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Mom: My Atheist Daughter Is Bullied In Fourth Grade

| by Michael Allen
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Theresa Edwards says that her 10-year-old daughter was bullied by a child at school for being an atheist.

Writing for the female-centric website She Knows on July 2, Edwards recalled how her daughter confided to a classmate that she did not believe in God, and the trouble started:

First, the girl stopped talking to her. Then she wouldn't leave her alone, and her taunts escalated. It came to a head that day before soccer practice when my daughter was unceremoniously outed to her entire class when the teacher stepped out. Now everyone knew what my daughter disclosed only cautiously to trusted friends. Even the cute boy with the accent.

What bothered my daughter the most was how trust could be weaponized. How could someone you like promise to keep a secret and then tell everyone? She was having nightmares about being burned alive. She just wanted to be left alone.

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Edwards noted that although she and her daughter are atheists, they have attended religious services: "Holi festival, midnight mass, a Seder... we go where we're welcome."

After Edwards' daughter was outed by her ex-friend, she did find comfort from other classmates with similar feelings about religion: "Her friends still wanted to plan sleepovers and play at recess. There were a few curious classmates who asked perfunctory questions and shrugged off her answers. One or two kids told her that they didn't go to church either."

Ironically, Edwards told her daughter to follow advice from Jesus in the Bible: "You have heard that it was said, 'Eye for eye and tooth for tooth.' But I tell you not to resist an evil person. If someone slaps you on your right cheek, turn to him the other also."

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The young girl invited the bully over to play for four days, and the "bully seemed exhausted, and gradually, she started to lay off," Edwards wrote.

On the maternal flip side, a conservative Christian mommy blogger is considering legal action against The Advocate over an article.

Grace Elizabeth Johnston told The Christian Post that the article was a "hit piece," and that she and her lawyer want the LGBT news site to apologize and delete the article.

However, in a blog posting on June 30, Johnston wrote that the article made her and husband laugh to the point of possibly suffering hernias:

[T]he lies in The Advocate article don’t hurt, because they’re so unbelievably laughable and disingenuous that I think my husband and I got hernias from laughing so hard while reading it! I wasn’t going to respond, because The Advocate Magazine is not even a legitimate news source.

But when I saw that over 40,000 people shared it and were not discerning enough to realize how fallacious the smear piece was, I thought I should respond for the sake of my wonderful audience.

(And by the way, a huge thank you to my amazing audience who encourages me and faithfully lifts me up in prayer and recognizes smear and propaganda when they see it.

Sources: She Knows, The Christian Post, The Activist Mommy / Photo credit: JouWatch/Flickr, Bubba73 (Jud McCranie)/Wikimedia Commons, Vassil/Wikimedia Commons

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