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The Unsexy Atheist Demographic

The Dallas Observer’s story about atheism in Texas concludes with this hilarious anecdote from a (very white, very male) atheist convention in Austin:

At the bar in Austin, some of the male atheists can’t wait for more women to show up, probably for the reasons Watson described. Johnny and Ting, both in their late 20s and from Houston, are sitting a little glumly in a corner, several empty glasses in front of them. Johnny is a former Muslim; after he told his parents he was an atheist, his father “didn’t speak to me for two years,” he says. Ting is a Buddhist. He just came down for a weekend trip with his buddy.

“There are no girls here,” Johnny says bluntly. “Look at these guys. Would you hang out with them? Do pretty girls want to hang out with these guys? I don’t think so.” Beyond that, Ting is East Asian and Johnny is Indian; this crowd, Johnny says, “is not our age group, and it’s not our demographic.”


about the author

Rod Dreher is a senior editor at The American Conservative. He has written and edited for the New York Post, The Dallas Morning News, National Review, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the Washington Times, and the Baton Rouge Advocate. Rod’s commentary has been published in The Wall Street Journal, Commentary, the Weekly Standard, Beliefnet, and Real Simple, among other publications, and he has appeared on NPR, ABC News, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, and the BBC. He lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with his wife Julie and their three children. He has also written four books, The Little Way of Ruthie Leming, Crunchy Cons, How Dante Can Save Your Life, and The Benedict Option.

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