Becoming more vocal about my atheism has had an affect on many of my relationships. 

What I'm beginning to see is how the devoutly religious people categorize the non believers.  The box they seem to try to put us in is "evil" or that we are now the "devil."

This is such an ignorant approach but it requires "us" to be even more patient with the religious.  To me, patience, love, and understanding is the only way we can begin to show them how we can live good and loving lives without religion. 

A person doesn't need to believe in a god or gods to have love in their lives. 

Have you gained or lost friends and/or relationships because of your atheism? 

I would say, in raw numbers of relationships, that I've lost more than I've gained.  But the quality of my relationships has improved. 

What about you? 


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I was always an atheist and never hid that fact so, no my relationships haven't changed.
It's definitely caused strain between my Catholic mother and I, as I continually point out her tithing directly finances the legal defense and cover-up-relocating of pedophiles and rapists. My anti-religious stance has also cost me a few girlfriends over the years.
It definitely put a strain on my relationships. Dad is a pentecostal preacher....very religious family. All of my friends were christian...when I broke away from christianity...I lost almost all of my friends. Well, all but two. And even with those two...religion isn't something we discuss.
That's kind of amazing isn't it? How do christians reconcile that? When they are always preaching love... seems like it's mostly "love" if you are just like me... otherwise go pound sand. I feel that kind of stuff here in Texas all the time. Here in Georgetown Texas there is a lot of racism. And, that is among the christian religious types. How do they reconcile their racism with their christianism? To me, it is pure hypocrisy.
Have you read the Bible? It allows for racism.
And don't forget sexism, insest, killing of your own children, etc. Great bed time reading! (sarcasm). Don't lift your hand to strike that man, but instead take my daughter and do what you will with her.... yeah that kind of garbage!
I know! Exactly. Also, the bible means whatever the hell the reader wants it to mean according to the thousands of branches of christianity out there. lol
I have had no problems with my family since I determined that I was an Atheist. A conclusion I came to after I quit drinking, but that is a different story. In fact my family did not believe me at first probably because we were raised as protestants.

I have noticed that some people where I work act strangely towards me mainly by the way that they look at me. I have not said that I was an Atheist but I have the American Atheist license plate on my car,and a sticker on a water jug I bring to work. Or it may just be because I listen to heavy metal music loudly in the parking lot. I wear t-shirts that people may not like which are heavy metal and my Freedom is the distance between church and state shirt.

I see it as their loss.
Nope. I was always an atheist. My grandmothers were both atheists, as were my great grandmothers (My Great Grandfather was the Fire Chief for the town of Duxbury, MA, and the town butcher. He was famous for his atheism). My parents are atheists are are my 2 brothers and sister and their families. My sister-in-law was born Italian Catholic, but is agnostic now. My wife is Presbyterian.
Wow! You were fortunate to be born into a family full of freethinkers!
Wow...just wow!
I see why Darwin grew a beard. Hugh, wah...?
Oh, my fundy relative, she's upset about gay parents or whatever the holy tube tells her (so on that note beware some of your relatives may turn you in or set you up for the pastor in charge...?). I tell her there are homosexual folks in the military, and running the same way you may have in life from hate or violence and welcome to the world post desert-jungle-opium-opium influence and black market of pill dirtypill terrors faith based errors... what?

Take care folks. (build more concrete skate parks (with ampitheatres)! Non-free countries hate that)

Education is key (that's why it's corrupted to then be purchased by the low down dirty bidders; then came the internet)

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