Discussion by: yumyumbob2
I am 17 and my parents signed me up for confirmation in May. My whole family is coming from around the country to see me sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Although I hate living a lie, I do not want to hurt all of them by telling them that I am an atheist.
I am also getting my Eagle Scout award thus summer, and if my troop knew I was atheist I might be denied the award.
It is a personal belief of mine that an atheist should not pretend to be a theist because being an open atheist would help create more tolerance for atheists in society, but I am too cowardly to live by my own advice.
What are other people's opinions on when, if ever, it is okay to pretend to be religious?