growing up, I didn't know a single other atheist. In fact, as far as I knew, I didn't know a single other person who wasn't a Christian.
I was always a reader, so I knew other non-believers existed. But it wasn't like today, with frequent bestsellers by "new atheists." And, of course, there was no internet.
These days, it's easy to find atheists online. You have your pick of atheist, agnostic, skeptic, or humanist groups online, and you can join as many as you want. I must say that there are real advantages to online communities, too.
But most human beings want more than that. Sometimes, you just want that personal contact, face to face, with people who understand what it's like being an atheist in America. Well, that's becoming easier, too.
Here in Lincoln, Nebraska, for example, we have the Lincoln Atheists, a small group which meets for coffee on Sunday mornings (every other Sunday) and for supper once a month. (I'm a member, though I haven't yet attended any meetings.)
There is also the Lincoln Secular Humanists, though I'm not sure if they're still active. That website doesn't appear to have been updated in a long time. They seemed to be mostly into left-wing politics when I discovered them a few years ago (they even considered me to be hopelessly conservative!).
If you're still in school, you can check out the Secular Student Alliance. As far as I can tell, there's no affiliated Lincoln group, but there is one at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. And groups seem to be starting at the University of Nebraska at Kearney, Wayne State College, Chadron State College, and even Crete High School. Gee, what happened to Lincoln?
Well, there are groups, not of atheists, but where you might find compatible people. The Nebraska Citizens for Science is based in Lincoln. And there's R.E.A.S.O.N. - Rationalists, Empiricists and Skeptics of Nebraska - but that's based in Omaha.
Well, it's not much, not yet, but it's a lot better than it used to be. And there's the internet, which tends to suit me just fine. :)
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