I am honestly very frustrated. Neither me nor my partner are religious, just 2 long distance college students, still at home. Thankfully, my parents don't force me into a religion or cram it down my throat, but his do. They are extremely orthodox and that is their whole life. He's been an atheist for quite a few years now without them knowing about it and with him pretending to go pray even though he doesn't mean any of it. They just keep pushing and pushing him, and he just gets so burned out from it. It honestly just makes me angry to see this happen to him because when it does, he just shuts down. It's not his fault, but when he comes to me saying he feels worthless and that he thinks his family will hate him, it really does bring out some emotions in me. He's a good person and he is usually so happy, but this happens at least once every year, they just nag on him until he gets so bummed out and tired. I honestly just hate having to HAVE to talk him through it because I see a lot in him, and I shouldn't HAVE to talk him down, because it never should really happen at all in the first place. It just breaks my heart to see such an honest and genuine person go through this. As I said, we're both college students, so he has to deal with all this pressure on him until he can afford to leave. It's not a fair situation, and I end up the one feeling useless because I am so far away I can't really help him as much as I would like to. It's all day, every day. I don't think his family can see that they are just being too much for him, or what it can actually do to him. He can't tell them that or they're going to explode and think he'll need more religion in his life to help cope. It's just so frustrating to watch this cycle for years now. I just want him to be able to get away from all of that and just live his own life. It's like this imaginary thing is dividing him from peace, which is ironic in my book, because isn't that what religion is supposed to bring you? Rant over.