What Happens When You’re Atheist, He’s Religious, And You Have Kids

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Atheists and religious individuals get together all of the time. People of two different religions can be tricky but, when one person just doesn’t have a religion, it doesn’t cause that much tension at first. During the dating stage and early stages of marriage, the atheist individual just understands that once or several times a week, her partner is going to go to his place of worship. Maybe he has certain pieces of literature he likes to read before bed. The atheist might even accompany her partner to religious events with his family and friends—she can attend, without necessarily participating or buying into it all—it’s just part of spending time together. But when that couple brings kids into the mix, things change. Drastically. Both parents can feel pretty strongly about raising their kids their way. Here’s what it’s like when you’re an atheist, he’s religious, and you have kids.

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His parents will be pushy

Even if his parents try not to push their religion onto their grandkids, they will. Even the mildest, least aggressive ones can’t help but push their agenda onto the kids a bit. Their religion is part of their subconscious at this point, so you often have to ask them not to use certain language around the kids—leading, biased language.

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