It Ain't Easy Being an Atheist in Alabama

But it's not as hard as you might think to find like-minded people.

But there is a group, Alabama Atheists and Agnostics, which they can join, and I'm sure there are others around. Unfortunately, they seem to be limited in how they can advertise. When they tried to do the common campus practice of chalking — putting messages on the sidewalks to let students know what they were up to — they got an unfortunate response.

"While we were chalking somebody dumped water on what we were chalking, somebody spat at us," Sloan said. "But really, overall, most people were polite."

At approximately 6 p.m., AAA finished their chalking, Sloan said. By midnight, all the chalking had been erased and scrubbed clean by what appeared to be an organization's effort.

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Note that there were other groups, Christian groups, that were chalking at the same time, and that the atheists were writing inoffensive messages like "You can be good without god" and suggestions to look them up on facebook.

I guess they'll have to settle for advertising on the internet.

So, all you University of Alabama students, join Alabama Atheists and Agnostics. Heck, all Alabamians should join. It's accessible to the whole of the internet, so people all around the world can sign up.

Any other atheist groups in Alabama want a plug? Send me a note, and I'll add them here.

Whoa. There are lots of atheists in Alabama. Try these organizations out:

The Birmingham Athiests Meetup Group
North Alabama Freethought Association
Alabama Freethought Association
West Alabama Freethought Association
Etowah County Rational Alliance
Southeast Alabama Freethought Association
Montgomery Area Freethought Association

PZ Myers is a biologist and associate professor at the University of Minnesota, Morris. He runs the science blog, Pharyngula.