16-Jul-2010, 11:13 PM
(This post was last modified: 16-Jul-2010, 11:36 PM by manju.)
Among my relatives I have seen few rationalists and/or atheists in my grandparents' generation. However, my parents' generation and my generation are a big letdown compared to that generation. Well, one of my relatives (who is no more) once told me "unlike them we don't do too much god" looking amused at his overzealous nephews and nieces(my parents' generation). My own paternal grandfather (also dead) was supposedly 'didn't believe much' according to his daughter (my aunt). But I was too small to know him better.
I have been lucky in this regard. Most of my best friends since childhood have turned out to be atheists. To be more precise, I became friends with people who I found out were atheists much later. In some cases, they deconverted after we became friends.
Just to clear the air: I at not point of time even discussed the issue (religion, belief, disbelief etc) until much after I deconverted, and so did everyone else. In fact, I found out their religious views only when I read their facebook profiles. What I am trying to imply is that there was absolutely no "peer pressure" when it came to this issue from any side.
As one would guess, religious beliefs aren't the criteria which affects how well I get along with someone.
I have met a lot of people who keep saying they don't believe in a God, but haven't met any rationalists/freethinkers. I know maybe 2-3 real feminists. It's sad really.
The poll results are following a nicely shaped Normal Curve :)
Awesome !!! Thanks for setting that up. it'll be great to get a bigger sample size to see how the results pan out.