Krista - posted on 11/08/2011 ( 165 moms have responded )
I came across an interesting Tumblr blog, where people submit all of the things that they find difficult about being an atheist. Some were mere annoyances, but others were really sad:
"When your mom thinks atheism equals Satanism, and avoids you at all costs, because she thinks you worship the Devil."
"When your outwardly non-religious school forces you to attend a Christian assembly every week, where prayers and hymns are mandatory, and you are glared at, and then reprimanded, if you do not sing."
"Having your grandmother tell people she has 6 grandchildren, instead of 7, because being an atheist means she doesn't acknowledge you as family anymore."
Were I to add one, it would be, "Censoring myself on Facebook and in public, because I'm scared that being so open about my atheism will carry personal or professional repercussions."
What are your thoughts? Is this just what atheists should expect? Can this be considered religious persecution? Have any atheists/agnostics in this group encountered anything similar?