Hello, I just officially joined Think Atheist and I'm now a member. I think its fiiting to mark my arrival here with an incident in my reccent transition to athiest thought. Here's a little background to the story. On my 14th birthday I was given a neclace with Jesus on it. Now, since i'm 21 and an Atheist/(Neo-Humanist) i took the medalion of jesus off and only wore the gold neclace. A few days ago, my deeply religouis christian mother saw this and got so upset she said that if i don't wear the jesus medalion then i should give her the entire necklace back and if i don't then she would litterally break the neckalsce from mty neck to take it from me. I was so stunned at the threat and when i tried to explain to her about the futillity of wearing a jesus peice on a necklace and on my disbleief of jesus entirely she was so outreaged and told me that "it dosn't matter if you don't belive in it, you just have to wear it for your own good" She was impling that the chain protected me from...something (to this day i don't know what). When I laughed at the idea and called it impossible she didn't eant to hear it and wanted my to comply and force me to wear a symbol that i don't believe in. So i refused to give in and wear the symbol so i gave her the whole gold necklace instead and said that if i can't even choose and think independently than you can take your "gift" back. And because i confessed my disbelief she muttered under her breath that i wont get anything from her again. This is a defining moment in being an atheist because this is the first time i suffered for being an atheist. I can't belive she tried to push her beliefs on me and treated her own son, simply because i'm an atheist. (me being atheist didn't change how i treated her our our relationship, until that day) Now don't get me wrong my mother is a very loving, kind generous and seemingly intelligent woman and i love her with everything i'm made of, but she honesty believes that a gold chain with a Jesus face on it will protect me from evil...or whatever and that pryaing to candles with madonna and baby jesus on it will help her with her problems. This showes that religous people themselves aren't dumb, its just that religion forces smart people to adopt stupid ideas. so with this incident it gave me the courage to offically sign up to this website. Now i have "suffered for my faith" to borrow the term religous people use, i'll be postin up my thoughts reguklarly and i'll comment on those which i find interesting.


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Comment by Galen on May 27, 2010 at 6:01am
religous people themselves aren't dumb, its just that religion forces smart people to adopt stupid ideas.

Exactly. Well said.

Sorry to hear about your problems with your mom, but I think as you get older and she realize that you're not going to change, she'll just have to accept it. Things will probably get better :)

Welcome to T|A
Comment by Apple on May 27, 2010 at 9:36am
Hopefully she will realize that her family is more important than her fables.
Comment by Laura on May 27, 2010 at 1:11pm
I also had quite a bad experience when I told my mom about my atheism. Fortunately, things have gotten a lot better since then. Good luck.
Comment by Gerald Scott on May 27, 2010 at 2:05pm
Welcome and cheers. Good luck with mom.
Comment by James on May 27, 2010 at 11:32pm
Sorry to hear about your experience, but congrats for coming around to the way of logic and reason. I'd suggest not bringing up your Atheism around your mother for a while. Just continue being the kind and loving son she's always known. With any luck, she will realize that you are still you and drop the grudge she's holding.

Also, Welcome to T|A!
Comment by Bluradio on May 28, 2010 at 12:53am
Thanks a lot for your responses guys. I'm glad i joined. I never did shove my atheism in her face, it would only come up if we debated about homosexuality (i am a strong supporter of gay rights and consider myself a straight ally) in which case i would criticize her religious views. I still have a good relationship with my mom, but its just sad how there's no getting through to her. Which is why i think religion is such a poisonous idea, it shuts off people's critical thinking. Thanks for reading!
Comment by Katharine Grate on May 30, 2010 at 12:42pm
Up to my mom's dying day she would comment, "My daughter thinks she's an atheist."
Good luck with your relationship with your family.


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