Atheism has given me tools to really think things through being critical of them or re-assess them if need be. It allows me to think and think again deeply reflecting on this point or that point. Atheism has given me the courage, strength and fortitude to face my religious friends/family with the right ammunition. Yes, it was hard handling the transitional process of "coming out" to them. My personal integrity is at stake.
Pessimism has never been my forte! Never being complacent, I will fight for common sense, rational logic and reason over foolishly following religion as per my understanding of indoctrination/oppression! No, I cannot champion all the worthy humane causes but can give voice to this.
In light of rational thinking, the kid gloves (sugar-coating) are off! We can battle (arguments, points made... we can agree to disagree) about truth. I could tell you my story but you'd be crying inside of twenty minutes! My purpose is not to bring you down but to lift you. I have been lifted to remarkable outcomes from researching (before the internet/Google) and finding atheists like you and the countless others,(Atheists/Agnostics/Freethinkers) who left historical evidences (bread crumbs) for me to find, through (Libraries, queries, intuition and seeking knowledge) due diligence! No, they were not "out" like they are today! For that my deepest gratitude.
What has Atheism done for you? Or, How has it helped you?