45 years after the Apollo 11 moon landing, creationism hits a new low
oh lord this is sort of hilarious
I meet many people offended by evolution, who passionately prefer to be the personal handicraft of God than to arise by blind physical and chemical forces over aeons from slime…What they wish to be true, they believe is true.
Only 9 percent of Americans accept the central finding of modern biology that human beings (and all other species) have slowly evolved by natural processes from a succession of more ancient beings with no divine intervention needed along the way.”
Look on the bright side! Since Carl wrote these words in 1995’s The Demon-Haunted World, support for human beings evolving solely by natural processes has risen to a whopping 32%!! Although, I must admit, I don’t know where that 9% number comes from.
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sarahmelillo said: So my mother is a catholic and raised me as one. Today I finally told her I'm and atheist and that I don't want to go to church because I feel like I don't belong whenever we go. Instead of agreeing she forced me to go and when I wouldn't pray she would take my hands and force me to. She yelled at me that if I can't believe god under her roof then I can move out. I'm only 16 so I can't move out yet. I'm scared, I can't just switch my beliefs idk what to do, help.
Ok, first, I am so so sorry that your mother has done this to you. Do you have a safe place you can go? A friend or family member, especially a trusted adult, that you can go to and ask for help if your mother goes through with her threat to kick you out?
Is your father around? Can you go to him?
Go to them, explain what’s happening, and get the support you need as soon as possible.
It sounds like your mother has had a knee-jerk reaction, and she may calm down after a little time.
If so, then that means you will be able to sit and talk with her, to explain that you are still her daughter, that you still love her very much, but that you just need some time to reconcile how you feel with the way you were raised. That forcing you into the church and physically forcing you to bend your knee and pray like that was scary and hurtful and it did not make you feel any less able to reconcile these feelings.
If you can’t do it face-to-face, try writing it.
Hopefully this will help her realize that forcing the issue isn’t going to help.
If this works, then you need to understand that you will be continuing to live with her until you can live independently. Which means you’ll have to tread lightly. Be respectful, be firm, but don’t push things. Join in with the family and social things you did before, but don’t let yourself get pushed into overtly religious things if you don’t want to. Find an atheist community in your area for support.
If this doesn’t work, if your mother doesn’t calm down, then you may have to stay away, and if so, I am very, very sorry. Go somewhere safe, friends, family, or a trusted adult from your social circle. Even go to a teacher you can trust. Tell them what is happening, ask them for help.
I don’t know where you are located, are you in America? If you are in America, I don’t know the legalities of this situation, it is my understanding that a 16 year old is still considered a minor? Can my American followers help out here?
In the UK, at 16, you can apply for government benefits, which means you can get housing and income support benefits. So even if it takes a little time, and you start off sleeping at a friends or trusted adults, you can get your own place and get help getting into work, so even if you are kicked out, you will not be left to survive off nothing.
However, in the UK, your parents actually have parental responsibility until you are 18, or until you marry if 16 or 17. If she does kick you out, she can get into legal trouble, as her responsibilities do not end just because you have a difference of opinion over religion. THIS is why you should tell another adult about what is happening.
I don’t know about America, is it even the same from state to state? American’s please get in touch.
In short: TELL SOMEONE. Especially tell an ADULT. Get the support that you need, and get it quick.