After going through a dramatic break-up, a cousin of mine got in touch with me, and dropped some, much to my surprise, encouraging words of wisdom. The next day, this cousin sent me one of those texts that requires you to message 10 or so other people. It was something like "Deny your Heavenly Father Which is in Heaven, and He too will Deny You...Send this message to blah blah blah." I'm thinking how wise this cousin is, and how I'd probably stay in contact with her from now on because she imparted words of wisdom without backing her claim with Jesus and the bibile. However, she just confirmed that religion is so embedded in our society that it never fails to disappoint me.
But that text made me think about denial. If I continue to deny my nontheism, theists will continue to rule my life. But Every important person in my life (those I need for support) is a believer. I feel like some of us are forced to deny and acquiesce because we don't have anyone in our corner and don't want to lose what little we might already have.
As a minority and a Southerner, it's not a easy...