As an atheist I never really concerned myself with god or gods. I was raised fairly normal, I went to private Baptist school, went to church occasionally, read the Bible and even thought I could feel God's presence in my life. There never seemed to be an issue between god and myself, and I never had a problem with him. I did not have a negative experience with god or religious people in general; until recently.
It all seemed to start when I went to an Atheist convention in Houston, the "out campaign" I believe it was called. Oddly, I never felt a reason to hide it or even mention my lack of a belief in a god. No one ever really asked, no one ever really seemed to notice me or even care about me. My life seemed very normal and un-special for many years, exactly like I wanted it to be; but if Dr. Dawkins thought atheists should be more 'Out' then fine, I would try and do my little part. What harm could it do?
The answer to this question was a whole lot!