I’m open about my atheism. I speak about it like it is normal. This is my pathetic attempt to give atheists a face. I know that not all atheists can do this. They are afraid that they will lose clients, votes, promotions, friends and in some cases, family.
I only am writing on this topic because it’s hit close to home recently.
As a joke my beautiful life partner, my wife, bought me a chocolate cross for Easter. We laughed at how sadistic it was to eat a candy torture device. Can you imagine if other torture devices were worshipped and candyfied. “Where can I get a gummy guillotine?” or “Do you carry those licorice electric chairs?” America and their Christianity is fucking morbid!
I was gleeful! In delight I posted the chocolate cross on my Facebook and tagged her in the post. Sadly she came to me and asked for me to remove the post. “Why!?!” I proclaimed. She stated “I just don’t want to hear it from my mom ok.”
I didn’t give her a hard time. I deleted it. To me I would want to “hear it.” I’d love the opportunity to discuss the foolishness of their religion. I’d prefer to discuss face to face over a beer and a cigar but shit I can do it on Facebook just as well!
I had an apparition that day. If this was something that we were going through and we’re a fairly open atheist family I can’t imagine what it is like for atheists that come from highly judgemental families.
I will pray for you all.