I am a 16 year old high school student in the northeastern part of Arkansas. I am the only atheist at my school and community in general ( at least im the only one who has made themselves known. there may be others). I need help finding any kind of atheist group within vicinity of Batesville , AR. Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated.
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I don't envy your situation. Hang in there, be strong and don't give up.
I googled a little and found some info that might be of help:
Check out all their contacts, links, etc.
You could also look for Secular Humanists:
An also, the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster (FSM). It's a mock religion. It started out a satirical protest against creationism in schools, but caught on.
Thank you. This should be of great help. Also, in a further update (i am telling you this and not putting it on the main post because you are the only one who has bothered to say anything) i have done some poking around and have found only one other atheist here. I have also come under fire for saying "under no god" in the pledge, but that is a topic for a different forum.
Reason In The Rock, Arkansas only Annual Event. Sounds like a plan for me. Now i just have to see if anyone will even let me on there yard to rake it (no joke, some people wont come within 30 feet of me). As soon as i get through with college, i am moving the heck away from here.
I personally find it very ironic that "under God" was added to the Pledge of Allegiance in the first place. After all, those two words were only added in 1953, eighty years after the Pledge of Allegiance was originally written.
At the end of the day, if your local community really do love America, then they must also love the constitution, which also happens to contain the 1st amendment, which grants you the freedom to not only to not say the Pledge of Allegiance, but also gives you freedom to literally say any pledge you want.
I mean, I often hear religious people say that they think that atheism is a religion, but the first amendment also prohibits the impeding of the free exercise of religion; so by excluding "under god" in the Pledge of Allegiance, they're literally going against the constitution and the first amendment if they force you or penalise you for saying that.
Support from the hick state of NC