Coming Out as an Atheist Pastor Has Consequences — But You Can Help

Pat Green is a former pastor who walked away from his well-paying career and everything that came with it — money, friends, social circles, acceptance, structure — choosing honesty over a buck, and began his secular life around the same time his son came out as transgender. Since then, Pat has struggled to make ends meet. He works sales jobs and writes a Patheos column entitled TransParent Expedition while supporting his son and fiancĂ© who cannot work due to disability.

And now, Pat has been told to take 6 weeks off work to break from supporting others and focus on self-care. He’s found himself struggling with his own mental health and is getting treatment. As a result, he’s received an eviction notice after falling behind on his rent and will miss 6 weeks of income from his job. Without help, Pat, his son, and his fiancĂ© may soon be without a home.

Pat Green is an inspiration to many people, including myself. He has supported other church leaders who have left the church and come out as atheists. He’s been a guide and mentor for parents of transgender kids who are trying to navigate the ins and outs of raising trans children. And now he needs the help of the secular community.

Today, I donated to a GoFundMe campaign set up for him by another former pastor, Ryan Bell. I urge you to do the same. As atheists or secularists, we don’t have the luxury of a collection basket or bake sale or pancake breakfast to raise money for our fellow atheists in need. Instead, we have to get more creative when those in our community are in crisis.

Please consider donating to Pat’s fund here: His family thanks you. He thanks you, and I thank you. We can do good without a god. Let’s prove it.


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Kevin Davis

Kevin Davis is the head writer and editor for SecularVoices, co-founder of Young Skeptics, and author of Understanding an Atheist. He is known for local and national secular activism and has spoken at conferences and events such as Reason Rally 2016 and the Ark Encounter Protest and Rally.

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