Above Papi’s punishments and Mom’s mal genio, there was always the fear of God. The deal was pretty simple: If you behaved well, you’d wind up in heaven. If you misbehaved, you’d burn in hell.
Pero what happened to those who grew up in a Latino household and didn’t believe in any particular religion? They’d most likely hear some of these comments:
<Abuelita voice> “Vas a arder en el infierno.”
If you sin, you can always buy yourself back into God’s good grace if you confess. But, as far as abuela is concerned, there is no saving your soul if you deny Dios’ mere existence altogether.
“You’re not part of this family.”
I mean you still are, sort of, but it feels like EVERYONE from abuelo to los primos is looking down on you for not saying grace before dinner.
Even though los primos have to pretend to be as into religion as abuelita and las tías, they secretly envy the fact that you never again have to wake up early on Sundays to attend mass.
“You’re a disgrace.”
Mami avoids the topic altogether with her amigas, but she still reminds you how much shame you put in the family every chance she gets. It’s not a good feeling, to say the least.
“¿Cómo que no estás bautizada?”
Luckily, second generation atheists can blame the whole thing on their parents. #ProTip
“How are you ever going to get married?”
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It’s exhausting trying to get people to wrap their minds around the concept of non-religious weddings. (Do they even know the religious ceremony does not constitute a legal binding marriage? #Facts)
“If you don’t believe in God, ¿en qué crees?”
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Hmm, more tangible things, like, you know… dogs, cats and those sort of things. Pizza?
“Aren’t you afraid God’s going to punish you?”
As much as I fear my childhood imaginary friend is mad at me for ditching him for real amigos… What part of “I don’t believe in that” do people not understand?
“It’s just a rebellious phase; you’ll grow out of it.”
Are you growing out of your beliefs any time soon? No, right? Same deal for us.
Are you an atheist or agnostic Latino? How has your family dealt with it?