In a recent Reddit post, a user found herself at odds with her ex-husband regarding their 2-year-old son’s participation in the Pride parade. Here’s the full story.
They Had Opposite Ideologies
Anna and her husband separated in March of last year due to their strikingly opposite ideologies.
She Was an Atheist
While she identified as agnostic, leaning left politically, and pansexual, he held firm conservative, right-wing Christian beliefs.
The Differences Led to Separation
The couple’s contrasting perspectives on life, politics, and sexuality consistently fueled disagreements and tension leading to divorce.
She Had Faced Religious Trauma
Anna’s journey has been deeply influenced by her experience of sexual trauma within a religious community.
This traumatic event left lasting emotional scars and made it difficult for her to engage with organized religion.
The mere thought of entering a church triggered panic or anxiety attacks.
She Never Objected to Taking Her Son to Church
Despite this, she never sought to prevent her ex-husband from taking their son to church or imposing her own beliefs upon him.
Her Husband Is Committed to Religion
Anna shared an incident where her ex spent his weekends in bar areas of his city with different signs saying, “Are you going to heaven or hell,” while he harassed drunk people as they left and entered bars about their morality.
She Wants to Take Her Son to Pride
Their problems escalated when Anna wanted to take her son to the local Pride parade.
His Father Refused
Unfortunately, her ex-husband vehemently opposed the idea, citing concerns about exposing their son to what he perceived as “perverse and evil things.”
As a result, Anna told him if that is the case, he cannot take their son to church on Sunday.
This disagreement escalated into a heated argument, further straining the couple’s already tumultuous co-parenting relationship.
She Wanted to Share That Part of Life
She firmly believed that if she wanted to share an important aspect of her life with her son, then she should be able to do so, considering her role as the primary caregiver.
How to Get Him to See Her Side?
Anna felt bad about what happened and took to Reddit to ask whether she was wrong and asked for help getting her ex to see her side.
Raise Him to Respect Both Sides?
Several Redditors sided with Anna and said she was not wrong in her decision.
One Reddit user wrote, “If you guys can’t come to an agreement and raise your son to respect both sides, this might end up causing him some trouble. You don’t want him growing up to be homophobic and I’m sure your ex doesn’t want him to become anti-religion. So, you need to work together. Discuss a compromise and avoid talking negatively in front of your child about the other person’s beliefs/views.”
Some Redditors Opposed Her Ideas
Another Reddit user sided with the ex and wrote, “Why take a 2-year-old? Seriously? They don’t understand what is happening, and they are now just a pawn between you and your ex.”
A third Redditor commented, “YNTA for wanting to take him to pride even though it’s pointless other than to use him as a prop. You are 100% correct that if he can prevent you from taking your child to Pride then your ex shouldn’t take him to church where the real child molesters are.”
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