It has alot to do with Facebook. I got onto Facebook about three and a half years ago and I found it impossible to post my real beliefs about religion, politics, and atheism. I got so much negative feedback there and, yet, I felt the need to be honest about my beliefs.
But debate? I despise it.
Few debaters know the etiquette of debate. No. Instead they just get on and try to rip a disagreeing FRIEND a new one. On the whole, I find people (OK, those "friends" on FB) intolerant and openly judgmental.
And I do not debate. If you have a differing opinion or point of view, I generally reply "Oh, ok." But that's not enough! NO NO NO. My Facebook "FRIENDS" were putting me in positions where I had to explain what they would never be capable of even considering. I had no desire to engage with these people. My friend list has changed but a few of these folks still attempt to engage me. I don't go there. In fact, I can't do it.
Initially, in February of 2010, blogged for peace of mind. Because I knew I had to express myself fully and honestly and without fear of disapproving eyes. Not disagreeing, disapproving.
As time went on, I realized that I actually did have a larger mission for my blog. To confront the ridiculous stereotypes of Atheist and Homeschoolers. In other words, I felt the need to join the few, brave voices out here who have the courage to stand proudly in our homeschool and atheist lifestyle. The fervency and volume of uneducated, following, unthinking people is like freaking cacophonous overload! I needed a quiet and peaceful place to BE and I'm not afraid to make one for myself!
And now, these days, nearing three years later, I have started to feel the need to blog about secular parenting. Celebrating the liberating secularity, encouraging those blazing new trails, and exploring the little niches of our lives. It matters to me and I hope my small blog means something to someone out there..
Being an atheist parent is, in some ways, like blazing a new trail. The Christian parenting books are piled high, while secular parenting websites and reading materials are still in their infancy. Happily, the road is widening and getting easier to find. More and more, secular parenting groups and entities are out there en mass. And far less of their content is about thumbing our noses at believers and far more about Secular Parenting. I, in my blogging, tend to look for small moments of parenting to stand for the overall process. Looking at this wonderful journey is essential for my being!
Atheist and secular families have the exact same struggles as every other family in the world, with an addition of several others. One, we have absolutely no pretty stories to feed our children or with which to comfort ourselves in our distress. Instead, we have truth and questions and natural explanations. Very often, we are first gen freethinkers and have nothing from our past to build on. No wonder we often feel so alone and unsupported.
Secondly, we deal with having our families and our small children being treated with derision, hatefulness, and that awful "Good Christian" intolerance and anger. I mean, how often have you had to explain cruel "hell" comments to your children... without passing along a similar intolerance to them? Who, among us, hasn't had to face our sweet children after someone dared tell them that they are "of the devil" or "going to hell"? I don't know how long this particular battle will be so culturally sanctioned, but I know some wonderful Christian families who openly and courageously fight this intolerance!
I don't have much of a need to thrash and gnash around in frustration and anger around in how atheists are treated, though I feel it deeply. But I find that others express this far better than I could. Instead, I'm here to celebrate being an atheist and to, hopefully, inspire my readers to let their own lights shine!
And so, today, I blog in celebration!
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