I continue to make my way through and respond to the comments. I really appreciate everyone who has taken the time to reach out. Yes, there have been some negative remarks, especially on CNN’s site, but I am floored by the overwhelming good will from people of all beliefs. It is so interesting to read about other’s stories, struggles and views.
I know that CNN had a problem with people flagging the piece as inappropriate. I think that some folks still fear that a lack of belief in God means that there will be lawlessness, lewdness and immorality. A shift in an important paradigm such as faith in God is unbearable for some because belief provides such a strong underpinning and moral compass. I do understand. I guess the only thing we can do is remain true to our ideas and principles, too, and the agnostics/atheists/free-thinkers will gain the same acceptance. (I’d like to see atheist or agnostic as an option to check on college applications…)
At least we have the freedom and rights in this country to speak out, and we are lucky to have news venues that allow us to present other views. Although we have very vocal extremes in the US, at least we don’t have radical religious groups taking hostages….