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Old 11-25-2014, 06:00 AM   #91
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Yes and no. We are atheist but I go to a Unitarian Universalist church with the kids for lots of reasons including religious education for them (that's what we do instead of Sunday school - they learn world religions and traditions).

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Old 12-04-2014, 11:13 AM   #92
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We are atheist also. It doesn't really come up in conversation around our home though. Family members always send cards "God bless you," etc. but my son is only 4 and not old enough to read really yet so he hasn't started asking questions. He start kindergarden in the Fall of '15 so I am sure he will be bringing home all kinds of questions being that we live in the "bible belt"
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Old 02-01-2015, 04:13 PM   #93
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It's easier to say, "Actually we don't go to church", than to say ,"We don't believe in God". It seems more accepted and people sometimes presume that it means that you are still a believer and therefore ok in their book, or that you have another religion which is also acceptable. We live in a very right wing Christian part of the country and our kids have had to encounter questions at school. We have made sure to educate our children in lots of religions so that they have an understanding that spirituality is very important to some families. We have given our children the choice to believe whatever they want to believe. Even though we are atheists, we still think that the christian values of the 10 commandments are a good rules for life. We have taken our children to several different places of worship, so they know what other people are doing.
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Old 02-01-2015, 06:13 PM   #94
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It's easier to say, "Actually we don't go to church", than to say ,"We don't believe in God". It seems more accepted and people sometimes presume that it means that you are still a believer and therefore ok in their book, or that you have another religion which is also acceptable. We live in a very right wing Christian part of the country and our kids have had to encounter questions at school. We have made sure to educate our children in lots of religions so that they have an understanding that spirituality is very important to some families. We have given our children the choice to believe whatever they want to believe. Even though we are atheists, we still think that the christian values of the 10 commandments are a good rules for life. We have taken our children to several different places of worship, so they know what other people are doing.
I'm sure that this works well for you, but it really bothers me how acceptable it is to be virtually anything except an atheist. People often seem shocked when I tell them I'm an atheist, but I wonder if they are shocked when someone says, "Oh, I'm Jewish." ? There are about 5 times more atheists in the US than there are jews. So why do we seem so rare? I suspect it's because we obfuscate in order to avoid a confrontation--in other words, so that we won't be identified as what we are.

So when someone asks me or my kids I always say, "Oh, we are atheist and very happy with that. Thanks!"

But as you can see from my siggy, I'm taking the out-and-proud approach.
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Old 10-27-2015, 12:27 AM   #95
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Re: Atheist parents?

We're humanists, so same dif. We have a UU church nearby, and I've thought about going but wasn't sure what to expect. I was raised Southern Baptist, hubby went with his grandparents on rare occasions but wasn't indoctrinated like I was as a kid.

My family has been very embracing of my release of faith. We aren't exactly raising the kids atheist, since so far it's his kids and we're working on ours. Their mom is religious and has a say in their upbringing. So we just give our perspective, and they choose.
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Old 10-27-2015, 08:13 AM   #96
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I AM. we also dont talk about it much to others unless they in a round about way also say it or hint. we know many families who do not believe in god.
however, we know WAY TOO many who do, so we dont say anything to offend them even when we have been offended plenty.

my view is, my children may chose to believe in whatever they wish. I will not hold them back in that. but they cannot be forced to go to church by relatives, they were not baptized which caused a fit with a few BUT WE ARE NOT religious so it matters to us.

when others speak of god, I do address it in private if kids have questions and I say "some people believe in a god... we do not but you are allowed to if you want. "only one of my older children believe in god. all 4 others do not. its never caused a riff.

BTW I love this thread. I didnt realize how many of us there were. really it seems so rare you feel like a extinct bone in rock.

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