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  •  Great diary (8+ / 0-)

    Thanks so much for reposting it!  

    My upbringing was not quite as insular as yours, but it was very Christian and very strict.  We were "officially" Catholic, but my mom got "saved" when I was 9 or 10.  We went to Mass on Sunday and the Evangelical church on Wednesday nights.  I remained a devout, professed Christian until my mid-twenties.  

    Christianity was hard to let go.  It was a safety net, a source of comfort and community and fellowship.  It had a Book that explained everything and a Personal Relationship with a guy named Jesus who always has time to listen to your problems.  He might even grant you a Miracle if He's in a good mood.

    Plus, if you do happen to die before Jesus comes back for you (any day now!  Revelation says so!), you've got your EZpass for St. Peter's gate.  

    But, I've recovered nicely, as have my two sibs.  We are all atheists, and all avid readers.  My brother introduced me to Vonnegut and we're both huge fans.  

    What's sad is my parents think they've done something wrong.  They're both full-time fundies now, the "kids" are in their forties with degrees and jobs and spouses, but all they see is three lost souls.  Any advice on dealing with close family still very much in the fold?

    "as long as there last name is not obozo, i am voting for them." -- some wingnut blogger

    by SteelerGrrl on Thu Mar 15, 2012 at 06:32:43 PM PDT

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