From a reader:
I am an atheist son of LDS parents, and while they don’t know about my atheism, they do sense that I have had “issues” with the Church. Often, they will try to get me to open up by saying that they won’t be mad, or things like that.
But there’s one thing that I keep waiting to hear: “it’s OK if you don’t believe.” But I never hear it, only phrases like “we’ll still love you,” which sound less like the sort of acceptance I need and more like the love you have for an uncle who’s in prison… I can understand that, from their point of view, it isn’t OK for me to not believe — because that would hurt me in the life to come. But the fact that they don’t say it makes me realize that they wouldn’t be able to accept an atheist.
So I guess here’s my question, to atheist children of theist parents: what words do you wish your parents would say to you about your atheism?
[tags]atheist, atheism, Mormon[/tags]