We talk a lot on this site about how children who become atheists should come out to their family and what the reactions are.
Let’s go the other way around.
Reader Warren writes:
We frequently hear about how atheists are treated when they come out as such to their religious parents. I wonder: how would any of your readers/contributors feel about their children coming out as religious? The thought chills my heart, and I know you couldn’t do anything but love them anyway. I think I would have to have a non-reaction. Make it no big deal. Continue to have gentle conversations based in reality all the while hiding the deep deep deep pain caused by their choice.
Would I be disappointed? Yeah, probably. But the level of disappointment would vary depending on what they converted to…
Buddhist? Meh. Not a huge deal.
Scientologist? Now, I’m scared.
What say you?
[tags]atheist, atheism, Christian, children[/tags]