Please join me in greeting our newest member, Diary of a Teenage Atheist. The Introduction below was provided by the blogs author.
It's a fact that atheists face more discrimination than people of any other religion. If it's tough enough being an atheist in America, it's even more insane being an atheist in my country, where 94% of the population is Christian. Despite only being 17 and totally new to this thing, I've already been facing a lot of difficulties and discrimination from my own Catholic family and from other people due to my beliefs. I started my blog to document the various challenges and minor annoyances I face as an atheist in a predominantly Christian country.
Here's a link to a short anecdote about a conversation I had with my mother, and here's an excerpt:
"Do your friends know that you're an atheist?" Mother asked on a ride home from the mall. (Answer: Only three. Not sure if I want to tell the rest.) "Because atheists can't celebrate Christmas, you know. These are things you have to think about. Because you know what Christmas celebrates."
No shit, Sherlock. I knew what she was up to, because if there's any adjective that defines my mother (aside from the obvious "elitist" and "self-absorbed"), it's "manipulative." She knew how much I loved Christmas. And I do! It's my favorite time of the year next to my birthday, because I love the cold weather and the lights and the gifts and the music. Basically, everything tangible about Christmas; I could care less about what it celebrates. Of course, Mother Dearest would call me out for being shallow if I told her about how I really felt about Christmas, so I just rolled my eyes and kept to myself.
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