Marriage, Sex, and Child rearing, cont.

Marriage and children continued: Even if both of you are secular and agree to raise your children as such, you will find the culture - including in-laws, aunts and uncles, cousins, neighbors - tend to see parents who fail to infect their children with religion as negligent. Unfortunately, they think this gives them license to indoctrinate your children for you. If you were Catholic, they probably would not try to convert your children to be Baptist. If you were Baptist, they probably wouldn't try to quietly teach them Catholic doctrine behind your back. But children of secularists are often seen as fair game for any religionists. Because you are not doing your duty, they will do it for you. It is important to know about these tendencies so you aren't surprised when your mother in-law quietly lets slip to your children that you are going to hell since you are not saved.

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Comment by AtheistTech on June 17, 2012 at 5:36am

I was married for 17 years. I know nothing of what a marriage is for. I know nothing ab0out how to keep it going till death takes us apart. I know nothing about being  a father. I know nothing.

Comment by Steph S. on June 15, 2012 at 10:34am

Yes, you marry into the family as well. A lot of people underestimate the power of the in-laws and how they can affect your lives. The in-laws can make life a living hell for you.

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