This was a scenario that floated around during the seventies at the height of the Cold War. There was always a fear that the Soviets would invade us and that they would make us deny Christ. The scenario goes like this:
A bunch of stormtroopers enters your house and holds you at gun point and takes your child from you. They tell you to deny Christ or the child gets shot in the head. Initially you refuse, so they start to torture the child by any means possible in order to achieve the most blood curdling scream.
Whom would denouce Christ first? The Mother or the Father? Or both at the same time?