I’m Sorry for Who I Was

When I was in high school, my atheist, freethinking cousin and I went head-to-head over religion, the universe, and everything. Don’t get me wrong, we got along just fine. In fact we were pretty good friends. He challenged me, and I think I did a pretty good job of challenging him. We were good for each other. But here’s the thing… I had to tell him over and over again that according to my beliefs, he was going to hell. Now, 20 years later and wiser, this has to be one of the most ludicrous and hurtful things that you can say to someone.
So… I apologize for who I was.
I think the hardest part about coming out of the liberal closet will be that I have to apologize to a lot of people for who I was. To many, I’ve been a religious conservative for as long as they’ve known me. For a large part of that, I was judgmental and hypocritical. And to those over the last few years while my views have been changing? Maybe I’ve been a nicer person… But I have been lying to you.
So… I apologize for who I am.
Right now, I don’t have the courage to be honest with everyone. Maybe someday you’ll understand why.

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