I've recently had a couple of experiences in which I discovered someone who I would have bet money was a Christian turned out to be a pretty staunch atheist. I was wondering how common this is. I live in the south, and I work for an extremely conservative company that largely hires from religious schools, so I've always been extremely careful airing my beliefs at work. I finally mentioned to one guy that I was an atheist, and he laughed and responded, "I thought I was the only one here!" This has happened once more, and so I'm wondering... how many of us are out there? It was such an excellent experience, and so uplifting! I I sometimes wonder if atheism is more prevalent than we know, and if people are holding back from confessing for fear of reprisal. Has this happened to anyone else?

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Isn't it great to feel like you're a part of something? Your experience at work is indeed uplifting, I'm glad you have found others like you in a place where you thought they wouldn't exist. 

In New Zealand it common for people's religiosity to be secret. At my workplace I had no idea what my co-workers religious beliefs were until one day I tested the water by telling a religious joke:

What's the difference between a prayer in Church and a prayer in a Casino? 

In a casino you really mean it. 

The joke was well received and the next day - they had filthier religious inspired jokes to share themselves.

I do find it exciting myself when I find other atheists/agnostics. 

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