Atheism is on the Rise

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Atheism is on the Rise
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Sun, 04-15-2012 - 8:58pm
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Mon, 04-16-2012 - 11:02pm

I a few parts of this country and in some countries atheists are not considered to be evil.

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Tue, 04-17-2012 - 10:18am
I think it's a catch 22 for us as a whole. Many people are afraid to admit that they are atheists because so many people have a bad opinion of us. Therefore, more people can't see that we are just normal people and don't get that erroneous conception removed by knowing "good" atheists.
I don't ever identify myself as an atheist if the topic of religion comes up, I just say I'm not religious. It comes up more for me because dh and I are in an interfaith marriage. He is Jewish, although truly he is agnostic and I was raised RC and am an atheist.
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Mon, 04-23-2012 - 10:22am

That's why I always identify myself as an atheist if the topic comes up--so people who did not know that about me and consider me a "normal" person (whatever the he** that means!) will see that being atheist does not mean horns and hooves. In fact, sometimes I wish the subject would come up more often--like at work, for instance, where everybody else is SO darn relilgious, and their cubicles are full of religious pictures and knick knacks. I long to put a Darwin fish and an atheist symbol on my filing cabinet, but have not gone that far just yet. But I might still do it--and if anybody complains to HR, I will point out all the crosses and religious statues and pictures around others' desks.

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Wed, 04-25-2012 - 8:26pm

I do consider myself lucky because religion doesn't come up a lot in my circle of friends.

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Thu, 04-26-2012 - 12:13am

Around St. Patrick's Day I was wearing a T-shirt that said "Irish" and I was talking to a neighbor who is Irish Catholic about a certain neighborhood situation and she recommending praying him away and I responded that I do not pray, and then my wife chimed in that I am an atheist.