Coming Out Atheist, pgs 237-8

Oct 24, 2017

” And there are parts of the world where simply being an atheist and defying religion can result in your family beating you, personally imprisoning you, or worse – as atheist activist Amina discovered, when she posted a topless photo of herself with the slogan “”my body belongs to me, and is not the source of anyone’s honour”” and “”fuck your morals,”” and was kidnapped by her family, denied contact with friends and supportive organizations, beaten, taken to a psychiatrist, drugged, forced to read the Koran and take to imams, and given an invasive “”virginity test.””
Elsewhere in this book, I’ve advised atheists to build a safety net before they come out, as much as they can: to find an atheist community in case they lose their religious one and to build some savings and get their resumes in order if coming out could mean losing their job.
For you, that safety net should probably include a plan to get out of the country. Make sure your passport is in order. Make contact with people in other countries. If you possibly can, acquire job skills that you can take with you anywhere. And of course, for you, the whole “be careful who you tell, as soon as you start telling people the dam could burst, don’t tell anyone you don’t profoundly trust unless you’re willing for everyone to know”thing is a whole lot more important. It could be a matter of life or death. ”

–Greta Christina, Coming Out Atheist, pgs 237-8


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