Her Parents Refused to Accept She Was an Atheist, but When She Said It Was Her Choice, They Threatened to Send Her to a Christian Boarding School

A young woman recently asked for some advice after she yelled at her mother for trying to force her to believe in God. Here’s what happened.

She was an atheist

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A young woman decided after many years of going to church and listening to her parents talk about religion, that she was, in fact, an atheist, and realizing this made her comfortable and happy.

Her parents wouldn’t listen

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Even though the young woman had come to her own decision and had told her parents how she felt, they didn’t like what she had decided and instead tried to force her to go back to their religion and believe in God again.

They often punished her

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The young woman said, “Since I refuse to go to church, they usually ground me or take my phone away, neither of which bothers me in the least.”

A pastor was in her home

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One day when the young woman got home from school, there was a stranger sitting in the living room with her parents. He introduced himself as the pastor of the church.

She felt disrespected

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The young woman was furious at the fact that her parents had asked the pastor to come and speak to her. She said, “My anger and resentment instantly flared up because, yet again, my mother didn’t respect my choice to be an atheist.”

She was told to sit

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The young woman’s mother told her to sit down and listen to what the pastor had to say because she was sure by the time he was finished, she’d be ready to believe again.

She went to her room

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The young woman point blank refused to do any such thing, yelling at her parents for betraying her and not respecting her beliefs. She then rushed off to her room, slamming the door behind her.

They left her there

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The young woman’s parents left her alone in her room for the rest of the day, and she assumed that they had finally listened and decided to stop bothering her and trying to convert her back to their religion.

She wanted to talk

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The next morning, the young woman’s mother said she wanted to talk to her, but the young woman wasn’t interested – unless her mom was going to apologize, which didn’t seem likely.

They threatened to send her to boarding school

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Rather than an apology, the young girl’s mother told her that if she didn’t change her mind about being an atheist, she’d have to go to a Christian boarding school and learn some manners there.

She told her what would happen

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The young woman said, “I informed her that if she sent me to this Christian school, I would never speak to her again and would hate her for the rest of my life because of what she was doing to me.”

Her grandparents picked her up

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After school, the young woman’s grandparents came to collect her, and they told her to apologize and that boarding school would be good for her.

Was she wrong?

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Was the young woman wrong not to do as her parents asked and try to believe in God again, or was she right to stick to her beliefs and not change them?

The internet responded

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One person said, “Your beliefs are your own, and no one has the right to force their beliefs onto you when you’ve already expressed that you’re not interested.”

Another person said, “You have every right to deny a religion and express yourself, and I’m sorry your family won’t accept that.”

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