For most of my life, religion and Christian values have been pushed upon me, and when I chose to reject tiiem, I felt ostracized and alone. It is interesting, when filling out forms or speaking to people, die lack of knowledge and information they demonstrate about people who choose the path I do. On forms there is no box that says "No Religion" or "None," just "Other," but what I have come to realize over the years is that I am not other, nor am I alone.I remember a day in elementar)' school when a fellow classmate of mine asked me, "What are you?" - referring to religion. I was unsure how to answer, and simply said that I was uncertain. As an inquisitive young person, who always liked to question, I went home to ask my mother what we "were." Seemingly perplexed, she told me to just tell the other child I was a Christian, and that's what I did.Victoria Mead is a junior at the City University of New York-Hunter College majoring in geography and sociology. She writes, "I am interested in social geography, the geographical analysis of religion and sacred space, globalization, economic geography, race and ethnicity, capitalist and class structures, and religion in politics in the United States. My goal is to obtain a Ph. D. in geography and eventually go on to teach. "
Why I Choose To Be 'Other' Victoria Mead Freethought Today; Jan 2010; 27, 1; Docstoc pg. 13 Reproduced with permission of the copyright owner. Further reproduction prohibited without permission.
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