Religion is a driving force behind Westover’s father’s identity, and thus, at the center of the book. It serves as the main reason why Westover’s father prevented his children from going to school or engaging in conventional methods of care. He firmly believes that the Illuminati run the public school system and that people need to avoid schools at all cost. He also prophesizes the end of the world as the new Millennium approaches. Despite his great disappointment when then end of the world failed to come at the end of 1999, he still held onto the view that the end was coming soon (Farrington). The September 11, 2001 attack on the twin towers in New York reinforce his beliefs, and he uses the tragedy to remind people, including his family, that the end of the world is near and to prepare themselves. When his daughter, Audrey, got married, she follows the ideas instilled by her father and shuns the public school system (MacGillis 4). Instead, she chooses to educate her children at home. She also does not take her children to the hospital but, rather, enjoys to give them natural drugs, which she believes, are not corrupted in any way.