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22-07-2012, 11:12 PM
Dear Mom: I am atheist.
A letter to mom:
Hello, mom. I love
you. You are a wonderful mom and you taught me beautiful things. You taught me
nice songs, and how to be good to other people. You taught me to look at the
animals and plants when we were walking and you were able to see things I
didn’t notice until you showed me.

I know you like to
pray and you love God. You would like me to pray every day too and to go to
church with you on Sundays. You take comfort on that. I don’t want to make you
suffer or break your heart, because I love you. The same way, I know you love
me and you don’t want to see me suffer.

You know that we don’t
always think the same things or like the same things. For instance, you know
father likes one football team and I like another, and that is ok. Some things
like that are not so important. Others are more important. You wanted me to be
a nurse and I ended up being a teacher. You understood that it was
better for me to follow my own dream, and that I am for sure a better teacher
that would have ever been a nurse. And I thank you for understanding and
changing your mind about my profession. I am a happy teacher. I wouldn’t be happy
as a nurse. And I think you saw the benefits of my selected career and you are
happy for that too.

This letter is about
other important decision. I know praying and God are important to you, but they
are not important to me. I don’t think God even exist. I don’t want to make you
sad for this, but I hope you can understand. I don’t think praying do anything
for us. I think we need to work or exercise or walk if we want something done. Sometimes
I also need to concentrate or ease my mind, and you might feel that has
something to do with prayer, but that is yoga. For me they are just exercises
of the mind muscles and electric circuits.

I have found plausible
explanations for most things through science, so I don’t need God. I have never
felt it made any sense. I went to church school when you sent me, but it didn’t
make sense for me at that time either. They said a snake tricked Eve into sin,
but I have never seen or heard of a talking snake for real.

I don’t want to bother
you, but I just wanted you to know some of the reasons.

If you find comfort in
praying, it is not my call to take that away from you. Just understand that
there are other possibilities, like there are other possible careers, there are
other possible options. I am atheist. That is the option I choose.

I am still a good
person, because you taught me to, and because I’ve seen that it is better for
me to be a good person. I work, I pay my taxes, I appreciate and respect people
around me. All those decisions make me safe and happy. You can still be proud
of me. But I don’t need God to do all that. Like with my career, I hope you
give it a second thought and try to see the benefits of my decision. And think
that maybe, just maybe, all that you know to be good, all the happiness we
enjoy, all of that is still possible without God.

[font="Calibri"]I don’t want to upset you with more explanations
that could go against what you believe about religion, but if any day you want
to talk about this, I will be ready to explain more of my reasoning. I love
you. You are my wonderful mother. I am proud of you, and I am also proud of
being an atheist.
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23-07-2012, 01:49 AM
RE: Dear Mom: I am atheist.
(22-07-2012 11:12 PM)soraya Wrote:  A letter to mom:
Hello, mom. I love
you. You are a wonderful mom and you taught me beautiful things. You taught me
nice songs, and how to be good to other people. You taught me to look at the
animals and plants when we were walking and you were able to see things I
didn’t notice until you showed me.

I know you like to
pray and you love God. You would like me to pray every day too and to go to
church with you on Sundays. You take comfort on that. I don’t want to make you
suffer or break your heart, because I love you. The same way, I know you love
me and you don’t want to see me suffer.

You know that we don’t
always think the same things or like the same things. For instance, you know
father likes one football team and I like another, and that is ok. Some things
like that are not so important. Others are more important. You wanted me to be
a nurse and I ended up being a teacher. You understood that it was
better for me to follow my own dream, and that I am for sure a better teacher
that would have ever been a nurse. And I thank you for understanding and
changing your mind about my profession. I am a happy teacher. I wouldn’t be happy
as a nurse. And I think you saw the benefits of my selected career and you are
happy for that too.

This letter is about
other important decision. I know praying and God are important to you, but they
are not important to me. I don’t think God even exist. I don’t want to make you
sad for this, but I hope you can understand. I don’t think praying do anything
for us. I think we need to work or exercise or walk if we want something done. Sometimes
I also need to concentrate or ease my mind, and you might feel that has
something to do with prayer, but that is yoga. For me they are just exercises
of the mind muscles and electric circuits.

I have found plausible
explanations for most things through science, so I don’t need God. I have never
felt it made any sense. I went to church school when you sent me, but it didn’t
make sense for me at that time either. They said a snake tricked Eve into sin,
but I have never seen or heard of a talking snake for real.

I don’t want to bother
you, but I just wanted you to know some of the reasons.

If you find comfort in
praying, it is not my call to take that away from you. Just understand that
there are other possibilities, like there are other possible careers, there are
other possible options. I am atheist. That is the option I choose.

I am still a good
person, because you taught me to, and because I’ve seen that it is better for
me to be a good person. I work, I pay my taxes, I appreciate and respect people
around me. All those decisions make me safe and happy. You can still be proud
of me. But I don’t need God to do all that. Like with my career, I hope you
give it a second thought and try to see the benefits of my decision. And think
that maybe, just maybe, all that you know to be good, all the happiness we
enjoy, all of that is still possible without God.

I don’t want to upset you with more explanations
that could go against what you believe about religion, but if any day you want
to talk about this, I will be ready to explain more of my reasoning. I love
you. You are my wonderful mother. I am proud of you, and I am also proud of
being an atheist.

Welcome to the forum Soraya.
I really hope your mom can understand this and respects your decision.

For no matter how much I use these symbols, to describe symptoms of my existence.
You are your own emphasis.
So I say nothing.

-Bemore.
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23-07-2012, 12:28 PM
RE: Dear Mom: I am atheist.
Welcome.

Did you get a response or is the above a draft as yet unsent?

Also curious... what do you teach?

Cheers

DLJ

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23-07-2012, 12:32 PM
RE: Dear Mom: I am atheist.
Nice, welcome!
Maybe I'll use this with my mom. The other day she said she prays daily for me to have peace. A range of snide comments blew through my mind, but I decided to just not say anything at all...yet.

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23-07-2012, 02:45 PM
RE: Dear Mom: I am atheist.
(23-07-2012 12:28 PM)DLJ Wrote:  Welcome.

Did you get a response or is the above a draft as yet unsent?

Also curious... what do you teach?

Cheers

DLJ


This is my first post and I don't know how to edit it... I see it has some strange change in font. mmm... how do I change that?

I teach elementary school and adult ed.
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23-07-2012, 02:59 PM
RE: Dear Mom: I am atheist.
Welcome Smile

Nice post. You and your Mama should be just fine, I'm thinking Smile
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24-08-2012, 10:21 AM
RE: Dear Mom: I am atheist.
Welcome to this beautiful place known as the TAA forums, enjoy your stay and try the cookies. they're delicious. By the way here's how I told my Mom I was an atheist..
me-hey Mom
Mom-Yes
me-I think Im an atheist
Mom-...
me-Mom?
Mom- Just kidding, welcome to the club

Good luck with your family Big Grin

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24-08-2012, 12:23 PM
RE: Dear Mom: I am atheist.
Welcome to the forum! I love how you explained that you both don't want to upset the other. This is how I feel, too. And this is why my mother is one of the last people who still does not know my true thoughts. Which is sad, because we are very close. I wouldn't mind not saying anything forever, because I want her to grow old not worrying- worry kills me when it comes to thinking about this with my mother. But, lately she really wants to have my children baptized, so it's starting to get more complicated. Confused In fact, I think while she had them for a sleepover not too long ago she gave them a bath she may have already tried.
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24-08-2012, 12:43 PM
RE: Dear Mom: I am atheist.
(24-08-2012 12:23 PM)LadyJane Wrote:  Welcome to the forum! I love how you explained that you both don't want to upset the other. This is how I feel, too. And this is why my mother is one of the last people who still does not know my true thoughts. Which is sad, because we are very close. I wouldn't mind not saying anything forever, because I want her to grow old not worrying- worry kills me when it comes to thinking about this with my mother. But, lately she really wants to have my children baptized, so it's starting to get more complicated. Confused In fact, I think while she had them for a sleepover not too long ago she gave them a bath she may have already tried.

But, of course, baptizing them doesn't actually do anything.

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Science is not a subject, but a method.
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24-08-2012, 02:19 PM
RE: Dear Mom: I am atheist.
Wow...I guess we've all written these kinds of letters to our moms?

Heavy.

Through profound pain comes profound knowledge.
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