I have been an atheist since I was 12. Besides the inconsistencies in the Bible and the scientific evidence against creationism/intelligent design, one of the main reasons why I became an atheist is the hypocrisy of many religious people. For example, religious people around me would say that "God loves all his children" and then would preach about why homosexuality was a sin and that gay people would burn in hell. My younger self had so many questions. "Whats wrong with being gay?" "Am I going to hell?" "Why cant I be a good person without god?""If God really loves me, why would he send me to be tortured if I dont believe in him?" "If God loves everyone, why would he want ANYONE to be tortured in hell?" I also have a problem with religion being used to justify the oppression of women all around the world, but that is a different story.
Most people are very accepting about my atheism, maybe because I live in a liberal area and younger people tend to be more accepting of atheism. However, this one time I was told that I would go to hell because I'm an atheist. That was a weird experience.
Serving in public office is something that I see myself doing and I often worry about how people will react once they find out that I dont believe in a God. Will they still vote for me? Will they think that I'm trustworthy? Will they let their biases get in the way? I mean research shows that only around 50% of Americans would vote for an atheist President and there is not a single openly atheist Congressperson. I hope public attitudes towards atheism/atheists will change by the time I'm old enough to serve in office and if not, I hope that I can be a step in that direction.