The 'We are christian nurses' thread has been around a long time. I've lurked, but never posted because I respect the nature and intent of the thread, and I didn't want to be thought of as an interloper. So I'm starting this thread so I can talk to other atheists. It will be interesting to see if this thread stays on topic, or degenerates into a theological death-match. Maybe I'm naive, but I have faith that this thread will remain civil.
I was raised a catholic, but I've been an atheist since my teens. I simply have never believed in God. I'm 43 now, and have a wonderful husband and two great kids, ages 8 and 10. So far, only my husband, parents, and a couple of friends know about my beliefs. I guess that makes me something of a quasi-closet atheist. I haven't told anyone at work. I've only worked there for a month, and it seems everyone is deeply religious, especially my DON. I fear they would consciously or sub-consciously allow my atheism to color their feelings about me. Unfortunately, there are a lot of people who think that atheists are immoral people. That, of course, could not be further from the truth. I am a very decent, caring and considerate human being. I'm that way because I love people and I want to be a productive member of society, and a positive influence on the people around me.
Prejudice is a major reason why I never told my children about my atheism. So when they were little I basically decided to let them decide for themselves. It was the coward's way out, I suppose. Anyway, it seems they have learned about religion the way I learned about sex. From their friends. Odd, I know. I think I'll tell them when they are a little older.
I'm sorry this is getting a little long. I just wanted to talk to other people who feel as I do. I know that about 10 percent of the population are atheists, but sometimes I feel very alone in my beliefs. In 43 years I have only personally met one atheist. I think that's unfortunate. I believe the misconceptions some people have about atheists are perpetuated by a lack of exposure. Maybe if we had our own sitcom........