All of my life people have criticized anyone who was different in their beliefs. Being atheist was not acceptable to these children.If you wanted to be normal you had to be Christian or Catholic. Keeping in mind that religion was a big part of life to the people around me from the age of eight to now at the age of around fifteen, religion has always and will always be a tough topic for the rest of my life.

     Being atheist, or being of any religion, shouldn't consist of people judging one another. everyone i know is very religious and i want to talk to people who have the same views on religion as i do. I get mocked on being atheist and made fun of for being stupid. But personally atheism and evolution are the smartest things out there.I hve just began coming out telling people i am atheist, it doesn't seem like i should have ever needed to hide this from people but people sometimes treat you differently. 

    Atheism  has taught me to think about things from another persons perspective. I must realize that the way they have grown up has made them so they can't think for themselves because if they did they might realize how many mistakes are hidden in their precious bible. evolution in my mind makes so much sense.  i just need other people who feel the same way as i do to talk to. i dont want to feel alone.

 

~sydney~

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Comment by Ethan Levy on March 22, 2011 at 1:33am

the world is stupid like that remember the bird flu, bush was all pray this god that but when it hit they called to science for answers we should have just said nah it's probably for the best it's your god saying time to go, they go to hospitals to get treatment & say god saved them umm how about going to church & praying lets see if god saves you then. 

they may call you stupid or hate you but you're not for obvious reasons, don't worry our numbers are rising & soon we will be changing the future for the better.

Comment by Elisa Tanco on March 22, 2011 at 2:09am
I agree, Jesse. We are more and more, and above all we are not afraid to speak out loud anymore. Why should we? Anyone should be free to express freely their beliefs or non beliefs. The problem is, for too long freethinkers have been persecuted by an arrogant and all mighty Church. In the 21st century all the contradictions and lies that helped them keep their power are no longer acceptable. That's evolution, too. We are more and more educated, more and more critical and we don't swallow blindly what they want to sell. Let's keep together and let's speak out loud! The world can only be better! warm regards from Switzerland.
Comment by Shane Code on March 22, 2011 at 2:33am
I think it's important to remember that atheism is no more than a humanistic, caring, concerned, and default position in the absence of evidence. You simply resort to the base position of being invested in others and working for the better of society for its own sake, and that's it. Atheism means, "I'm without position, because nothing has been stated convincingly or in a commonsensical way otherwise." It's not you who's adversarial, it's other who are 'unrepentant' in their positions. You'll encounter a lot of dogma.  Remain open to discussion or dialogue, remain true to yourself and open to the facts. You're receptivity to others' opinions is key, and healthy, but you'll have to get used to the reality that you may be the only one adopting this stance.
Comment by Femia Cools on March 22, 2011 at 2:49am
All believers are shouting about their freedom of religion. But most important is the freedom they do not want: freedom of religion for children.
Comment by Morgan Matthew on March 22, 2011 at 10:34am

One of the motto's I use is simply this:

 

Never stop asking questions. The truth is always more enjoyable than a lie.

Comment by Adam Weber on March 22, 2011 at 6:47pm
Atheism is a phillospciacal belief/idea that there is no God.
So I dont see how that makes atheism smart?
Comment by Heiko Knipfelberg on March 22, 2011 at 7:48pm
Keep thinking for yourself. Seek the truth. Welcome.
Comment by atheistrising on March 22, 2011 at 10:29pm

I personally totally understand what you are going through. Its not easy a lot of people will not like you including your friends and family. They will force you to accept their views they will feel sorry for you. Thats how religion maintains its grip through mutual policing family members and friends enforce the religion but its very important to stay true to yourself that will make you really happy. Check out the few qoutes from bible on the below website cross check them on the famous bible websites and then ask your friends and family who hate you what they think of the below verses...

http://www.cafepress.com/landoverbaptist/75553

Comment by Boci Boci Tarka on March 23, 2011 at 7:37am
If someone expresses a religious view, he also expresses his ability to think, his priorities, his ability to resist peer pressure, etc. Those form a sound basis for judging him.

Of course, that judgement will not be right 100% of the time, but it provides some information.

Listen Sydney, if Giordano Bruno, Kopernikus, Galilei, Darwin, etc would have had give in to the Church and kept their findings to themselves, we would be living in a much poorer world right now. It is sad that you feel alone, but if you learned to value the truth and is intellectually honest, you have no real option.

I hope you will find good friends - even religious ones - who will respect your choice. Of course, you will need to repsect their choice in return...
Comment by Atheist Mama on March 23, 2011 at 11:27am
Hi, Sydney!
Fifteen is such a tough age, and I really commend your strength for being able to come out as an atheist at this time of your life. I'm willing to bet that this will get less lonely the older you get. Frankly, I'm willing to bet that some of the same people who outwardly judge you now are secretly harboring their own doubts and questions. But until you can find some in-person support and friendships, online communities can be a life-saver; I'm really glad you're here.
Keep reading and keep learning, Sydney. While you feel lonely and frustrated right now, this is an opportunity to clarify your thoughts and to learn how to clearly articulate your position.

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