Must We 'Come Out' as Nonreligious?

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I think most of us can agree that coming out of the closet when you're gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender is important. A person's love life is central to a person's life — in the same sort of way that mating is central to a bird's life. There's just no way around it. To forever deny such a basic, defining part of one's identity is bound to have deep detrimental affects. But coming out as nonreligious is different. Lack of religion isn't necessarily intrinsic to a person's life and happiness. Not believing something is passive, not active; to "not be" something, all you have to do is nothing.

Still, there are arguments to be made that nonreligious people have a duty to out themselves, especially when they have children who are looking to them as role models. And certainly, there are benefits to speaking "your truth," both for your sake and, many would say, for society as a whole. But there are drawbacks, too.

So help me out here: Have you "come out" as a nonbeliever to anyone? Why, or why not? And what difference did it make in your life?