I did not become an outspoken atheist until I had children. I was an Apatheist prior to that — I didn’t believe in gods, spooks or demons, but I also didn’t really care about theistic belief too much. But every good parent understand that it is amazing what emotions come out when someone attacks your children. And I raised my kids religion-free, Christians started to attack and get in our face. And thus this blog began.
We had families who criticized our choices, families who no longer allowed our children to associate with theirs after they discovered we were religion-free, and public accusations against our children. Christians trying to fire me from my jobs happened several times. Exclusivist Christians are dangerous.
I thought I’d share two stories of how Christianity got in our face this week:
(1) As I have shared, since last summer my daughter (11 years-old) has suffered from an auto-immune disorder that continually sets difficult decisions before all of us. This week, I inadvertently heard one of my daughter’s casual friends tell my daughter that she needs to pray to be healed — that she can’t be healed unless she prays to God.
(2) A close friend (an atheist), told me his daughter (13 years-old) got a social-media public message that said, “Why do you pretend to be an Atheist? Do you just think it is cool?” Her reply, “I’m not pretending, and what’s it to you?”
The gospel is so beautiful, isn’t it? Through the mouth of babes — indoctrinated by their God-loving parents.