Originally Posted by Rick336
It has taken me decades to get to the point where my family, friends, neighbors, and relatives treat me with dignity and respect as an openly gay man. It has not been easy.
So now to say, "Oh by the way, I also don't believe in God," is like going all the way back to square one. I will have to go through the whole "coming out" process all over again.
I hear you. Coming out all over again wouldn't be fun, to put it mildly.
I was thinking how some might respond, that is, those who still have an issue with your being gay. And I can imagine one response might be this.
You don't believe in God because you know in your heart that God doesn't approve of you being gay!
Nasty stuff, of course. The kind of stuff that is designed to put one on the defensive. The remedy? Like the saying goes, I think a good offense is the best defense. But you are right, this takes a great deal of energy, time and commitment.
But you know what? At this time of your life, I don't see that you have to be responsible for how people react- or not. You really don't have to be the educator.
I like the idea of your standing still and letting others do the running around.