Greta’s Looking For Stories

Greta Christina (I often initially type her first name as Great, which seems appropriate) is working on a new book about coming out as an atheist and she’s looking for stories about how to help other people come out. You can tell her your story here.

5 comments on this post.
  1. chisaihana5219:

    I don’t understand why this is a problem. If people ask me what church I go to, I just tell them I am a non-believer and leave it at that. If they persist, I tell them I do not believe in the existance of God. I live in a very church oriented area but no one has made a fuss about my non-belief. I can imagine that some of my neighbors might pray for my conversion, but it doesn’t effect me. Being an atheist does not mean wearing a t-shirt to advertise it or putting a sticker on your car. I don’t feel the need to promote atheism. None of my civil rights are under threat from my non-religion. I didn’t need to “come out” as an atheist and no one has ever asked my help to do so. I’d be happy to talk with anyone who felt they needed help but my best advice is just to be yourself, be kind and be honest.

  2. kingoftoasty:

    @ #1

    Right. Because you never had an issue with something that must therefore mean that nobody anywhere has an issue with it. Not everyone has the luxury of acceptance when they first announce to the world that they are an atheist. Some people make a tremendous sacrifice in coming out, being ostracised from friends and family, being shunned by people at work, or the targets of anger and vitriol by people in the surrounding community.

  3. Gretchen:

    Being an atheist does not mean wearing a t-shirt to advertise it or putting a sticker on your car.

    For some people it does. For those people, it often means having your car being defaced or being refused a personalized license plate stating your non-belief by the state, where having one stating your religion would not.

    I don’t understand why this is a problem.

    There’s one example for you. Do you understand now?

    Do you understand that you are basically making the “If you stay closeted, you won’t experience prejudice” argument?

  4. sezme:

    @#1

    kingoftoasty got it exactly right. Just because you have no problem doesn’t mean it’s not a problem for others. I have a friend who uses a PO Box because her landlord would kick her out if he knew of her atheism via her mail from FFRF and others. Others may fear – with damn good reason – for their jobs.

  5. StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return!:

    Greta Christina (I often initially type her first name as Great, which seems appropriate)

    Yup. Me too.

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