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  • I was told what to believe religiously and politically, and we never/rarely discussed these topics

    5 6.67%
  • I was told what to believe religiously and politically, and we often discussed these topics.

    4 5.33%
  • I was told what to believe religiously, but not politically, and we never/rarely discussed them

    8 10.67%
  • I was told what to believe religiously, but not politically, and we often discussed of these topics

    7 9.33%
  • I was told what to believe politically, but not religiously, and we never/rarely discussed them

    1 1.33%
  • I was told what to believe politically, but not religiously, and we often discussed these topics

    1 1.33%
  • I was not told what to believe religiously or politically and we never/rarely discussed these topics

    22 29.33%
  • I was not told what to believe religiously or politically and we often discussed these topics

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    Re: What kind of home did you grow up in?

    Quote Originally Posted by Quag View Post
    I have 4 siblings only the eldest was babtized as my parents felt after the first that we should decide on baptism or not. Was asked and openly encouraged to go to sunday school but not forced, I declined. Religion and politics were and still are a common topic at my parents house, they freely state their opinions often passionately but they have never tried to "force" anyone to their beliefs/opinions or held it against anyone who did not hold the same opinions as themselves except for a few rare cases of very extreme views. Even then they could seperate someones opinions on one subject from the person as a whole.
    As a child in my house, we never talked politics or religion. I suppose that's why my parents felt it appropriate to give me some exposure to Christianity via Sunday school. I was pretty upset when I found out that the adults, not just the kids, believed in magic.

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    Re: What kind of home did you grow up in?

    Neither of my parents was religious, so religion wasn't much of a discussion topic in our house. I grew up non-religious as well, though my parents did offer to take me to church if I wanted to see what it was like. I took them up on the offer a couple times but had no further interest in it.

    We didn't discuss politics a lot either. My mom is a die-hard liberal, and my dad was a republican (though he's not any more), so political discussions between the two of them more often than not became arguments. I wasn't told what to believe politically, but my political beliefs ended up kind of in between my two parents. As I got older and began getting interested in politics myself, I learned that my dad just didn't have much interest in discussing politics, and while my mom did, she was one of those people who gets offended very easily by people who disagree with her politically, so I learned to not discuss politics at home.
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    Re: What kind of home did you grow up in?

    We discussed everything and were free to think whatever we wanted to. We discussed science, politics, humour, history, religion, etc. every night at dinner.
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    Re: What kind of home did you grow up in?

    My father was a city councilman and eventually a probate judge so politics were certainly something we grew up around, though it wasn't forced on us.
    We all went to church as well.

    Now that were grown
    My sister is an athiest/ Democrat, my brother is an agnostic/Democrat and me and my other brother our Republican/Christian.

    My parents are Christan/Conservative though I am more conservative than they are.

    My parents pushed education (we all went to college) and being independent and free thinkers.

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    Re: What kind of home did you grow up in?

    I attended parochial school, always questioned, but we never discussed religion or politics within the family. It was just accepted that you believed.

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    Re: What kind of home did you grow up in?

    early on both my parents were Christians. my mom was republican and my dad democrat.

    Dad passed and he died an independent and very christian
    mom is still alive and she is now a democrat and while still christian practices very light

    nothign was forced on me and we discussed many things often
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    Re: What kind of home did you grow up in?

    My parents shared their beliefs with me and were/are passionate about them, but I've never felt as though I have to mimic those beliefs or as if I was disallowed from disagreeing. I was never forced to go to church or discouraged from voting a specific way. I was never threatened with disappointment or being disowned if I disagreed or didn't share their passion for a specific belief. I was allowed to explore religion without pressure, and I came out on the opposite side of that exploration than did my father, who is not only ordained, but is incredibly knowledgeable of protestant biblical text. I was also given the same freedom with politics, but my dad and I are nearly identical in our beliefs. I might be slightly more supportive of equality-based laws (i.e. gay marriage) than he is, but he certainly doesn't oppose such. In fact, he offered to officiate my best friend's wedding to his partner, even though the state of Texas doesn't recognize gay marriage legally.
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    Re: What kind of home did you grow up in?

    my pop loved to force his politics on us... but neither me nor my brother ended up liberal Democrats like pops.

    dad was a Suthun' Baptist... a very religious dude, really.
    both kinds ended up as jack-Mormons....religious, but not religious

    pops was fairly opposed to military service..... both us kids ended up being Marines.

    pop wasn't happy with our differences, but he knew he lost the war and didn't say too much.
    there was no mom in the picture.. pops raised us on his own.

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    Re: What kind of home did you grow up in?

    We really didn't talk about politics or religion. We went to Catholic church until I was about 10 years old, then gave it up to stay home on Sunday mornings and watch Abbott and Costello instead. My mom was actually my Catechism teacher, but like many Catholics, we didn't really talk about it at home and certainly never read he Bible.

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    Re: What kind of home did you grow up in?

    Quote Originally Posted by mindlessmind View Post
    Which of the following best describes the kind of home you were raised in?
    -I was told what to believe religiously and politically, and we never/rarely discussed these topics beyond that.
    -I was told what to believe religiously and politically, and we often discussed these topics.

    -I was told what to believe religiously, but not politically, and we never/rarely discussed these topics.
    -I was told what to believe religiously, but not politically, and we often discussed of these topics


    -I was told what to believe politically, but not religiously, and we never/rarely discussed these topics
    -I was told what to believe politically, but not religiously, and we often discussed these topics

    -I was not told what to believe religiously or politically and we never/rarely discussed these topics
    -I was not told what to believe religiously or politically and we often discussed these topics
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