Frank, I think that is happening more often than we really know. In some of my conversations with my mom I have seen that deep down inside she is now unsure of some of the core beliefs that she and my stepdad passed down to me whilst in the Empire. Of course she - and my other family still "in" - won't come out and say they're unsure or doubting but the lack of certainty is there nonetheless.
It all comes down to the old "where else will we go" argument that so many of us have seen all too often. Where else are my parents to go? They're in their 50's now, with no secular safety net for retirement except for Social Security and my brother and I. The only friends they have are Jehovah's Witnesses. My brother may be a successful contractor but he's got just slightly more social skills than I do and guess what? All of his friends and potential marriage mates in his eyes are in the Empire.
Don't lose heart my friend. That definitely ain't the attitude of just a few in the Empire, otherwise we wouldn't see the hardliners cracking the whip like they are right now. It's the attitude of a great many.
I've read back over the responses on this thread and get the feeling that some consider me to be in some kind of minority. Well I'm not unique or in any kind of minority in my situation. Not by a long shot. (Metatron, I wish you'd jump in on this thread!) There's a million of me out there, it's just that most of them aren't willing to come out and say what's going on. I know full well that Brooklyn monitors this board and that at any time someone could do a little checking on my name, which I've given freely, and my parents and brother could be in front of a group of Theocratic Police. It's a risk I'm willing to take that others aren't.
When I post about talking to my parents or my brother, I do so in the hopes that others will take a little hope from my own stories and start trying to rebuild lost relationships with their own families. All you gotta do is try folks, and keep on trying. They're your family for cryin out loud! What's more important than family?!