Is it easier to be an atheist in New York than in Texas? but it may also be easier if you’re in Austin, Texas than if you’re in rural upstate New York.Many atheist and secularist leaders I spoke to stressed this point.And, finally, you find polls done of all Americans demonstrating that plenty of families don’t want their sons or daughters marrying atheists.
The point is to show that anti-atheist bigotry is real.
The point is to show that it has real-world consequences. Where atheist billboards — not in-your-face controversial ones, but almost aggressively mild ones, simply announcing that atheists exist and are good people — are vandalized on a regular basis.
“Is the key idea that the more rural areas give us the most trouble? You find creationist ideas in schools from Louisiana to New Jersey.
You find efforts to send secular tax dollars to religious schools in Indiana and Florida.
It’s not like it’s easy to be an atheist anywhere in the U. Atheists are the most distrusted and disliked of all minority groups — more than Blacks, Hispanics, Jews, Muslims, immigrants, and gays and lesbians — and polls show that Americans are less likely to vote for an atheist than they are for a person in any other minority or marginalized category.
And this hostility can have serious consequences, in the form of harassment, bullying, ostracism, vandalism, alienation from family, loss of jobs, and more.