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I_am Papillon replied to Helen Pluckrose's discussion 'Should I teach my daughter to be respectful of religious beliefs?'
"I think that's a better choice of words that I personally will adopt and share with my son as well! "
Jun 14, 2012
I_am Papillon replied to Helen Pluckrose's discussion 'Should I teach my daughter to be respectful of religious beliefs?'
"We live in the heart of the bible belt in north Texas and only recently left the religion as a really BAD and DANGEROUS mindset/idea.  I explained to my son that he is no more an Atheist than he is a Republican.  He has time to make that…"
Jun 14, 2012
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I like to keep a pulse on topics with regard to religion. Living in the heart of the bible belt, it's refreshing to be among independent thinkers.
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Why you left your religion.
Like many, I was indoctrinated into Christianity. My grandfather was a missionary and the pastor of his own church. My father who was the eldest sibling whose name is Moses was the president of deacons in our southern baptist church, all the while I was sexually abused throughout my childhood. I left the church as soon as I was legal and capable of living on my own. While I rejected religion my reasons for leaving were more for safety than thought. I returned after 25 years thinking this was something I should do for my children (morals and all that) and for over a decade I really tried to be Christian...it just makes NO sense. This time, I've left for good and with a great deal of observation, logic. It's been a year of freedom. I'm really free now. Now, I must live among those who I considered friends that are having a bit of a tough time understanding my decision. They seem to pity my path to hell. Their rules, not mine ... I there is no god to save me or to banish me. I live without fear or self-condemnation. I love my life again...full circle from when I originally left as a young adult. My 10 year old son learned the truth about Santa AND Christianity in the same year. It's all pretty silly and prideful...his words. He'll choose his own path with thoughtful influences of both my husband and myself. I'm glad for him...a choice that was never offered when so much else was taken from me as a child. That's my story...I'm all better for it.

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