I’m once again impressed the all the clear thinking in the current podcast. I grew up in Lloydminster, Sask as an atheist from about age 11 on the Alberta border in Canada and believe it or not, had similar experiences with theists. I can’t count how many times I bowed my head at various social events when people said grace or had a moment of silent prayer. It was a huge relief to go to University and meet a bunch of socially progressive atheists with whom I could be myself without worrying about being judged as a heathen or offending someone by blaspheming. Fortunately, when I left university, I always managed to find similar social groups. I can fully sympathize with folks who have to interact with batshit crazy folks all the time or live in a town where that is the social norm.
I love* this pod-cast and the awesome personalities behind it, Tracy’s rants are gold.
Please never stop.
*(It is a loaded word but I cant find a more fitting phrase. )
I’m one of those people who lives in an atheist oasis. At my university, everyone under 30 wants to be the next left-wing revolutionary. Thanks for the reminder that not everyone is so privileged.
I was just listening to your most recent episode, and wanted to let you know that the “Respect Life” license plates are not anti-choice. Those are actually the Columbine High School memorial plates.
Anyway, very much looking forward to seeing you at the convention here in Denver in a few days!
I was particularly struck by the passionate description of the need for an oasis from religious thought and language, instead of the hyper-Christianized world we seem to experience daily here in the Midwest.
That really hit home for me, since I’m in the middle of a de-conversion from Evangelical Christianity. I have lots of Christian friends and family that I just know I can’t talk to about what I’m going through, since there’s now such a fundamental disconnect in how we view reality. Fortunately, there is a fairly active skeptic and atheist group nearby.
Thanks, Beth, Jen and Tracie for this podcast and your always awesome rants! Thanks, Amanda, for your article, and for the great contributions you made to the discussion this week!
This was the first Godless Bitches episode I have listened to. I loved very minute of it and I couldn’t agree more with everything you all had to say. I live in the middle of Caiforia between Sacramento as San Fancsco. You would expect it to be a widely secular area. It sadly is quite the opposite. I actually heard a friend of mine call my county “mini Texas” the other day. I have been an atheist all my life and have always felt like an outsider in my community. I fully understand what it is like to be the only out atheist in a sea of Christians at just 10 years old. I have been searching for some sort of secular connection but everyone around here is so out of touch with reality. One of these days my boyfriend and I would like to get married and start a family but I can’t help feeling frightened of the challenges my children will face in a largely religious area. We are actually considering moving because of it. So I am one of those “immature” atheists who get deffensive. So deffensive in fact that I’ve become offensive. I’ve actually lost some friends and family due to my bitterness. This idea that atheists need community just as much as anyone else is very important and I am very thankful that Amanda brought it up.
I’m unemployed, broke, and just had to “move back home.” Thanks for thinking about atheists who are short on the lettuce.
I love it! I so agree with Beth: “I hated everyone at church!” Me too!
I’m not working on disability, and I thought I had saved enough money to attend the Texas Freethought Convention, I pre-paid my hotel on Priceline, rented a car, packed instant oatmeal and ramen, volunteered for reduced rate, but I did not want to miss the chance to see Christopher Hitchens. Then at check-in the hotel put a $400 hold on my credit card for “incidentals” and wouldn’t agree to just disallowing charges and that was the money to pay for the registration. Thankful people were willing to help, I was mortified.
Saving for spring!
Can we get a link to the article Amanda is talking about? I missed it, and as a working class atheist, would like to read it.
FWIW, I’m 33 and have a master’s degree, but I have very little disposable income. I haven’t been a student for more than ten years. I had more money when I was a student than I ever have since, thanks to student loans.
I could go on and on. Ha.
Solidarity! Thanks for another great podcast.
“Can we get a link to the article Amanda is talking about?”
Could you provide a list of your references and links? I’m not a native English speaker and since I don’t understand some words and names I’d be really happy if I could find the names and so on in written form =) Specially I couldn’t find the facebook group concerning PCOS…
Thank you very much! =)
A preliminary transcript of this podcast is now available at: https://a-plus-scribe.com/doku.php?id=transcriptions:godless_bitches_podcast_2_19
It is not final (it still need to be checked over by other people) and we may have wrongly recognised the speaker of some portions or made some other mistake that distort the meaning of what was being said so any correction is welcome.
And if you want to quote some of the transcript, double check with the original, authoritative, source in case we made an error so you don’t spread the error.
Meanwhile, for people like Anja, I hope it helps you to follow along. If there is any reference that would be helpful that you can think of, we can add them.
Also, like Anja, I couldn’t find the woo-free PCOS facebook group.
Finally, thanks to Taylor, for the reference to the Columbine plates. I added it to the transcript (do you want a hattip for that there?).
Can I just say what a relief to find http://godlessbitches.podbean.com who actually knows what theyre talking about on the internet. You definitely know how to bring an issue to light and make it important. More people need to read this and understand this side of the story. I cant believe youre not more popular because you definitely have the gift.