Sounds like a well thought out decision, and for very rational reasons. We don't need to give believers the weapon with which to harm us.
I am puzzled why people who believe in the Abrahamic god see only the principle of "love" in both old and new testament. Even Je-sus is reported to have killed a tree because it was not the season to give him a nice fresh snack; seems pretty sophomoric to me. Or killing someone else's pigs; that is downright brash. When you get to the walking on water stuff and turning water into wine, and feeding a crowd with just a little bit of food simply makes no sense. Except, they call it "miracles"; Balderdash! Just pure, unadulterated gibberish.
Want to see real miracles? just find any science documentary, or the DNA Mysteries - Search For Adam - National Geographic, Cosmos, FIRST LIFE - Arrival - Full Documentary . These are actual miracles, no delusions here.
I am partially to mostly in the closet. My wife knows and most of our closest friends know. I certainly don't shy away from criticizing religion in most circumstances. Even some coworkers know. I have always been a man of science, and I dropped most of the religious charade over the last few years.
Most of the family does not know. (If they do, they say nothing... but my family is sort of known for denial so I doubt they'll put two and two together). My grandparents are getting up there in age, it is important to them, and they will not change. It's important to my parents as well, and I have avoided telling them because it is easier. I don't want to be the target of conversion attempts from my family. Part of me fears that they'll be more pushy to my little boy and I don't want that for him. Then again, my wife made the point this afternoon that if I am not open with them, our boy will start talking soon anyway and that we should be firm now about not indoctrinating him.
Beyond my family, I fear losing political power and economic opportunities. Most of my friends either don't care or agree with me already so I guess that's fairly moot. I just don't want to deal with the general branding associated with atheism in the MidWest.
It's not a matter of if, but when everything comes out. I'm not a big fan of lying, and I feel resentful that the way many religious people act strongly encourages that here. I think that there are more of us than we realize, but even so I am terrified to be completely open with everyone in my family about it. Which, I recognize, is yet more religious tyranny.
Its a personal choice,and not really any reason to be fanatical about ones beliefs I think. Iwas about 5 yrs old when I had serious doubts and at about age 8 couldn't help asking "really believe there is a god?" To which to my shock horror people would run hide sustain nervous reaction as though there actually WAS someone in the room listening to this. I was a little bolder in my teens and younger days though not actually trying to sway judgement my way but feeling a deep seeded need (hey that's three words in a row with double ee,s) Let me try that again, "But feeling three reeling deep seeded needs (that's six ,I can do better but getting on with my point.....) to express my right to believe and speak freely. I occasionally felt some discriminatory predjudice but not ever really threatened in any way, which was funny because when differing religious groups start to collide it gets as we see in the world tragically brutal. Anyhow now in my 60s I meld quite well amongst all groups of theists and they seem to tolerate me well and accept for who I am. However Deep believers usually cut themselves off and find ways not to have anything to do with me. Long winded opinion reply but..........
I wish you well with your parents and your revealing your atheism to them; and with your son.
I would argue that perhaps a girlfriend is OK but don't even think about marrying a religious fanatic. Religion is a memeplex that changes the very purpose of life, and you'd wind up pulling is opposite directions. You for success and happiness in this life; she for propagation of the meme in this life and happiness in the next.
You make a good point, having one established religion prevents all the others from growing. Same thing with a squirrels disturbing your feeder. Trapping and releasing the squirrel is pointless, as a new squirrel will always come in. Same thing also for organised crime. Better to have one mafia which only kills "that" type or person, rather than have a bunch of gangs vying for territory and killing innocent bystanders in the process.
It's kinda like antibiotics. If you start the job but don't finish it, the bugs just get stronger. The only efficient remedy is the one that puts an end to the invader.