So I came out of Fundie Christianity about 10 years ago with the help of genuine questioning, an atheist boyfriend, and exposure to a larger community of varying beliefs. My parents were obviously…Continue
"I cannot recommend highly enough reading Parenting Beyond Belief and Raising Freethinkers, both edited by Dale McGowan. Questions will come, as I know from experience. Those books have wonderful peas for how to handle the myriad situations we…"
"Chad, I don't at all think that my way is the only right way. I just think that their way is definitely the wrong way. The way of discrimination and hate and turning aside...
I would be perfectly happy if she were the kind of christian a few…"
"I had tears in my eyes reading this. I marked it in my e-mail so that I could come back and respond when I was more calm but every time I read over it to form a coherent response I get all misty again.
Thank you so much for your compassion. I have…"
"If you look at this from a psychological perspective I would encourage you to focus on a couple of points.
This is about you. It is about your history and your changes and what you believe to be “correct” answer. And while I and many…"
"Damn girl I feel u.I acxually split up with my babys mother and a lot had to do with how passionate I am about the truth.She is a Bhuddist and a doctor very smart indeed but supersticious.My passion about the truth would always make us clash…"
"Mandie, my heart goes out to you. How utterly cruel and hurtful of your parents. That kind of rejection of who you are must be very painful. We never get too old to need our parents approval. Such blatent favouritism is really not good for your…"
"Hopefully, she'll find a religious school that is more open minded than most or she may even find more debauchery at a xtain school than at a public university. I know growing up in the public school system, there was a lot less drugs/sex/etc…"
"I had a friend like that. Notice the past tense. >.X She was also homeschooled in a highly religious atmosphere, and then went on to choose a women's Christian university. The result is I stopped talking to her when she decided the devil was…"
"She's a very bright girl, and I'd LOVE to see her go to college. Unfortunately, I suspect if she can find a way, she'll be going to a religious school instead of a public university. They're just that way. She's homeschooled…"
"Is she considering going to college? I am guessing furthering her education would be a "safe" topic even in front of your parents. You could always encourage her to choose a large public university and living on campus instead of at home.…"
"Be patient, there will come a time when your sister goes to College, at that time, take her to meet some gay people, chat with her, meet her Christian friends and have her meet your Atheist friends/family. It takes time to come to reason after years…"
"A lot of the ignorance comes from not actually knowing people who are what she was raised to hate. So I think exposing her to real gays and other safe people would really open her eyes. She's young and she wants to fit in, and religion offers…"
"I wrote an essay about this for Freshman English (which I only just took this Spring, despite being well on my way to 30). And I'm trying to see the silver lining here.
I feel that my religious indoctrination gave me or helped me to discover a…"
"*hugs* I have my own sister problems, so I don't know how much my advice is worth. I think all you can do is continue to be a good example and keep the lines of communication open. Keep questioning her intolerant beliefs. She is very young and…"
Hello Mandie and welcome to this friendly meeting place with freethinkers who recognise that gods are fictions and religions exist to control vulnerable superstitious people including defenceless children;
how tragic and inexcusable it is that women and minorities have been oppressed these last two thousand years and longer.