EUGENE, Ore. (CBS Seattle) – The student body president of Northwest Christian University has outed himself…as an atheist.

Eric Fromm wrote an article in the student newspaper Beacon Bolt entitled “Lifting the Curtain” in which he opened up about his struggles with belief in God.

He felt it was important to make his declaration to be honest with his fellow students, and himself.”

I don’t have to hide anymore,” he said to the Register Guard. “I know that people accept me for who I am.”

Fromm wrote that his doubts about religion began before he chose to attend one of the West Coast’s top colleges, but he was attracted to the school’s communications program and the beauty of its campus.

He writes that while many of his friends accepted his atheism when he started telling them during his sophomore year, many others did not.

In fact, he was ridiculed and yelled at by some, even those who claimed their faith made them outcasts at their high schools.

“Every day I’m burdened by the fact that my peers might reject me because I’m different from them. I won’t be rejected because of my race or social class, but simply because of the fact that I don’t believe in God – because I am an atheist,” he wrote.

Fromm says the reaction has been encouraging, with many writing him emails of support. And some other students coming forward to privately share their doubts about their faith.

Fromm hopes his speaking out will spark a healthy dialogue between atheists and people of all faiths.

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