I was born and raised in the Bible Belt, raised Catholic in a church where they hit you in the head with a stick if you were acting up. I "believed" in so much as any kid does - only because my parents did. When I told everyone I was no longer a believer, there was a lot of negative reaction. I have honestly been met with more hostility over my lack of belief than the stretched septum and lip piercings and being covered in tattoos (including ones that are not concealed by average winter clothing). I've been met with dumbfounded looks as though the person never thought someone they knew could EVER be something only talked about in whispers or joked about in church. Genuine confusion because they just assumed I was a believer! Anyone else grow up atheist in the belt?