So, I find that being in the closet sucks. Too much energy and shame gets devoted to pretending I am someone I'm not.
I want out of the lie.
Problem is...I have insanely religious extended family. And I don't care to argue with them about hell-fire, nurture vs. nature, scripture, or praying away the gay.
They're visiting this week. I'm not going to make an announcement or take people aside to talk about it. I've decided not to hide all my queer stuff (books, pictures,…Continue
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Added by Godless Poutine on March 23, 2012 at 8:13pm — No Comments
We have all watched and read accounts of atheists coming out to their families, but I am curious if there are equal accounts of people coming out as religious to their atheist families?
Added by Doug Reardon on February 29, 2012 at 11:14pm — No Comments
We are now accepting stories for a groundbreaking book for atheists. A Time to Come Out: Revealing Non-Belief in a Theistic World is slated for nationwide release in Spring 2012.
Hiding a part of your life from your family, friends, and colleagues is…Continue
I live in the South, and come from a family who is very socially conservative. This is also true for most of my friends, coworkers, and generally anyone else whom I interact with. I have told my girlfriend, who was slightly worried about it. I think she was mainly worried because of the sticker shock, but she seems to be fine with it now.
Despite my worry of how people will accept me afterward, I feel like I at least need to tell my family, but I am unsure of how to do this. I have…Continue
This is not a happy story, but it is one that needs to be told.
I was raised in the RLDS church. It's basically a 'lite' version of Mormonism. Wikipedia has it under the Community of Christ. Basically, it's Protestantism with the Book of Mormon included. Anyways.
As a child, I believed that I would go to hell for masturbating, for lying, for thinking negatively about my parents, for hitting my brother. Everything was secretly a trap from the devil, trying to…Continue
I’ve done possibly the most difficult thing I have ever done in my life: come out to my mother about not believing in God.
We were speeding down the highway northbound to the town where the bulk of my family lives. That morning, the preacher asked me to read a couple of bible scriptures, one from first Thessalonians, and another from first Peter. I agreed, stood up before the congregation, took a deep breath, read the scriptures, sat down, and…Continue
I'm getting ready to "come out" to my family and church. I've written a letter to send to the church or any family member in the event that I cannot personally talk with them for fear of my own safety. I intend to go about this in the least dramatic way possible, and only use this letter if I have to. If there is any drama, it will be caused by the church or by my family- not by me. I played a very active role in the church (I'm their best worship leader, they keep saying), so I expect some…Continue
I think that it's important that we support young atheists who have found a voice on Youtube. For many of them, it's the first time they've found the courage to speak out publicly.
Their fledgling channels only rarely show up in searches, which translates to few views, which can be discouraging. I thought it would be a good idea to help them along as many of them are "coming out" for the first time.
My suggestion: …Continue
The title of this blog basically sums up most of my life with my experience with religion. I know I am only 23, but it seems like I spent a lot of time being fake. I was raised Catholic, but was not very involved with the church. I was baptized, had my First Communion, went to CCD class, but then was given the choice to continue or stop by my parents, so I decided to stop.
As I grew up, I never really thought about religion and never questioned it, but I do remember the first…Continue
Added by Leslie S on June 19, 2011 at 9:49pm — No Comments
For years now, I have struggled with the idea that I may loose friends and family because of my beliefs, or lack thereof. I've sat on the sidelines while people speak of their god, usually just nodding along in agreement. In the recent months, I've noticed that I have been unable to hold onto this mask. I no longer held my head down in prayer, just waiting for it to be over. I hold my head up and do not acknowledge the ritual. Some may feel that this is disrespectful. I do not feel this way…Continue
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