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Comment by Little Name Atheist on July 10, 2010 at 9:15am
For even more coming out stories, there's a whole forum category devoted to them.
Comment by Fabio on July 10, 2010 at 6:44am
That's refreshing :) I guess my image of New Zealand was somehow warped by someone like Ray Comfort, the fact that you have a place named Christchurch and that the only New Zealander I ever had a chance to talk to happened to be a staunch Christian. :D

On an unrelated note, your profile picture is awesome :D
Comment by Fabio on July 10, 2010 at 4:42am
I made the announcement to my family when I was about 17 or 18. I had been an atheist most of my life and I had already embraced the label in my mind and my online debates at the age of 14, but I had never mentioned it to my parents. I was, however, always critical of belief and religion when talking to them, so it shouldn't have come as much of a surprise. It did, though. My guess is that there is still such a social stigma associated with the word "atheist" that my parents were ready to accept me as an atheist provided I didn't use the word. Their reaction at that point was largely psychological self-defence and rationalisation, with their clinging to the hope that it'd be just "a phase" I'd outgrow at some point. Now, at the age of 23, they've come to terms with it. My very spiritual aunt will still occasionally give me the "it's a pity" line, but that's because she doesn't have other arguments. Don't worry about your family, just be coherent with your newly discovered self. That will be a display of maturity and will suffice in most cases.
Comment by R. Ryan Nelson on July 10, 2010 at 4:28am
I knew that truth when I was 9 years old seeing David Koresh burn his followers alive. (The truth is irrelevant, I was 9 and remember as I do.) I remember hearing the priest, Father Younge, explain how he was a false prophet... and I knew then that only an idiot couldn't extrapolate to the heart of the matter and see that jesus was just such a man... False. It took me two years before I completely refused to attend church. The last time I did attend church as a "believer" I went to confession, and explained every detail of my rational doubt in the churches and all other religions legitimacy. I haven't attended a regular gathering since. I must say I did have support from my brothers who also are not idiots, it helped. But you just have to have 'faith' in yourself, and confidence to recognize that you aren't an idiot, your doubt is correct. The people who claim to know the truth should not be considered right because of their insistence. Oh... and remember... there is still the chance we were all sneezed from a turtle.
Comment by Kenneth Soares on July 10, 2010 at 3:37am
Thank you . Mike wolf for all your support.
Comment by Kenneth Soares on July 10, 2010 at 3:23am
I'm sure we all had I rough. And I'm just one sob story among millions.I feel sorry for all those who are closeted and can't come out for fear of who knows what so don't have pity on me have pity opn them they deserve it for all they have to go threw. So peace to us all.
Comment by Kenneth Soares on July 10, 2010 at 3:06am
came out just yesterday and my parents seemed alright with sure my mom cried and my dad totaly agreed with everything my mom said. Which she said I was going to hell, but i'm sure i will hear that alot for the next few months. just persever and survive. It was really hard telling them. It took me like ten minutes to form the words " I'm an atheist" talk about some difficult words to say. I said when i die. I'm gonna rot in the ground ,and then they asked me where my soul is going to go. and that had my stupmed of course the "soul" is just the manifestation of though. which will disapate like the electrochemical energy of your body after death. but still being raised a christan all my life till about two years ago. i wasn't really prepared to get in to a theological battle right there, so all i could do was sit there and take everything they were throwing at me. But WE WILL SURVIVE. THE END OF EARTH WON'T HAPPEN FOR A FEW BILLION YEARS ANYWAYS
Comment by Kenneth Soares on July 9, 2010 at 10:51pm
thanks for your help i just hope, I can make it though this alright
Comment by Tex on July 8, 2010 at 4:02pm
Big day, big step. Family is the toughest part, at least it was for me. Best of luck to you. At least if things get awkward with your personal relationships, you'll have somewhere to come....
Comment by Kenneth Soares on July 8, 2010 at 11:40am
Thanks. It's really nice how everyones so supportive of one and other. If everyone was like us I'm betting there would be no wars.

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