Of course, I really do think my cousin believes he's on a crusade for the souls of all humanity. That if any one doesn't see the world the way he does, he has failed.
They sure are. Baptists are very evangelical around here, and tend to do that a lot. You get used to it after a while, providing you have a fun quip handy.
Where did you move from exactly? Seems odd that you didn't have evangelical types, but I've lived here all my life.
I'd personally have gone after them for the 'god can do anything he wants he is in charge' line comparing god to a mafia boss and them to a flunky.
But that might work in an online context - face to face with family perhaps not so wise.
Thank you for sharing your story. I can relate to the difficulties of coming out to family. I finally broke down and told my mom, and although she didn't disown me like I thought she would, our relationship is more strained now than it was before (and it was pretty bad before). Despite that, I must admit that it feels damn good to have gotten that off my chest, and no longer have to live a lie with her. I told my brother also, but he thinks I'm just temporarily "mad at god" (you've heard that before, I'm sure). All that matters to me is that-- like it or not-- the people who are closest to me know the truth, and now they all do.
But trust me, I know it's not easy for people to come out down here (I'm closeted at work, for instance, because I'd probably lose my job), so I'm extremely grateful for groups like this and other online networks for giving us a place where we can be ourselves and meet others in our same situation. It's very refreshing and validating to know I'm not alone down here in the Magnolia State...
Oh tell me about it. It's like it's so damn obvious to everyone else, and I'm just stupid or something for not seeing it. I'm glad to know it's not just people in North Mississippi.
Incidentally, I don't want to ask you to tell me anything you don't want to, but I'd really like to hear your story.
And always remember. No one is ever truly alone. Unless there's been a mass extinction, in which case you could be.