OA Interviewed by Italian News
In May 2016 the board of Omaha Atheists were interviewed by a team of journalists from Italy who were driving up the Missouri River to explore "real America". They interviewed us and, separately, the manager of the Omaha Catholic radio station.
Here's the Google Translate version of part of their article:
The organized atheists. In our more modest Grand Tour along the river that runs through the so-called Real America and that guards the founding identity ingredients of the country, we found that the American soul is in motion. Here in Montana, the last state Union, it founded only a century ago, but became the quintessence the western and the rural culture of communalism, the function Sunday remained familiar ritual, almost like in the countryside Italian up to 60 years: from the farms start caravans pick-up direct to the churches of the county, even at 40 km of distance; all washed and glazed, men with a white Stetson head, the broad hat rancher, women with skirts in chenille pastel colors and children in plaid shirt and gilettino.
But more to many certainties are less downstream. We met in Nebraska a group of atheists organized, almost heretical. till a few years ago it would have been impossible. A study by the Pew Foundation recently determined that today as much as 7 percent of the population have the courage to declare himself an atheist, despite Most Americans still believe those who do not believe in nothing "the most dangerous man of society" (see box page earlier). Tom Grey, the president of the congregation, a former official aeronautics and impersonator Jim Carrey, was one of the organizers the Reason Rally in Washington, the march of Reason that in early June brought together over thirty thousand people to ask a clearer separation between politics and religion. "We want to make it clear that we are not monsters, which can be good Americans also without God, "he says in the Omaha headquarters, where they distribute books by Christopher Hitchens, The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins, The End of Faith by Sam Harris. Last Christmas they managed to get public spaces to erect in place of crib a Tree of Reason, dedicated to science and "Human intellect fruit successes."
...and an earlier section about atheism in America:
The "excommunication" of atheists:
Religion is also an aspect in American Identity movement. The US remains the country with the most Christians in the world (226 million) as well divided, according to the Pew Research Center: 46.5% Protestant, 20.8% Catholics, 3.3% Mormon, Orthodox, Jehovah's Witnesses. But in recent years atheists, agnostics or "non-affiliates" have grew by 6.7% to 22.8%.
Up 1.2%, the number non-Christians, came to 5.9% (Jews 1.9%, Muslim 0.9%, Buddhist 0.7%, Hindus 0.7%). Despite the increase godless, however, America remains a country that does not trust the atheists: in a scale of 0-100, have 41 (penultimate before the Muslims with 40). 53% He believes that an atheist would not be a good
President. And, according to a study University of Oregon, US They think that atheists are even less reliable than rapists.
The .pdf below includes the above article (in Italian) and some great pictures of the journalists' trip.