Hello, my name is Mike, and I'm an athiest. I've always known this (I think) but became comfortable with the idea when I was about 16 years old. I was always sort of self conscious about being an athiest; I didn't want cute girls to know or any of my friends on the football team to find out. But when someone asked me about religion, I wouldn't lie, I told them the truth and their response was always the same. They always felt sorry for me. Felt sorry that I wasn't going to heaven to play ping-pong with jesus and horseshoes with god. And I sort of felt sorry for myself aswell, that I didn't have something that wonderful to look forward to.

Recently, I was at a local bar with some friends having a few drinks. An older woman of about 40 with large, fake breasts engaged me in conversation. I like boobs, so I thought I would talk with her for a bit. Eventually, the conversation turned to religion (as it does when everyone is a few whiskeys deep). She told me I was such a nice young man, and that she just knew I had to be catholic. I said no, not really, and went back to my drink. She then asked what religion I belonged, and I told her none. As expected, her mouth dropped and she was flabbergasted and looked at me as thought I was the devil incarnate. I smiled and asked her if she had a problem with that, and she just shook her head....shook her head, and told me how sorry she was for me and that I was a lost soul. I then offered to buy her drink, explaining that I don't have to give money to a collection plate at church tomorrow and could afford it.

She walked away after that. Fuck me, right?

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Comment by Dave G on October 29, 2009 at 9:21pm
Hiya Mike, welcome to T|A!

It's amazing, the range of expression on people's faces when they find out that you don't believe in a deity of some sort.

If you're of a different sect of their religion, they'd accept it. If you were of a different religion, they might be curious, but no religion at all? It boggles their minds.
Comment by Michael Something on October 29, 2009 at 9:26pm
Hey Dave, thanks for the welcome!

Yeah, I use to dread divulging being non-religious, but I sort of get a sick satisfaction from telling people now just for the reaction alone.

Nice community you folks have here, can't wait to contribute more.
Comment by Doug Reardon on October 29, 2009 at 10:03pm
Oh being rejected for being an atheist is just another opportunity for bigots to act. Besides being an atheist I've been accosted for being: fat, left handed, wearing glasses, being a smart ass, reading too much, being a liberal, thinking, ... no matter what you are or what you do, someone ain't gonna like it!
Comment by Reggie on October 29, 2009 at 10:15pm
Whoa....Doug.....you're left handed? You devil spawn. We're no longer friends.


Oh, and welcome to the site, Mike!
Comment by George Whitney on October 29, 2009 at 10:25pm
Well, I think I'd rather have them walk away than to pray for me then and there. I even had an old high school acquaintance who wanted to "lay hands" on me and pray that I find the Lord. Oh well...
Comment by Toni Le Busque on October 30, 2009 at 4:54am
I wish I could see the look of disappointment on the face of believers when they die and realise they haven't gone anywhere, that they're just...um...dead.
Comment by girlatheist on October 30, 2009 at 2:48pm
I'm always amused when they accuse me of being "mad" at gawd. Oh. Really? Yeah, and I'm mad at the tooth fairy for only leaving quarters. And that bitch Santa Claus, he's on my list as well. Yeah, I'm mad at all of 'em.
Comment by Doug Reardon on November 1, 2009 at 12:28am
Reggie: did you know it was a capital offense in Albania to be left handed until 1958?
Comment by Reggie on November 1, 2009 at 12:30am
Doug, I did not know that, but I would not be surprised in the least.

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