Having had a fundamentalist father who told me to follow his church or go to hell at age 12, and having been, in most important ways, disowned by him for nearly a decade afterward, I find your assumptions about this being a "mere angry disagreement" both stupid and offensive. You clearly have no idea what you're talking about.
Really? Let's see. Using his fathers internet which the father was paying for to conduct an activity that the father did not agree with. Goodkats bad.
Father putting his hands around his sons throat and screaming at him and threatening to beat him. Fathers bad.
Anger was definately involved and it was a dissagreement. I believe I certainly do have an clue what I am talking about. I am just not getting all subjective about it, like you are.
Here is a good clue. You are an atheist because your father scared you with this religious threat for He had no right to tell you that you were going to hell. This frightened you and you saw God in the same light as you see your father. This is not hard to figure out. I bet most of the people here are atheists because of a similar situation, or a bad experience with a certain religious denomination.
I knew this coming in man. I was going to start a post about it. But I declined. I figured all the responses I would get would be emotional rantings and spitting anger for opening up old emotional wounds. Also, the overly defensive attacks and insults I would have to endure.
I once had a cranky verbally abusive athesitic father. He is a much nicer guy now. Age has quenched that fire in him. He used to hate cats. Now he has taken in a stray. He is still a bit of an arguementative dick at times, and he is quite prejudiced, but he has calmed down quite a bit. He still admits that he is an atheist, but he feels that he is missing something in his life. I do not push my beliefs on him, but he respects them.
Is this a good alalogy of the situation?