I've come out bi, but I'm hesitant to come out atheist. It may be the last straw...or it may be that I fear they only 'tolerate' their queer relative out of a christian sense of loving the sinner. If I bring a secular world view into our relationship, would they feel excused to condemn me as they so easily condemn the seedier aspects of secular culture? I don't think they could associate anything good with atheism since it seems anything positive related to a secular world has been almost completely occluded by christian propoganda/ignorance.
[I say something snarky at work.]
Coworker #1: Yeah, well you probably don't believe in God either.
Coworker #2: Don't say that.
Me: Actually, it's true.
Coworker #2: Really?!
Coworker #1: You still believe in Jesus, right?
EDIT: Another one with my uncle, who happens to be an evangelical minister:
Him: So why don't you go to church.
Me: Because I don't believe in God.
Him: So you believe you came from a monkey? Well, if we came from monkeys, why are there still monkeys?
[I sit there dumbfounded, because I honestly thought I would never meet a real person who thought that was a convincing argument. In hindsight, he probably thought that he won the debate.]
My grandmother uses that same argument! The difference is that when I tell her "actually no, but I do believe we have a common ancestor. If we truly came from monkeys, we'd still be monkeys"
-wry grin- my mother says I'm a bad influence..
That's much more elegant than the stumbling reply I gave. I don't remember exactly what I said, but it probably reinforced his belief that I don't know what I'm talking about.
Heh, I wouldn't call it elegant. I was frustrated, and possibly rolled my eyes. I facepalmed a few times and almost called my grandmother an idiot. Instead, I called her on her obvious dislike of scientists and those who use reason. I asked her "why are you so keen on seeing me and folks like me in hell?".
Yeah, I've gotten a bit bolder as I've gotten older, and my grandmother sees it as me becoming a big bitch(lol). My mother on the other hand, just sees it as me standing up for myself, even though she's not a fan of my "atheism" thing.
See AronRa's expose on this. We *are* still monkeys.