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Does anyone else assume when they're talking to someone new that they're a right-leaning, uber-Christian with whom you will have no connection? Or is that a symptom of living in the Buckle of the Bible Belt?

By fiferguy
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I don't ever lead into a conversation with religion or my lack thereof, but I tend to assume the opposite... that everyone believes like me. I try to treat everyone with respect and finding out that someone is religious isn't an issue unless they have a problem with my atheism or try to force their beliefs on me.

kjsgenie Level 2 July 11, 2018
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Not at all. The city I live in is blue all the way (for city offices I often have a choice between several dems and a few green candidates). I’m generally surprised when I find out someone is overly religious. My social circle is almost completely secular and religion isn’t discussed at work. While a majority of folks in my state would call themselves Christian I’d say a good chunk of those don’t regularly attend any kind of service.

Ella Level 6 July 11, 2018
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Lucky.

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Paranoia.

GipsyOfNewSpain Level 8 July 11, 2018
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Not paranoia if it’s true.

@fiferguy You just proved.

@GipsyOfNewSpain

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Nope, with the exception of a few acquaintances I'm surrounded by liberal Christians. We're in agreement about most issues except the existence of a god.

PhoebeCat Level 7 July 11, 2018
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Yes, but I live in Louisiana. If I make a political statement in front of strangers (or among friends whose political views are unknown), I keep it about a specific issue and not about the party or even the politician (beyond their support/antagonism of the issue at hand).

shayne69 Level 4 July 11, 2018
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I don't think all right-wingers are bad. Does being agnostic mean you have to be left wing? I'm a middle-of-the-road agnostic with left leaning tendencies but have plenty of Christian and conservative friends. In a relationship it's probably less important to share the same beliefs and more important to respect each others individual beliefs. After all, everything changes with time.

CreativeTN Level 5 July 11, 2018
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Not at all. And I agree for rational, fairly moderate right wingers. The problem is we have far more extremist right wings here that can’t or won’t have rational discussions about anything.

I agree. However, the left can be just as stubborn. My most liberal friends judge me more than my most conservative which I find very odd. I think the dems have become the moral dictators which I guess if you have to have a dictator I'd rather it be a liberal. The problem is they don't give me a chance to breath. It's like you have to be an activist or your not up to par.

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Nah I don’t assume anything unless they bring it up or show it in other ways...and I’m in the middle of the US also so know I am in the political and religious minority.

PDF Level 4 July 11, 2018
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It's a reasonable way to go into any new acquaintance. Especially in the South.

KKGator Level 8 July 11, 2018
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No. The opposite unfortunately.

There are some people on this site who seemed to be OK, only for them to prove otherwise and reveal a right-wing douchebag true self. It's disappointing when that happens.

Ellatynemouth Level 8 July 11, 2018
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Thankfully I don’t feel that way. However, I live in NYC, so that’s probably why.

HariT Level 3 July 11, 2018
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I honestly couldn't tell you, I live in the NC mountains, so...more or less almost everyone I meet IS a right-leaning, neoconservative, undereducated, Trump voting southern Baptist or Methodist who genuinely believes women, Blacks, Mexicans, and/or homosexuals are the cause of all the world's problems.

geist171 Level 5 July 11, 2018
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You can usually spot them because they complain about political correctness.

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I don't assume it. But I do know that any bible thumper will find a way to bring up God in conversation fairly quickly. So I know soon enough lol. I have yet to have an atheist or agnostic bring up their lack of believe in conversation. 🤔

Mystical Level 4 July 11, 2018
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Well said, I'm always looking for a way to write that. It irritates me to no end. I want to say hello to a neighbor and the first thing out of her mouth is not it is a beautiful day, but god blessed us with this beautiful day, lets say a prayer of thanks right now. I have to say I'm running late, have a nice day.

@sweetcharlotte , I completely understand. I'm sure the expression on my face would say it all if a neighbor asked me to pray 😂. One of my pet peeves is when people know you're not religious but they keep pushing it.

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I do it. I am pleasantly surprised if I meet a fellow atheist.

Donotbelieve Level 8 July 11, 2018
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I rarely assume anything.
But to honest, I don't really care if they are believers or not. As long as we keep it civil, and not try and convert each other I'm fine.
In fact some of my best friends are believers and we've been getting along for years. We just simply just talk, laugh, joke, etc. like I would around other non-believers. Although to be fair, most of my believer friends are not really religious at all. and they all understand things like Evolutionary Biology, Big bang theory, Physics. etc.In fact, other than being that a god exists, we pretty much agree about everything. Then again, I am very picky about who I am friends with.

TristanNuvo Level 6 July 11, 2018
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I do when I am in Oklahoma, Texas, Mississippi and Louisiana

Bigwavedave Level 6 July 11, 2018
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Oh and alabama

@Bigwavedave Don't forget Georgia.

@KKGator thanks oh yea and south kakalackey

@Bigwavedave both kackalacks.

@geist171 I know lol I didnt want to talk bad about nc. It's about a 50 50 state.

@Bigwavedave except when it comes to social infrastructure programs or teacher salaries, at which point we're floating just above the bottom of the barrel.

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I don't think about it one way or another, and l live in Texas.

Sticks48 Level 8 July 11, 2018
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Mixed bag here in NC urban areas, but down east it's a safe bet.

zeuser Level 7 July 11, 2018
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And down west

@Bigwavedave you got some freethinkers around Ashville, but out around Lenoir, Hickory and Cullowhee, yeah you're right. Boone's cool.

@zeuser lol yep. There are institutions of higher learning in Asheville and Boone...

Nc has charlotte, rdu, Wilmington Asheville and Boone. All blue. Everything else drips crimson red

@Bigwavedave even the areas immediately surrounding the blue areas. Leave Asheville and head through Black Mountain, Old Fort, Marion, Morganton, or if you want to really see it head up the mountain to Avery, Mitchell, or Yancey county. Greensboro is a weird combination of baby boomer neoconservatives and post Gen-X lefties with a pretty heavy LGBTQ community (I thought people were gonna riot when they managed to pass Amendment One) so it sort of balances itself out somewhat.

@Bigwavedave a friend of my mom's who lives primarily in alaska came and stayed with us for a few months when I was living in Spruce Pine, and he was watching the news out of Charlotte (our area doesn't have local news, if you don't have satellite, its still bunny ears up there, we get stations from Charlotte or South Carolina somewhere) and he looked up at me and just said 'what the hell is wrong with the people in this state?' I responded with 'I mean isn't this how the news is everywhere?' He just sort of shook his head. 'No. Florida isn't even this bad.'

@geist171 we're worse than Florida? That stings.

@zeuser that's what I said. And this was DURING the whole Casey Anthony debacle.

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Beyond a shared love of Del Rancho, the Thunder, and Sooner Football, I am generally correct in this assumption.

NerdyOkieDude Level 7 July 11, 2018
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Boomer Sooner! Oh hell yes!

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Living in Texas, it is not an assumption.

jlynn37 Level 8 July 11, 2018
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It is when I go. ...smile001.gif

Austin isn't to bad but the rest can be

@Bigwavedave Y'all come on down now ya heah.

@jlynn37 I covered Texas for my company for 5 years . Very successfully. I requested a transfer to the northeast. Best decision I ever made business wise.

While many Texans are conservative Christian, there are some who are liberal Christian. Libertarians are also represented in significant numbers, and they usually don't come off as conservative Christian. Most of the above of are not crazy or stupid and have the courtesy to keep their beliefs to themselves at first meeting. It kinda depends on the area, too. Metropolitan areas tend to be more diverse.

@minhmeister I agree . I disnt say all. I just said I assumed anyone I met was. Except for austin.

@Bigwavedave Travis Country (Austin) is very liberal. Much of Houston and areas around downtown Dallas are blue. I don't know much about San Antonio, but it's a whole different demographic there.

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