Discussion by: TorrentGamer
I'm a fourteen year old that lives down here in Texas, and my father is a Baptist preacher for a 'cowboy church'. (Basically, it's a church where rednecks go to learn about god.) My mother, on the other hand, has trouble understanding what an atheist actually is. I'm not joking when I say that she believes Atheists are "devil worshipers" because they are "anti-christ".
I have no trouble with telling people I'm an Atheist, and I'd love to discuss religious issues with them about it all day. If they hate my guts because I'm an Atheist, it doesn't bother me at all. The problem is, I have to live with my parents. And the second I try to tell them anything like this, my life becomes a living hell.
Wanting to tell people I'm an Atheist is not the only reason why I want to break the news to them, but it's also becuase I need to show them I'm a person that can make their own opinions. I recently pulled an experiment by going to the local library and checking out a copy of The God Delusion (which I had already listened to in audio form. Ironically, it was usually before and after church). I placed the book on the kitchen table, and eventually, they found it. They basically gave a long rant on how I couldn't read this because it was "from an atheist". I guess the message they want to send is that people with different opinions can't possibly have anything good to say? It just burns me up to think they can restrict information and knowledge from me because "I'm their son". I guess I can be glad to have parents that don't understand a single thing about the internet so I still have the opportunity to learn.
Now that I'm done whining about my parents, let's get down to the topic of discussion. Simply put, how would I tell my parents that I'm an Atheists? They aren't the average parents that occasionally go to church, they run the church.