JT’s dad John forwarded him an email from someone at the Arkansas freethinkers group about a 13-year old girl who was kicked out of her home by her mother after she told her parents that she didn’t believe in God. Here’a a portion of what that email said:
“Today, my daughter’s teacher called my daughter into a conference room to help her talk to an 8th grade girl who just came out to her conservative Christian mom as an atheist yesterday. The girl’s mom had been badgering her for weeks asking her what religion she believes in. The girl finally just blurted out “I’m an atheist, mom!” The parents both freaked out and told her she can’t live in their house anymore if she doesn’t believe in their god. They told her she is no longer their daughter. My daughter read the text messages between the girl and her mom, and was shocked that someone could treat their own child that way. The girl just kept apologizing to her mom over text, and was crying hysterically at school. My daughter couldn’t offer any advice because she “lives in a coexisting home” as she put it. She didn’t know the girl before, but she will be there for her now.
I don’t know much about the Arkansas group other than it includes great people like John and Carol Eberhard, JT’s parents. I really hope someone local to this girl will step up and give her a place to live, at least temporarily. And I’m sure the atheist community would be happy to help out financially or in some other way to help make things better. I am always just gobsmacked when this kind of thing happens. It’s inconceivable to me that my family would ever disown me for any reason.