All Blog Posts Tagged 'family' (37)

7 Year-Old Cousin's Mom Died Unexpectedly

Yesterday, we got news that my (ex) Aunt died unexpectedly. She was undergoing radiation for cancer and started feeling poorly. They took her to the hospital and within a few hours she was dead. They're not 100% certain of what killed her but doctors think it may have been a blood clot. She was in her 30s.

She is survived by a small, close-knit family, her ex-husband (my biological uncle), and my 7 year old cousin. Although divorced, my Uncle was still in love with her, so he is…

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Added by Kairan Nierde on October 4, 2013 at 3:15pm — 6 Comments

I'm Coming Out Queer to My Evangelical Family

So, I find that being in the closet sucks. Too much energy and shame gets devoted to pretending I am someone I'm not. 

I want out of the lie.

Problem is...I have insanely religious extended family. And I don't care to argue with them about hell-fire, nurture vs. nature, scripture, or praying away the gay.

They're visiting this week. I'm not going to make an announcement or take people aside to talk about it. I've decided not to hide all my queer stuff (books, pictures,…

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Added by Kairan Nierde on May 8, 2013 at 11:30am — 21 Comments

Lying to her parents (or else...)

So I'm not really sure why I suddenly want to write this, but I do, so... here it goes...

First, some background.

I was fortunate enough to be raised by two of the most tolerant and considerate parents I've ever met. My mom was raised Catholic in French Canada, and my dad became Jewish during college, when he met his first wife. When he met my mom, he already had two kids, 7 and 3, who had been raised so…

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Added by Julian Fiander on March 23, 2013 at 1:20am — 25 Comments

My Dad

Today I ran a half marathon.  When I crossed the finish line, I saw my dad running to me.  His arms were wide open and he had the biggest smile on his face.  These are the memories of my dad that I love.  I've run races before and in less time, but he couldn't be there.  I think, for him, having the time to see his kids meeting goals in life is precious and thrilling.  He, of course, calls these moments, "gifts from god," but I don't care what he calls it, so long as he is there and…

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Added by Colleen on January 27, 2013 at 9:07pm — No Comments

Wearing a cross?

I'm an agnostic atheist. My immediate family contains no atheists though. They're all pretty much Southern Baptists, save for a couple Lutherans.

For graduation and my 18th birthday, my aunt gave me a beautiful necklace with matching earrings and bracelets. They're covered in my favorite color (teal) and peace signs, making it the perfect gift for me! I was so happy and excited to wear them. But there's crosses on there, with that hippie design (larger at top and bottom than… Continue

Added by Courtney Hammett on June 11, 2012 at 3:49am — 27 Comments

Losing God and my family

I am 21 years old, and I was not raised in a church, or told to say my prayers before I wen to bed at night. To be honest, you wouldn't have known god had a presence in my childhood home at all except for a small wooden cross on the wall. My father and step mother are by self declaration Catholic, though they have never attended Mass once in my life that I know of..now on the other side of the family my mother and step father are very religious; church every sunday, prayer, etc.

  I…

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Added by James Klaver on February 27, 2012 at 1:19pm — 1 Comment

You're to young to be an atheist wait until your older.

I have lived in a house were religion isn't very prominent. Church always took second place to sports and as me and my brothers grew older we started to only go on Christmas and Easter. When I was younger I would always despise going to church but I had been taught that god was real and so was heaven and hell. Well by the time I hit about 13 I started thinking about atheism. There was a boy in my class who was an atheist and from an atheist family. I laughed at him once for saying "Thank God… Continue

Added by Andrew Ives on January 20, 2012 at 11:57pm — 31 Comments

Fundamentalist Christian family, atheist me.

There once was a time when I was the most faithful and religious of them all... But through the process of higher education, and the use of logic and critical thinking, I could no longer deny the fact that I had grown into a full-blown atheist, leaving my parents and my brothers and sister behind in Never-never Land. I did not intend to tell them about it...not for a while at least (I planned on moving out first). I was reading Christopher Hitchens' "God Is Not Great" and left it on the…

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Added by Lindsey Harris on January 19, 2012 at 11:04pm — 25 Comments

What the Christmas Season Means to Me

I got on a plane Friday morning from Missouri to San Antonio, Texas, to spend Christmas with my daughter Syan, and her boyfriend, both of whom are in the Air Force. This is what Christmas is all about. I'm so enjoying the time with them and getting away from the day to day grind back at home.

I am an atheist who always saw Christmas as a time to spend with family and/or friends and truly enjoying the day. I'm so glad I don't have the baggage of religion to make this time anything more…

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Added by Trish E. Harmon on December 25, 2011 at 3:13am — No Comments

Emotional Trauma = Atheism?!?

I’ve done possibly the most difficult thing I have ever done in my life: come out to my mother about not believing in God.

 

We were speeding down the highway northbound to the town where the bulk of my family lives. That morning, the preacher asked me to read a couple of bible scriptures, one from first Thessalonians, and another from first Peter. I agreed, stood up before the congregation, took a deep breath, read the scriptures, sat down, and…

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Added by Bryan Casey on August 15, 2011 at 12:30am — 5 Comments

Life is More Precious than I Could have Ever Imagined

My grandfather is one of the most beloved people in my life. He has his endearing quirks, such as his strange hobbies of collecting chess boards [never seen him play them, lol] and making up wild stories about "his adventures in the land of the Pigmys." He once rented half a bee-farm on a whim and his entire house is basically a library, there isn't a single room without books in it. Some of the most bizarre books and knick-knacks I had ever seen were in his house. I had found a copy of "The… Continue

Added by Skycomet the Fallen Angel on August 13, 2011 at 12:03pm — 4 Comments

The Letter

I'm getting ready to "come out" to my family and church. I've written a letter to send to the church or any family member in the event that I cannot personally talk with them for fear of my own safety. I intend to go about this in the least dramatic way possible, and only use this letter if I have to. If there is any drama, it will be caused by the church or by my family- not by me. I played a very active role in the church (I'm their best worship leader, they keep saying), so I expect some…

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Added by Bryan Casey on August 11, 2011 at 12:02am — 23 Comments

For God's sake, don't shop at Home Depot!!

The American Family Association [AFA] has called for all the good Christians to boycott Home Depot for their "financial and corporate support to open displays of homosexual activism on main streets." This radical Christian group is 'asking' the company to remain neutral in the "culture war" between homosexuals and the religious. First of all, culture war? Why does everything that comes out of a right-wingers mouth…

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Added by Scarlette Blues on June 4, 2011 at 8:30am — 17 Comments

I came out to my family yesterday

(I have to use my phone to write this so excuse any grammatical errors)



Yesterday was a pretty exciting Mother's day in my family. They found out one of their own was an atheist. The conversation started with the killing of Bin Ladin which led the topic of religion. I found it to be the perfect opportunity to voice my opinion. My aunt brought up the radical muslims and their violence. I quickly pointed out that Islam is still a young religion and that Christianity went through the… Continue

Added by Scarlette Blues on May 9, 2011 at 2:07pm — 46 Comments

Easter Dinner with my Christian Family... help!

Hey there, any of you had this experience, uncomfortable... embarrassing... my folks are coming over for Easter Lunch tomorrow, getting Lamb, my Mum is cooking a special Symnal Cake in which bits of the cake represent different pieces of the Easter Story (in marzipan)... it's the most religios day of the year and my Fundie Mum and my Vicar Dad are spending it with us... any of youdoing anything similar?

Added by Chris Lambert on April 23, 2011 at 4:23am — 17 Comments

A confusing bit of writing

I find it quite difficult to find a reliable news source that doesn't interject too much of their own biases into stories. As a result I tend to gravitate towards BBC news, as I find their coverage usually to be somewhat more middle of the road.

 

I was reading this article this morning:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-13068133

 

For those who are of the TL;DR crowd…

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Added by Kai on April 19, 2011 at 10:51pm — No Comments

A week or so ago, I was asked a question:

"What series of events made you reexamine your faith, and how did you decide that your religion was wanting?"

 

Because the asker is a good friend of mine, I honestly didn't mind answering, but I asked for a few days to write it all down. I didn't want to just tell the bones of the story and miss any details that I thought were important to me, as part of my own journey into applying rationalism to religion.

 

Then, not an hour after my first friend asked me, a…

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Added by Evey on April 3, 2011 at 11:00pm — 21 Comments

A Visit From the Fundie Family

So, I just had a visit from my fundie grandmother and my little cousin who is the same age as my daughter [age 3]. I'm sure the mother of the little boy know I'm an atheist but not my grandmother (unless she's told her which is possible).



The visit was going good with no mention of god or the Bible. Then it came...



Grandma: Ok sweetie, now tell them Genesis 1:1



Cousin: In de beginin', god created de heavens n earf...



My daughter just stared at him… Continue

Added by Scarlette Blues on March 31, 2011 at 3:15pm — 8 Comments

My Father's Funeneral, An Atheists's Funeral...

   A few weeks ago my father passed away. Like me he was an Atheist. Like me he had been one since he was a young man. I was six when I “became” one, or rather realized, like with Santa, the Easter Bunny,

ghosts and all, it was all made up.

  So in keeping with my father’s wishes we had a non-religious funeral.  I gave the eulogy. I spoke about his life.  What he had…

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Added by Rick on March 4, 2011 at 5:10pm — 6 Comments

In The Beginning Was The Herd...

Toda

y, my kid started in a new class room. He is nearing 3 years old in February and already he is ready to move to another class. Now if he can learn to dress and undress himself (besides fully achieving “pottiness”) like the other children he will be on his way. I was so worried about how to teach him to do certain things mainly the basics such as manners, dressing, socializing, but I'm discovering he is learning from the herd. Ah, yes, learning from the herd. The herd comes by any…

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Added by Shanna on January 4, 2011 at 10:13pm — 1 Comment

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