No more Sunday School

Amanda - posted on 07/06/2011 ( 54 moms have responded )

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Okay, in case you all haven't guessed yet, I am an atheist.

But, my 4 year old son goes to church (Episcopal) with my mom on Sundays. It's a decision I've gone back and forth on a LOT. I do not like the indoctrination that he is exposed to, and the brain-washing that I may have to undo. But, he wants to go. (Mostly to play with other kids and eat cookies) And I don't think it's my place to tell him 'no'. I am his mother and all, but it's his belief system, and if he chooses to believe in God (or Allah, or Odin, or Zeus... etc.) I'm not going to love him less. Me telling him "No, you are not permitted to go to church." is no different than a Christian parent saying "You must attend church."

But this last Sunday, was his *last* day at Sunday School. When my mom brought him home, she said he came up from Sunday school and sat with her in church during the service. The Sunday school teacher didn't even know he had walked out of the classroom! That was the straw that broke the camel's back. I was uneasy with him going already, but now that I know he isn't even properly supervised...!

I have a feeling that calling the teacher and tearing her a new asshole would be a bad idea. My mom is still a member of the congregation, and on the board. And the congregation already knows I'm a godless heathen to begin with, so I don't want to make more problems for her. Now I just have to find a way of telling my mom that my son will not be joining her anymore.

What do you guys think?

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~♥Little Miss - posted on 07/06/2011

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Since you are not the one going to church, and you should not be forced to...let your mother deal with the "where" She should not have to switch churches, but if she wants to teach him about different religions, she might like the idea of traveling to different churches. Like Baptist one month, Catholic the next month, Methodists the following...etc....but really if she is gonna be the one to take him, it is ultimately her choice in the long run.

Amanda - posted on 07/06/2011

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That's what I was thinking.

But inevitably, my son is going to ask to go back to church. I've already told him "No more Sunday School. You need to be safe, and your teacher wasn't watching you closely enough to keep you safe."

Shit, what if he likes church? Do I find another church and take him on Sundays? I think I'd have a stroke if I had to sit through a service every week.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 07/06/2011

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Hmmm...I totally don't see why you should not address the issue with either the teacher or her superior. Her priorities are to take care of the children THEN teach. Your son should never have been able to wonder around like that. That is scary. Tearing her a new asshole...no but addressing it...yes.

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well at 4 yrs I think it was pretty big of you to let your mom take him at all. period. if he isn't being properly supervised than can't you just tell your mom straight out. seems to me like it is a problem that needs to be addressed for safety of future kids. maybe your mom, being on the board is in a position of bringing this up.

to me this is not about religion. its about some dipshit not properly caring for the children in her care.

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