One of my best friends, who shall remain nameless for the present, a scientist, an atheist, a heavily decorated soldier in the war on Christmas, raised two wonderful, brilliant children, on of which being a devote catholic now in training to be a very devote catholic. Like a priest or something.
I am a committed and fairly activist atheist, but I find it astounding that both my wife and daughter are much more militant than I am… I come from a long line of priests and nuns, and have a lot of exposure to religious stuff, I was an alter boy planning to be a priest when I grew up … in other words, the whole nine yards.
For this reason when annoying religious things happen but are below a certain level I don’t even notice them. My daughter, in contrast, keeps lists of what the teachers at her public school do that has even the slightest possibility of religious connotation. Some day, she’ll have quite a law suit!
But I worry that her vehemence is like my own when I was young (younger than her, actually) and was destine, or thought I was destine, to become a monk or a missionary. I didn’t become a monk or a missionary, as it turns out. So, will she remain in this mode or will she switch?
Like my friend’s daughter, sutdying to be a priest in a religion that in the end won’t let her be a priest?
How to Raise an Ideological Warrior is a blog post over on Jewcy is an edgy and interesting look at this problem. Recommended reading.