As for witnesses in court being sworn in with their hand on the Bible, Manahan says its use is a relic from the past. He says it is the law, not the Bible, that provides sanctions for false testimony.
Minnesota Atheists currently have a membership of about 300. Berkshire says atheists in rural areas are less likely to speak out due to fear. Young people, he says, are less afraid of the “the A word” than were their elders.
Jodock says he has friends who are atheists. The more comfortable you are with yourself, the more accepting you are of the differences of others, he says.