Now, there are many different topics that come to mind when seeing a title such as "Family". However, this is more of a focus on my own future family, and my own future children. I finally told my very christian mom I was an atheist a couple of month's ago, and as most would expect she didn't take it well...as a matter of fact, her next words out of her mouth were "Well, are you gay too? Might as well throw that out." Needless to say, that was not enjoyable at all, as I have had a steady girlfriend for a while and plan to keep her :)
Anyways, the topic of my future children came up one day when she was asking me how I would raise them, and if I was going to raise them just on my beliefs alone. I was honestly slightly appalled that she would even consider me to be a hypocritical fool by claiming that everyone has a right to their own ideas, but force my own on my offspring.
So I told her that I was going to give them the choice, just as I wish I had been given. And more so, I want them to be able to explain to me why it is that they feel the way they do if they choose religion or not, as well as explain to them why I don't believe in some omnipresent, omniscient, all-powerful deity wrecking havoc on peoples lives. (That last bit may be my prejudice about it, but ah well haha)
But I was wondering if this would even be the right way to go about it? Should I consider it to be my child's decision to possibly be brainwashed into some bigoted religion? Or should I explain right away that there is no need for a god, and that there isn't one? Its something that has honestly been bugging me for a while, and now that I'm part of this community of free-thinkers, I don't have to worry about being told how myself and my children will burn for all eternity, yada yada yada, insert towering inferno remark here.