At dinner the other night, my kids made a request of me.
Could we please go into the closet as atheists.
We have lost friends, have been treated badly, and have experienced unpleasantness from the mouths of babes. The kids have HAD IT with being crusaders for reality.
I asked them, Would you rather be friends with a person who would, if they knew you are an atheist, shun you? Would you rather keep it a secret in the hopes that they will never know?
No, replied The Doctor, in the hopes that once they know us, they will love us too much to judge us.