It is Saturday morning,  it is cold outside, and I seek input from those that has crossed this bridge multiple times ...

I would like to think I have been on a path of uncertain adventures - when traveling on the road of atheist - however, there is no denying that this road is fraught with disconcerting challenges. I find myself questioning the so called sound reasoning by those in charge after recognizing their religious perspectives. I am becoming Dawkins-ish - and no longer afraid to go against the grain of religious logic (oxymoron). 

My question is, would it be foolish to continue exposing the obvious folly with familiar consequences or keep opinions minimal in theist circle for the sake of getting by amicably?

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Comment by Michael Penn on January 27, 2014 at 8:43am

If you live in a country where you are not going to be murdered for your atheistic beliefs, or are not likely to be murdered by fellow citizens, then continue to point out that their beliefs are folly.

If doing any of the above would put you in danger, then keep opinions minimal and try to get by with others. Nothing is worth losing your life over. You can be an atheist in a subtle way if need be.

Comment by sk8eycat on January 26, 2014 at 12:47am

It also depends on how fond you are of certain theists.  I have a longtime friend who "God blesses" everything in sight, and sends the most revolting (to me) religious Xmas cards because she knows I'm an atheist, and that I will laugh at what she sends.  She is a true, supportive, loving friend, and has never tried to argue with me or convert me, so I give her the same respect, courtesy, and love in return. 

But...IMO she is a rarity...another is my sister, who lives with me.  She's a Jehovah's Witless, but we do not discuss religion in this house at all. Too many other things to talk about, and I think she's not totally convinced that the buybull is right...she's too interested in science to be a complete theist. And I'm the only person she can discuss things like the human genome project, or the space program with.  She has no other friends except the people in her congregation....a pity.  Seriously.

Comment by kathy: ky on January 26, 2014 at 12:02am

As Sentient and BL have said that depends on a good deal of things.  If your work depends on keeping quite then I'm sure one must.  I'm of the openly atheist variety myself.  I believe the more of us that speak out the sooner we will be accepted.  If not accepted then perhaps not demonized.  Many people equate atheist with devil worshippers which I find outright funny.  My standard reply to that is "I don't believe in your god,why would I believe in your devil"? Being open about atheism allows people who don't know us personally to see that we are just ordinary folks.  Not some insane, demon worshipping, vampire,werewolf mix....  Most of us aren't anyway.

Comment by Daniel W on January 25, 2014 at 11:32pm

There is no right path.  Just your path.  If you are dependent on theists, or one is your boss, then tread as if on eggshells.  If you are a person of independent resources, then you can be more free spoken.  If you life in a place with apostasy is punishable by prison or death, then just enjoy safer places like Nexus while planning your escape.


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