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Dan Kulkosky

I'm wondering why anyone thinks it's necessary to "come out" as atheist. I've been an atheist since I understood what the word meant. I'm 52 and have never experienced any discrimination because of my atheism. In fact, I've rarely even been asked about my religious beliefs.

Perhaps it's a matter of perspective: maybe I live in an oasis. I grew up on Manhattan's Upper West Side, went to a small liberal arts college in upstate New York, and still live and work in Manhattan. New York is a very tolerant city, where people leave you alone if you leave them alone. That's also my philosophy.

So, if I don't want others to get in my face about their religion, why should I broadcast mine? Isn't the country in a bad situation now because we've become a bunch of warring camps, each tribe shouting at the others, every group dwelling on differences? Isn't it time to turn down the volume?


@Dan -- You might easily say the same thing about coming out as gay. Unlike skin color, religious belief and sexual desires are not usually something obvious at a glance, so unlike racist color-based discrimination, you could theoretically avoid religion-based or sexuality-based discrimination by staying quiet.

The downside is that if you and everyone else continue to stay quiet, society goes on being designed only for people in the visible group, because you don't exist. If the only people who don't hide their religion and sexual identity are straight and Christian, there's no reason not to praise Jesus to open every meeting, and no point to acknowledging any relationship but "husband and wife".

And the people society doesn't acknowledge or recognize then have to continue to stay quiet in a society designed for not-them, as their groups are painted as evil and used as insults and cautionary tales. Kids or politicians calling each other "gay" or "godless", as if it's the worst thing you could be, assuring that anyone who actually is one of these things has to hide their true beliefs/desires in shame and feel like a second-class citizen.

Kenneth Polit

@Dan-I see your point and agree with you. I'd much rather just live my life and be left alone. Unfortunately, we must speak out and make our presence known. It is the only way to keep society secular. The theocrats and IDiots could run rampant over our rights if they think there is no one to oppose them. I honestly don't give a rat's posterior what nonsense people want to believe. It is when they attempt to impose those beliefs on others that I take offense.

Greta Christina

Dan: How is "coming out" the same thing as "broadcasting," "shouting," or "turning up the volume"?

There are about eighty zillion reasons for atheists to come out. It makes it easier for other atheists to come out -- especially ones who don't live in atheist- tolerant places like New York. It helps people who are questioning their beliefs know that atheism is okay, and that the things they're being taught about atheists (that we're amoral, joyless, etc.) aren't true. It makes it possible to form a community, which again makes it easier for people who are leaving religion, since it can replace some or all of the social functions religion provides. It counters myths about us, by letting believers know that atheists can be good, happy people. It makes it possible for us to be a political force/ voting bloc on issues most of us have in common (like separation of church and state). And just being open about who we are is, in my experience, a better way to live than hiding and secrecy.

The LGBT movement learned early on that coming out was the single most powerful act we could take to improve our lives and the lives of other queers. Polls consistently show that simply knowing people who are LGBT makes people more accepting and less bigoted about us. The same is true for atheists. Simply letting people know that we exist is the best tool we have in overturning bigoted myths about us. Why would you be opposed to that?

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