One of the many reasons to start a local atheist group? When surveys say your city is one of the least religious in the country, reporters know exactly where to go for insight.
A Gallup poll recently declared Bremerton-Silverdale, Washington one of the least religious areas in the country. (They were ranked 7th in terms of highest non-religious population, getting just above 50%.)
So the Kitsap Sun, covering that exact region, wanted to know what’s going on:
Four members of the Kitsap Atheists and Agnostics group cited a number of factors that could be skewing the nonreligious numbers Kitsap’s way. Wesley Bonetti, one of the group’s four members that gathered at a Bremerton coffee shop this week, said people born here are generally raised to “Do your own thing.”
Cristyn Kelly said the highly transient nature of military life could be a factor. “It’s hard for people to establish themselves in a community if they are only here for a while,” she said.
On Sunday a group of them plan to work to spruce up the Clear Creek Trail in Silverdale. And they meet every other Wednesday, seeking a community of their own.
“It’s a community for people without church,” Kost said.
As I’ve said before, if atheists can offer people the benefits of church without the mythological nonsense, they would bring in a lot more people who are content to call themselves non-religious but don’t want to go a step further.
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