Are you open about being an atheist or are you in the closet?

I am semi in the closet. I do have to admit that I am not comfortable discussing my views with just anyone. I am the type that wants everyone to like me (such a fault I have!) and I am nervous someone will think I am a bad person. Even when I find someone who is passionate about science, I still try not to venture down that avenue. So lucky to have you guys!

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Loren, as usual, brilliantly stated. I join in welcoming you Renegade.

Thanks :)

Ditto! Welcome Renegade!

Thank you :)

Thank you Loren, You'r support is heartwarming, I'm Zain from Egypt :)

Pleased to meet you, Zain.  Hope all's well there and if not, at least talk about it, so we know what's going on.  We got a lot of different folks with different experiences.  In all of that, maybe there's someone who can help ... and if not, there's lots of someones who are at least willing to listen.

In any case, welcome.  We are very glad you found your way here.

But many members of Congress have yet to learn this First Amendment lesson.

Last week, the House Armed Services Committee voted down an amendment to the defense bill that would have authorized atheist and humanist chaplains in the military.

Protestant, Catholic, Jewish, Muslim and Buddhist chaplains serve in all branches of the military.

But a majority of the members of the Armed Services Committee apparently believe that the non-religious don't have the same needs as the religious for counseling, support and community.

These and many other clashes involving atheists fighting for equal treatment could be avoided if government officials understood that religious liberty isn't just for the religious.

As guaranteed by the First Amendment, religious liberty is built on a simple, but profound, principle: A right for one is a right for all.

Charles C. Haynes is director of the Religious Freedom Education Project at the Newseum.

Interesting post.  Do non-religious have the same rights as believers for counseling and advice?  The answer is of course yes, but why would anybody feel the need for advice when mostly all issues are a matter of common sense.  

Consider the question:  It is justified to use drone missiles to blow up suspected Taliban terrorists in their primitive huts?  

Why would a professional army chaplain have any more insight into the ethical ramifications of the question than anybody else?  

Why would a professional army chaplain have any more insight into the ethical ramifications of the question than anybody else?  

The answer to this is suppose to be "chaplains have more time to think about ethical questions."  In reality, many people don't want to appear to make the judgement them selves. These people will consult a chaplain that is very likely to share their same opinion.  This way they don't feel accountable for how they feel and consequently act.

Personally, I don't think the military should have non-combatant chaplains of any kind.  They are just one more piece of dead weight.

Excellent point!

I'm open about it in the sense that if someone directly asks me what I believe, I tell them. Other than that I don't bring it up, because what I believe is nobody's business.

Then again, when it comes to the door-to-door bible knockers, I make it a point to let them know. :D

I am pretty much like you... kind of in and kind of out, depends on the person I am speaking with.



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