I was raised Mormon. That's a religion that dictates just about every aspect of the followers' lives. Most of my social life was constructed around the church. I still have a lot of friends there and went to the activities for the college students. I assume they all noticed that I don't go to church anymore, but they never brought it up. I was president of the SSA this spring and I'm pretty sure they had no idea. I don't want to stop hanging out with the Mormon student group because the couple in charge has helped me out a lot this semester. They're good friends regardless of the religion. I'm still scared to come out to them, even though I was completely comfortable representing the SSA to school officials and campus ministers. That might be because my church friends have known me as a faithful Mormon for years and everyone else is meeting me for the first time. It's as scary to come out to them as it was to my parents.
Has anyone else tried to be an active advocate of atheism and remain at least friendly with their religious community at the same time? It's a strange situation to be in
Pandarius...You strike me as being a very mature young woman....I admire you for fighting an urge , I am sure you had, to try to educate these young kids on how foolish Theism really is....You however were employed to educate them using a curriculum chosen by the school and as their employee you were expected to follow it....As much as I am sure you would have liked to transgress a bit from it.....I admire you for fulfilling your obligations even though you must have been very uncomfortable doing so....I do hope one day you can be free to teach the way that inspires you.....Good Luck....
Thank you so much, it really means a lot to me. Although I don't plan to make a career out of it, teaching is something that I realized I enjoyed.
In fact, I actually was able to teach the way I wanted to for the past year because I also held a job at a tutoring center teaching English and math and also as a private violin teacher for a family friend's child.
Thank you for your kind wishes.