i don't hide it at all...... i agree with james cromb...... why bow to ppl who don't respect OUR ways of thinking ( yeah, we actually think) . if xians want to wear a cross around their neck to show their faith, then we can wear our own symbols for our lack of belief......... i don't understand why atheists are afraid of xians and what they think of us; maybe it is they who are afraid of US, and that's why they try so hard to (pretend) to believe in a non existent being.
there's no reason to lie, pretend or be afraid of xians...... what can they possibly do to you? if they're the xians they claim to be, they will love you no matter what religion you are...... or are not!
for those of you still in the closet, get out!! breathe the fresh air of freedom, be brave, courageous, have confidence in yourself and what you know is true. knowledge, truth, logic, reason, facts. stop living a lie and get out!!!
"I sound my barbaric YAWP!! over the rooftops of the world" - Walt Whitman
But it wasn't always that way. When I announced to my parents in elementary school I didn't believe in god, they told me it was called atheism. They supported me (it broke my mothers heart at first though), but I learned early on that you paid a price by not following the herd. I kept my mouth shut about it. Then 9/11 happened, and I started getting a little more vocal about it (but even then, I only told some friends and co workers). Finally, I heard Penn Jillette's radio show. He and Goudeau openly talked about being atheists on the air, and people would call in and say they were atheists also. I was 31 or 32 at the time. This was the first time I had ever heard other people call themselves an atheist (I didn't surf the web much back then). I stop short of introducing myself, "Joe Swam..atheist"...but it's close. With all that being said...I completely understand why some people don't "come out".