I am so grateful to all of you. The results of my Survey for Nonreligious Parents have been pouring in, and the results are absolutely fascinating. All your answers are so thoughtful, heartfelt and inspiring — not to mention quite funny at times.
A few examples:
- In answer to the question, "If you considered yourself religious and no longer do, what describes the reason you made the switch?," a father checked the box for "Something I read." Then, in the comment field below, he explained: "The 'Something I read' was the Bible."
- A mother said she was forced to have the "God" talk with her son after he heard some Christian songs at a relative's house. The boy had misunderstood the lyrics, apparently, because he came home that day announcing, "Don made me! Don made everything!"
- A mother confided: "I did, at one point, say that the idea of God was like a make-believe wizard in the sky who some people thought had powers to do things to or for people. This was, in retrospect, possibly a little narrow."
So, yeah, I'm staying highly entertained over here.
But — that said — I’ve got a goal to reach, and I’m not there yet. So please pass on the link, https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/KJB8J59, to all your friends and relatives, clubs and groups who might be interested in adding their voices to this fantastic chorus. I'd appreciate it ever so much.
And in case it's not clear: This survey isn’t just for atheists. You may be a believer who chooses to keep religion out of your child-rearing, or a spiritual person with an open mind about matters of religion. As long as you'd describe yourself as a nonreligious parent, I want to hear from you.
Again, thanks so much in advance both for the amazing responses so far, and for your help in promoting the survey. Special thanks to Dale McGowan, the Facebook pages Parenting Beyond Belief, Mothers Beyond Belief and Grief Beyond Belief, Atheist Nexus, the blogs Life on the Hill and Empress of Dirt, and all the good people of Twitter who have put the word out time and again.
It’s a worthy cause, I promise.