Atheist since birth in The people's Kommunistic Monarchy of Sweden

I do not understand Why there is such a grand hullabaloo about being an atheist. Religion has never in my whole life been a part my personality. At times I can get disturbed about the crazies out there in the world that hold extremely unexplainable, contradictory believes but I can always just walk away and not need to deal with another such person for a few years.

During the early years of my life in school it was popular amongst the 1st and 2nd graders to ask each other if they believed in god, most of us laughed at the silly notion and just naturally answered no and was quite shocked when someone said yes.

I was never raised with any religious undertones and I do not hold an identity of atheism, there simply is nothing to hold, being proud or sit on ones high horses for nothing seems equally as silly as a concept as being in others face about believing in Zeus. I do however participate in the traditional seasonal rituals that is custom to participate at in Sweden, some are held in church such as baptising a child as one gives him or her their name, marriage is done in church, burial is done at a church graveyard and in the church, Christmas is celebrated and so is Saint Lucia and All hallows eve but also non Christian festivities like Midsummer and Walpurgis night. Why would you not? It is a part of ones cultural heritage and community and it is a festivity to have fun and you can have fun, splurge and do whatever you like during a festivity. You do not ever need to think about the roots and meaning of the festivities you participate in, you do not need to imbue the festivities with any religious justification. I may find the history behind the festivities intriguing and let them mean something in that way but there is nothing else that is on my mind when I am having fun.

What is the meaning of not being religious if you can not stop obsessing about being an atheist? Could you just not identify as simply a human? I know, it is hard, as an anarchist I am constantly facing people in my daily life that want to impose themselves on your believes and I am forced by my fellow peers to make anarchism as part of ones identity. But ideally I would want to be around fellow peers that it doesn't need to be a part of my identity. So that one can focus on the rest of my identity, the parts that are important.

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Comment by lordmetroid on October 22, 2009 at 2:50pm
I can strongly empathise with how you feel, being treated like dirt by brainwashed people. As an anarchist I too face this in my daily life, from my experience of people in the anarchist communities many people feel isolated and unjustly treated.
Comment by Noelle on October 22, 2009 at 2:02pm
In the USA we don't have the luxury of atheism as part of the culture, especially where I live in the Bible Belt state of Texas. People assume that I am religious and go to church. When I first moved here 5 years ago, people would ask me which church I attended as a matter of conversation. Usually this would happen at work in a professional environment.

I run an organization called the SECULAR Center. We do volunteer work in our community, and we are non-theists. A few months ago we called a nursing home to offer our help, and they told us that only Christians could volunteer there. There is such a pervasive mistrust of atheists here that they didn't even want us to perform harmless activities like playing games with and reading books to the senior citizes of the home. I explained several times that we don't discuss religion while we provide our assistance, but they were not willing to have us.

You might think by my experiences that I live in a small town in the country, but I don't. I live in Houston, TX. We are the 4th largest city in the USA, last I checked the listings. This kind of attitude is pervasive here and us atheists struggle every day being confronted with religion and religious assumptions in our communities. Atheists are the most mistrusted group in America, according to a recent report that I linked to and discussed on my blog at

There is an e-mail going around cyberspace that I've received about taking away 'Under God' in our pledge of allegiance. The subject line is 'If you Agree, Forward. If you don't, Delete'. The e-mail goes on to list reasons why it's good to have 'Under God' in the pledge and discuss religious reasons for doing so. At the end of the e-mail, it says something like, Anyone who complains that we shouldn't have God in the pledge should just SIT DOWN and SHUT UP!!!. Imagine how you would feel if someone told you to sit down and shut up for expressing your opinion. To me, it doesn't feel very good - it feels like my opinion does not matter at all.

I really wish that atheists around the world, whether we live in areas that we are a minority or whether we live in areas that we are fully accepted, would come together to further the atheist movement. We form communities around atheism here because it helps us feel less alone and it allows us to discuss our viewpoints and ideas in an accepting environment. It is encouraging to know that somewhere in the world, atheists don't face a daily struggle to be accepted as ethical and contributing members of society.
Comment by lordmetroid on October 22, 2009 at 5:25am
John D said: "I don't know how you can be an anarchist and then claim it is not part of your daily life. I am not an anarchist, I am a Humanist, and it is part of my daily life. That is okay I think."

No no, anarchism is a conscious part of my identity, it would be awesome if it was not just like atheism is not a conscious part of my identity. Anarchism is a part of my identity because I am currently holding a minority viewpoint and get my viewpoints challenged.

I think the ideal situation would be to have anarchism just as I hold atheism to not be a part of my identity but as a part of the culture. Letting me instead focus on other parts of my identity.



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