religion is such a hindrance on the progression of our society. we like to pretend that there is a separation of church and state, but this right here is a prime example of how that is just impossible in the current state of our country. to be honest, coming from the northeastern US, i hadn’t had first hand experience with the mania caused by religion until I started school in Tennessee, and I can positively say that being a non-christian is extremely alienating. I see the way my muslim classmates get looked at by locals and it’s saddening and sickening. I feel as though if there were visible signs associated with being agnostic, then I would receive those same looks. It’s a culture of non-acceptance and hatred toward the non-familiar, and it’s embedded into every single aspect of people’s lives. religion and being religious is by no means a negative thing. if it’s what you personally believe, then it’s great that you’ve found something that makes sense to you, but organized religion and it’s influence on our country will continue to hold us back until it stops being used as a tool for impinging upon the rights of all people.