Why atheists must come out the closet

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Aug 26, 2012
 

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I was nervous about coming out but i am glad i did. I no longer had to pretend to believe in god and feel guilty for lying. I know people stay in the closet out of fear of losing their jobs, being treated differently etc but until more atheists come out the closet and unite theist bullies will trample us and continue have mistaken conceptions etc of us. By coming out the closet, atheists decide not to be afraid of the theist majority anymore

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Also, it would inspire others to come out and make our voices better heard. Do not keep saying later the earlier the better or ur atheist views can come out in a way not intended. At fourteen ive done it but of course with pity and shock disapproval from my parents. Idc. I am glad to have vocalized what i really felt about god but was to hesistant to say. BULLSH!T.
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Aug 27, 2012
 
Lady Rin Kayamata wrote:
.. At fourteen ive done it but of course with pity and shock disapproval from my parents. Idc....
Is Idc Internet-brevity for "I don't care"? If it is, I think you may be fooling yourself, perhaps.

It upset a parent of mine when I dared to speak up (at 16). I think the timeing is a very personal judgement.

I suppose it is inevitable to feel a little hurt when strongly disagreeing with someone who is so close. I found it of special concern as it was far worse for him than for me. Like you, I just felt relief that I didn't have to pay lip-service to religion any more. It is a choice between living a lie or being honest. Sooner or later the truth must out.

I told my father when I thought I had determined that no serious or permanent harm would occur to our relationship. I never felt I would be evicted or rejected for my disbelief. Iwaited until I was too old to brow-beat and articulate enough to argue my position, which was intelligent, well-informed and thought-through. How one delivers the news matters - with respect and kindness.

It sounds as if you have TWO parents who are religious. Good luck!:-)

Btw, don't give any more personal details on Topix. Make sure you stay anonymous for security's sake.

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EdSed wrote:
<quoted text>Is Idc Internet-brevity for "I don't care"? If it is, I think you may be fooling yourself, perhaps.
It upset a parent of mine when I dared to speak up (at 16). I think the timeing is a very personal judgement.
I suppose it is inevitable to feel a little hurt when strongly disagreeing with someone who is so close. I found it of special concern as it was far worse for him than for me. Like you, I just felt relief that I didn't have to pay lip-service to religion any more. It is a choice between living a lie or being honest. Sooner or later the truth must out.
I told my father when I thought I had determined that no serious or permanent harm would occur to our relationship. I never felt I would be evicted or rejected for my disbelief. Iwaited until I was too old to brow-beat and articulate enough to argue my position, which was intelligent, well-informed and thought-through. How one delivers the news matters - with respect and kindness.
It sounds as if you have TWO parents who are religious. Good luck!:-)
Btw, don't give any more personal details on Topix. Make sure you stay anonymous for security's sake.
dont worry i will stay anonymous. I do not care because my parents never really did approve of me. I am the black sheep of the family.
EdSed

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Sep 1, 2012
 
Hi LRK, if you're still around.

Thought I would bring this (The Young Atheist's Handbook) to your attention...
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Young-Atheists-Handbo...
I haven't read it myself so I can't give an opinion, but a review reads, "This is a gem of a book. Don't be misled by the title: this is not a handbook. At least not in the sense of being a manual or guidebook for atheists. Rather Alom Shaha, a physics teacher who was born in Bangladesh and raised as a muslim in south-east London, has written a completely candid account of his life and his journey from religion to atheism."

New Humanist Magazine is quite good too (and fairly inexpensive); and one can get the AHA newsletters free. Hope that is of interest.
http://www.americanhumanist.org/

And I thought you might like this ditty..
http://www.atheismuk.com/2012/03/31/atheism/y...
(Sorry for some bad language in the lyrics)

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Sep 1, 2012
 
EdSed wrote:
Hi LRK, if you're still around.
Thought I would bring this (The Young Atheist's Handbook) to your attention...
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Young-Atheists-Handbo...
I haven't read it myself so I can't give an opinion, but a review reads, "This is a gem of a book. Don't be misled by the title: this is not a handbook. At least not in the sense of being a manual or guidebook for atheists. Rather Alom Shaha, a physics teacher who was born in Bangladesh and raised as a muslim in south-east London, has written a completely candid account of his life and his journey from religion to atheism."
New Humanist Magazine is quite good too (and fairly inexpensive); and one can get the AHA newsletters free. Hope that is of interest.
http://www.americanhumanist.org/
And I thought you might like this ditty..
http://www.atheismuk.com/2012/03/31/atheism/y...
(Sorry for some bad language in the lyrics)
Thanx for giving me links to stuff that can help me. I appreciate it especially when sometimes i feel alone with being the only atheist(at least one out of the closet) in my family. i just wonder what my granny would think.
KittenKoder

Sydney, Australia

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Oct 12, 2012
 
Lady Rin Kayamata wrote:
<quoted text> dont worry i will stay anonymous. I do not care because my parents never really did approve of me. I am the black sheep of the family.
More like you're a transvestite.
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