"Excellent post! The video underscores an important point: the religious have no business claiming to be the exclusive source of spirituality any more than they can claim to be the exclusive source of morality."
"It's important to be true to yourself. Family and friends who truly love you will stay with you. If you lose them, then they were not worth having anyway. There are new friends out there too! Wishing you the best."
"My full sympathy to you ): Inevitably, when you come out as an atheist you will probably lose one person close to you-but looks at it this way, if they would not tolerate your atheism they are probably people you would not want to be close to."
"My friends and family already know that I don't go to church and that I'm not religious, but I bet they have no idea that I am an atheist. My parents dropped by (without calling first) on their way home from church on Sunday and the…"
"Having a very religious family is the worst lol I can't say that I've lost many friends outright yet, as most do not know, coming out is a tough thing, and I am proud of your choice! it will get easier as time goes on and they either…"
"I agree with what Pat said...you really can learn a lot about who your friends are/are not by "coming out." That was certainly my experience when I came out as a gay man years ago. However, it's also true that sometimes…"
"In my case, my immediate family is pretty liberal, so I've had no problems with them. My extended family is heavily evangelical, but extremely nice people who would never do or say something hurtful... at least not to my face. I have found out…"
"I didn't know it could be so hard for people in America - where do you live?? I live in California so I have never experienced a problem even though I live in a conservative county - they are all pretty much secular.
One thing though; look at…"
"Sentient Biped is right. You can find support here. However, for me, I take the following,more cynical, approach.
If the basis for a friendship is that the "friend" insists you think and conform your thoughts to what he/she deems…"
"Well, obviously the friends weren't friends, and one can't choose one's relatives--it's a genetic crapshoot--and family is often over-rated. After all, all the murderers the world's ever seen had mommies, and most of…"
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