Posted by on Sep 2, 2011 in Featured | 3 comments

Name: Erin Veltre

Born: 1982

Location: Missouri

Organization affilitation: A Collaboration of Rational Minds

Label: Atheist

Former Religious Affiliation: Baptist

My story: I was raised to believe in god and I was a very devout christian through most of my youth and early adulthood. Beginning in my late teens and early twenties, I started to study the bible in more depth than I had before. As a result of this, I realized that even if god truly did exist, I would never want to serve him. It took me a while to understand why it was important to “come out” and be open about my disbelief, but once I did, I felt much better about myself. I no longer felt that I had to hide who I truly was and I appreciated the people who accepted me for that much more than I ever have.  I am also very happy to be a part of something which I feel is going to change the way people think about things. This is history in the making! More and more atheists are coming out and demanding changes in our societies. My life now is so much more fulfilling than when I was a christian or a closeted atheist. You are not alone! It is okay to be atheist.

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