Thanks for the post Schizoid..I hope your Goddaughter is doing better.
I am sincerely sorry if my post offended anyone, that was not my intent.
Thanks. She seems to be doing better, making friends at her AA/NA meetings, but nothing from the church visit. I went to that church many years ago when it was meeting in high school auditoriums. Now it is huge with hundreds and hundreds of members and a weekly budget need of $33,000 and the week before they collected $70,000.
We went and saw lots of friendly and happy people among themselves and those they knew. In the more than hour and a half that we were there nobody approached my goddaughter (a tall and attractive young lady) and introduced themselves or said "hi" or "welcome to our church" or recognized her as new and maybe invited her out for coffee afterwards. Nobody really spoke to us at all. It was a good service and the pastor (dressed in jeans and a nice pullover shirt) was an interesting speaker and made good points within the context of what I know he believed.
I have learned to keep my atheism to myself (especially since I work for a Christian homeless shelter, and freely took the job knowing that I would need to hold my tongue--they do well with the homeless and there is no preaching or religious pressure). I'll say this, I've never been called "sir" so many times in all my life by not only members of the staff but by many of the homeless as well.
Ironically the one person with whom I can freely share about my beliefs at work is my coworker and direct supervisor who is a devout Christian. He finds me fascinating because I know the Bible and can talk with him concerning it and I challenge his beliefs in a friendly way and I think he finds that stimulating because we respect each other's beliefs (he can easily do this with me because he believes that since I was once a practicing Christian who had accepted Jesus as my savior then I was saved whether I liked it or not and there's nothing I can do about it--like I'd be dragged into heaven kicking and screaming).
One thing I am proud of, particularly coming from the standpoint of being an atheist compared to a religious person, is that my goddaughter has told me that I am the most moral person she has ever known and that she looks up to me and she knows that I am an atheist. I kept my beliefs to myself with her for many years until she reached an age where I felt I could be completely honest with her and was not too surprised that she felt much the same way herself.