your parents that you’re an atheist runs several risks, if your parents
happen to be fundamentalist Christians. One of those risks is being
abandoned to the streets.
Image: Jennifer Boyer
Atheists are people, too. Like most people, atheists move out of
their parents’ home when they are somewhere in their early twenties.
It’s not because they don’t want to, but they realize that living out in
the world by themselves is no easy task.
Now imagine, if you will, getting kicked out at the young age of
thirteen, before you even stepped foot into any high school. No job, no
car. No means of supporting yourself.
This happened to a 13-year-old atheist living in Arkansas just this
week. What could have possibly caused this? Did this girl steal all of
her parents’ money and spent it all on drugs? Did she sneak out so often
that her parents gave up on trying to keep her safe?
No, not even close. After constant questioning from her Christian
mother about what religion she believed in, the young teen finally
exclaimed “I’m an atheist, mom!”
An atheist! How dare she be one of those…things!
The girl’s parents were so angry to have raised an atheist they
kicked her out of the house. Never mind she is only 13-years-old and
anything could happen to her. The only reason her parents might be sad
is because their daughter doesn’t have Jesus to guide her through this
terrible time in her life.
After seeing the girl walking around tearful at school all day, a
teacher called her into a conference room to talk about what had
I pray to whoever is out there, even if there isn’t anyone, that the Arkansas Department of Human Resources gets
involved soon. A parent cannot just kick their underage child into the
streets. This is true even if their child was wild enough to be a guest
on “The Jerry Springer Show.” It’s definitely true about the “crime” of being an atheist.
Kicking someone who you are supposed to care about into the streets
because they do not believe in the Jesus is absolutely shameful. This
girl’s parents believe and worship someone who’s main message was
forgiveness, not blame.
Do these people realize that their savior did not have a huge ham on
the table to celebrate Christmas because he was too busy lighting
candles for his religion’s own winter holiday? Apparently not, judging
by their actions.
Almost all the Christians I have ever known have been wonderful people.
Contrary to popular belief, I have never really met one that shoved
their beliefs down my throat or called me any sort of name because I
don’t necessarily believe in the Bible. There are only a few select
groups that give a bad name to a group of people who are, for the most
part, good people.
If Jesus could forgive Judas, these parents can forgive their own
daughter. Religion may be important to these two but family should come