Hi, all... So I've been pretty much fully out about my atheism for a number of years now. Moreover, I've been relatively "loud and proud" about it at times. I haven't felt like I've had anything to fear from revealing my identity to friends, coworkers, and acquaintances for quite some time, because I've had rather good experiences with acceptance from others.
Well, I just recently moved back to the area where I graduated from high school, and am now working as a paraprofessional in the Special Education department of one of the local high schools. This area is a lot more saturated with Fundamentalist Christians and ultra-conservative types. I'm surrounded by Christians and biblical literalists of all stripes as both colleagues and students. In such a situation back where I was living, I would have taken the opportunity to improve the education of both my colleagues and students, not by actively promoting atheism, but by at the very least revealing myself as an atheist and exposing them to a cultural element that isn't what they've been spoon-fed since birth (there really is not much diversity to speak of in the area, either... it's a pretty small school district).
Thing of it is, for the first time in a very long time, I'm feeling genuine fear about revealing my atheism,, especially with my colleagues. It seems to me on a basic level that by this point they should know me well enough and have gotten enough of a feel for me as a person that they would be able to still accept me as the same person they've come to know and respect regardless of my religious views... but I am also deeply familiar with the way some people in this area can act and have acted in reaction to me in years past, and that was just when I was simply questioning... not outright stating my atheist views.
So I guess I'm looking for advice. I know that the district isn't going to fire me for being an atheist... it's a public school, so they can't. I'm just more worried about the social repercussions of such a revelation than I have been since I first started coming out to my friends about 8 years ago...