Fortunately for me, my family respects me and they don't dare ask me why I don't believe(they don't want know what I know), they understand that I am still the same person, after I told them how irrational they were being about it and I understood why the were upset.
It is hard being at work or in class though, most don't know, and I don't like hearing about god and jesus all day and it gives me a headache how people relate it to everything. They all think so illogically,or rather they just repeat what their preacher says or fox news sigh..... (very popular here). I just want to tell them WAKE UP, there is so much more to the world than what you are seeing, but its not that easy. I am grateful that there are some who actually practice what they preach, they respectfully tell me that they believe those that don't believe(they don't say me specifically, but they might as well) are going to hell. I think those people just don't believe that I disbelieve, and they want to really know if I don't, so that's what they say. The look on their face is priceless when they see the smirk on my face after they say that. Not all of the faithful are unreasonable people, some won't understand no matter what you say, I like to show the people that know I'm an atheist that I am not a bad person and the morality that I have chosen for myself helps me more than any religious doctrine ever could have. I think they are starting to see that saying you can't do something, makes you want to do it that much more and that is the reason why I have had people tell me that they view me as a "better" person than a large majority of the people in there churches. I view religion as a harmful institution, but I don't go around preaching the good news of logic. There are other ways to approach it and yes, there are good times to put doubt and facts into someone's mind. I feel like I'm helping individuals, as well as humanity overall when I introduce facts into a skewed view of reality, full of lies taken as truth. Even in this overwhelmingly cult-like place called Mississippi, I have had some success promoting logic, reason, and a more positive view of atheism to some, I hope that gives you hope and more confidence.