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But Ehrman has a different definition: “Someone who is no .” People will think you worship Satan Many Americans don’t actually know any professed atheists, according to surveys - which means they often seem to assume the worst about them.
Fewer than half of Americans say they’d vote for an atheist politician; a similar number say they wouldn’t want their children to marry a nonbeliever.
“They were afraid to speak out," she says, "because they didn’t want to be stigmatized.” Gaylor recommends looking online for atheist support groups in your area; and be sure to search for related terms as well: agnostic, freethought, skeptic and nonbeliever.
It’s no fun debating fundamentalists Bart Ehrman doesn’t seem like the kind of guy who backs down from a fight.
Their theology is a closed system, according to Ehrman, and their social bonds with fellow fundamentalists are too tightly knit to admit any wiggle room.
“ It’s still lonely being an atheist in rural America, says Annie Laurie Gaylor, the foundation’s co-president, but there are plenty of skeptics and nonbelievers in God’s Country – if you know how to find them.