In a recent Reddit post, a user shared a poignant tale of grappling with strained ties with his sibling, marked by a tumultuous history and the ever-changing influence of religious beliefs. Here’s the full story.
A Strained Relationship
OP shared the origins of his strained relationship with his sibling, tracing it back to their early years characterized by difficult circumstances.
The Religious Journey
However, as time progressed, the reasons behind their strained relationship evolved, making way for a new and pressing issue – the sibling’s erratic religious journey.
Religious Identify Shifts
Over the span of seven years, OP narrates a pattern of religious identity shifts within his sibling, ranging from Catholicism and Judaism to Islam, getting a protestant baptism, Pagan, and is currently on the Muslim path again.
He Identified as Queer
This shifting spiritual landscape intertwined with OP’s own identity as a queer individual, adding another layer of complexity.
She Became Queerphobic
Whenever going into Catholic and Muslim phases, she becomes extremely queerphobic.
She Says Her Religion Was the Reason
OP shared that he has seen how she’s talked about his trans friends during these episodes and intentionally refers to them as their birth sex because it’s just “her religious beliefs.”
Is It a Phase?
But, whenever she falls out of the phase, she says, “I know, it was a phase, it was bad and I shouldn’t have done that! I was trying to fit in.”
He Had Enough and Confronted Her
Faced with her intolerance during certain phases, OP decided to assert his boundaries and offered a stern warning – if the queerphobic behavior resurfaces, it will have consequences.
Stop Judging Me
However, since she’s actively going into her phase again, she always says, “Stop judging my opinions!”, “Stop judging my thoughts!”
The Mental Health Problem
In confronting these dynamics, OP is aware of the mental health component intertwined with his sibling’s religious instability.
He Didn’t Know What to Do
While acknowledging the presence of this underlying issue, OP grappled with the question of whether accommodating his sibling’s erratic behavior is a viable solution.
Moreover, the current living arrangement magnifies the situation, as OP is compelled to witness the religious shifts and their associated consequences.
He Asked Reddit
As a result, OP took to Reddit to ask whether he would be in the wrong for deciding to drop his sister.
Several Redditors sided with OP and said that he was not wrong.
One Reddit user wrote, “NTA at all. If people try to deny your humanity, you don’t owe them s***.”
She’s Having an Identity Crisis
Another Redditor commented, “NTA, you shouldn’t have to put up with your sister’s queer phobia just because she’s having an identity crisis.”
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