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Started by tacoma_kyle, May 07, 2007, 01:51:12 AM
Quote from: "tigerlily46514"PLus, I am a nurse, so 'god' comes up a LOT when people are sick. Priest and ministers all running around everywhere, etc, interrupting your work to pray over people,etc. I am pretty good at honoring what the patient says without selling out, tho. They never know. But, day after day, it can make me feel a tiny bit isolated philosophically anyway!!!!
Quote from: "MommaSquid"SteveS, I think you handled the situation with the chaplain exactly right. She was intruding on you, not the other way around.I'm glad the health crisis turned out OK. Hug your kids extra tight tonight.
Quote from: "Tom62"Maybe the chaplain thought that your children were the anti-christs.
Quote from: "Tom62"SteveS, in the film the Exorcist there was also a lot of puking. Maybe the chaplain thought that your children were the anti-christs.
Quote from: "tigerlily46514"I am 50, and definately think there have been times it was hard to be an atheist. I was in my 40s when i met my first other atheist!!! Stnning, but true!!! But where i live, we mostly stay in the closet, so who knows? I think things are better now, I'd like to think atheism is more accepted. I was 'out' when i ws younger, but too many attacks have quieted me down long ago. I am mostly in the closet except to my sweetie(also atheist! score!) and my best friends. I learned the hard way I can be criticized if I don't hide my atheism...It is just so not worth the waste of breath to take on THE ATTACKS....I even have lost a friend, dumped me the day I told her! I was surprized, cuz she was otherwise really cool. Yeah, I find it hard to hear a buncha crap and have to keep my mouth shut, always trying to find someneutral remark that doesn't betray my own self..... Seems younger people today are braver than I am. Very encouraging!!!!!!!!PLus, I am a nurse, so 'god' comes up a LOT when people are sick. Priest and ministers all running around everywhere, etc, interrupting your work to pray over people,etc. I am pretty good at honoring what the patient says without selling out, tho. They never know. But, day after day, it can make me feel a tiny bit isolated philosophically anyway!!!!
Quote from: "tigerlily46514"Yeah, Reasoner, there MUST be more than just you and I!!! I know what you mean about some of our generation switching horses....it does make one wonder how they were able to re-shrink their minds...?? Honestly, i didn't know any other atheists even as a young person, I knew a precious few agnostics....okay, it was two. And they both are religious nowadays.. And I am so happy to see how atheism is more prevalent in the younger generations now, see, I don't really remember it being this way even when i was young. I didn't really know any others. I like to think it is becoming more accepted. I was more "out" as a younger person, but years of hostile reactions have quieted me down. I can only hope with each passing generation, it becomes a bit easier for the atheists. i realize as long as we do not come out, the change towards acceptance will be much slower, and I am trying to get the courage to help be a drop in the wave of change...to come out a bit more, even outside of work. I thought it was brave i even list my hometown on the internet...I am taking babysteps, ha ha!!!!I can only stand in awe of you that you are out as a nurse!! When i was younger and more out, i was usually the first atheist anyone had ever met! or even heard of! Imagine the flack i got....Now, i think many people have at least become aware there ARE atheists out there, even if they haven't met one.We had no internet then, I was so alone with it all my life. It is probably mind blowing to young people here that i was in my 40s when i met my first other atheist. I almost cried, i kid you not. (Okay, i did cry...)I am trying to undo the decades of hostile reactions and slowly be a little more out when appropriate, and I am a fairly brave person, but mmm mmm, I am not much out at all. My co-workers are aware i am 'not religious' but that is about all they know. (Except for one, who is my best friend.)YOU ARE RIGHT--INDIANA IS NOT A REAL SAFE PLACE FOR AN ATHEIST! I have lived all over the country, some very liberal states, too, but this is probably one of the more backward places i've lived..but, the corn IS good here!!!! There is always a bright side....ha ha.OOH-LOOK--It says "chatter" under my name now......? Guess that DOES fit, huh!! ha ha!
Quote from: "tacoma_kyle"Not to interupt your conversing, but at work (hospital pharmacy---tech, so its kinda related) which is in Southern Oregon --- pretty damn religious. But the stereo was on in the pharmacy, someone elses CD (my stuff would freak some out lol. Wont play Manson though, may get me in trouble.