A popular TikTok trend has many people sharing the shocking moments they left their church as well as suggesting religion is on the wrong side of history.
The TikTok trend that sees people revealing the incidents that caused them to abandon their religion is catching the attention of everyone as it’s gained a whopping 17,000 videos using the sound.
The sound is a mix of the song Under the Sea from The Little Mermaid and R.E.M’s hit song Losing my Religion and has users baffling others as they detail how the moments they were sexualized as children or when they came out as homosexual caused them to abandon their religion.
A popular TikTok trend has many people sharing the shocking moments they left their religion as well as suggesting religion is on the wrong side of history
The TikTok trend that sees people revealing the incidents that caused them to decide to abandon their religion is catching the attention of thousands of users
While a mix of the song Under the Sea from The Little Mermaid and R.E.M’s hit song Losing my Religion users reveal why they left the church
In one video, Alison, a student at the University of Texas at Austin, shared that when she was 13-17 she was sexualized while at church.
She captioned the video: ‘When I was 13-17 I went to a church that thought I was seducing the pastor because I wore pencil skirt. So, the pastor’s wife pulled me aside and called me an adulterous woman who was making the pastor lust after me. They sent me to pray.’
The video garnered over 1.6 million views and caused others to hop on the band wagon and create their own videos.
One user, who goes by @eskelite, shared that she left her religion when her fiancé broke off their engagement.
‘When my fiancé broke off our engagement and I realized I’d wasted my entire early 20s dating a youth pastor,’ the caption read.
Alisha Magia, 18, shared her own recreation of the trend in a viral video with the text caption, ‘When I was 11, a 35-year-old man at church said the way I dressed at church was causing him to ”sin” and I was the one who got in trouble.’
And it looks like Alisha and Alison weren’t alone, as many other users revealed they left their religion when they were sexualized as children.
One user, who goes by @Themouseinyourhouse, 23, said: ‘When the known creep leader church leader told me, [who was 11 years old], my dress was too short and I got in trouble for telling him Jesus says to pluck his eyes out if how I dress bothers him.’
In the recent years, reports of child sexual abuse within the church has grabbed headlines.
From sharing the moments they were sexualized as children to when they came out as gay, many users were able to relate to one another through the trend
Anna , 21, revealed she decided to abandon her church when a woman told her ‘God had a reason for everything’, after her father died
Sara shared a similar experiencing claiming that she and her family suffered at the hands of the church when her mother died from cancer
Another user, who goes by @mcladybug , revealed she abandoned her religion after she realized she was gay
Shortly after the initial reports of abuse, the cover-up of church officials and Catholic priests became apparent and started an epidemic denial of sexual abuse in the place of worship as church-goers were forced into a sin of silence.
According to Pew Research Center, about nine per cent of people say they have attended a place of worship where the clergy or other religious leaders have been accused of sexual misconduct in the past five years in one or more of the following ways: an extramarital affair (6 per cent), sexual abuse of a child (four per cent), verbal sexual harassment (four per cent) or sexual abuse of an adult (three per cent).
And while many users shared their experiences as children in the church, others revealed they left the church after suffering a tragic loss.
Anna, 21, revealed she decided to abandon her church when a woman told her ‘God had a reason for everything’, after her father died.
Sara shared a similar experiencing claiming that she and her family suffered at the hands of the church when her mother died from cancer.
‘My mom finding out she had cancer six years before died and deciding to spend thousands of dollars on ”Christian energy work” to ”cure” herself instead of going to the doctor.
‘Keeping the cancer a secret [from] everyone except me, holding it over my head as a threat since I was 11, everyone begging her to get real help, and her saying she already has it.
‘Finally the church says they will pay for her treatment and she goes to the hospital just to die the next day and the billion dollar church says ”just kidding, you have to pay for it” and now my family is in thousands of dollars of debt.’
Another user, who goes by @mcladybug, revealed she abandoned her religion after she realized she was gay.
‘Me at church camp when the cute girl who dyed her hair to look like Hayley Williams walked in,’ she captioned her video.
And while these users may be making a social media trend out of their disbelief, according to recent research, many others across the country are feeling the same way.
According to Pew Research Center, about 29 per cent of adults are religious ‘nones’ or people who describe themselves as atheists, agnostics or ‘nothing in particular’
Users flooded the comments section with similar experiences, all of them revealing these shocking incidents contributed to their abandonment of religion
Self-identified Christians of all varieties, including Protestants, Catholics, members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and Orthodox Christians, make up 63 per cent of the adult population – down from 75 per cent a decade ago.
Over the past two decades, the amount of Americans who don’t not identify with any religion has grown from eight per cent in 1998-2000 to 13 per cent in 2008-2010 and 21 per cent over the past three years, according to Gallup.
Users flooded the comments section with similar experiences, all of them revealing these shocking incidents contributed to their abandonment of religion.
‘I was 13 when my pastor told me not to wear pants for the same reason and my grandma told him he should tell that to the women who wore tank tops,’ said one user.
‘Yeah, being told my father assaulting me and me not forgiving him for it were as bad as each other did not incline me to stay Christian,’ added another user.
One user related the the videos and said: ‘This was literally the first thing that made me question my religion.’
Another user wrote: ‘I played along for years until I realized that people were like fully committed to believing this and realized I’m an atheist.’