Growing Up in Religion and then Growing Out of It

Freeing myself from the bonds of Christianity was the only decision I could make. Part 1 of…

Caleb Rogers

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I grew up in religion, and then I grew out of it. A couple of weeks ago I got a rather unhinged letter from my father. It was a little all over the place in telling me I was a disappointment and that Democrats are evil, but there were a couple of points that focused on religion. Specifically, that I need to repent and come back to Christianity. As a whole, that letter deserved a firm response, but it was also clear it was time to open this particular can of worms.

In the letter, my father used some techniques he might have learned from his religion, and perhaps some he learned by joining the Trump cult. What set me off and demanded a response was the manipulation; not the parts where he was trying to get me back into religion.

In the response I wrote, I decided to lay it all bare. I explained why I left his religion and why I wasn’t going back to it. It was a cathartic experience. I’m aware it likely hurt him a lot because I just rejected what is essentially the one thing to which he dedicated his life. I haven’t heard back yet, but I’m sure I will at some point.

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Caleb Rogers

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