Her Hardcore Religious Mother Was Telling Her Daughter That Her Father Was Wrong for Not Believing

Discussing religion within families can be a sensitive and challenging topic, especially when there are differing beliefs and values. In this Reddit post, a parent shared her frustrations about her mother’s boundary-crossing behavior concerning her child’s religious upbringing.

She Was Raised Catholic but Never Fully Believed

The Original Poster (OP) was raised Catholic, but even as a child, she had doubts, and as an adult, she never fully belonged to any faith. OP says she’s spiritual but doesn’t believe in any God.

Her mother is a devout Catholic, but her husband is an Atheist.

When OP and her husband started a family, they were aware that religion might be a source of conflict because OP’s mom has severe boundary issues in general, particularly with regard to religion.

For instance, OP’s sisters were educated in a catholic school, and their beliefs are different from OP’s, and they resemble their mother more than OP.

Her Family Are Devout Catholics

OP took a lot of anthropology and philosophy classes in college, and she used to talk to her sisters about what she learned.

However, their mother got flipped and told OP that she had no business discussing religion with them. Since then, OP never mentioned the subject with them since she respects boundaries.

The story began when OP’s mother discreetly started discussing religion with OP’s 4-year-old and telling her that although her dad doesn’t believe in god and Jesus, he is mistaken and that they are real.

Her Mother Told Her Daughter Her Father Was Wrong for Not Believing

This was discovered when OP and her daughter were working on a puzzle together. She yelled, “Mommy, you know god on grandma’s necklace? Although Dad doesn’t believe him to be real, he is! He lives in the sky”.

OP and her husband got very angry. OP says she has nothing against her daughter studying religion, but they do want her to be aware of all points of view, all religions, and all science.

OP says her mother shouldn’t be doing this behind their backs and involving OP’s spouse.

She Questioned Her Mother

When OP questioned her mother about it, she turned the tables on OP once more, telling OP that she was making a big deal out of nothing and that her husband ought to have known when he married OP that religion would come up.

Her mother added that she would never refuse to answer her granddaughter’s questions about religion.

As a result, OP lashed out and said to her mother if her daughter asks her any questions again, she should tell her to ask her mom and dad.

She Lashed Out at Her Mother

OP felt bad about what she said to her mother and took to Reddit to ask for opinions.

One Reddit user wrote, “What worked in my household was teaching the kids that there are a lot of beliefs and a lot of religions in the world just as there are a lot of politics and lots of sports teams. And I reassured them that they don’t have to pick a favorite religion, a favorite politician, or a favorite sports team until they are in college. Until then, they should learn as much as they want to about all of them so they can make a good decision.”

Another Redditor pointed out that it’s inappropriate because OP’s mother is implying that her belief is correct and OP’s husband is wrong. The comment went on to say that this is the problem with religion, and OP’s mother definitely crossed a major boundary.

A third Reddit user commented, “I’d be mad for sure, and likely drastically cut back on grandma time if she is going to undermine my child’s sense of credibility with me for the sake of her religion. But like, I try to get most secular parents to think about why not do more than “let the child decide” or expose them to all these evocative world religions they aren’t going to truly get the full experience with at a young age.”

So what is your opinion? What would you do if you were in this situation?

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