Incredible, i finally find a networking site full of people who don't believe in magic!!!

Now to make this a real blog.

Christmas with the family this year was awkward. Jesus this, and God that, i dunno how much more i can keep my mouth shut. I hate hearing my parents talking about how they are depending on some imaginary thing to provide for them; I find it hard to bow my head at prayer anymore. i do it out of respect for my family but i hate to be made a hypocrite. When don't you participate anymore? When is it okay to say enough is enough to a family full of religious zealots? I guess i will just have to bit my tongue again at Easter.....hey, at least there is food.

It's odd how returning home at this age can make you feel like a kid again....

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Comment by Frink on December 30, 2008 at 2:34pm
I stopped bowing my head at prayers some time ago. Instead, I just observe the others and wait patiently. The way I see it, if anyone calls me out on it I'll be happy to point out they were doing the same thing :D
Comment by Sophie on December 30, 2008 at 2:49pm
Yes it is never fun having to deal with that :( As I am sure you know atheism has this whole misconception about them (IE evil no morals, etc...) but honestly in my opinion Mike your better off getting all the good talking points about atheism and presenting your feelings because it is only going to get worse. I am sure you know what I mean.

Atheists do not have all the answers. They take the stance that if we don't know, then the issue is a mystery not yet explained scientifically and we should not attempt to create an explanation as religious people do. Most think that accepting the unknown as what it is - unknown - is preferable to unprovable, supernatural explanations of phenomena that historically have been satisfactorily explained without a deity. By shedding religious doctrine, atheists are free to act according to their unconstrained reason, rather than conforming to a set of rules handed down by a religious authority.

Some people may, and probably will, disagree with you for dismissing God as an explanation. Sometimes the disagreement may be violent and/or damaging. But if your family truely loves you they will accept you. Trust me :)

So this is what I would do

Have a sit down with your mom and dad and lay it all out on the table for them. TRUST me you will feeeel so much better and its one less stressful thing you have to worry about and as we all know stress is what kills us :P

Also check out this forum post http://www.thinkatheist.com/forum/topics/1982180:Topic:1981

To get more insight :D
Comment by Gina on December 30, 2008 at 11:20pm
I agree be honest with them. They should in theroy love you still.
Comment by Kirstin on December 31, 2008 at 2:55am
your living at home or just visiting?
Comment by Aric on January 3, 2009 at 4:09pm
I let my parents figure out that I was atheist before telling them by not attending church and reading books or watching documentaries that deal with atheism. Once I felt that they knew I was an atheist, then I told them and it worked fairly well because they weren't shocked by it.

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