard to use common cliches for concern over your safety and plight without resorting to religious ones. You are probably wise in being more open about sexuality than atheism though.

Presuming you are liberal also (or you are unlikely to be here) I just hope you at least follow college football and don't speak French. If the opposite applies we need to put you in for a hazardous duties pay increase....

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Response to dmallind (Reply #4)

Mon Dec 12, 2011, 06:43 PM

5. Haha, my partner speaks French (and English).

I speak Spanish. We are both mostly ambivalent towards college football. We somehow survive. We live in a medium sized city and attitudes are changing (at least about the gay part). I have no gauge about how general attitudes are about non-belief here, other than people just assume you are christian by default and a common question is "what church do you go to?" At least we don't live out in the boonies.

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Response to knowledgeispwr (Reply #1)

Tue Dec 13, 2011, 09:36 PM

6. Wow!

I'm white and atheist living in West Texas. I admire your courage, hats off to you!

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Response to 8 track mind (Reply #6)

Wed Dec 14, 2011, 05:59 PM

7. Thanks!

It's nice to know there are other atheists about!

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Response to LAGC (Original post)

Mon Dec 12, 2011, 01:47 AM

3. It's definitely much worse for transplants.

I'm still in culture shock, overt racism is not only acceptable, it's expected. The n-word is used frequently in front of black people, I guess you have to pick your battles.

You're expected to be hetero, racist and christian, and if you can't stomach the hate and speak up you're the freak.

I don't care that they denigrate atheists, it's the other minorities I find myself defending.

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