Subject: [WEB-20050123.74ae2c] Message to Darwin
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Subject: [WEB-20050123.74ae2c] Message to Darwin
Date: Sun, 23 Jan 2005, 15:32:55 -0800

Date and Time: Sunday, January 23, 2005, 15:32 PST
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  Hi. I just wanted to tell you that I really like your site... my father is a Baptist minister, and how my parents live completely controls my life. It is so restricting, I have no freedom to do what I want because of the way my parents have to appear in the eyes of the congregation. I don't believe in anything that they taught me, but they are convinced that god will "take a hold of my heart" if they force it on me enough. We moved from Canada to the US about two and a half years ago, and I am only 16 (gr 11), so I can't get a job, license, or move out for a while, so I'm stuck living with my parents and going to church every week. I don't really have any friends who believe what I do about no life after death, etc, and my parents just get pissed off when I talk about what I believe, because they're afraid my little brother might listen to me and that I might "corrupt" him. My mum also thinks that I don't really not believe in god- she says that I pretend to be atheist bec!
 ause it's the "cool" thing to do. But anyway. Although I have always questioned my parents' religion, I never had anyone to talk to about what I think or believe in, because the only people I could ask would give me Bible- related answers. Reading your site has helped me understand more, and instead of trying to make random ideas fit in my head and having no evidence to go by when I try to explain my beliefs, now I have some. Thanks again.
  ~ Emilie