My name is Abby and I'm an atheist. I happen to live in a very small, very religious town where I am somewhat notorious for my views. My family and I have been horribly harassed and outcasted. The biggest problem our religious neighbors seem to have is my age. I'm fifteen now and was only ten when I was ready to call myself an atheist. They tell my parents they raised me completely wrong and insist that I am simply too young to be atheistic. I have researched both science and theology. I've read two of Dawkins' books. I know more scripture than most Christians I know. I am not ignorant in the least. Besides, no one seems to have a problem with calling small children Christians and bringing them to church. Why is it any different? Should there be an age requirement to irreligiosity? Why are teen atheists or agnostics automatically deemed rebellious or ignorant?