How 'out' are YOU?

As for me, I'm telling my parents I am a humanist. It's a gentle way I think to advance some understanding, and advance it in a positive way. Who can be assailed for being pro-human??

As for social media, I'm pretty 'out' on twitter (@andyhoke). I'm not 'out' on Facebook. I'm kind of 'out' on YouTube. I'm anything but 'out' on LinkedIn.

Lastly to the anonymous and nom de plume... I completely appreciate and welcome all of the considerate and ingenious posters and posts. I would ask you to consider taking some other step toward being 'out.' I believe it will help the species.




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Comment by Freethinker31 on July 19, 2014 at 12:03pm

Andrew  I was not either.....I worked  in a very conservative  area where religion  was dominant....I doubt  that it would have been  well received.....One has  to use caution on some things.....

Comment by Andrew Bradford Hoke on July 19, 2014 at 10:02am

I'm not out at all at work.

Comment by jay H on July 19, 2014 at 5:57am

To me being out is completely normal. I never hide my atheism (and by the same token, I don't shove it at people "hi, pleased to meet you, I'm an aheist")

Comment by Andrew Bradford Hoke on July 19, 2014 at 1:06am

I encourage atheists to 'represent,' and for people to freely speak about the what has turned into the 'elephant in the room.'

Neitzsche called the time of God's death 132 years, 6 - 10 generations ago. There were also ancient Greeks who pointed out that it was all bullsh*t.

Some people need to manage religion's removal.

Comment by Freethinker31 on July 18, 2014 at 5:22pm

It's ok Michael  we  have your back!!!!!!

Comment by Andrew Bradford Hoke on July 18, 2014 at 4:36pm

Thanks for the posts. All interesting.

I'd really like to reduce (even remove) the stigma surrounding atheism. I think humanism is a subtle but straightforward strategy for starters.

I think we are legion.

Comment by Michael Penn on July 18, 2014 at 1:49pm

You Tube is now Google and it prints my real name if I comment there. I'm out to some people and going to be fully out to all soon, but you might say I'm 100% out on You Tube comments.

Comment by Freethinker31 on July 18, 2014 at 11:21am

I am  a very private  person so I tend  to  keep  my opinions  and ideology  close to the vest...As a result  many  do not know  too  much  about  me which is fine  with me....However on this website I  display  everything  out in the open  and I must admit  it feels  awesome... .So thanks  to everyone for  giving  me this forum to  lay it all out there.....

Comment by Andrew Bradford Hoke on July 18, 2014 at 11:02am

Thanks for the feedback Pat and Loren.

How to deal with elephant in the room, right?

Comment by Loren Miller on July 18, 2014 at 10:27am

I don't advertise especially, though I'm considering getting a circle-A lapel pin, a-la The Thinking Atheist logo.  If someone asks, they get the straight dope.  How down I am with just spontaneously telling someone out of the blue, "I am an atheist," I don't know.  That would depend on the situation and the person.


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