Hi, I'm new here. I was born to an Old Order Amish family and left when I was 18 years old. I'm now in my mid-20s. It took me many years but I have the courage now to call myself "atheist". My girlfriend is also ex-Amish but she still firmly believes in God. She is the only person in the world who really knows what I believe. We have discussed our differing beliefs to quite an extent and we both believe that we can make our relationship work for the long-term (now that's religious tolerance).
All my friends are either Amish or ex-Amish but still firm believers in God. The complete lack of atheist friends and my need to hide what I really believe is starting to wear away at my psyche. Someday, I hope to find another ex-Amish atheist. Perhaps here?
I started a blog at http://xamishatheist.wordpress.com so that I have an outlet to vent my feelings, to provide a viewpoint on the Amish from someone who has been there, and also to reminisce and record a little of my journey from "You must be incredibly stupid to not believe in God" to "You must be fairly ignorant to believe in God".
welcome X! no, i'm not Amish, but i've become quite familiar with your plot. i'm guessing you've seen some of the NatGeo shows on the subject? if not, find them online and check them out. fascinating, and a little bit frightening.
congratulations on your journey. from what i can gather most former Amish are still believers in God. so you're quite the exception. you may want to start a Group on this site in case there are others like you.
best of luck continuing this next step towards freedom.
Thanks for your reply Matthew. Yes, I have seen some NatGeo shows on people leaving the Amish and can identify with those people to an extent.
My case isn't as bad as many since I'm still welcome to visit home as long as I don't drive onto the property.
Starting a group is a good idea. I think I'll do it.
Welcome to the site. Nice to meet you!