Look in the mirror and say “I am an atheist.” There, didn’t that feel good? Now, how do you go from the mirror to saying the same thing in a crowd of people discussing their religious beliefs? Well, everyone is different and not all atheists will admit they are actually atheists. It’s sad, but very true. At the bottom of this page there are some links to other websites that go into this in more detail. But here are a few suggestions to help.
Why admit to being an atheist?
Because theists are hijacking your rights. They are forcing their destructive religious dogma into your life and trying either to convert you or to segregate and discriminate against you. You know that their gods are false and that their religions are responsible for many of the problems our world faces today. You demand proof for their insane claims and so you must distance yourself from their destructive and divisive beliefs.
If I admit to being an atheist I will be mocked and chastised.
You might be. On the other hand, if you are a good person and you have theist friends who find out you are an atheist, chances are they will still be friends with you. Plus, you are showing them that atheists are good people. By admitting to your lack of belief, you are helping yourself and others through leading by example.
I have this really cool atheist cap but I am afraid to wear it.
Afraid of what? Look, theists wear crosses and other jewelry, put stickers all over their cars. If you have an atheist symbol of some kind – wear it! Now I know there are a lot of places that sell anti religious merchandise. If you do display something that is derogatory towards anyone, you most certainly run the risk of retribution for it. But you should never feel afraid or embarrassed to display anything that represents your views or opinions.
It would be great to meet others with similar world views.
Join a local group. Check to see if there are any Meet Ups in your area. Lurk at several blog sites until you find one that has members that you feel you could talk to. Start to blog. Check out the major national organizations and see if they have any affiliates in your area, or nearby. Even if they are a little far for you to make contact in person, there may be some type of online network or chat room where you can converse.
Most of all be proud of who you are and what you stand for. When asked for your opinion on a religious matter, let the person know you are an atheist and that it really doesn’t apply to you. Say it loud and proud. You don’t need to hide. We are a huge group of people. We are part of the largest single minority in the United States.
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