In the past few months, I’ve become a lot more open about being an atheist and I feel I have been lucky. Other than my friends list on Facebook becoming a little shorter, it really hasn’t disrupted my family’s life. Close family members were already aware of how I felt. Older family members — the ones who would have actually cared — are all dead now. It also helps that I no longer live in the conservative rural area where I grew up.
So my question is this — have you lost people in your life due to being an atheist? How did you deal with it?
I would like to think you could just say you are better off without people who don’t accept you, but I know it’s not always that simple.