I just stumbled upon this site after a quick google search...it seemed like a good place to seek advice for my problem.
I am a 16 year old male, brought up in a wealthy and devout Catholic family. Recently, I came clean with my atheistic beliefs, and at the time, it seemed like a really good idea. I felt as if a weight was being lifted off my chest. I genuinely felt like a free thinker when I told my parents.
That's the only positive thing that came out of this experience. I know, I know, I should have expected a negative reaction...but what really happened was worse then I ever expected.
My mom started crying. My dad came in and said I was scum, destined for hell. My mom said I was a sinner, and that I had psychological problems. They believe that my friends have had some sort of rebellious effect on me (and in all honesty, each one of my friends are EXTREMELY religious). They took away my cell phone. They expressly forbade me to talk/hang out with any of my friends, ever. It got worse.
They started to threaten me with private school...far away. My mother wants me to get a counselor, apparently my first meeting is next week. I have been getting the silent treatment for the last few days, and my parents have been acting really weird. For instance, we always have breakfast together on Saturday mornings. My mom usually makes something nice. Today, they didn't give me any, and they wentout for lunch and didn't take me. I'm scared that they actually might be attempting to starve me out of my atheism!
Yes, it got even worse. My dad talked to me today, an he erupted into a curse-laden tirade. He called me crazy, psychopathic, and he mixed in some religious insults (stuff like I hope god gives you hell, etc...). Then he told me that he had talked to my mom, and they had settled on completely ostracizing me from their entire family, begining with my college tuition. They said they would not pay for my college education, and that I was on my own. This was pretty devastating to me-- I have worked my ass off for the last 2 years in high school. 4.0, all honors/AP, NHS officer, Spanish Honor Society Officer, Science Fair Award winner, Model UN, etc. Now that's all down the drain??!
I need advice, help, ANYTHING, on a way to get my parents to rethink their stance with me. ANY HELP?!?! I'm seriously desperate.