Coming from an Islamic country, where the majority comprises of Muslims, anything that a person questions or doubt about it is quickly shunned or shot down without leaving any room to justify your base of questioning.
Everytime you question the teachings and the contradictions associated with it, you're met with severe hostility, or ridiculed for your actions, and when you criticize it, you're faced with a lot of threats which leaves a person in a high state of depression as well as a sense of insecurity.
The most hardest of decisions or trying to come to terms with is how to deal this issue with your close ones, like your family, friends and relatives. I can stand and relate to a lot of people who know how hard it is to talk about renouncing your religion, or criticizing it. Even though you mean no harm, you're ridiculed so much that it leaves you no choice but to act/pretend you're a Muslim when deep down you know you're actually not. I couldn't come to terms with this act of hypocrisy as it makes me feel its really unfair, both for the religious-minded, as well as for what I stand.
My question is, how does one cope up with such a dilemma? We've seen quite a few cases of people who stood up for secularism, freedom of choice, rights and equality for everyone, who've been threatened as well as killed for openly displaying such acts.
I still haven't told my parents about my renouncing of religion, and I know they'll never understand it (also coupled with the fact that I'd be disowned straight-away the moment I tell them about it)
I'd appreciate the opinions people have over such a topic, or how someone who can relate to me, dealt with such a situation.