I haven’t yet told my family that I’m an agnostic atheist, because I’ve always been worried about the way that they’d react. I know that my mother would be upset and hurt, but she would never yell at me. I love her very much, and she would know that my decision isn’t anything against her, but telling her would also mean telling my stepfather, and he’s the one I’m worried about. The reaction of the mother in this video below is nothing compared to what his would be:
I’m sure she really cares for him, and only reacted the way that she did because she was hurt—but it raises the question, why do people get offended if you don’t share the same beliefs as them? Why do they take it personally? Being atheist doesn’t hurt anyone, so why the hostility? I know I’m in for a similar situation when I tell my own family.