Congratulations, new atheist! You now live in a world where you are free. You no longer fear the threat of Hell, eternal damnation, demonic possession, God, or evil spirits. You now realize that the boogeyman is nothing to fear, nor are ghosts. You laugh a little inside when people tell you they will pray for you, since you know the chance of that doing anything is about as likely as being hit by lightning, bitten by a shark, and falling out of an airplane simultaneously. You no longer fear oppression from any god. You are ready to announce to the world that you are a proud atheist with nothing to fear!
Oh wait…hold off on that last part.
I’m proud of you if you have accepted and embraced your atheism. Congratulations to you if you believe you are ready to take the next step and announce it to the world. But, before you do, I am asking you – I implore you – to think long and hard about what the ramifications of this announcement might be. Realize that we are not living in a world where we are exactly…well…free. Despite the fact that you and I both know that the argument from popularity is no reason to believe in anything, the fact remains that it is called an argument from popularity for a reason – after all, it is quite popular. That said, you must realize that you are still in a minority position should you decide to tell others about your position of rejecting the claims of Christianity.
Reflect about whether the decision is right for you. Ask yourself who it will affect. And then, spend some more time reflecting about it. Consider what the ramifications could be for your children, your career, and your livelihood. Remember that your position will likely not be popular with the masses. You, your family, or your children could very well become unemployed, outcast, or targeted due to your position, particularly if you live in a highly religious area.
When I came to fully accept my atheism, I decided that I would defend my position whenever it came up. In one situation, a casual conversation at work quickly elevated into a passionate, all-out debate between me, some employees, and my business partner. This caused a deep rift in our working relationship, and didn’t realize until that day just how deep religious belief runs for the indoctrinated, how they would give up everything for their beliefs, nor how close I came to losing my business that day.
While pronouncing your position to the world can be the most liberating thing you can do, remember that you and your family still need to eat, pay bills, and enjoy a good quality of life. Good luck to you, atheist!
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