SAUCE FOR ALL stands for “Southern Atheists United for Candid Expression, Freethought, Openmindedness, Reason, and Living Life.” It was founded in 2011 in Starkville, Mississippi by a pair of students at MSU, with support of several groups around that state. It has since grown to 26 groups in Alabama, Tennessee, Louisiana, North Carolina, Florida, and Texas, and continues to grow.
We aim to unite individuals and organizations for the express purposes of extinguishing the sense of isolation that so many Southern atheists feel and limiting alienation through empowerment by education. Living in the Bible-Belt, atheists are likely to face discrimination and intolerance if they are open about their beliefs.
We are here to let them know that they are not alone and that it’s okay to challenge the religious establishment. A second purpose is to unite the openminded of the south. We are notoriously known for living in a religious area and there are many people who are curious as to how “we survive” down here. The third purpose is to educate anyone who seeks information about us and how we see things. Finally the fourth purpose is to help others realize and come out with their atheism/agnosticism. We aren’t alone, and some of us don’t exactly know where we stand, so we are here to help.
If your group is interested in joining SAUCE FOR ALL, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Are you active in politics?
We have no political agenda. The only thing that unites each one of us is our freethinking.
Why is there a pansy at the bottom?
The name ‘pansy’ is derived from the French word pensée meaning “thought”, and was so named because the flower resembles a human face; in August it nods forward as if deep in thought. Because of this the pansy has long been a symbol of Freethought.
Why are you mad at God?
Yahweh, Allah, Brahma? You’re going to have to be more specific. Secondly, you’re gonna have to explain why you think such a thing exists outside of your head. Thirdly…well, I could go on, but I’ll give you a chance to make a reply.
What tragedy caused you to turn away from religion?
It’s a common misunderstanding that all atheists and freethinkers have had something horrible happen in their lives that has pushed them away from religion, this however is not true. Many of us have reached our position through reasoning and science. Also, some of us were never indoctrinated into a religion to begin with, so we just have a clean slate, tragedy not included.