This video shows something rarely documented, the reaction of a highly religious parent when faced with the apostasy of their teenage child.In short: it’s ugly as hell. In addition to freely using profanity, the Catholic mother roughly grabs her son’s arm, shoving him back in his chair. She then proceeds to yell and threaten him in full voice about 4 inches from his face, intimidation by any stretch.
Mom: You’re an Atheist. Give me a fucking break, Michael. Alright, you know what? We need to start going to church every week. I’ve had it with this.
Michael: I don’t believe in heaven.
Mom: Bullshit. You got yourself confirmed, and you said, to the Bishop…
Michael: A lot can happen, you can think…
Mom: A lot can happen, all of the sudden, you can just quit believing in God?
Mom: All of the sudden, there is no God?
Mom: Well, let me tell you, you want to know there’s no God? Well you’re going to get absolutely nothing, nothing for Christmas, because that’s what Christmas is about, is Jesus Christ!
Mom: No, it is not okay, Michael, it is not okay. (tape abruptly ends)
So let me get this straight: A mother is blackmailing her child toward a lifetime of belief in destructive fantasy, on pain of a few lost Christmas presents. (Never mind the pain of lost, very conditional parental love.) Brave young Michael, whether he realizes it or not, is helping to pave the way for the future apostasy and awakening of millions. Atheism, winning the world over from vicious parents…one child at a time.
The mother’s actions are mental and spiritual child abuse, pure and simple. And they would never happen in a culture of understanding, in a world which did not treat children as property, and which valued respect for the child. The religious often whine about intolerance and the “vitriol” and “fundamentalism” of atheists, and lack of ‘respect’ for their beliefs. Well here’s why. Our lack of ‘respect’ is a simple questioning, a skepticism, a rhetorical antidote. It’s a refusal to accept things under authority or duress. That’s nothing compared to what happens when the religious (especially parents) have their fairy tales thrown back in their faces.