You should have said, yes, im an atheist :)
Same here. It is never a big deal in our highschools or collages either. Now in my university,the common attitude towards this subject is... whatever!
Although I remember a girl from 9th grade telling on me to the school's director, very alarmed, that I am not a "believer" !! I usually felt very relaxed talking open with my friends but that girl was a typical hyper-spoiled brat with only 2 very lonely neurons in her head , who couldn't see anything past what her grandmothers have tought her. For a second i actually felt terror over my spine but i looked over to the director's face i saw total indifference.
Small lesson: i will never make statements around ignorant people anymore. they always respond agressive when they don't understand. And they always, ALWAYS think that other people must share the same beliefs as they do. ( that a genuine proof of narrow-mindedness)!
That they're beliefs are the most logical, and true and just. They never learn anything else. So they close they're minds to new information. For them, it's just backround "crap" that isn't worth "digesting".
I keep getting told by the few friends I've "come out" to that they "see god in me" even if I do not. Hell, my own wife keeps saying that she "believes enough for the both of us." Whatever. What they actually see in me is a good person that grates with what they've been told about how godless people are inherently not good people. So observation does not equal hypothesis and that is mind-blowing to the few people that I've "come out" to.
Religion does not equal morality, yet to SO MANY otherwise logical and intelligent people, they are one and the same.
I was raised by an Atheist single mom. She didn't know it at the time, but she was an Atheist when we had this conversation.
Me: * Something about how Atheists are discriminated against *
Mom: You're an Atheist? I thought you didn't believe in Gods?
Mom: How can you hate god, but not believe in him?
Me: I don't!
Mom: So you're a christian?
Me: No I don't believe in gods!
Mom: So you're agnostic?
Insert my first, true facepalm.
My aunt saw me accessing an atheist blog last week. She said, "Those sites are made by evil people to bring young and foolish kids like YOU to satan's side!!!1! :O " LOL.
I tell my my friends and relatives that I am a born again Agnostic Atheist Heathen. The kin folk from the bible belt don't know what Agnostic.
Their only response is "Jesus loves you anyway." I always say, yeah right, prove it and not with a bible.
I have not been invited to a family reunion in about 10 years and I don't miss the religious crap.
My path to Atheism started at a young age. The two things that did if for me was GOD'S WILL" and "GOD WORKS IN MYSTEROUS WAYS"
I just told my 20-year-old nephew last night; he did a little "raise the roof" motion with his hands and told me he was relieved to have another in the family that he could talk to. Maybe by the time the whole family gets done doing this one-to-one with each other, we'll find out none of us are believers!