Do your parents know about your atheism? Are you still in the closet at home?
Neon Genesis posed a wonderful analogy about such atheists on the Friendly Atheist Forums:
I also don’t think it’s hypocritical for you to hide your atheism from your family. I think it’s your family that’s being hypocritical since Christians claim to love people but put atheists in such situations where they have to hide who they are for fear of being hated. And it’s not like you’re lying but more like you’re not disclosing everything about you to them.
The way I like to think of it is: imagine you’re an anthropologist in the jungle that’s researching the natives and you have to assimilate with their culture because you might upset the natives if they find out who you really are.
I like it!
Would anyone else like to propose an analogy for atheists who are still in the closet with their families?
(Thanks to SarahH for the link!)