Writer. Advocate. ATHEIST.

That’s right, we are going to talk about the part of the description of myself you are all probably trying to overlook. There is a reason that I proudly display that in my tagline. I am not ashamed of it. In fact, it is a part of myself that I take very seriously. For the longest time, I hid it away like some deep, dark and dirty secret. I didn’t come from a religious family, but I certainly have faithful Christians as members of my family and friends. I knew I was in the minority so I figured it would be better not to cause any ripples and for the most part so I don’t throw it around very much, but when I started this new website I decided it was time to be my true self and not hide in an attempt to hide from persecution. I mean, that’s one of the things I stand against anyway. Stigma – a mark of disgrace associated with a particular circumstance, quality, or person. Stigma cannot be tolerated regardless of what it is against.

I truly believe I am an open-minded person. When someone tells me they are Muslim or Christian, I don’t immediately put my judgemental pants on and assume what kind of person they are. I’m sure there are tons of things I don’t agree with someone that holds these beliefs, but there is no way that makes them automatically a bad person. I believe in seeing people for who they are not what they may or may not believe in. Just as I wish that people would see me that way. “Oh, she’s an atheist, but she may be a really great, moral person. I really don’t know.”. That’s not typically the way it goes. The conversation usually ends up with me needing to be “saved” or me going to hell. Way to stay open-minded and compassionate which I’m pretty sure your religion teaches you to do.

This all boils down to open-mindedness. It boils down to letting people have their own beliefs. Do you want to know why I believe the way I do? I go over that in a bit more detail in an older blog post. http://tiffrenae.com/my-beliefs/ In addition to that post, I am always glad to hold a friendly debate, and I said friendly. I do not handle or tolerate hostility well as I do not think it is necessary. We all have our own beliefs and while I might believe mine to be right for me, it does not mean that I am not willing to hear why you believe the way you do. Although, I may have a rebuttal to why you believe that way.

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