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