I'm an agnostic atheist. My immediate family contains no atheists though. They're all pretty much Southern Baptists, save for a couple Lutherans.
For graduation and my 18th birthday, my aunt gave me a beautiful necklace with matching earrings and bracelets. They're covered in my favorite color (teal) and peace signs, making it the perfect gift for me! I was so happy and excited to wear them. But there's crosses on there, with that hippie design (larger at top and bottom than middle).
I'm so conflicted! It's exactly like something I'd wear, but I'm worried it sends the message that I agree with the odd laws of the Bible or that I'm not an atheist or don't like them. I could live with people not knowing whether or not I have faith, but after my childhood of being raised to refuse evidence, would I want to advertise for that? For a god who, as Carlin pointed out, seems to agree with rape but forbids any profanity of his name?
On the other hand, maybe it's more of a fashion statement. Crosses were used before Christianity for other reasons without carrying any meaning. The necklace matches my clothes and fashion sense so well, I'd hate to just give it to my mom. It'd make me seem belligerent. And wouldn't that be letting Christianity dominate me like it did in my youth? If I can listen to Christian artists without worshiping, can I not wear a piece of jewelry without proselytizing?
Please keep this discussion kind and nonjudgmental. But I'd really like to hear your thoughts.

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Tags: Christian, atheist, cross, family, jewelry, question

Comment by Meg Fields on June 12, 2012 at 11:14am

You could always take the crosses off and put different pendants on (Micheal's craft store has awesome pendants pretty cheap) depending on the necklace. I mean, it's up to you. A few months ago when I was in a bad place in my life, one of my best friends at the time sent me a charm bracelet with beautiful charms made from gemstones. My only issue with it was there was a cross made of amethyst. I just took it off and rearranged the charms so it looked even, problem solved. Good thing about jewelry is it's customizable. 

Comment by Doug Reardon on June 12, 2012 at 10:04pm

I've always found it interesting that about 70% of porn stars wear crosses.

Comment by archaeopteryx on June 12, 2012 at 10:33pm

@Doug - would that be an educated guess, or --?

Comment by Lewal on June 13, 2012 at 2:16pm
Hijack it like capitalism did Christmas. By using religious concepts, we dilute there meaning, changing the very concept itself. It's happening all around us. I've KNOWN people who wear crosses and, when asked, say that they "just like it." They're stripping it of its meaning, unknowingly tearing down Christianity little by little. It's as beautiful as it is sad.

If I were you I'd tell people you're just a really big fan of crucifixion as a form of punishment.
Comment by Doug Reardon on June 13, 2012 at 11:38pm

Archaeopteryx:

years of extensive study!

Comment by archaeopteryx on June 14, 2012 at 12:08am

Congrats!

Comment by Courtney Hammett on June 16, 2012 at 11:06pm

Thanks for commenting, you guys! :D Love your opinions. I think I will sort of take it back and redefine it, like my LGBT friends have. Sweet idea.

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