Facebook tells me it is "National Coming Out Day" and a friend of mine points out how similar coming out as an atheist can be to coming out as gay, so I am curious: how many of you are out, and how did people react?
EDIT: I never meant to imply that one was as hard as the other-- a gay friend of mine was listening to the atheist experience with me and made the comment about how occasionally a 'new' atheist would call, and they reminded him of gays that were just coming out. That's all.
Was that unwitting Xians, or witless Xians???? :-)
I think I mentioned before that I am pretty guarded about my beliefs. They're really none of anyone's business. But I'm also pretty much a live and let live person, in that I will simply tell people who try to convert me (particularly door-knockers) that they're wasting their time. They usually DO take that for an answer, and quietly leave.
As far as the first amendment, I'm passionate about that. Religion belongs in the church and in the home, but not in public. I'm Grinchy enough that I don't even celebrate ostensibly Pagan holidays, because to me they are just as much loony religious holidays as Christian ones. On the other hand, I'm happy to celebrate holidays that unite us and stand for things like freedom of conscience, and being grateful for the things I have -- so Thanksgiving is a good holiday for me -- you don't have to believe in god to know that you have been lucky to have been born in this country. I don't know what luck is, other than a random roll of the dice, but for me, the roll came out good, and I'd be a fool not to appreciate that.
Thank you, Natalie. Some of those xians were unwitting; some were witless. I may use their noise levels to distinguish the unwitting from the witless.
Ditto. When xians proselytize me politely I tell them "If I hadn't spent 12 years in Catholic schools I might still believe in a god."