Look at all the things this atheist had to do to hide her atheism from her family:
I was very careful to cover my tracks, and I hated living the lie. I sanitized my online profiles, I hid my browsing history, hid my writings, I bowed my head during family prayers, and it killed me inside. Every time I had to pretend to pray for a meal when visiting, or attend church, or lie about attending a Christian club, I felt trapped and tortured.
Despite all this, her mom discovered she was an atheist. She then seemed to play every card in the Christian evangelist handbook (and then some): accusing the daughter of “rebelling”… saying it was ok since her daughter had “already accepted Jesus Christ” at an earlier age… blaming videogames… it goes on.
Despite all that, what’s the reaction from the newly-outed atheist?
… I felt relieved that I didn’t have to hide who I was anymore. While I had been planning on coming out shortly after my graduation in a few weeks, I’m glad that stress is off.
I hope it gets better for her from this point forward. And I thank her for sharing her story.
The Everything Else Atheist, as she calls herself, also has a very interesting analogy for the question of why God permits evil and the Christian explanation that God loves us but the Fall of Man let sin into the world (edited version below):
Robbers break in and hold you and your family at gun and knifepoint. They are going to do terrible things to you. Right outside, there is a S.W.A.T. team that saw the whole thing happen and has the power to free you. But the captain once overheard you say, “fuck the police,” and refuses to send in the team, insisting that you deserve it.
I’ve never heard it put quite that way before… I like it.
What do you think?
(via Atheist Girls)