Thanks to a posting by Yellow Dog [Blue in the Bluegrass] for the heads-up on the NYT article, More Atheists Shout It From the Rooftops, which says,
More than ever, America’s atheists are linking up and speaking out — even here in South Carolina, home to Bob Jones University, blue laws and a legislature that last year unanimously approved a Christian license plate embossed with a cross, a stained glass window and the words “I Believe” (a move blocked by a judge and now headed for trial).They are connecting on the Internet, holding meet-ups in bars, advertising on billboards and buses, volunteering at food pantries and picking up roadside trash, earning atheist groups recognition on adopt-a-highway signs.
Even in South Carolina. Yes, even in that holy-ground of the Confederacy, South Carolina, there are closet-atheists who, until now, were afraid of being shot by their christian neighbor had they stumbled-upon their non-belief. Do they still do inquisitions in South Carolina? Solid red, you know, indicating that the folks there know Jesus. Well, maybe not Jesus, but surely Deuteronomy and Leviticus. Do they still hang niggers on Saturday night and sing in the choir on Sunday morning?
Odd place, South Carolina. Of all places that ought to consider secession [tea party nonsense] South Carolina ought to be first, carrying on its secessionist tradition. Texas will have to wait for position #2.
No doubt the oh-so righteous christians there were in a flutter when they saw those atheist billboards; I wonder if some reached for their chainsaws to cut them down. After all, God reigns supreme there.
Funny stuff- always a hoot watching the fundy-follies.
The NYT article continues:
Polls show that the ranks of atheists are growing. The American Religious Identification Survey, a major study released last month, found that those who claimed “no religion” were the only demographic group that grew in all 50 states in the last 18 years.
Nationally, the “nones” in the population nearly doubled, to 15 percent in 2008 from 8 percent in 1990. In South Carolina, they more than tripled, to 10 percent from 3 percent.
Ten percent in South Carolina! Whoa. One out of 10 people walking the streets are 'no one' people. Perhaps they ought to wear some sign, some insignia on their clothing to identify them as non-believers. How about a large red "A"? Then, the good believers could avoid walking and talking with 'them.' After all, their 'disease' may be contagious!