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#1
A few minutes ago I voted on a Facebook poll that asked what I believed. One of the things I checked was "atheist" which I quickly unchecked because I realized people on my friends list can see what I vote for. Not that I feel bad about what I believe; it just didn't seem wise to advertise that sort of thing, given the stigma against atheists. I wish I could be more outspoken. Despite people saying you should be unashamed and forthright with your beliefs, the reality is it could have crippling consequences on you and your reputation.

So, how open are you about your beliefs and how open do you think you should you be?
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#2
who cares about what other people think, be yourself and speak your opinion. if they don't like it, to damn bad.
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#3
I think if the people on your friend list care enough about what you believe to change their opinion of you at all, maybe they don't belong there at all.

I'm quite open about my beliefs. I don't like to be in-your-face about them, but if someone asks, I will tell them what I think without hesitating.
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A few minutes ago I voted on a Facebook poll that asked what I believed. One of the things I checked was "atheist" which I quickly unchecked because I realized people on my friends list can see what I vote for. Not that I feel bad about what I believe; it just didn't seem wise to advertise that sort of thing, given the stigma against atheists. I wish I could be more outspoken. Despite people saying you should be unashamed and forthright with your beliefs, the reality is it could have crippling consequences on you and your reputation.

So, how open are you about your beliefs and how open do you think you should you be?


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#6
I use them when i need them and hide them when they're a hinderance to me.

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#7
Well seeing I'm from south Texas, I'm bound to get lynched if I say something like "Ya know? Obama is a pretty great president." I think I'm pretty open with my beliefs... only to certain people though.
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who cares about what other people think, be yourself and speak your opinion. if they don't like it, to damn bad.


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I think if the people on your friend list care enough about what you believe to change their opinion of you at all, maybe they don't belong there at all.

This entirely, unfortunately not a lot of people seem to be able to accept this. At least it seems to be getting better
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I think if the people on your friend list care enough about what you believe to change their opinion of you at all, maybe they don't belong there at all.

I'm quite open about my beliefs. I don't like to be in-your-face about them, but if someone asks, I will tell them what I think without hesitating.



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I'm not particularly open about my beliefs because i think its dumb to think that other people give a shit. But maybe that's just because i don't give a shit about anyone's beliefs but my own
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#16
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who cares about what other people think, be yourself and speak your opinion. if they don't like it, to damn bad.


That's a fun attitude to have and all, but what if you're dealing with sensitive family members? Is the shitstorm worth it? What about potential employers? Especially in somewhere like conservative Utah, can you really afford to speak your opinion?

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It's more like de-labeling than re-labeling.
And because what they feel can effect how they treat you.
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#17
But atheists don't believe in anything... except making other people not believe anything.


I'm outspoken about my beliefs, and it pisses off almost everyone here at UG cause I tend to be conservative, but I don't care.

Don't be afriad to voice your opinion, at least your lucky enough to be able to, alot of people can't, mainly people in very poor countries or oppressive countries.
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I think if the people on your friend list care enough about what you believe to change their opinion of you at all, maybe they don't belong there at all.

I'm quite open about my beliefs. I don't like to be in-your-face about them, but if someone asks, I will tell them what I think without hesitating.


Well that doesn't make any sense. There are plenty of beliefs i could discover a person to have that would totally turn my perception of them on its head.

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#19
Why would you need to be outspoken about atheism?

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#20
i force my beliefs on others without even considering what they will think, and if they reject them i will probably get upset and physically harm them for not accepting my beliefs.

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#21
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I don't hide them, nor do I advertise them.


pretty much this
"The man that hath no music in himself, nor is not moved with concord of sweet sounds, is fit for treasons, stratagems, and spoils. The motions of his spirit are dull as night, and his affections dark as Erebus. Let no such man be trusted."
#22
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That's a fun attitude to have and all, but what if you're dealing with sensitive family members? Is the shitstorm worth it? What about potential employers? Especially in somewhere like conservative Utah, can you really afford to speak your opinion?

So? There's no point in changing yourself. If someone doesn't employ you because of stupid reasons like that then they don't deserve you
#23
I don't hide them, but i dont go around harassing people with them. Im open to debate or educate but usually its just with people i actually care about.
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But atheists don't believe in anything... except making other people not believe anything.


I'm outspoken about my beliefs, and it pisses off almost everyone here at UG cause I tend to be conservative, but I don't care.

Don't be afriad to voice your opinion, at least your lucky enough to be able to, alot of people can't, mainly people in very poor countries or oppressive countries.


It doesn't piss us off because you're conservative, it pisses us off because you're ignorant.
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But atheists don't believe in anything... except making other people not believe anything.

#26
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That's a fun attitude to have and all, but what if you're dealing with sensitive family members? Is the shitstorm worth it? What about potential employers? Especially in somewhere like conservative Utah, can you really afford to speak your opinion?


why not do it? you only live once, speak up.
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#27
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So? There's no point in changing yourself.

Where did I say anything about changing myself?

If someone doesn't employ you because of stupid reasons like that then they don't deserve you


I think that's a naive way of looking at it, especially when you can hardly afford to eat.
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#28
I'm willing to discuss what I believe at almost any time, to almost anyone. I'm very open about being an atheist, but I probably wouldn't bring it up myself.
#29
It sucks having opinions not held by the majority because people always think you're doing it just to rebel. **** you. I want EVERYONE to be atheist vegans lol.
#30
There are some idiotic assholes in my school who get great entertainment out of putting the non-Catholic students down. I've decided to keep my Buddhist beliefs to myself.
#31
Not so open that you are telling everyone your beliefs and talking about it all the time.

But if anyone is asking or something then why not tell them the truth Your beliefs=you.
#32
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why not do it? you only live once, speak up.


You only live once, why deal with shitty consequences?

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#33
You should never be afraid to offend people with your opinion. Quite frankly, if you are, then you have the wrong opinion.
#34
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Why would you need to be outspoken about atheism?


I've always wondered about this. For some reason, there are quite a few people even on UG who can't help but to brandish it though.

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It doesn't piss us off because you're conservative, it pisses us off because you're ignorant.


Well that was handled quite eloquently.
#36
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Where did I say anything about changing myself?


I think that's a naive way of looking at it, especially when you can hardly afford to eat.

You said you didn't want your friends knowing you are an atheist. Rather than running away from the negativity toward it, argue against it.

How is it naive? If you can hardly eat then it's a differen story.
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why not do it?

Because you have little to gain and plenty to lose maybe? There are certainly situations to speak up, but there are plenty of times where it would behoove you to keep it to yourself. If I was living in the deep south for example, I probably wouldn't advertise the fact that I'm an atheist, anarcho-communist who supports gay marriage.
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