Religion doesn’t seem an appropriate topic to this post I just uploaded to LinkedIn, a business and professional site – but those with professions have been burned or know someone who’s been burned by religion and are still recovering in a way that may affect their view of themselves, and their confidence in their professional, as well as their personal, lives.
In the case of my daughters, ages 35 and 33, they came from a strict religious upbringing and are now adults who fall into the category of religious outliers, or you might go so far as to say militant atheists. They survived a “Christian” upbringing, but were victims of a firebombing by the blood of the lamb in a custody battle to wrest them from me, their custodial “non-Christian” parent (because I did not attend a church deemed fundamentalist enough). But that was years ago, and although I lost that battle, and wrote a novel inspired by the story as a way of saving my sanity, I am overjoyed that my girls and I are close once again, against all odds, according to the professionals in this field.
The discussion I’d like to open up, if it’s not too fraught with taboo in this “Christian nation,” is that just as with any other belief system, Christianity can be fanaticized. I would simply like to pull back the veil on the practice of using religion to ensnare and control, whether child or adult, and by doing so, spare others the devastating loss our family suffered.
I am writing this piece to begin a movement to empower people to examine the fruits of their beliefs, especially if it involves denunciation of someone dear to them, and to hold fanaticism accountable, even when it involves Christianity. I believe a healthy faith will be committed to the highest good, will allow opposing views, welcome our questioning, our challenges, and our speaking out – without being characterized as in league with the devil. And that is worth a lot.