She Refused to Let Her Husband Force Their Agnostic Daughter to Go to Church, so He Packed His Bags and Walked Out

A woman recently asked for some advice because her family had fallen out over religion, and she didn’t know how to fix it. Here’s what happened.

They were both Christians

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A woman and her husband were both committed Christians. They would attend church every Sunday and spend time praying at home.

They had three children

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The couple had three children, one girl and two boys, and the entire family would go to church together.

They taught things differently

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The woman said, “Me and my husband have different ways of teaching our children about our religion.”

He forced them to believe

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According to the woman, her husband thought that forcing the kids to believe was best, whereas she wanted them to choose for themselves.

He agreed to do things her way

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Eventually, the woman’s husband reluctantly agreed to be much less forceful when it came to getting the kids to believe and go to church.

The boys were religious

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The couple’s two boys enjoyed church, and they would often sit at home reading the Bible through choice, so their parents were happy about that.

She was different

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Their daughter, on the other hand, said that she didn’t know what to believe, or even if she believed at all, but she did know she definitely didn’t want to go to church.

She let her daughter decide

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Although she would have preferred for her daughter to be as religious as the rest of the family, the woman knew that it was her decision in the end, and she agreed that she didn’t have to go to church anymore.

Her father was unhappy

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The woman said, “My husband, on the other hand, is not thrilled with this, and he thinks that we should make her go to church and an extra Bible study class.”

She reminded him of his promise

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The woman reminded her husband that he’d promised not to force their religion on any of their children, so he walked out instead.

He wouldn’t talk to his family

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The woman’s husband was so disappointed with the situation that he stopped talking to his wife and his daughter and essentially ignored them.

She promised to go to church

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Seeing that her parents were fighting, the girl started crying and told her mom she’d go back to church if it helped their relationship.

She knew it wasn’t right

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Even though it would have solved everything, the woman knew that it wouldn’t be right. Instead, she confronted her husband and told him she’d leave him unless he became more tolerant.

He called her bluff

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The man got so angry that he packed a bag and went to stay with his parents, refusing to take any calls or contact his family back home.

Was she wrong?

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Was the woman wrong to take the gentle approach and stick up for her daughter, or should she have agreed with her husband and forced the girl back to church for the sake of the family?

The internet responded

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One person said, “So let me get this straight: a grown man is withholding attention, love, and affection from his child because he can’t force her to think or believe the way he wants? That’s manipulative and coercive.”

Another person commented, “Someone should probably tell her husband that the best way to ensure your kids want nothing to do with religion is to force it.”

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