New York: Heaven for Atheists?

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New York already has a rep for being filed with a bunch of scary, godless liberals -- you know, the kind of un-American scumbags that ride subways, rent apartments and -- perhaps worst -- work in THE MEDIA!!!

Still, you might wonder: Is New York actually a good place for non-believers to live?

The Secular Coalition for America -- basically, an atheist-rights group -- has an answer for you.

The non-profit recently released its 2011 congressional scorecard -- a study that looks at state reps to see how well they do in representing atheists, agnostics, skeptics, freethinking humanists, and pretty much anyone else who doesn't believe.

How did they do it? The committee basically analyzed how pols voted on several legislations that dealt directly with religion, from federal funding for religious schools, to faith-based cuts to family planning, to land grants for Boy Scouts.

So how did New York score?

There were two As (Gary Ackerman and Jerrold Nadler), six Bs, 12 Cs, zero Ds, and nine Fs. In the U.S. overall, there were 17 As (all Democrats), 55 Bs (also all Democrats), 116 Cs, 10 Ds, and 233 Fs (200 of which are Republican!). The tally doesn't add up to the exact number of reps, because some have left Congress or didn't vote on all the measures.

Amanda Knief, who heads the group's government relations branch, told Runnin' Scared that New York did "better than most."

"Taken as a whole, New York looks like the representatives do a fairly good job of representing secular and non-faith Americans, but there is plenty of room to improve."

Most disconcerting for Knief, however, is the trend of non-voting in Congress.

"We were dismayed by the number of representatives who did not vote. There were so many non-votes, we really felt that that was something."

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George Adkisson
George Adkisson

It may be ok not to believe in a god, but a terrible thing, not to not believe in where you came from...Simply stated...when men in the uS did not provide a good place for the women to live and raise children...the uS became a good place for the atheist...people like George W Bush and his family are having a good time pretending they were the ones that made it all possible...The uS actually signed an agreement in 1776 with the God of Nature...and that one is the one the uS us currently against in it's attempt to conquer Nature.Yes...the Us broke a covenant with the God mentioned in that document...the Declaration of Independence.They also called him the Supreme Judge.What's even worse...is when you are forced to follow a dollar bill as if it is the Lord that replaced Christ...then some people look more like a joke...for a comic book....trying to explain what man has learned in his thousands of years upon Earth.Surely it has not helped atheist...but it sure is explainable why there are atheist..politicians made the ones in the churches look like liars.

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ugh

I know there is no god because Victoria Bekiempis gets paid to "write."

Myriam Bretiman
Myriam Bretiman

Let me guess - you're some disgruntled boyfriend of hers, right? Because she is a great writer, who did two popular Village Voice cover stories. The memoirs of a Jewish Geisha was hilarious.  And quite informative. Go Victoria, we love you and are happy that now we're seeing more of your writing.

Victoriabekiempis
Victoriabekiempis

Thanks Myriam, I really appreciate all your kind words, and thank you so much for reading :)

Imagine Reason
Imagine Reason

It's better than in a lot of other places, but by no means perfect. The Salvation Army still gets to invade federal grounds (e.g., in front of post offices) and subway stations. Subways still sport numerous Christian graffitis despite complaints to the MTA.

Myriam Bretiman
Myriam Bretiman

In NYC you can make fun of all the religious freaks on the subway and people around you are likely to sympathise.  Don't try doing it in Alabama. Or Pennsylvania.

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