Coming out as a Non-Believer in a Fundamentalist family
Good day to all I am a new member of the RRS and I currently reside in South Africa, I sit with a small issue which I hope some can give me assistance in finding positive results in this delicate situation.
I have been atheist for about 10+ years now and I feel strongly that I cannot believe in something that can never be real to me but I have a very Christian family including my in-laws, my parents are very active with their church with my mother even having full time employment within their worship place.
I have no issue with them believing anything that they want as long as it isn't imposed on me, my main issue is I now have a daughter and as she grows the pressure is continuously put on me to take her to church and sunday school ect...
I have had to be in the dark as to my true beliefs for many years now and it has simply been a matter of maintaining the peace and preventing a situation where I might even possibly be disowned for being a free thinker I know it is a sad situation where one has to always remain quiet with the fears above always being a factor.
This does not take away from the love I feel for my family is there anyway that I can reasonably keep my daughter from being brainwashed without creating a perm ant divide within my family
I only ask with the hopes that someone has gone through the same situation and has had positive results.
I feel my daughters freedom of choice and ability to think for herself will be jeopardize as the "bible"says train up a child in the way he should go and he shall not depart from it.
Thanking you all in advance!