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Support Godless in Dixie March 13, 2014

Porch_ProfileDo you enjoy reading the Godless in Dixie blog? Would you like to see more frequent posts and possibly even a book at some point in the near future? How about accomplishing world peace and putting an end to both global warming and world hunger?

Well, now you can help!*

At the behest of friends and readers I’m adding a donate button to the sidebar menu on the right so that readers can contribute in order to help me make time to prepare and write more posts for this blog.

For my day job, I am a high school Geometry teacher, but I also maintain two additional part-time jobs to help make ends meet. This leaves me precious little time to write and virtually no time to read. Most of what I read and write comes together by stealing time from other things, and I can’t keep that up forever. So I’m asking you folks to consider helping me out. With a little help from my friends, I could possibly trim down some of my part-time hours to make more time to read and think and write along the lines of what you’ve seen here so far. I’ve been encouraged to travel and attend some conferences to meet folks who are fighting the same battles that I’m fighting, and this could help me do that, as well. Soon I’d also like to write a book putting the gist of what you read here into print. And I am woefully behind on reading and listening to some of the quality talks, articles, and books that have been put out by favorite thinkers and speakers over the last few years. I’d very much like to make time to get caught up on those things so that it can inform the writing process that goes into this blog. Care to help me do that? If so, you can click the button below or the one to the right and contribute. I promise I won’t spend it on booze.

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*Offers of world peace, climate stabilization, and hunger eradication subject to factors beyond the control of the author. Godless in Dixie hereby disclaims all liability for failure of the global community to accomplish desired goals, although he will likely gripe about it anyway. Please direct all complaints, requests, and inquiries to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20500 or call (202) 456-1111 and ask to speak to “Barry.” Operators are standing by.

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  • I’ll gladly be donating, Neil. I think you’re the real deal, and I’d like to support what you’re doing. Of course, it’ll be tax deductible like it was when I gave to my church, right? ;)

  • Uh, yeah…yeah, sure!

    Lemme just check with my lawyers…

  • bonnie


  • David W

    Thanks for your work. Your blog improves my life.

  • Lee

    Glad to donate. Can’t quite commit to monthly, but it’s a start. Your writing is clear and incisive, and I look forward to reading more of it.

  • I don’t envy your situation (living in the south). I hope to be able to donate in the future. I live in NJ and I think Jersey is pretty conservative, I can only imagine how it is in the deep south.

  • Gra*ma Banana

    Can’t wait for my signed copy of “Godless in Dixie”.

  • Patrick

    Happy to contribute. In fact, you should have already received my donation some time ago (I think). At least PayPal confirmed. Keep up the good work, I enjoy reading your blog regularly. Hope you can find more time to write a book, or focus on projects that interest you.

  • Patrick

    As a southerner by birth and upbringing, I must slightly object to your post! While it’s true I now live in Europe, far, far, away from the American South, it’s actually a nice place to live. You just need to carve out your own little niche. It helps if you live in or near a university town. And sure, some things can be incredibly frustrating. But there are a lot of good things about the south, as well: southern hospitality, food (biscuits and gravy, ummm….), weather, cost of living, etc.

    If I ever move back to the USA, I’ll probably live in the south again. I would even go to church regularly, I think. Yes, I’m an atheist, 100%. But just like Gorillas in the Mist, I would take great pleasure in observing southern fundamentalists in their native habitat. I am being serious, too. I haven’t been to Sunday School in over 30 years, I’d really like to hear it all again, but this time from a very different perspective. Not to criticise, but to genuinely and sincerely understand what the religious are saying, thinking, etc. I’m sure I’d have to bite my lip often, but it would be very educational.

  • Come live in Mississippi for a few months. You might discover things are not exactly as you remember them. How long has it been since you lived in the States? And how long since you went to an Evangelical church?

  • Patrick

    I grew up in southeast Virginia. After university (Virginia Tech) I lived in North and South Carolina for a few years. South Carolina was a challenge… :-) When I was in my mid 20’s, this was around the early 90’s, I moved to Europe. So over 20 years ago. I did go back to NC for a few years because of work (around 2003), but I’m again back in Europe, and not really planning on a change. My life is here now.

    It’s also true that I did not go to an Evangelical church when I was young. In fact, I went here: Probably more or less sane by Mississippi standards. Sorry, I don’t mean to sound condescending… :-)

    But still, I would like to attend church services again in the US. I am curious to experience it all anew, now that I can think for myself. Now that I am an atheist. Now that I now so much more about the Bible than when I was a child. But no doubt the novelty would probably wear off quickly. And it would be hard to keep my mouth shut.

  • Damon

    Virginia and South Carolina ain’t Mississippi. There’s a reason that Mississippi is dead freakin last by most civilized measures.

  • Patrick

    Yes, as I noted in my previous response, Virginia is not Mississippi. I doubt I would live in Mississippi, Alabama, or Louisiana by choice. I sympathise with godless’s situation.

    But in a perverse way, that is why I read his blog. His whole life was completely turned upside down by his quest for truth, by his inability to live a lie. And the decision was made so much harder by his family, especially his daughters (or so it seems to me). I am a single dad with two kids, my children live with me, not my ex-wife (long story). I’m not sure I could have come out as an atheist if it meant losing my children. I just don’t know what I’d do in that situation.

    There’s also that tragedy of knowing your children are being brought up Christian. Sure, it all depends on how it’s done. If they are taught to think for themselves, to seek truth, to be critical thinkers, to get a proper, secular education, then it’s manageable. And hopefully they will work it all out for themselves over time. But that loss of control must grate…

    Christianity fascinates me because it’s so obviously untrue, and yet so many intelligent people believe it. It’s insanity on a large scale. That is why I said I’d like to go back to church, to study this phenomenon more closely. Although I don’t want to make light of those that are caught up in its irrationality, like the author of this blog.

  • I didn’t mean to imply that the south is an awful place to live. I just know that living in an area that has a lot of conservative busy bodies, usually makes it harder to “carve” out one’s niche

  • Just sent you my ‘widow’s mite’ through the miracle of modern science (i.e., the technology behind PayPal). I find your voice in these matters to be incisive, brilliant, well-informed in the Scriptures as well as in technical rationality, eloquent, and—of the utmost importance to me—kind and empathetic. I look forward to reading many more of your wry observations, in depth movie reviews and commentaries on society, and in look forward to reading your eventual book!


    A kindred spirit in Montreal

  • jw

    I would live to support your blog please accept bitcoin!