I am so excited about finding this community. I have been an atheist for a few years and before that I called myself an agnostic. I was raised christian but have never been able to reconcile their beliefs with what is rational. My husband doesn't like to use the word atheist because of its alienating effect on people, he likes to call us rationalists. I am a RN who works in the emergency room in a medium sized hospital in the south. I have a 21 month old little girl and we are expecting a son in December. I am also going to graduate school. My husband is a stay at home dad.
I am so nervous about when my child goes to public school. My husband and I want to teach her about all the different religions of the world and let her decide what to believe. However, I am nervous that other children and more specifically the parents of these children will try to convince her that she will go to hell if she doesn't believe in jesus. I also worry about mine and mine husbands families. They are all believers and I worry they will try to convert our child, soon to be children, behind our back. It was so hard for me and my husband to even come out to our families about our non-theist views. I don't want our beliefs to be a rift between us and our families. All we ask is that they not push their views onto us or our child.
Anyways, I am just glad that this community is here. It is a relief to know that there are other non believers out there in the world. It is nice to have a place to vent all my frustrations about religion.