A couple months ago, the campus atheist group at my alma mater (Rationalists and Freethinkers — RAFT) began a website urging openly non-religious people to publicly “come out of the closet.”
The site was called ResistDogma. If you filled out the brief form, your full name and location would appear on the master list. Really a great idea.
One of this site’s readers, Kaleena, did just this.
Then she forgot about it.
Until her mom recently Googled her name…
In an email, Kaleena writes:
I had completely forgotten about [filling out the form] until a few months later when during a casual conversation with my mother she asked me “What is a nontheist?”
She wasn’t prepared for that one.
How did it go?
The conversation didn’t go as well as the carefully planned-out one in my head, but now I’m out and relieved!
Thanks RAFT for helping me to do something that I didn’t have the courage to do!
Thanks, Kaleena, for doing something radically brave by filling out the form and for showing us this type of conversation doesn’t have to end in an all-out battle.
If you haven’t done so, please fill out the form!
[tags]atheist, atheism, closet, coming out[/tags]