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 at all.

 

I've slowly began to realize that are many atheists/agnostics in the South, mostly choosing the same path I was on. It really got me thinking... How are we ever going to be free from the lack of understanding if we are not out there in our communities? In other words, we need to show the people that we, atheists, are here to stay. We are people, we have children, we have morals, and we most defiantly have RIGHTS.

 

Yesterday started my campaign, beginning with "A" week. I changed my profile picture to the big "A". Though, I'm sure most people will just think it goes along with my real name (Alisha). To combat that, I posted a link to the "A" week's facebook page. I hope those that question my profile picture will follow the link.

 

As of today, I have 185 friends, all of which are people that I know. Many are family members who are devout in their Christian faith. I would say that only around 15-20 of those people previously knew that I am an atheist. 

 

My goal is to push my atheism through in a positive light. Who knows, maybe I can bring out a few people with me.

 

One thing is for sure, I will no longer hide my atheism. 

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Comment by Ethan Levy on March 21, 2011 at 10:21pm
Alright! this is more like it, no more closet atheists, my parents live in san antonio so when i visit i have to face "those" ppl but i wear proudly a home made atheist tee to let the others who hide to come out.
Comment by NakkiNyan on March 21, 2011 at 10:47pm
Ha the A would be lost on my friends too since that is the first letter of my last name.  I would like to be out more but seeing as I am running a business I would literally lose everything in the process.  We can live without a few friends that were going to turn on us any way at one point or another but losing our homes is another.  I am officially jealous of anyone that can do it because I can't :/
Comment by Sean Fraser on March 21, 2011 at 11:17pm
I've been proudly showcasing my atheism on Facebook and in my life. I have a family who shares my beliefs, and my friends pretty much know. They shrug it off, but some try to debate me.
Comment by Scarlette Blues on March 22, 2011 at 12:19am
Thanks everyone! :) Today's justs the beginning.
Comment by Carlos Lopez on March 22, 2011 at 1:18am
Our society is swimming in a tribal mental pool. Pressure is high and it comes anywhere, but freedom makes the people happy. You are reaching such a happiness... congratulations!! :)
Comment by Jacob LeMaster on March 22, 2011 at 6:23am
Good start and more power to you!
Comment by atheistrising on March 22, 2011 at 11:36am
Its not easy to come out friends and family will probably not like you. Some will feel sorry for you and try to change you but the its very important to stay true oneself and keep going on thats what gay community did and todays gays are accepted more than every before its not for atheists to stand up for their ideas and fight for them. I do not think it would be possible for politicians to pass all these harassing laws and marginalize atheists if all them stand together in unison....
Comment by Scarlette Blues on March 22, 2011 at 1:03pm

This is true. We do need to stand together. We need to start "flaunting" out atheism! We need a huge civil rights movement if we are ever going to be able to live without prejudice. 

Comment by Loop Johnny on March 22, 2011 at 1:34pm
Good luck. It's hard at first but worth it in the long run. It is so nice to be sincere with yourself.
Comment by Bonnie Nix Discuillo on March 22, 2011 at 9:27pm
Good for you, Scarlette.  It took alot for me to go to my facebook page and change religion from none to atheist.  But I too feel like we need to quit hiding.  Oh it would be rough to come out in the south.  I have many cousins on my FB from there.  Every post has some kind of religious reference....like they have no mind of their own.  I am so glad for all of you open minded young people.  I had thought my generation would be more like that....raised in the 60's when we were fighting for "rights"  BUT something happened and they all turned into their parents!!

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