While perusing this 'ere site I've seen many posts and blogs discussing 'coming out' as an atheist. Initially I was a tad miffed by this. I knew that the situation in other parts of the world was much worse than it is here but I don't think I realised quite how ghastly it actually is.
I saw references to coming out as atheist and thought, 'You what? Coming out as gay was a big step, and came after much stalling, self-doubt and soul searching. It was a very big, and hard, step to take. How dare you lot talk about telling people your atheist in the same terms?'
It turns out that many of you have had pretty much exactly the same turmoil before coming out as atheist as I had coming out as gay. This really is staggering.
A few years back Douglas Adams was interviewed for an American atheist radio station and was asked if being an atheist had ever been an impediment to getting a job. He replied no, that was silly as it really isn't an issue here. When I read that I didn't realise the extent to which it is an issue elsewhere.
Coming out as atheist just isn't something the majority of us think about here, no more than coming out as liking coffee or preferring dogs to cats. No doubt it's an issue for people from very religious families but it isn't something one would consider hiding from anybody in day to day life.
We ain't half got it easy in Britain.