A herd of cats, what a good analogy. I am currently reading The God Delusion, and it has inspired me to come out of the closet as an atheist. When almost all of my family and peers believe in god, it is hard to remember that I am not the one who should feel ashamed, I am not the one with ridiculous beliefs. The God Delusion just happens to be the first book by Dawkins that I picked up. I didn't need the convincing it has to offer, but it does serve as a good verbal line of defense in discussion with christian peers. I live in the deep southern part of the United States, Texas specifically. Texas is one of the least secular places in the United States, and it is very easy for an atheist to get lonely. It's not like there are no other people around, but none of a like mind. Very few are without a heavy religious agenda. I have recently come out as an atheist to all of my friends very subtly so as not to make a point out of it. I don't want to look like I am rubbing it in anyone's faces. They are taking it very well and I have yet to meet much opposition. My family is a different story. I live with my fairly orthodox Catholic grandparents right now as I try to finish college. For them I find it wise to only drop subtle hints and wait until I don't rely on them for a roof to live under before I explain why I don't want to go to church and that I find it a waste of time. Here's hoping for change.