Someone help me out here. I'm 58 years old and traveled the states and been to Europe, Canada, and Mexico. Lived in 4 states in both rural and urban areas. Though I'm not a regular church goer I went every Sunday up until leaving home for college. Taught some Sunday school and most everyone I know is the same or attends church regularly.
I just get a bad taste on many organized congregations but still have my spiritual beliefs as does my wife of 35 years.
My question is, I never met an openly admitted athiest until my freshman year of college. A professor was asking our class about religious beliefs and a scrawny pale greasy haired "hippy" looking guy announced he was an athiest. I was admittedly quite shocked and still remember the incident as I'd never heard anyone say such a thing.
I've read about athiests. Followed along in the Madelaine Murray Ohare deal out of curiosity but still never really encountered anyone again as open about it as that first guy.
Now in the last 6-7 years I hear it more and more. A lot of the people I've actually heard it from are on these forums and back to HotBoat days. The reason I bring it up is Carvomit is so proud of telling it in about every other post that someone mentions prayer or God.
GW Bush was ostracized by the left openly by the Libs for his faith.
Is it just me or is atheism more prevalent in the AZ, CA areas? I know it's more prevalent among Libs and the Left.