I've always been the type of person who avoids "stepping on toes" or causing any sort if issue, but lately I've started to resent that. I'm having a hard time stomaching all of the uber religious posts or comments from friends and family members on Facebook. I hate that they can be all sunshine and dandelions about their "I love Jesus" stuff and no one ever takes issue with it (out loud) while I keep my thoughts to myself for fear of having to defend or argue with people. It isn't that I want to push my thoughts on others or shove anything in their faces, I just want to be able to be as honest as they can be. I understand that they are not telling me to remain silent so it isn't their fault, but I can't help but be increasingly annoyed by all of it.
So my question is, is there a need to "come out" publicly as an atheist or should I just keep my thoughts to myself so as to avoid being like the people I complain about? My main issue is my aunt (who is on my Facebook) and my in laws who I'm sure would be made aware of my "shocking" revelation. I'm not afraid of them or anything, I just don't want to argue with them or have to defend my views, especially since I refrain from saying things to their "share this if you love Jesus, ignore if you want to rot in hell" posts...
Maybe I'm making too big of a deal of all of this but it really has been eating at me for a while now and I don't want it to turn into a situation where I just blow up and speak my mind without being tactful/respectful.
on Nov. 11, 2012 at 2:14 PM