I was raised in a christian home in South Africa (you know, the country that introduced apartheid to the world). Throughout my childhood I was confused by my parents’ strict christian values and yet liberal outlook on life. My mother especially taught us to question things in life and never to follow the herd. Both my parents however cling to religion. At university I started to really question the notion of religion and god due to the fact that I was exposed to diverse viewpoints. It caused me great discomfort and led to the destruction of many relationships with friends and family members. Since then I have married a christian girl. About two years into ours marriage I realised that I was an atheist and that I could not continue in living a lie. Shortly after that I announced this to my wife, and she nearly divorced me. Things have not been the same since and life for an atheist in South Africa can be fairly lonely, especially among the Afrikaans conservatives. I have however decided that a life guided by reason is best. I have two young daughters, and I believe that I need to provide them with an alternative option other than religion. Religion in South Africa contributes to really evil traditions, including extreme racism, corrective rape of young women due to their sexual orientation, “muti” (African witchcraft) murders etc. and I refuse to raise my children in any way which may justify these ignorant evils.
I will remain devoted to logic for the sake of my daughters’ upbringing.