Mississippi Atheists on Reddit

RedditI have been using Reddit for awhile, but I had no idea that there was a small group of Mississippi atheists there with their own subreddit until I stumbled across it recently. I was searching Google for information on atheists in Mississippi just to see what was out there. Not a hell of a lot as it turns out. Maybe that is why Mississippi Atheists seems to be doing fairly well in the search rankings.

Anyway, it looks like r/MsAtheism started about four years ago and has not been particularly active. Okay, that is an understatement. There are only a handful of posts. Maybe we can change that.

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Secular Groups Protest Discrimination at Wells Fargo

Wells Fargo Bank, Plantsville, CT. 7/2014 Pics by Mike Mozart of TheToyChannel and JeepersMedia on YouTube. #WellsFargo #WellsFargoBank

 According to a press release from the United Church of Bacon, representatives from 7 national secular groups recently gathered in Las Vegas to protest discrimination against atheists by Wells Fargo.
The protest was led by John Whiteside, who founded a legal church with a funny name to protest how religious organizations get special privileges under the law. His organization, The United Church of Bacon, now has 4,000 members. The church claims no tax exempt status and pay their taxes. They accept no donations, instead raising nearly $100,000 in 2014 for autism, cancer, and secular charities. In 2015, they’ve already raised more than $30,000 for AIDS patients and another $30,000 for secular charities.


Improving Mississippi for Atheists

Droid - change-and it-s on (by)The majority of Mississippians who vote continue to elect extremely conservative Christians to our state legislature and to Congress. Thus, it comes as no surprise that we secular Mississippians rarely feel as though our interests are being adequately represented. In fact, we often feel as though our rights are under attack, that we are surrounded by church-state violations and Christian privilege, and that many of those in power seem determined to keep it that way.

We have state representatives who quote the Christian bible to justify their bigotry, almost as if they do not realize that they are tasked with representing all Mississippians in their district. We have judges coercing juveniles into reading the Christian bible to avoid punishment while the local news media acts as if this is perfectly normal. We have sheriffs using taxpayer money to put "In God We Trust" on their official vehicles as if that will help them to protect and serve all Mississippians.


Heading to the American Atheists Convention in Memphis?

English: Peabody Hotel; Memphis, TN
Peabody Hotel; Memphis, TN (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
As I am sure you are aware, American Atheists is holding their national convention in Memphis April 2-5 at the Peabody Hotel. This makes attending a large atheist gathering far more accessible to those of us living in Mississippi than is usually the case, and I suspect some of you will be taking advantage of the location to attend.

If you will be driving to the convention from Mississippi and have room for additional passengers in your vehicle, I suspect that there are some Mississippi atheists who would be interested in ride sharing/carpool options. If you are interested in helping other atheists in our state get to Memphis or if you are still looking for a ride, please feel free to post your information on our Facebook page.


Mississippi Passed Law Like Indiana's Last Year

English: American actor George Takei at the St...
American actor George Takei at the Star Trek Convention UFP Con One in Hamm, Germany, 1996. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The new Religious Freedom Restoration Act in Indiana has been receiving considerable attention around the atheist blogosphere since it was signed into law by Gov. Mike Pence. It captured the attention of Star Trek's George Takei and soon spawned a popular hashtag campaign on Twitter (#BoycottIndiana).

Here are just a few of the recent mentions I have seen: