Atheist In Hiding

I was raised in a non-religious household and I've been an atheist since I was a tween. I live in a part of the country where conservative Christianity dominates, and it's hard. It's so ironic that members of a religion that professes love and forgiveness can turn so cold when they find out you're not "one of them." I hate confrontation and conflict, so instead of putting myself in a position in which I am constantly defending myself, I tend to just be really vague and evasive when asked about my personal beliefs. I'm not necessarily ashamed, I just think that having to deal with endless debates or attempts to convert me is more trouble than it's worth. I wish I could be more open about it.
AlwaysAdrift AlwaysAdrift 21-25, F 2 Responses Oct 31, 2007

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I live in the most Podunk, Bible-Belt town ever.
I used to shun all religions.
But the more I allowed my mind to open up the people living in my town, I began to notice differences between them.
A true follower of Christ would not turn cold, but rather lead by example. A true follower would not try to shove his or her beliefs down your throat, but subtly lead you to your own conclusion that Christianity and all the peace and relief it entails is truly what your heart and spirit long for.
I became friends with one of these types of people, and eventually I found God and (again) all the peace and relief He wanted to shower upon me. And for that, I am a happier, more complete person.

I guess you can be open with us other atheists...