I wasn't too sure about posting this here, since this is mainly a discussion forum, but I really don't know any other place where I can put out a message specifically to atheists/freethinkers from my area, so here it goes.
Here's the dope: I'm a YA atheist living with my fundamentalist Christian parents in southern Idaho, and I really need an ally. My mother, who is normally very agreeable, has a very bad dictatorial streak that comes up now and again, and I'm worried that she will eventually make good on her threats and become violent. (She's big on the "spare the rod" bit.) I'm doing my best to avoid confrontation (see "lying through my teeth" - it's for the best), but if she tries to assault me I don't think I'll be able to just sit down and take it, and I know that if I resist there will be a huge schism.
My extended family members are pretty much the only people I know in this area of Idaho, and they're all Christians themselves and would probably narc on me if I tried to seek help from them. I need someone who can offer some support and advice - not huge amounts, but it'd be nice to bounce my thoughts off someone now and again - and help me out if I do have to make a run for it.
(Note: I'm currently not available for in-person communication. I probably will be in three to five months, but in the meantime I'll have to stick to Think Atheist and e-mail.)
Mind you, I don't know exactly how imperative this threat is; it may never happen. But she's been much too volatile lately (and, well, throughout my whole life) for me to reasonably ignore the possibility.