I have been dating my girlfriend for almost two months now. I met her at the beginning of this school year (she's a sophomore and I'm a junior). Her family is devoutly baptist, as is she. However, she was fully aware that I was atheist before we began dating (as was her Mother who isn't very excited about the fact). Lately though, my atheism has been having a larger impact on her and she seems to be much more questioning about the world around her and her faith especially.

It is quite apparent that the only reason she is even a christian at all is because of this bullshit indoctrination that we force children to undergo from the moment they step foot into the world. It pisses me off that we do this shit to our kids. They should be provided the chance to choose what they want to believe when they mature.

And the thing is, I've been in her shoes. I was raised in a catholic family and have been baptized, received first communion and been "confirmed". I was pushed into the religion from a young age and blindly accepted any garbage thrown my way. It wasn't until a few years ago that I actually began questioning things.

From the way things are between me and my girlfriend now, I honestly think that within the next year or two she may actually let go fully of her fucking cult that she likes to call, "christianity".

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Comment by Jack Slattery on January 14, 2009 at 12:55pm
KIP's right, bud
Comment by Eduardo on January 13, 2009 at 8:23pm
My actual girlfriend is a Catholic, just as everybody else is here. But it's only because of indoctrination. I too was baptized, received first communion but I stopped at confirmation.
Sometimes I try to talk to her about what I believe (well don't believe) but she always feels threatened, like if I was trying to plant doubts into her mind, and I actually am but not in that sense...
Comment by Adam Johnson on January 12, 2009 at 4:56am
I personally feel that I could never date a religious person because there will always be something between us keeping us from being close.
Comment by dolo724 on January 11, 2009 at 10:49pm
I used to have an email signature, before my wife reminded me that I actually have to speak to my relatives occasionally:
"Teaching a child to pray is like teaching a child to smoke."
I was fed up with the same inconsistencies in what religionists teach their children, yet disallow on the grounds that it isn't good for them.
Comment by Joshua Dolan on January 11, 2009 at 10:24pm
I was the same thing to a Mormon girl. Her family hated me. The magical psychic able to talk to God Bishop at the local hall even confirmed that she and I absolutely were not having sex much to her parents relief. (And we weren't... at that very moment God told him the "truth". LOL) We eventually parted ways (after 6 years no less) because she turned into a complete mental case but I can be proud that I had something to do with at least one of them breaking free.

I ended up marrying a much much better woman with a much more understanding family of my views and her parents are believe it or not, ministers. Very progressive ministers.
Comment by Knowledge Is Power on January 11, 2009 at 6:52pm
I've been in that situation and I was just there for her and accepted her for who she was. When she saw that it was only the religious people that were hateful and intolerant assholes she started to doubt the moral grounds of religion and eventually started to reconsider the logical grounds as well. Good luck and be gentle with her. Women have pride too.
Comment by Buffy on January 11, 2009 at 5:52pm
I agree. This practice of cramming religion on children, sometimes from birth, is simply wrong. It robs them of the opportunity to make their own decision on a very important matter.
Comment by Brandon on January 11, 2009 at 4:49pm
I agree fully.

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