I Came Out Atheist and This Happened

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Genetically Modified Skeptic
Genetically Modified Skeptic - پیش 4 ماه
Edit: Demonetized, then monetized again. Thanks for the $0 for 42k+ views, youtube 🙃
Thanks for your support, everyone! ❤
Have you ever had to "come out?" I'd love to read your stories in the comments.
Estelle Bonnet
Estelle Bonnet - پیش 23 ساعت
Genetically Modified Skeptic I’m late to the video but congrats on coming out! I had a very similar journey (only I eventually came back around to a theism of sorts- not fundamentalist). One of the hardest things was having people i care about be sad about it and think I was going to go to hell. Also, I think it’s hard to not take it personally when someone isn’t immediately supportive. However, I imagine that for some people, hearing that a Christian they admired was faking it could feel like a betrayal to them and also a threat to their own spirituality. It’s not necessarily a matter of spirituality being more important than the relationship, though it certainly can feel that way and can be hurtful. Not everyone is as strong and brave as you to question their own beliefs. For some, clinging to the status quo could be a matter of their survival and/or well-being. Due to this, unfortunately, we see sides of people we don’t like when this security is threatened.
Mark Sheldon
Mark Sheldon - پیش 4 روز
Ive always ben ..as ling as i remeber
The Optimistic Nihilists
The Optimistic Nihilists - پیش 4 روز
So I’m watching this because I was not specially raised Christian, but my mother did take me to church and put me in buy scouts, and always said stuff about god and Jesus. Then I told all of my already atheist friends, and they were almost glad, then I told my family, and they were a bit shocked but still, no one was disappointed, so I’m kinda confused why it wasn’t so shocking, but your story is a lot worse than mine and I’m kinda confused why it was so bad. But that’s my story, and thank you for making this anyway.
Lanie Saunders
Lanie Saunders - پیش 5 روز
You're awesome, man. I love your videos and just supported your cause to the tune of a PP transfer. Keep truth ALIVE!
James Mills
James Mills - پیش 2 ساعت
Thankfully I have only had to hide my athieism once in my life and that was during the month of my wedding when my wife's extremely religious family was there, and unfortunately I let it slip the morning of our wedding and oh my word was that a bunch of unneeded drama lmao
Keith Gardeck
Keith Gardeck - پیش 10 ساعت
Great. Let me guess, if you attain more than 5,000 "Platinum" supports, you will "revert" to Islam?! 🤣😘
vigitant - پیش 12 ساعت
I can relate to this a lot. I was raised as a devout Christian, studied theology growing up, and after about a year of thought and doubt, I decided that I couldn't believe in it anymore. I was in the Navy at the time, and I avoided religious subjects for quite awhile when talking with family. It still occasionally comes up, and so often there is that awkward silence directed at me anytime the subject comes up. It seems like silence or agreement are the only possible responses. It makes family gatherings and conversations hard sometimes.
Percy Costello
Percy Costello - پیش 16 ساعت
My family was primarily atheist, they never used the term atheist/agnostic, but by definition that is what they were. My grandma was a very devout Catholic as were almost all of my friends, I would sometimes go with them to mass or communion or some other ritual (though I was often bored to tears, so I would try not to if I could), and one day when I was around 6 or 7 I asked my dad, "Why aren't we Christians?" and his response was, "You can start going to church if you want, but then you will have to be good ALL THE TIME." So I violently rejected the notion of being religious since the whole Santa myth was starting to wane with me at that point, I was starting to hate the idea of compulsory love/goodness rather than giving what one gets. Fast forward to my 30th birthday, I asked my dad again, "Why weren't we raised religious?" since the last response I understood as the sort of tongue in cheek slightly sophist comment. His response that time was, "Well, when I was around 16 I used to go to Catholic school, and it was the 60's so rebellion was the cool thing to do, and when we weren't struck down by blaspheming and essentially getting kicked out of private school, it just didn't seem important anymore, we thought about it when you were born, but we had been out of the game so long that we weren't sure how to jump back in, we had toyed with going back to Catholicism, but then we decided it was a waste of a perfectly good Sunday morning, so we said to hell with it."
I'm glad that they did!
Morgan Flament
Morgan Flament - پیش 17 ساعت
Because you're a chicken?
Lau DeNos
Lau DeNos - پیش 19 ساعت
I recently came out to some people in my family (all christians) and my favorite reaction was my aunt, I told her first because she wanted me to be my cousin's godmother. And she just laughed a bit and that was it. My grandparents are christians to the full so I won't tell them yet. (I don't live in the same country so it's easier for me to avoid the topic)
Sowel 44
Sowel 44 - پیش 20 ساعت
As someone in the UK who was raised by atheists in a mostly atheist community this is like watching a bizarro world story.
For me it would be stranger to have someone I know coming out as religious.
coldwater jpl
coldwater jpl - پیش 21 ساعت
Hey!✌first of all, you doing great! I'm from germany and luckily, here it isn't a big problem to be an atheist. Nobody cares over here (almost😅)! I follow the topic about atheism in the US and i'm feeling sad that there is a superpower country where 3/4 of the population living in the middle ages in their heads(just a guess from my perspective, didn't want to call names or discriminate someone). But it seems, that the atheist movement is growing slightly over the last years in the us and that is something to look forward to. The process will still take a lot of time, but i think you guys over there doing a great job! This will be good for your hole country and for the rest of the world! Not kidding! I hope the "movement" will continue to grow over the next years. Again i think you're doing great! Peace💪✌
Chris Coul
Chris Coul - پیش روز
I've been watching for a while and didn't realize I wasn't subscribed, well now I am.
Javelin Belsnap
Javelin Belsnap - پیش روز
For me I go to a school where lots of people are Christian or religious, but mainly Christian, actually in 5th grade me and one other kid where the only people who where atheist (well I'm agnostic, but you get what I mean). Now I'm in advanced classes and most of the people there are atheist.
Pat Z
Pat Z - پیش روز
I can't tell you how fearful I am that my community will learn that I am an atheist. I live in an extremely conservative WASPY town in So Cal, and as an educator it feels like everyone expects me to be Christian. Each morning I put my hand on my heart and stand for the pledge, but I cannot say it. I love my country deeply and am very patriotic, but I know when that line ("under God") was added and why. My students have asked, and I have dodged the question, but I carry tremendous guilt and a strange sort of shame. I didn't decide on becoming atheist--I took many college courses on the formation of Christianity and studied the Bible. It was through these studies that I came to KNOW that I didn't believe. I've since read more on the issue--A.C. Grayling's "The God Argument", all of Sam Harris' work, Richard Dawkins, Hutchins, and more. In spite of all this study and reflection, I feel tremendous pressure to stay quiet, to stay in the closet. It's stifling.
Blake Sinclair
Blake Sinclair - پیش روز
Seriously dude atheists aren’t the most hated group in America grow the hell up. Your channel is just fuel for all these atheists to circle jerk each other. I’m agnostic. Get over your atheism. Quit making it your identity. 90% of atheists talk about it what ever chance they get. Your atheist we get it. Just chill.
TWG - پیش روز
Scary . Brave thing to do. In the UK it's just not a thing . Nobody asks and nobody gives a shit.
grumpy sod
grumpy sod - پیش روز
It's the same in most civilised places.
Edía Paff
Edía Paff - پیش روز
its so weird that you had to come out like that in the first place...
Ossama Radwan
Ossama Radwan - پیش روز
In the Muslim world it is impossible to come out as atheist.
Adventures of Dave
Adventures of Dave - پیش 2 روز
Please tell me what college you went to , I am too an American atheist who grew up in a fundamentalist church and am currently attending a conservative Christian college, Im curious to know if maybe it's the same one
Genetically Modified Skeptic
I won’t reveal it publicly but it’s in Texas. If it sounds like you’re at my old school, I do have other social media you can contact me on. 😊 Links in the description
Matias Becerra
Matias Becerra - پیش 2 روز
Just a week ago I told my 11 year old dougther that Jesus is like Santa Clauss, it is a ferry tail...my wife is still mad at me because I was just breaking and interruptimg her beliefs...my wife lives in a ferry tail bubble too. It is called faith because there is no evidenve...get it? It is called faith, say it aloud tree times and you my friend are an atheist. Faith is a psicological construction that helped us evolve when we as humans had no means to explain the world around us. Today if you believe in something with no proof at all u are delusional, child brain wash is a crime nowadays. Why would any one be a better person for believing in somethig there is no proof at all? That is insane. Thanks for reading me. Do no harm, live fully, cheers.
Ivy Cactus
Ivy Cactus - پیش روز
Fairy tale*
Anthony J
Anthony J - پیش 2 روز
So surreal. Can't even imagine. Sounds more like a story of coming out as gay in the south than it does about "coming out" as atheist.
Christ Walk
Christ Walk - پیش 2 روز
I'm glad your coming out experience did not ruin your life. I hope you make your way back someday
HUMC4L - پیش 2 روز
My mom tells me regularly that she feels like a failure as a mother because my brother and I are atheist and she's Mormon. This is in spite of the fact that my brother has a stable, well paying career and I'm on my way to one (he's 30, I'm 22). None of us have been to jail or prison or anything. I've gotten speeding tickets, but damn. Guess being an atheist is that bad to her. I love her a lot so I'd be lying if I said it didn't hurt. She clearly still loves me since I came out as trans about a year and a half ago and she's been supportive and took care of me after top surgery and is offering to tag team taking care of me after my next surgery. I just wish we didn't have that glaring difference
loh22 - پیش 2 روز
I am gay and atheist and “out”. The only time I am not open about it is if I fear someone might hurt me. Being gay in my opinion is scarier than being atheist. I have never had any one argue with me about atheism, as far as I know no one gives a shit.
fudgi - پیش 2 روز
what a stupid surrounding you live in... didn't even know that there is such a thing as of coming out of the closet as atheist lool. 95% of the ppl i know are atheists. including all co-workers friends and family.
chad solano
chad solano - پیش 2 روز
There's no such thing as an Atheist. YOU KNOW that there is God but you CHOSE NOT to believe in God. Nature itself testifies His Greatness and Existence.
grumpy sod
grumpy sod - پیش 11 ساعت
+Mad Man The fact that there are so many religions tells me that religion is man made. It is the result of where the society is, what is considered normal within that society and the built in morals of that society. If it were universal, there would not be such a difference in the beliefs.
Mad Man
Mad Man - پیش 16 ساعت
We live on a speck in a vast expanse of galaxies. The nature you find beautiful in and around an estimated 22% of sunlike stars that have habitable planets in the universe. Humanity appears only within the last minute of the year in the cosmic calendar. The cosmic calendar is a representation of the 13.7 billion year lifetime of the universe where it is mapped onto a single year. There is nothing special about humanity and that's okay. Religion is paradoxical in its very nature and the fact that there is so many religions negates the very idea that perhaps religion is a made made invention.
grumpy sod
grumpy sod - پیش روز
Yeah, yeah. Now try to convince people that the other fairy tales are true, such as santa, the easter bunny, unicorns, and the rest of the shit.
56pjr - پیش 3 روز
"The fool has said in his heart 'there is no God'". (Psalm 14:1)

The Truth of the God of the Bible is logically and philosophically provable. Please consider the following three logical arguments: the Cosmological Argument, the Teleological Argument, and the Moral Argument.

First, we see that absolute NEED for there to be "a creator" from the very fact that anything exists at all. Consider the following syllogism:
1.Whatever begins to exist, must have a cause greater than or equal to itself. This “first cause” must itself be uncreated, uncaused, and which has no beginning but has always existed.
2. The universe had a beginning. (Science has proved beyond any doubt that the universe had a beginning appox. 13.75 billion years ago)
3. therefore, there must be a creator equal to or greater than the universe.

In order to disprove this logical argument, one would need to prove:
1. that something can come from nothing (a logical impossibility) or
2. the universe had no beginning and is eternal (science has shown this to be false beyond
Reasonable doubt.)
Therefore, the conclusion must be true.

Next, look at the evidence for an intelligent Creator who has delicately fine tuned hundreds of physical laws so as to make life on earth possible. These include things we observe in nature such as gravity, electromagnetism, dark energy, properties of water, size and tilt of the earth, size and distance of all planets in our solar system, and scores of others. Think also of how finely tuned the countless systems in our bodies. In our billions of cells we find reams of information guiding every bodily system. Information requires an intelligent designer.

Finally, consider the undeniable fact that all people, in every culture around the world posses in innate knowledge of right and wrong. Everyone knows it is wrong to take innocent human life, to rape, steal, torture, lie, etc. Though many people go against their conscience and do these things anyway, that does not deny that objective morality exists. Therefore, using the above arguments, it can be logically deduced that there must be an Creator who never had a beginning, who is all powerful, all knowing, all good. This well describes the God of the Bible. It must be said that God is also all-just, and will judge all the sins committed by every person who has ever lived. But because He is all loving, He made one way for the penalty of sin to be paid for all would believe. Jesus Christ, God Himself,2,000 years ago took on human flesh, lived a perfect life, died on a cross, rose again, and is now seated in Heaven where He will one day return to judge the living and the dead. Those who have repented of their sin and put their faith in trust in Jesus will go to Heaven. Those who have not will be "cast into the Lake of Fire" (Revelation 20).
56pjr - پیش روز
Thank you for your interesting though puzzling reply. I will attempt to help you understand Truth. Regarding cosmology and teleology, the bible states what science has only recently discovered. Such as, the universe had a beginning a finite number of years ago; that the universe is expanding at the highly fined tuned rate; that myriads of variables are calculated to an unimaginable precision for human life to exist that many former secular scientists are now looking to God as the answer. Regarding morals, there simply would be no moral absolutes without a moral law giver. Sadly, you have a skewed view of what the bible teaches about slavery, women, and murder. Happy to help, should you ask.
grumpy sod
grumpy sod - پیش روز
Cosmological argument - The cosmos was not made for us. Most of it is deadly to human life Teleological argument - Total nonsense, not worth any response. Moral argument - Morals predate any religion and, if one follows the religious morals, then slavery is OK. Like wise the position of women as vertual slaves, The killing of those who do not believe is also OK There are many more cases, but that is all I feel your comment is worth.
Carter Blackwell
Carter Blackwell - پیش 3 روز
I live in Alabama. It is awful here. There are political adds that market themselves as being Christian. If you don’t go to church people worry about you. It is scary. I hate it here. School is honestly a safe place for me because nobody really prioritizes religion there.
Graeme Lastname
Graeme Lastname - پیش 3 روز
Anyone you lost for this is well worth loosing no matter how you feel.
Praxics - پیش 3 روز
Aha… took you pretty long.
Then again there are apparently people who believe that stuff their enter lives. Some radicals even make it their full time profession… I can’t even imagine what kind of derange mind that is. Then again they are mostly paedophiles so it kinda fits.
Hardly anybody in the EU cares.
Which might change with increase of the Muslim population... go figure...
Udo Mager
Udo Mager - پیش 3 روز
Only in murica you have to be scared to "come out" as atheist.... In europe nobody would even care about this stuff....
Claire Haigh
Claire Haigh - پیش 3 روز
In Scotland literally no-one cares. I shocked how hard it is to be atheist in America!!!
daniel ghfd th sh
daniel ghfd th sh - پیش 3 روز
i don't understand, is this an issue in the US?
Norse Man
Norse Man - پیش 19 ساعت
Not usually no.
Kathrin Lindern
Kathrin Lindern - پیش 3 روز
Is it normal to have a Christ Nation Church Ad on your video? It is kinda hilarious, but also a bit scary... Like, I am not from Schaumburg or anywhere in America....
Taty Maz
Taty Maz - پیش 3 روز
Ive been a atheists since i was a teen. My parents dont know just a few friends. I dont wanna lose them. I hope my parents would be as accepting..thank u for this
Lone Alien
Lone Alien - پیش 3 روز
Anyone noticed the "BS" label in the background?
韩依洛泰 - پیش 3 روز
How is this a big deal? Spiritual freedom?
Visfor Vegan
Visfor Vegan - پیش 4 روز
You may have made a video on it, but you didn't mention it here, what is your wife's position? Us she still christian?
grumpy sod
grumpy sod - پیش روز
Why should that matter??? Belief are personal and can be held in a mixed environment.
Eco Geek
Eco Geek - پیش 4 روز
All the targeted ads I receive here are pro-religious Christian ads. I am a devout atheist. Revolting.
Nikki Rushh
Nikki Rushh - پیش 4 روز
It's so weird to me that Americans experience this kind of oppression for being an atheist? It's weird to be a Christian in Australia. We assume you're an atheist unless you come out as a Christian 😂
Ptit Mouton
Ptit Mouton - پیش 4 روز
I have never fell this kind of stress in my country, mayby i am in a bubble. I don't think so tho. My mother's familt is catholic and my father's is muslim. I decided to make baptem in middle school but don't see me as a catholic anymore (i don't think that those knd of thing have to follow rules). I am in a catholic highschool. My classmate, friend (in and out of my school) don't give a shit about those things, it doesn't really matter (at least to my generation and my parent's). (I am from france by the way so mayby it is because we are an "atheist" country in our constitution.) My familly always supports me to follow my way and my beliefs but they don't jufge me or step up.
That's why it is hard to relate. I didn't realise until now that there were this kind of issues, in developped countries at least. I don't really understand why poeple can be so stubborn about this kind of stuff. It pisses me of a little bit to learn that. Why poeples can't go over the differences. it's stupidly sad in a certain way....
CapriCornetto - پیش 4 روز
...off you're getting God ads on your videos, dude
Justin C
Justin C - پیش 4 روز
The people with the highest IQ's tend to believe in God and the spirit realm....interesting huh.
Zhufor TheImpaler
Zhufor TheImpaler - پیش 4 روز
stories as yours are always baffling to hear when you are from europe.
here devout and even evangelical christians are in such a minority, the large majority doesnt even attend church except on christmas.
most germans for example are more or less alibi christians, with a large growing third of the population openly atheist and nobody gives a shit about your religion.
except the person is a rightwing extremist and you are a jew or muslim...
Mina sMorgul
Mina sMorgul - پیش 4 روز
after watching your videos for few hours in a row, you got yourself a new subscriber!
Ctwentysevenj - پیش 5 روز
Becoming an atheist, you become more logical and prefer to go with evidence than fairytales. 👍
arollofnegatives - پیش 5 روز
You've got to stop saying "come out" and "came out" and "in the closet",... Our plight as atheists is not comparable to the plight the LGBT community had faced and it's kinda not cool... Just my opinion though
Ivy Cactus
Ivy Cactus - پیش روز
Athiest have been persecuted just as long, if not longer than LGBTQ+ community.
Luiz Ricardo
Luiz Ricardo - پیش 5 روز
The hell do you mean "wife". You look 17 or something
Judy Love
Judy Love - پیش 5 روز
I studied the bible in university and the truth is the bible is a mythology and there is no God
Patrick Graham
Patrick Graham - پیش 5 روز
Not sure I'm comfortable with the allusion to coming out as it is so attached to the LGBTI+ community which I am part of. This is a difficult situation for you to be in, but i think there are far worse consequences for someone who is LGBTI+ than someone who is Atheist.
PerspectiveMachine - پیش 5 روز
I really appreciate seeing other atheists who aren't interested in mocking their friends' deeply-held beliefs. I have friends across a broad spectrum of religious beliefs and I'm not interested in changing their minds. Also glad they don't want to change mine. So I guess it works out.
CR spring17
CR spring17 - پیش 5 روز
9:44 interesting, I remember people telling me to listen to Christian radio sermons, I was like no I’m not gonna do that cause I already did that and it is such a waste of time.
CR spring17
CR spring17 - پیش 5 روز
Got a bunch of religious ads.
Alexis Rivera
Alexis Rivera - پیش 5 روز
Hey man that you care that much about others is more than enough to guarantee that people will not simply write you off easily and those that do over your newfound beliefs... Well it reflects poorly on them rather than you. Letting people know you are an atheist is both hard but it too is a liberating experience and ultimately good for your mental well being. Its good that it has worked out for you. Liked and subscribed.
Weirdleftovers - پیش 5 روز
I guess I’m lucky for only having 2 friends. They don’t care that I’m an atheist. I’ve told my minister mom that I’m an agnostic. She actually said “you’re old enough to believe what you want” and we continued as usual. My extended family doesn’t know, but they don’t know much anything about me. I’m very private. I’m still trying to figure out how I want to handle group prayer (blessing food etc).
tiredred - پیش 5 روز
As a person who came from a muslim country I can understand your concerns but to be honest I didnt have this much anxiety telling people that I was an atheist. Maybe it is such a natural thing for me because my parents are also atheists and I became an atheist in a very young age. I think it is a very stupid thing to reject someone just because they are atheist. Well to be honest I wouldnt marry someone who is religious but I have a lot of religios friends and we just dont talk about religion. They are respectfull to me and I am respectfull to them. This shows how close minded american are...
SPLICE KNIGHT - پیش 5 روز
I had the benefit of being in a family whose religious ties were weak at best, seeing it more as a way to allow me to make my own decisions. I was sent to a christian school, despite my parents not being either devout or believers at all, and because of it, and the fact that I could correct my teacher on what was in the bible... more than once... I found my religious beliefs go from devout, to not, to anti-theist (while still believing there was something to be angry at.) to atheist, to straight up nihilist.
Jens Erik Bech
Jens Erik Bech - پیش 5 روز
So you have seen your light! What about your wife? What light did you have in store for her?
Jubstery - پیش 5 روز
PRISON JUSTICE - پیش 6 روز
If we claim to have been born with faith, they claim we have a birth defect.
If we find faith during adolescence, they claim our parents brainwashed us.
If we find faith under duress, they claim we suffer nervous breakdown.
If we find faith gently as we mature, they claim we are mentally weak.
If we find faith in the beauty of creation, they claim we are blind.
If we find faith in intelligent design, they claim we are ignorant.
If we find faith on our death bed, they assert fear of the unknown.
_When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” _ John 8:12
juless - پیش 6 روز
i’m super atheist and all of my best friends are christian.. one of them being an actual church going one, who really cares about religion. they all support me so much, when i first told them i didn’t believe what they grew up believing, they were baffled, but never cared again after that. we respectfully debate about religion all the time now and it’s never broken us apart.
skillzuh ?
skillzuh ? - پیش 6 روز
I'm tired of people spreading lies about America. Being an atheist is ok here.
Genetically Modified Skeptic
Genetically Modified Skeptic - پیش 6 روز
I’m glad things have been good for you, but that doesn’t mean that everyone shares your experience. I know people who have been disowned, abused, divorced, etc. It went pretty well for me considering I’m in Texas, but things still need to improve until “coming out” is just as foreign of an idea here as it is in Western Europe.
Sasha Blac
Sasha Blac - پیش 6 روز
I grew up very religious and going to a small private Christian school. I began to doubt my beliefs and eventually stoped being Christian at all. When I finally decided to tell my closets friend, he stopped talking to me completely and shunned me. I’m too scared to tell my parents or anyone else in my life now. I wish people could respect differences in beliefs and value people for who they are and not their religion.
DANIEL LEAPER - پیش 6 روز
Ya know, I don't have a problem with atheists so you do you, you shouldn't be hated for believing what you do.
Richard Sanders
Richard Sanders - پیش 6 روز
I was raised christian...my family didn't go to church, but I went with friends and neighbors from the age 9 to about 17. I was always skeptical when it came to most religious teachings...especially when I found out that other religions believe different things. I probably didn't even know what a jew, muslim, or buddist was until around 12. After meeting my to-be wife we would talk about how we thought a lot of what was in the bible as not actually real...parables and all that! It wasn't until I was around 30 or so that I finally came to the realization that religion is not something that I use, need, or otherwise care about on a daily basis...it only comes into view when others talk about their imaginary friend! I see the world and its many wonders through the lens of Science, Reason, and Rational thought. I sleep very well knowing that when I die...that is it! Done! I know that this is the only life that I have...so I hope to leave the world better than when I came into the it. The best way I see to do that is to treat everyone better that they treat me. Don't inflict my understanding of the world on others who don't want help with their understanding. And reserve the right to listen to others who have other beliefs and if they ask me what I think I would not hesitate to let them know that they are a little wacka do! But of course most who have those ideas are not looking to have civil discourse but rather are just getting reinforced vindication on a regular basis (every Sunday?) I found your video refreshing in that you have a process, a journey that depicts your finding true Enlightenment...way to go!
zxx5 - پیش 6 روز
You see atheist have extraordinary FAITH to Believe in:
• Creation without a creator
• Design without a designer
• Laws without a lawgiver
• Programs without a programmer
• Freedom without free will
• Order without an order
• Morality from molecules
• Rationality from randomness
general550 - پیش 5 روز
who created god? check mate
Eduardo Borges
Eduardo Borges - پیش 6 روز
Im an atheist. I live in portugal , Europe . Half of my college is atheist and about 100% admit it if you ask them. And you know what? NOBODY CARES. Atheist , muslim , christian nobody actualy cares about your religion belief here. You might be judged a lot more quickly for being a fan of a rival football club then being an atheist. I find this SUPER ironic. As Portugal and Spain had the inquisition for a long time , and were one of the most catholic countries in europe. Did not expect to hear this coming from America of all places.
KingOfKings - پیش 6 روز
I grew up in a Catholic home, Catholic school and Catholic Church. I was a fucking altar boy... I had no problem telling anyone that I didnt believe in God anymore when i was 15 or 16. They didnt like it, but that was their problem. I never really saw it as "coming out". You guys in the South must have some real cult status shit going on that you lose everything when you come out. Catholicism is more like a club.
Discovermyview - پیش 6 روز
You are incredibly lucky that you received the response you have received.
Mark - پیش 6 روز
I am an open atheist living in SC. The struggle is real. My kids have been the target of most of the discrimination and that hurts more than any attack on me ever could. A GREAT resource is the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF). Look them up.
Phill Att
Phill Att - پیش 6 روز
man sounds bad, glad where i live secularism is the standard
I am a Unicorn
I am a Unicorn - پیش 7 روز
I think I'm only a closet Atheist to my mom. At my school I have mostly Atheist friends (Openly Religious people in general are just a minority at my school) and I don't intend on getting myself purposefully involved in places with a lot of religious people.
My mom is.....I think she believes but she never practices anything. We used to go to Church (was so bored all my life), got out of it due to her relationship issues and she tried to make me go in High School but by then I was definitely non-believing and also hated most of the kids in the particular Youth Group I was gonna be in. (had two lifelong friends in it but the rest were kinda awful people.)
Now we never mention religious things except in passing.
I guess I was just lucky cuz I never knew anyone who valued their religion above relationships.
Raydensheraj - پیش 7 روز
Glad I was born an Atheist and I will die an Atheist.
William Guy Thilgen Jr.
William Guy Thilgen Jr. - پیش 7 روز
The trouble with Chirstians with Atheist vs religious is. One can, will, and have converted to and or from one religion to another. Can't convert an Atheist.
Jaison McQuade
Jaison McQuade - پیش 7 روز
I never considered there were people in developed nations with this fear of "coming out". I was raised in a religious environment, to this day my family is still "young earth creationists" but in highschool I started to address my doubts that kept coming forward in my thoughts about religion and realised I was atheist. When I realised this I had no anxiety of coming forward and never thought for a second I would be ostracized for being so. To this day I still need to unfortunately deal with the same 10 logical fallacies rebranded in various ways as to why I am wrong, but that has been the worst of it. I'm saddened that there are those out there that face discrimination and anxiety because of their non-belief.
DontFeedTheFred - پیش 7 روز
I lost a job once for being atheist, so your self-employment is probably a good move. Polls show fundagelicals (my word: fundamentalist/evangelical) would rather a convicted pedophile babysit their children than an atheist, so my recommendation is that you associate with moderates where religion is involved. Some people have seriously distorted views of reality when they are immersed in a belief system. In my experience, the rigidity of the belief system is directly proportional to the distortion in their perception of reality.
Einstein X
Einstein X - پیش 7 روز
So basically people fled from Europe into the America's because of religious persecution and to have the freedom to believe whatever they wanted! Only for their descendants to not have the freedom to believe whatever they want?? Must be me, but that does not make sense at all!
Donald McClain
Donald McClain - پیش 7 روز
I don't follow any religions but i do believe in a higher consciousness.
David Geffeney
David Geffeney - پیش 7 روز
haha, i saw the essential oils and though what kind a skeptic are you....then I noticed the B.S. sign on them. I got a good laugh. Thanks for this cool video. I had a similar conversion and similar experience. Many still dont know about me.
Rex Sprouse
Rex Sprouse - پیش 7 روز
Drew, I am very sorry that this has been such a stressful and traumatic experience for you. I admire you for your courage and honesty as you went through this process. If I may make one observation, it is that your experience might not be quite so general across the entire US. I live in Bloomington, Indiana, and I am active in the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers). I would say that this is tolerated here, for the most part, but the default assumption in these parts is that educated people would reject any and all forms of religion or spirituality. I teach at Indiana University, and I am quite careful never to mention that I am a Quaker in my classes, although the graduate students and other faculty members in my department generally know this about me. Again, it is generally tolerated, but hardly embraced. In any case, I wonder how your experiences might have been different, if you had been living in a different part of the US.
juistian case
juistian case - پیش 7 روز
When I told my parents I am an atheist, they looked at each other, took each other's hand, and my mom said (paraphrasing) "Honey, we figured that out quite some time ago. You've never been able to hide big things from us." They (my dad has since died) were more supportive of me than I was of myself.
Torgrim Hanssen
Torgrim Hanssen - پیش 7 روز
I turned by back to religion myself about 12 years ago, I was 18 at the time.
I live in Norway, in the northern region where every other "village" has its own slightly different version of Lutheranism.
The problem with religion shows up when the old preachers die off and the "game for the throne" runs wild.
This is when the libertarian types and fundamentalist types splits off from the base.
And the base either splits off or goes to the libertarian side (in a free society, fundamentalism means restrictions. and nobody rly want that do they)?
So stories of "scientology like" tendensies where you throw a member of the family out for not abaiding by your fundamentalist rules kept piling up.
Sutch tendensies is ofc, 100% anti cristian and means that the fundamentalists turned their back on the new testament and crist in favor of the old and the insane god of that period.
So I met quite a few kids my age who grew up with a father or mother who's simblings or parents they never met.
I must admit that I am not an ateist like my father (my parents divorsed shortly after i was born). Nor a borderline fundamentalist like my mother.
But I grew up with both sides.
So I eventually resigned from taking part in religios meetings.
But I never turned my back compleatly on what god was to me.
A literal judge who judges everything I do and every idea I have.
Something I call self critisism, the ability to argue with one self.
But I do not know if that was throug fear of god as a kid or growing up with divorsed parents who could need meet eye to eye without the world catching fire.
Critical thinking is what I value, ateism or religion without should simply be crushed at every turn.
Charles Bejarano
Charles Bejarano - پیش 7 روز
You seem like the kind of person that I would love to have as a neighbor. The number of atheists in the U.S. is growing, rapidly. If we were to consider the number of confirmed atheists, we would have to triple or quadruple that number to have a more accurate count, simply because so many people are afraid of the wrath of society. People just pretend to be Christian because they fear rejection by family and friends. Some pretend to be Muslim because they fear having their heads cut off. As for myself, I used my atheism as a good way to find out who my real friends are. I've never been happier.
Moon Moon
Moon Moon - پیش 7 روز
I used to be into a Christian phase. I can honestly say it was one of the better parts of my life. Nothing is better than having so many apparently amazing friends around you all the time. That all changed when I came out as gay. I didn’t even flaunt it. I actually did it when I did, because I wanted to show someone I was in love with that I could do it, and I knew he was in a dark place. He committed suicide shortly after, and so did my theism.
Suddenly someone I was head over heels with was gone, and my church basically didn’t want to know me. I tried to say hi to some old ‘friends’, and some of those friends unfriended me on Facebook almost instantly. I ended leaving the church in tears, literally running away because I did not want anyone to find me as congregation was likely to end soon.
I never went back. I wish I could say my life is better for it, but I would be lying if I said that. It’s a long, hard road and it’s going to take me years to get better.
Thanks for listening to this spam.
Raphaël Atherill
Raphaël Atherill - پیش 7 روز
I'm really wondering how were you able to get it working out with your wife. I assume she was/is a believer.
Genetically Modified Skeptic
Genetically Modified Skeptic - پیش 7 روز
She was Christian but began looking into the subject after I deconverted, and she became agnostic.
Jaden - پیش 7 روز
This is bizarre. Is it seriously that big a deal?
Tijs Perdaems
Tijs Perdaems - پیش 7 روز
It's crazy how religious Americans are. I mean, if you'd tell somebody in Europe you're an atheist (or even Christian, for that matter) they'll just look at you in a funny way.
martial arts,music and history
martial arts,music and history - پیش 7 روز
Say you are an atheist in Europ no one really cares
Say it it Amarica everyone looses there minde
Say it in the middle east and your dead
liquidminds - پیش 8 روز
If your friends are only good for you feeling better about your faith in god, they aren't your friends.
And if your friends are only good for you feeling better about not having faith, the same thing is true.
If your friends care about you, no matter what you are doing, then they are your friends. Those are rare.
But I've heard before that true friendship is rare in the US. Most people associate with other people for various reasons, but it's not really friendship. They'd drop them as soon as it gets uncomfortable. They are just to have a good time, not for anything other than that. That's really sad. True friends would get in their car to help you even if you didn't talk for them for 10 years and called tham at 3 am in the morning. Fake friends don't even accept a different opinion...
Miles Cumminski
Miles Cumminski - پیش 8 روز
I lost my parents, my brothers, my aunt, my grandparents and most of my parents when I came out as a gay man. Luckily things improved over time. To those who rejected you because you are no longer a believer, I would hope that over time their attitudes would change.
Gabriel Kristensen
Gabriel Kristensen - پیش 8 روز
I am not a subscriber. And i am not gonna be. busy this video shows me. Even though i am atheist (and straight) and dont com from a religious family (evin not a religious country) that for all folks home strokels with this. No matter if it is a religion sexual preferences or even gender. Thay ar all strokeling the same way.I didn't realize that religious (or former religious) people had the same problem. Thanks for that.
Michael Nurrenbrock
Michael Nurrenbrock - پیش 8 روز
I came out to my parents about my lack of faith a few months ago. I need non christian friends, but I have had problems with most of the atheists that I have met. The greater majority of atheists that I have met are very hateful towards christians, and thats very off-putting, as all of my closest friends/ family are christians. Does anyone know of an atheistic, or non religious community that isn't full of bitter hate mongers? I genuinely need to know, I desperately need friends who won't preach at me every time I see them :(
Nikodem Dobrenko
Nikodem Dobrenko - پیش 8 روز
no atheists arent the most discriminated againts when most of the time its just them making fun of christians or whatever
general550 - پیش 5 روز
I only discriminate the christians who try to shove their religion down my throat. With others im completely chill
medexamtoolsdotcom - پیش 8 روز
Damnit stop saying coming out. It makes not believing in god sound gay. Coming out coming out coming out, how many damn times can you say coming out in the damn video.
fulanitoflyer - پیش 8 روز
Man I only got time to watch 5 minutes of your vid, but I wish you luck you are brave coming out as gay. Bummer for you wife tho.
Zaphod T
Zaphod T - پیش 8 روز
GraveUypo - پیش 8 روز
your mistake was doing it as an adult. i became an atheist in similar circumstances as you (except for the whole church thing. i never frequented or liked any of it), but i was 12. in fact, i gained confidence in my atheism when my mom put me in a cathechism class. i already didn't believe the stuff, but when the priest couldn't answer and shoved aside my questions using his status, yeah, that didn't help his point.
when i told people, at first they were shocked. initially i had no positive responses. everyone was pretty damn negative about it. some relatives wanted to exorcise me or crap like that, they thought i was possessed, and others would set up interventions. i didn't give a fuck. but it kinda fades with time. i don't think they even remember i'm an atheist anymore at age 32. but uh... i never became an activist. i don't care what other people believe. your experience will probably vary vastly in this regard.
Micoon Industries
Micoon Industries - پیش 8 روز
in denmark, noone gives a shit whether you're atheist or theist
Joseph Bell
Joseph Bell - پیش 8 روز
Jesus mate being an atheist isn't that hard
general550 - پیش 5 روز
i see what you did there
betabenja - پیش 8 روز
wow. it must suck to have been so deep in a religious environment that you can't admit to believing something different.
Matt The fakeDragon
Matt The fakeDragon - پیش 8 روز
So is your wife still christian?
Lee Turner
Lee Turner - پیش 8 روز
This question has got me thinking. What if one of my friends came out as evangelical how will I react.