Wow, well sounds like I'm reading about myself. I came out of the atheist closet almost two years ago. My parents never went to church while I was growing up. Never bought into any of it really. Now that I am 30 years old, my mom and stepdad and all brothers and sisters go every Sunday. My brother has gone far enough to say that if it was gods will he would sacrifice his children. So sad, anywho It hurt my parents but I think what hurt them more is when I told them we were keeping our 9 year old out of church.
We have decided that we would teach her about world religions and not about the so called one true god. Children have such tender brains that they will believe any magical fairytale they are told. When she is old enough to make her own decisions without someone making up her mind for her then so be it.
The hardest part for me is knowing that even though my parents are most of the time passive about my lack of belief, they are thinking that I am going to burn in hell for not repenting my sins and that saddens me but just have to keep reminding myselft that it is their loss and thought process, not mine.
That has to be incredibly tough..
I'm 27 and have recently became an atheist after years of searching for answers that weren't there. I also come from a very religious family, and from what I have seen, I'm the only atheist in it. Not many people know so far, my parents especially, and honestly I don't want to tell them because I know it will be bad. Maybe they will surprise me, who knows, but I am not looking forward to it regardless. Sometimes I think it would have been easier if I was just gay instead.