Because I were told by a friend who was in America for a year that religion is way more important over there and because I constantly hear ....hhhmmm.... how to call it?.... I think "crazy shit" is most appropiate .... about religiousity from the US, I wondered whether the difference is really THAT BIG in every part of the US, or it's on average just a slight difference with some "spikes" of religiousity.
So I'd like to ask you: How religious are the people around you? And which consequences does that have for the relationsship between you and them?
Naturally, although I personally specifically look for input from Americans, everyone can post.
So, I begin: Here in my part of germany, most people tend to be christians just by name, that means that god isn't really important to them, but still, it's considered normal to go to church every sunday. From my personal friends, only one is a religious christian, and two believe in a god, but both are agnostic-theists and dislike christianity, the whole rest is completely atheistic, or agnostic-atheistic like myself, although we all were raised catholic-christian. Also, I know most of my age-group on our school well enough to say that something around 70-80% of the guys and 30-40% of the girls are nonbelievers, and most of the believers are not christian. It's even considered quite usual to ridicule religiousity, religion lessons and religious people a bit. Although imho they tend to overdo that, it's relatively comfortable to be in this society as an agnostic-atheist.
On the other side, there actually are some religious organisations, but even they are mostly open-minded, good to discuss with and usually doesn't feel any need to deny scientifical theories like evolution or astronomy, which limits the discussion to the mere philosophical level. That means that they are also a rather pleasant company.
So, I'm really happy to live here and not in any religion-dominated society.
Note: I feel no hatred towards religion in general(the two agnostic-theist are in fact my two best friends), I just really hate it if people bend or even ignore facts just to match their belief or if they try to convert me.