Well just got off the phone with my mother, that was fun! I asked her about what C had told me and she said, well, I have spoken to them about the bible. Hmm, so I then tell her I thought I made it very clear my children were never to be indoctrinated. She said, "well L its hard for us to have the kids here then, because the bible is the only hope for mankind and teaching them about the bible is natural to us". GAG!
So, I tried remain calm and not say the many lovely colorful words that were in my mind at that moment. I told her that my children would make up their own minds what to believe and that is just it, its not fact, its her belief and she has no right to dictate to my children what is true and what isn't.
So, then she asks me what I teach them, I told her I will tell them what many different religions teach and tell them to follow what makes the most sense to them, I also told her that my oldest E highly leans towards atheism and that I totally respect her for that. Well, I thought she was having a heart attack, gasping on the other end of the phone. Of all things not atheism!!
Then she very sarcastically said "oh I know what alot of people believe and its completely illogical and false!". Then she asks me how I can possibly teach the girls morality without the bible.
I asked her, are they smart kids? She answers, yes. Are they kind and considerate? She says yes.
I told her, there's your answer, you have just been proven wrong.
So at the end of the conversation she tells me I am making things difficult, I told her, I respect your right to believe what I think is total crap, I am only asking for the same in return.
I told her I have no problem with her answering any questions the girls may ask, on one condition, she never says this is what is right, or this is what God tells us, she can say this is what I believe and you don't have to believe it. Any further crossing of that line and I will have to cut them off from associating with them. I guess we shall see what develops in the future, one thing I know, its of the most paramount importance to me that my girls develop into who they are, not who anyone else tells them to be.