You should fear it, being black sheeped that is. I hate to say it but being from a VERY religious family, I can tell you that it will happen. Even if you are able to maintain a relationship with them, they will look at you differently and you will feel the difference. I have found that is a price to pay for thinking for yourself.
Hey! Thanks for your comment. No, my husband's not an atheist. He is not into organized relgion, but he definately believes in some sort of christian based god. It's nice to know there are others like me in Waco. I feel so alone here in Baylor-town.
Hello there! I'm that Carmen Terry would be referring to down below. I do believe you are one of the first atheists in Waco I have come across online... lol. I know a few people in the video production industry in town... we'll have to talk! I'm sure my husband would be interested in chatting too... Do you know a lot of other people in town with similar views? And btw... I have read arguments that suggest if "I am agnostic, I am therefore atheist". After lengthy discussions with my husband on this topic I finally realized that this is, indeed, true. The quote is from David Mills- Natural Atheism book. It can be hard since we are the largest unrecognized minority that receives brutal prejudice to admit the full nature of our beliefs with the term atheism, but as Ghandi so famously stated "You must be the change you wish to see in the world." and I can't argue with that. :)
I got an email on one of our North Texas atheists yahoo groups from Carmen complaining about the trials of an atheist living in Waco, I don't think she had heard of Atheist Nexus so I sent her the link to this page. Perhaps ya'll can commiserate.