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    not presuming to speak for all atheists, the whole thing about being part of a community of atheists is that other members of the community DON'T preach or proselytize or testify or any of the bullshit.

    It is the one place you don't have to constantly be on the defensive.

    It's like growing up in Israel, the one place you don't constantly have to be "Jewish", you can just be the citizen of a country.

    I don't tend to be interested in atheist gatherings that are all about bitching and moaning about theists.

    On the contrary, the gatherings I like most is where the issue doesn't even come up once - but, where people are open to and interested in discussing anything and everything, including religion, if it happens to come up, but not particularly and certainly not obsessively.

    All of us atheists in the US spend most of our lives working with, socializing with, shopping with, doing business with, and often living with theists. We couldn't survive if all we cared about was "preaching", to the likeminded or otherwise. Most of the atheists I know, including me, would be ecstatically, deliriously happy if the topic of religion never came up in daily conversation, if the first question on a person's mind, and often their tongue ,when they meet a new person is, "what religion are you", and where the primary preoccupation of our parent's generation was that we marry someone of the same "faith tradition".

    The reason we discuss it is because it affects our lives all the time. If there were no religion, there would be nothing for us to bitch about, we'd just be.

    In countries like those in Scandinavia, or in Japan, or elsewhere that atheists are a significant portion of the population or even a majority, I've never encountered anyone who asked me my religion or what "faith tradition" my family is from.

    That is an American obsession, and I hope its days are numbered.

    I take heart from the fact that the past two boyfriends my older daughter had, it was months before she discovered that they, too, were atheists. It never occurred to either of them to ask the other, it just wasn't an issue.

    I've noted the younger generation, no matter what they believe, tend to make much less of a big deal about it; just like they do about sexual preference, they don't define an entire person by their faith group.


    The last thing I want want to do in my free time is talk more about religion.

    Always make new mistakes - Esther Dyson

    by RandomActsOfReason on Mon Aug 02, 2010 at 12:17:11 AM PDT

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