Irreducible Complexity’s Michael Behe has an atheist son

Apparently, the fact his offspring don’t believe in the same thing he does has made life pretty unbearable for everyone:

Q: How is your relationship with your family? From what I remember from his talk, you have many siblings.
A: Bad. And I do confidently blame religion for this. I certainly don’t think it always turns out this way, but my stubbornness in maintaining and voicing my beliefs conflicted with my parents’ policy of keeping the rest of my family shielded from alternate viewpoints. “Indoctrination”, unfortunately, is really the word that describes it best, and I do believe that my younger brothers (the members of my family I am closest to) are truly being hurt by this. So my parents and I are in perpetual disagreement. I have,  for the most part, stopped talking to my parents, and I am not allowed to speak to my little brothers at all. I don’t want to complain, but this has been very painful for both them and me. Hoping to move out soon.

Wow, who would have guessed failing to believe in the same dogma as everyone else would be alienating? I find it sad and telling they refuse to have him speak to his other siblings. I guess Behe is worried these secular ideas might just spread to the rest of his offspring; better to keep them isolated and sequestered from reality. Here’s a wacky idea: why don’t you let people think for themselves, Mike? After all, is it not the desire of every parent to raise their own children to be critical thinkers? I guess that goes out the fucking window when it comes to your invisible friend in the clouds…

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    I think to some extent parents always want their children to follow in their footsteps and i think it holds doubly true when it comes to religion.

    As an atheist raised catholic with semi-religious parents and a very religious extended family, me being an atheist caused a lot of arguments and anger when i was in my early teens (when i was first calling bullshit on religion) and even to this day, in my mid 20s i get shit about it from certain members of my family. I think very few people experience a smooth transition away from their parents religion (whether to a new religion or to no religion).

    I can’t even say i’m immune to this way of thinking. If/when i have children, i like to think i’ll raise them to be open, critical thinkers who know how to question things, but i know i’ll be pulling for atheism. I think i would find it extremely difficult to deal with if my child suddenly “found jesus” and was very religious. I like to think i’d be able to deal with it and would be ok with it if it was a decision they reached on their own, but it would be hard none the less.

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    I had sort of the same experience when I was going through the transition of being an atheist. My beliefs started to become more liberal and I stopped believing a lot of stories in the bible. I also began to vehemently hate when my pastor would talk about legislative matter while on the platform. My church prayed that my “wordly” views would leave and I wouldn’t hold me from believing in god. My wordly views was the thinking that maybe gays aren’t so bad and the bible shouldn’t be taken literally.

    That was probably the last straw as I had no desire anymore for church. After I became an atheist, the church totally shunned me. Even people that I have spent a lot of time with have totally shut me out of their lives. I am deployed to Afghanistan and you would think that people would want to contact you to see how your doing, but not these church people. They would rather talk about you and say what a sad story your life has become.

    It truly is awful how religion can alter one’s point of view so drastically. This case of the a son being an atheist is not uncommon from my experience, which is a sad reality.

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