Article: How to Come Out as an Atheist

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Article: How to Come Out as an Atheist
Fri, 09-14-2012 - 4:34pm

Recently, I read a question posted where a person was wondering how to come out to her husband, who is a believer, as an atheist.  I found this article today with tips on how to come out as an atheist:

I think the tip about not posting it on Facebook first would be pretty obvious, but I guess in this day and age you never know!  How did you "come out" to your friends and family?  

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Sat, 09-15-2012 - 10:19am
I've never come right out and told my mother that I'm an atheist. After college when I moved back home I told her that I didn't want to go to church anymore because I didn't believe in it but, I never uttered the word atheist. One of my brothers is an atheist so it was just said matter of factly to him. My other brother used to be a Scientologist but he too knows. I probably just mentioned it in passing to him.
I've never made a big pronouncement to anyone. Often if asked, I will just say I'm not religious. Although once, when I was young and frequented bars on the weekends, I told a guy who was hitting on me that I found annoying that I was an atheist because I knew it would offend him and it did and he walked away, just as I'd hoped he would. LOL
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Mon, 10-01-2012 - 9:09pm

Since I never was a believer, I never had to come out to my family.  Though some extended family just assume I believe, unless they find out otherwise.  I don't usually talk about my beliefs unless the topic is about religion.  I have avoided telling my in-law's because I think they are annoyed enough that I'm liberal.  I don't need to add anything else to their list.