But, possibly I need this for me. For a long time I was wishy-washy, too timid, too fearful to make an assertion that would make others uncomfortable – even knowing that is was their lack of knowledge that was the true issue and not my atheism.
So, yes, I’m an atheist. And a secular humanist, a freethinker, a mom, a wife, a sister, a daughter, a co-parent, a home-owner, a dog-owner, a blonde, a right-hander, an actor, a writer, and so many more things.
Of course we are all many things.
Do you think because I’m an atheist I eat babies, worship the devil (who, by the way, doesn’t exist), or hate morals?
If you answered yes – then you are wrong and you must educate yourself.
If you answered no – then *ding ding ding* you are right! Your prize – knowing that you are one step closer to tolerance :)
Why come out?
- Lying about it is an emotionally draining and lying is bad.
- To find friends who share my interests, values, and beliefs.
- To promote tolerance, equality, and help crush the stereotype.
- To let others know they are not alone.
- Being true to myself is the best role model I can be for my kiddos.
It’s been a long road to this place where I publicly declare what I believe and what I don’t believe, my values, and my opinion. I have educated myself over many years and finally shed the guilt piled on by my indoctrination.
This year we begin homeschooling. An exciting time sure to filled with challenges. I want to show my kiddos that being honest with yourself, educating yourself, and forming your own opinion is so important – as an individual and for the greater good of our species. It starts with me being honest.
Coming out isn’t the end or beginning. It’s a clarification, more for myself, that I have ideas and opinions to share and add to society – to the world.
Just because it isn’t the norm doesn’t mean I’m wrong.