I was lucky, my family would never put religious belief before family, I'm the only heathen, but there is one Wiccan among us. But I have noted how many atheist have lost all ties with family because of religion. Now, I wonder, have any atheists rejected their family because they believe? I don't mean those family who make your lives a living hell by trying to constantly convert you, but have you or do you know of any atheists that have rejected family members simply because they choose to believe? Or are we just, in general, a more tolerant group?

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Comment by Jānis Ķimsis on June 17, 2010 at 7:44am
I think there are at least some atheist who have rejected their family just for being theists. There are enough atheists to ensure that there is at least a couple assholes like that among us. I don't know any, personally, though.
Comment by Natasha Kenny on June 17, 2010 at 8:26am
I haven't rejected any of my family.The haven't rejected me either.
Comment by James on June 17, 2010 at 11:21pm
I haven't rejected any of my family even though they are believers. I truly can't think of a reason why theism would cause me to turn away from them. Even if they were to try to 'save' me 24/7, I wouldn't reject them. Perhaps be more candid in debating them, but never reject them. Luckily I haven't been rejected either. My immediate respects my lack of faith and understands my reasoning for being an Atheist. We may not agree, but we still respect one another and remain civil. Granted, my Aunts, Uncles and Grandparents don't know (they are more religious then my parents), so I'm unsure how they would react. But I wouldn't shun them either.
Comment by Reggie on June 18, 2010 at 12:10am
I don't know what you mean by "rejected", but I have given up on having a close relationship with my mother. But it is not only because of her theism, but her general lack of thoughtfulness to anything serious. She is willfully and proudly ignorant, and that is inexcusable to me. I still talk to her, just not very often or for too long.
Comment by Doug Reardon on June 18, 2010 at 12:15am
I understand Reggie, my grandmother was like that too.

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