Public Atheist

atheismI’m fairly active on Twitter…and this blog of course. I used to write articles on News Vine until they changed their setup and made the platform hard to interact with. In all that time, I’ve never once been called a ‘public atheist’.

I was cruising through my twitter feed when I noticed someone sending me a private message. They were asking me a question about my Twitter account, my atheist activity on Twitter and they referred to me as a ‘public atheist’.

I guess I am. If asked in real life (happens rarely) I’m not squeamish about telling people I’m an atheist. I don’t mind telling people why. I love a good religious debate in person as much as I do online, and while I don’t go out of my way to find them ‘in real life’, sometimes they find me.

I’m okay with that.

I’m not embarrassed to be an atheist. I’m lucky enough to live in a society that won’t kill me for not believing in a deity. I’m fortunate enough that the laws of the country I live in protect people like me, although it’s still possible that non-belief could impact your career or other parts of your life. I understand when people don’t want to tell people they’re atheists. To each their own.

I on the other hand, choose to label myself an atheist and I don’t want to hide it. I don’t take labels on lightly either. I usually abhore them, since most labels don’t entirely explain or describe my stance.

I identify as an atheist because I think the word ‘atheist’ has loads of stigma attached to it and I want to lessen that stigma. I want people to realize that being an atheist doesn’t mean I’m a bad guy. I’m not depressed. I’m not out to harm people or call demons down on their head.

I’m just a guy.

I’m a real person with hopes, dreams and fears like any other person, including religious people. I want religious people to engage me and this blog (or my Twitter account) and feel safe doing it. Sure, I might get a little heated sometimes, but for all intents and purposes, no matter our religious or non-religious background, we’re all human beings who have far more in common than we do differences.

I have clear reasons for what I do.

I’m a public atheist. But I’m also much like you.

Come, let’s talk about it.

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20 Comments

  1. Excellent read here, and yes, having different deistical views towards deities should not be “dumped down” on towards a person.
    The religious paradigm (to me) is a very confusing, loving, bitter-sweet type of relationship to immerse ones mind and imagination within.
    Thank you for sharing this, as you have sparked a new topic for me to write.
    Q.Q. to you, sir. Do you think our planet could operate withOUT religions occupying the minds of billions, in order for them to live, maintain, and remain (somewhat) positive from day to day?

    • Nothing. I meant it in a ‘just because I’m an atheist, doesn’t mean I’m depressed because I have no meaning in life’ sort of way. There are many reasons to be depressed, whether you’re an atheist, Christian, Muslim etc.

      Thank you for leaving a comment, visiting my blog, and giving me the opportunity to clarify that point.

      • Indeed, and I’m glad that it appeared your post. It’s part of a larger topic I’ve been thinking about with respect to the issue of representation, something I think I’ll draw up a post about.

        I certainly appreciate that you approved my comment and replied, thank you. I will be following more of your posts in the future.

        • I can’t wait to read it.

          I was stalked and threatened once by an entire website of people. That’s the only reason why I moderate. I never censor comments merely because they ask a tough question or disagree with me. Once someone is approved once, their comments are always approved. 🙂

          I look forward to reading your upcoming posts.

  2. We disagree about a lot but i think you are a very good person, and im glad to have met you. I do have a question that has nothing to do with this, but how would you feel and would you be okay with it if your children grew up to be christians, or if all of a sudden your wife were to want to go to church? just hypothetically

    • “but how would you feel and would you be okay with it if your children grew up to be christians, or if all of a sudden your wife were to want to go to church? just hypothetically”

      Great question!

      My son believes in God and I don’t love him any less for it. It’s not like he’s super devout or anything, but if asked, he’d reply he believes in a God. I’m good with it.

      My wife used to be a Christian. When we first met, we had many religious talks. She’s now an agnostic, but her kids still go to Catholic school.

      When she was a Christian and still going to church, I asked her if she wanted me to go. I told her I’d go and support her if that’s what she wanted. She said she didn’t want me to go because I didn’t believe and she wanted to respect that as much as I respected her right to believe.

      I also have a friend who is a Pastor and I’ve gone to his church to support him and see what he was up to.

      I obviously don’t agree with Christianity, or what it teaches, but I do agree that people should be free to believe what they want. I also think people should be allowed to voice their opinions about religion or atheism and discuss it together. No idea should be sheltered from criticism.

      I hope that answers your question. 🙂

  3. Don’t you have a selection of dolls representing The Pope, Ken Ham, Billy Graham, Archbishop of Canterbury, Mitch Romney Jesus, etc that you regularly stick pins in?
    Sheesh, I thought all atheists has these.
    Not even a Mary Magdalene doll? No? What sort of atheist are you

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