Why does turning atheist have to be an 'event'? A 'coming out'? Why the drama?
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18-11-2012, 11:24 PM
RE: Why does turning atheist have to be an 'event'? A 'coming out'? Why the drama?
(17-11-2012 04:55 PM)Percepticon Wrote:  Nice analogy, BC.

I embraced atheism last year and treated it rather nonchalantly. I don't believe in closets, and I figure if I don't make an issue of it, most others won't either. But for many people, coming out is huge and I respect that.

How did you tell your family?
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18-11-2012, 11:29 PM
Why does turning atheist have to be an 'event'? A 'coming out'? Why the drama?
(18-11-2012 11:24 PM)kpax Wrote:  
(17-11-2012 04:55 PM)Percepticon Wrote:  Nice analogy, BC.

I embraced atheism last year and treated it rather nonchalantly. I don't believe in closets, and I figure if I don't make an issue of it, most others won't either. But for many people, coming out is huge and I respect that.

How did you tell your family?

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20-11-2012, 12:24 PM
RE: Why does turning atheist have to be an 'event'? A 'coming out'? Why the drama?
(18-11-2012 11:24 PM)kpax Wrote:  
(17-11-2012 04:55 PM)Percepticon Wrote:  Nice analogy, BC.

I embraced atheism last year and treated it rather nonchalantly. I don't believe in closets, and I figure if I don't make an issue of it, most others won't either. But for many people, coming out is huge and I respect that.

How did you tell your family?

I live far from them, anyway, and am not close with many of them. The ones who are on FaceBook have seen my "likes" and posts on various FB pages changing over time, and my "religion" change. Two of my brothers I'm just getting to know as we didn't grow up together, so that was kinda' in some of those discussions. My grandma in Indiana I'm not close with, and she always tried to get me to convert to her special brand of Christianity; so I just explained to her recently that I don't believe in her book. I don't care who she tells ot doesn't tell. I just let it come up if the conversation warrants it, or in some cases if I've not talked to someone in a long time, I include it in the "what's new" spiel.

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20-11-2012, 04:01 PM
RE: Why does turning atheist have to be an 'event'? A 'coming out'? Why the drama?
^Changing your religion on FB can be useful at times. I have some distant relatives that friended me because we're related, though we've never even spoken, and they just assume I'm Catholic and start talking to me like I am and posts full of prayer and woo and Jesus. I'm sometimes tempted to either start saying "praise Odin!" or maybe "allah" just to see what they'd do, but I'm not really comfortable even jokingly pretending to actually worship any deities, so I don't. In any case, after changing my religion on FB, many just defriended me. Can't be FB friends with an athiest, you know!
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20-11-2012, 04:04 PM
RE: Why does turning atheist have to be an 'event'? A 'coming out'? Why the drama?
(20-11-2012 04:01 PM)amyb Wrote:  ^Changing your religion on FB can be useful at times. I have some distant relatives that friended me because we're related, though we've never even spoken, and they just assume I'm Catholic and start talking to me like I am and posts full of prayer and woo and Jesus. I'm sometimes tempted to either start saying "praise Odin!" or maybe "allah" just to see what they'd do, but I'm not really comfortable even jokingly pretending to actually worship any deities, so I don't. In any case, after changing my religion on FB, many just defriended me. Can't be FB friends with an athiest, you know!


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