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Well, the cat's out of the bag.

Post by WesFox13 » 2008-09-17 12:44am

Well people, I finally told my parents that I'm an Atheist. They took it well. I told it while on vacation in Hawaii and they accpeted it although I might've done a bit of a mistake when I said that there isn't anything wrong with looking pornography. They then said the typical things that "Pornography degardes women.". and other excuses. They also now know that I'm a Liberal and they continusly use it as joke fodder, but when we discuss politics, my Mother especially uses the "Obama is a Socialist" line. I've also noticed that all they do is use the same lines over and over again.

I am really starting to get sick with this so is there anyway to let them know that I just have a different belief and political views, and to tell them to just leave me alone?
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Post by Ender » 2008-09-17 01:45am

WesFox13 wrote:Well people, I finally told my parents that I'm an Atheist. They took it well. I told it while on vacation in Hawaii and they accpeted it although I might've done a bit of a mistake when I said that there isn't anything wrong with looking pornography. They then said the typical things that "Pornography degardes women.". and other excuses. They also now know that I'm a Liberal and they continusly use it as joke fodder, but when we discuss politics, my Mother especially uses the "Obama is a Socialist" line. I've also noticed that all they do is use the same lines over and over again.

I am really starting to get sick with this so is there anyway to let them know that I just have a different belief and political views, and to tell them to just leave me alone?
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Post by PeZook » 2008-09-17 04:49am

Well, it could've been worse. From what you've described, it's what typically happens when parents hold different political views from their children.

In some cases, people were thrown out onto the street for admitting they're atheists, so you're pretty well off by comparison :)

As for telling them to leave you alone...I think Ender's advice is best. It may or may not work, though: My mother was notorious for being incapable of leaving those things alone, so I just had to put up with the jokes untill I moved out.
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Post by Napoleon the Clown » 2008-09-17 04:58am

You're still under 18, right? If so, the most you can do is to ask them nicely to stop and then not bring up such subjects yourself. Even if you are over 18, you may not have any other options, realistically. Be the bigger person, and don't bring up the subjects that cause friction. That's certainly helped my life to be more pleasant.
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Post by CaptainZoidberg » 2008-09-27 11:25am

I generally tell people that I'm a deist, and if they say that they don't know what that is, I tell them that it was the religion of Thomas Jefferson.

Generally, that causes a lot less disagreement and friction with both religion people and atheists. Plus, sometimes it opens the door for serious and critical discussions about religion with fundamentalists, who probably wouldn't be willing to talk if I said that I was an atheist.

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