Andrea, IMHO you have it backwards.
It should be the believers in the closet and rational people unashamed of their disbeliefs. Let’s take their attitude and confront the pious with their belief system. Do you Mr/Ms Churchgoer actually believe that Moses gave the order to slaughter 3000 of his followers when he saw them worshiping the Golden Calf? Isn't this a bit of an overreaction for someone imbued with the Holy Spirit?
How about Christ and the fig tree? Christ saw the fig tree wasn't bearing fruit in the middle of winter and smote the poor plant withering it to its xylem and phloem. This is a pretty stupid response from the Son of God. Don’t you think He should have known better—being God?
How about saying, “God bless you” when somebody sneezes. The custom dates back to the Middle Ages because when someone sneezes there’s an opening in the head that a daemon can enter and then possess the individual. Do you say “God bless you” for that reason?
How about the story of Ham seeing his father Noah naked and God punished his entire progeny for such a lascivious act? Do you believe black people are inferior because of this?
I could go on and on about the peculiarities of the belief system. Contributors here can enter some more. How about the Patriarch Abraham hearing hallucinations and proceeding to scare the BeJesus out of his pathetic son Isaac? Abraham should have been institutionalized, not made the patriarch of the three modern religions.
There’s a lot more Biblical inconsistencies noted in the book to the right with the pot plant. Catch Barbara’s "Compilation of Biblical Quotes." It’s hard to believe so many people believe this nonsense.
It’s the believers who should be embarrassed and ashamed for being so gullible. If the tables were turned, they'd be in the closet if not the funny farm.
Your sweet atheist face is appealing, too.
You are the sweetest and fairest of all, Joan. ;-)
I could not be anymore serious about being an atheist and am condemned by a theist majority so it seems. I am a freethinker who questions all answers about everything I might encounter........
Except for here and a blog hardly anyone knew existed I, too, am still in the closet. I just don't feel like having to justify myself, as if I were some sort of sexual pervert or brain-eating zombie out to destroy civilization. You're not alone, believe me.
I myself, is semi in the closet. Part of me feels that I should be boasting about being an atheist, while the other part feels as though I should be subtle. Like, perhaps I should let my words and my actions do the talking first.
I call them on their beliefs, but don't outright profess due to family.
perhaps I should let my words and my actions do the talking first
I find this is key. That way, when people learn the truth, they are struck with a bout of cognitive dissonance. "But.....she's so nice, and kind, and isn't a thieving, murdering hedonist......"
Otherwise, if you introduce yourself with "Nice to meet you, I'm Davon the Atheist," right off the bat they're going to be frightened. "OMG an atheist.....I must keep you at arm's length, lest you steal from me then murder me then take drugs and fornicate with everybody I know....."
I think families are the hardest hurdle to overcome. When you deviate from the normal family traditions, many of them get anxious because they have an underlying fear of the religious promises of retribution for those who do not submit, obey, and acquiesce. Many people have to leave the familiarity of family and develop their emotional strength. Some are able to reconnect with extended families later and some are not.
Don't feel guilty about pulling away until you can sort out your feelings and thinking. It is part of growing up into a mentally healthy, mature, adult.