"Your story is heart-wrenching. There are many things I could say but I want to put this one thing out there, because you are very hung up on divorce as being bad for the kids. My parents divorced when I was 7, and I think it is one of…"
"I teach in a public school and am sending my own daughter to a non-profit state chartered school (so far, for-profit charters are not allowed in my state). For two years, I was involved with an educational organization that exposed me to a lot…"
"Hmm, this is a difficult topic that I have been struggling with. I also teach science and have been asked point blank if I believe in god as well, though I do not have the ESL issue. From what I can tell, the legal standpoint would be that you can…"
"Mine wold be more of "Shit my MIL says" - she's had some doozys, believe me. Many have been extremely tragic and hurtful to my husband, but some have also been quite funny. When we were planning our non-religious wedding…"
Hi, I am teaching 7th and 8th graders at a rural school and am just wondering how other teachers handle questions of religion coming up in the classroom. My students are from an immigrant community that is strongly religious (Christian) and I have been asked point blank by 4 different students, "Do you believe in God?" They are just naturally curious and have a hard time imagining lives different than theirs, so it is not offensive but I worry about how to be honest about my beliefs without…See More
"Yeah, I know. She's definitely trying to reconvert you - I know that is our situation. The reason my partner would give her an "excuse" before he got off the phone was really because he didn't want to give her an opportunity to…"
"Sorry to hear about this! i wrote on this thread before about my partner's mom, who is fundie (and he is ex). i cringed when you describe your conversation because i have heard hundreds like it! I know for him it is not that his mother mentions…"
"That's where the anti-Christian bigotry is coming from, I'm pretty sure of it. She asks questions, I try to answer honestly, and no matter how much I emphasize tolerance and that most Christians are not fundamentalists, and point out all…"
"Yeah I am brand new to this group and Nexus in general. I too have little ones and wish to give then the ability to choose to become religious or not. I have inlaws that arte fundamental Christians and will not back off. Any ideas appreciated.
"I'm happy with my solution, and at the same time I'm not recommending it.
My family is Heathen, and to me that means unconquered, and that's what I've taught my child. We celebrate Yule, and Ostara, which are basically where…"
"I recently had this dilemma, but there's an added dimension: My (nominally catholic) sister sent my 2 year old daughter a book about "the true meaning of christmas" and I was briefly in turmoil about it. But then I realised that the…"
"I think you definitely need to stop going to church with them. You're right about the "not really religious" thing being much too nebulous, I think - parents can interpret this in a way that if they just give you a little…"
"Mimmom, thanks for linking to that website, it looks very interesting. Also, I love the idea you had of suggesting they make up their own gods. My 6 year old has been making up his own superheros lately so this would be an extension of that. Cool."
"We told my daughter (whose now 4) the truth about Santa. We still play up Xmas and have fun. She still likes to sit on Santa's lap at the mall. It doesn't seem to have any bad effects so far. She knows it is just a story but she still has…"
Hi Franny K,
Welcome to Atheist Nexus, I’m sure you’ll have fun here; there are a lot of cool groups to choose from. I’ve seen some really great conversations happening. We here in Hawaii also have a group called Godless of Hawaii and then a few months ago, some of us on Oahu started a meetup.com group called Hawaii Atheists, Agnostics, Freethinkers & Humanists. When You have time, check us out.
A Hui Hou,