So I found out today my sister-in-law wants me to be the Godfather for my 14yr old nephew's first communion. I don't think she knows that I'm an atheist, but my brother definitely knows and I wondered why he didn't tell her being as loose lipped as he is. I know the church expects me to be a "confirmed Catholic" and I have received Eucharist so I could fake it, but it will make me feel like a total hypocrite. I certainly don't want to encourage my nephew into believing this non-sense, but I feel like just getting it over with maybe the lesser of two evils. I don't want my nephew to think it has anything to do with him as he looks up to me even more so than his father (because I'm so awesome) and I don't want him to feel like I'm letting him down.

This is one of the more ridiculous dogmatic rituals in my opinion and have a special distaste for it. Holy crackers don't equal space, zombie, Jesus flesh. So this is definitely a dilemma for me and wonder what you fellow heathens would do in my position. Hopefully this is an offer I can refuse.

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Comment by Jessica Renee on April 5, 2009 at 5:07am
Ummm I think it would be an honor to be a HeathenMother to my sisters children, meaning should anything happen to her i would take care of them. but since a godparent means more then just that "Traditionally, the godparents were counted informally responsible for ensuring that the child's religious education was carried out and for caring for the child should he/she be orphaned. ." -wiki.

I would explain to them what i would be an honor to be a godparent as in this description "Today the word "godparent" may not have explicitly religious overtones. The modern view of a godparent tends to be an individual chosen by the parents to take an interest in the child's upbringing and personal development." and would be proud to take that on but not helping in the religious department and would be ok if they choose someone else.
Comment by Morgan Matthew on April 5, 2009 at 6:01am
Scad this was as reply you got on twitter :P (remember all blogs also get posted to the think atheist twitter page)

robsteadman@ThinkAtheist Just say no and tell her it's child abuse to enforce a superstition on a child. Simple.
Comment by Gaytor on April 5, 2009 at 11:08am
I agree with Jessica. I've been asked as well before, and it really is an honor. The difficulty is in being dishonest in taking part in the religious ceremonies. What would you be teaching your Nephew? Tough position, but I felt like I had to say no to the religious aspect of it, not the I'd be there if need be part. I hope that you find a solution that works for you.
Comment by Robyn on April 5, 2009 at 12:17pm
Jessica...great response
Comment by Scadilla on April 5, 2009 at 1:15pm
Thanks for the responses guys. Yeah, I was honored initially, it was merely the religious ties that made me a bit reluctant. I did a bit more research on it and Jessica seems to be right. I also noticed that quite a bit of other people had been in the same position and they all decided to go through with it not giving much meaning to the actual ceremony only to the actual title that it left them with.
Comment by Dave G on April 5, 2009 at 3:32pm
Well said, Jessica


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