By Kate Royals
CBS Sunday Morning viewers in the metro area saw a few familiar scenes in the show’s most recent segment aired this past weekend. The piece focused on atheism, and Jackson native Neil Carter was one of three people from across the country to share his story.
Carter, who went from being a Sunday School-teaching, seminary-attending member of First Baptist Church to becoming an atheist, shared on the show what it was like to finally listen to what he called his “inner skeptic.”
The realization five years ago resulted in strained personal relationships and a divorce, though he notes additional factors played into that decision.
But, he says, it also took a toll on his professional life.
Carter, a former 7th grade history teacher at Northwest Rankin Middle School in Rankin County, says his teaching contract with the school was non-renewed after students and administrators discovered he was an atheist.
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