• ‘No-Go Zones’ In America!

    danger-no-go-zone-signFox News has recently reported that in France and England, there are many areas so controlled by Muslims that non-Muslims aren’t allowed in. They call these areas, “No-Go Zones.”

    As it turns out — surprise, surprise — Fox News lied. There are no areas in France or England where non-Muslims are restricted. Here is what I find interesting. Fox News propagated this made-up story because they wanted to scare people into believing that Muslims are taking over and that they are restricting the freedom of non-Muslims.  But the sad fact is that there really are “No-Go Zones” all over the world; even in America.

    However, it isn’t just Muslims, but theists in general that are restricting the freedom of non-theists. There are plenty of places in America and the rest of the world where being an open atheist invites violence from “peace-loving” religious believers. There are areas all over the world where proclaiming one’s lack of belief in deities will make someone dramatically less safe.

    I live in the suburbs of Philadelphia and I am also not a particularly big guy. In fact, I am a very small individual and that is one of the reasons why I rarely wear an openly atheist t-shirt out in public. I fear that there will be some Christian who will get up in my face and threaten or attack me. That is why I tend to only wear my atheist t-shirts in places where there are other atheists — Safety in numbers. Sometimes I will wear some of my less obvious atheist shirts, but even then, there are places I won’t go. There are “No-Go Zones.”

    Are there places in America so controlled by religion that they are “No-Go Zones” for atheists? I’m going to say YES!!! Most of America is a “No-Go Zone” for atheists. Do you have a story of being physically attacked or threatened by religious believers for being an atheist? Have you experienced an atheist “No-Go Zone?” Leave a comment below.

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    Article by: Staks Rosch

    Staks Rosch is a writer for the Skeptic Ink Network & Huffington Post, and is also a freelance writer for Publishers Weekly. Currently he serves as the head of the Philadelphia Coalition of Reason and is a stay-at-home dad.