American Closet

A sampling of comments made by individuals on the sign-up sheet and in emails

I have to be a closet bright for a while. I'm a Protestant minister with a decidedly naturalistic worldview. I think supernatural beliefs are a big part of the problem, not the solution.

Please do not quote me by name: As a career military officer, I find the military's institutionalized, primarily Christian religious rituals (such as invocations, benedictions, etc.) as part of most ceremonies to be inappropriate and uncomfortable; resistance, however, is greeted with muted shock and the "godlessness" label, and therefore not a team player. 

I think this is a wonderful (and necessary) action and I support it fully. As a "closet atheist" in Mississippi, I hope one day to have the courage to present myself to this "Bible-Belter" society as a proud “Bright.” 

Reading his article made me realize how after 50 years, I still guard my identity as a bright very carefully in social circles - like Dennett, I got tired years ago of every conversation turning into an argument over religion. My wife is an elected official, and I still hold my breath waiting for her opponents to try using the fact that we attend no church against her. 

The Brights' Net
P.O. Box 163418
Sacramento, CA 95816 USA

To be counted as a Bright, please use the registration form.

Copyright © 2015 The Brights' Network. All rights reserved.


Creative Commons License
"the brights" logo by The Brights' Net is licensed under a Creative Commons License.
Based on a work at
Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available at