Atheists In Kenya (AIK)

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Coming out as an Atheist


Many atheists, especially here in Kenya and Third world countries, do not feel safe or comfortable about being open or outspoken about their atheism. They fear they will be ostracized or shunned by family, friends, and strangers alike. It can be difficult to come out of the atheist “closet”. But I think it is vitally important, for several reasons.
On a personal level, being open is important because it is never healthy to feel like you have to keep part of yourself hidden. It can cause a great deal of anxiety, and it is so much simpler and rewarding when you can just be open and honest about who you are.

Most people, when I tell them I’m an atheist, turn out not to really care. Some of course call me a devil worshiper, lost e.t.c but these are mostly religious apologetic and narrow minded fanatics. Those you can ignore! But most of my friends take it as a normal varying view. And it’s a good way to find out who your real friends are! The ones who don’t want anything to do with you because of what you do or don’t believe… Well, I figure I can do without that kind of conditional friendship.

There is no reason that any atheist should feel ashamed about their beliefs (or lack thereof). You are the one who relies on things like reason, logic, and evidence for your decision-making. You aren’t the one who believes in invisible creatures like fairies, ghosts, goblins, demons, angels, and a god who is running around reading all of our thoughts and judging every little thing we do. You aren’t the one who believes in childish concepts like heaven and hell. You aren’t the one who requires the threat of eternal damnation in order to act ethically.

Feel free to be confident in your atheism!


One comment on “Coming out as an Atheist

  1. nikiiapa2
    September 19, 2012

    Great article Harry.But remember,atheists have different perspections of expression,attacking and reactions!


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