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Poll Results and New Poll

June 23, 2009 on 11:16 am | 2 Comments

I’ve been so bogged down lately with school and work that it has been difficult to get any updates out. I did recently update the sidebar poll though. The question from the previous poll was “Have you ‘come out’ as an atheist or nonbeliever to any of the following?”. The poll ran for just over a month and a half with 224 responses.

  • Spouse/Significant Other – 152 votes
  • Family – 167 votes
  • Clergy – 31 votes
  • Friends – 194 votes
  • Coworkers – 131 votes
  • My closet is just fine, thank you. – 6 votes
  • I’m just waiting for the right time. – 18 votes

The results weren’t really shocking and mirror the experiences of people that I have known and spoken with. The purpose of the poll was to get people thinking about the idea of “coming out” as an atheist or nonbeliever. Living in Alabama, I am the first to admit that there is a huge social stigma involved in this, as I’m sure is the case in many areas, however, the only way to overcome this stigma is to make our numbers known and be vocal in all areas of rationality and freethought.

My new poll ties directly to this concept asking “If you are ‘in the closet’, would you support a Coming Out Week?”. While 18 respondents expressed that they were waiting for the right time, I would like to open the discussion for a unified event that could bring attention (and who knows, maybe some acceptance?) to the viewpoints espoused by atheists, nonbelievers, and freethinkers.

Call to Action: Vote in the poll and leave comments in this post with your statement in defense or opposition of this idea as well as ideas for improvement on the concept.

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  1. I suspect that most of those in the closet have fairly good reasons for keeping their atheism to themselves. I trust them to come out when they feel like they can afford to do so. I’m not sure that setting aside a Coming Out Week would accomplish much, aside from possibly drawing attention to why it is that some atheists need to keep their thoughts on religion to themselves.

    Comment by vjack — June 23, 2009 #

  2. Well my original idea for this wasn’t intended to pressure anyone to come out, but rather to provide an opportunity to those who sought one.

    There’s strength in numbers, and if such an event was pulled off, it may show others just how many other people there are out there that share the same views.

    Comment by God is Pretend — June 23, 2009 #

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