Thanks For Coming Out Of The Closet

It isn’t easy, I know. We’re a tiny segment of the population and even if we number greater than it seems, it’s difficult to know how many of us there truly are because too many are happier remaining uncounted and lack the boldness to admit what they are.

That you had the courage to be counted speaks volumes of your valor and daringness.

We are not so different than they are. We seek meaning in our lives too. We strive to be perceived as morally sound and ethically correct. They speak of our unnatural practices but we know they have scores of their own. They have tortured us throughout history because they believed our ideals and passions differed from theirs. We have constantly been branded as abominations and they have always supposed that we are against regularity and normalcy; defiant of the natural order intended for the world. In truth we are the same as they, or at least equally valid.

It’s true that some of us have a wild streak which is manifested in higher than average rates of co-mingling. We like to think that we are adventurous and broadly accepting. We pride ourselves on being knowledgeable conversationalists and often treat others with more courtesy than they afford us. We constantly willingly engage in discussions concerning the lifestyle and the last thing we each hope is that this differing viewpoint is mysterious. In fact, most of us don’t even consider it a style of life. We simply are the way we are; no labels or apologies should be necessary.

Because of the misperceptions we’re saddled with, it is extremely important that we fight this immense and repressive ignorance with honesty and pride. Life isn’t as easy as it should be when you’re an atheist, but you’re a better person for admitting it.

53 thoughts on “Thanks For Coming Out Of The Closet

  1. I’ve offended a few friends and relatives by indulging in a hearty belly-laugh as they engage in the mental gymnastics necessary to reconcile my lack of belief with their opinion that I, someone they care about, couldn’t possibly REALLY not believe in the God we were all raised in fear of.  “But… but, you still say, ‘Oh my God,’ and ‘God bless you,’ and things like that, so you MUST believe deep down that he’s real!”  When I ask them if the same principle applies to THEM when they tell their young kids that “Santa won’t come if you’re a little shit,” of course they say that it’s not the same thing.  To them, putting God in the same category as Santa Claus is the height of blasphemy; to me it’s simply the most reasonable course to take, since the evidence in support of the existence of either one is the same: absolutely none.

    What I find most interesting is that most of these people were more accepting of my choice of belief systems when I was an out-of-the-broom-closet Pagan than they are now that I’ve come to the realization that in spite of my love of mythology, I truly do not now, nor have I EVER, actually considered their God or any of the others I’ve “known” throughout my life as being real.

    It’s more important now than it’s ever been for us to come out of the closet and unite to demand our rights.  Sure, it’s not so difficult for those of us who live in places like Los Angeles or New York, but for people like Ms. Setterbo (thanks for the tip, DOF!), there needs to be some support from the rest of us.

    Off-topic, I just gotta tell Deus Ex Dildo that I’ve loved Divine Interventions since it first launched.  In fact, I’ve often daydreamed about affixing a Jackhammer Jesus over my bed as a nod to my Catholic upbringing.  LOL  My grandma would be so proud!  And hey, there’s no better place to keep it handy for its TRUE calling!

  2. since the evidence in support of the existence of either one is the same: absolutely none.

    I dont know about that. There are so many contradictions to this god the cristians believe in that the god(or at least how they percieve god) could not exist. If he did then he would be both good and evil, infinitely merciful and cruel, and three different beings at the same time(one being the father of another).Although I do agree that there is no evidence for the existance or nonexistance of a higher being or force than us; however, the god that the christians believe in is simply to mixed and matched to be real(at least in my opinion).

    Cheers BunBun

  3. i was thinking that this is hell, this is our punishment for something we did in another place. lol. i really like reading these posts, i never knew other people thought like me. the first time i told my friends i was an atheist, i was drunk, they did not seem to mind. as far as my family, that is another story. i think it will just upset my mom, and she worries enough as it is. i met my sister that was adopted today, i never knew i had a sister until 3 months ago, i love her, she is a christian, i did tell her my beliefs, she told me that i have the right to believe what i want , but she thinks i am wrong. i told her a lot of people judge this, and i don’t normally tell people this. she said no one has the right to judge me, they don’t know what i have been through. at least she is slightly open minded on this, and did not try to convert me or anything. i hate it when people do thay.

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