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We are a group for former, deconverted, currently leaving, or doubting Christians. We're here to support former Christians who may feel alone, isolated, disconnected, etc, from their previous religious communities and might not have the same equivalent communal support to turn to in a time of transition and potential difficulty, or simply for those who want to meet others who rejected their faith.
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Stupid shit Christians doHere is a list of things Christians do that isn’t allowed by the Bible, things that are forbidden by God/Yahweh and is punished with Hellfire/death because they’re sins against the LORD:Stupid shit Christians do by fiskefyren
Using God’s name in vain, e.g. saying “OMG” (Exodus 20:7 + Leviticus 19:12 + Deuteronomy 5:11 + 3rd commandment)
Working on Sundays/Sabbath (Exodus 20:8-11 + Exodus 31:14-15 + 4th commandment)
Cursing children, e.g. Xbox Live (Exodus 21:17)
Having abortions (Exodus 21:22–25) Fun fact: Did you know that Christians have a higher abortion-rate than Atheists?
Eating fat and/or drinking blood, e.g. eating meat (Leviticus 3:17)
Wearing torn cloth, e.g. designer jeans (Leviticus 10:6)
Drinking wine in church, e.g. during Eucharist in church (Leviticus 10:9)
Eating shellfish, e.g. shrimp/prawn, lobster, crab, clam, mussel etc. (Leviticus 11:9-12)
Eating pork/pig (Leviticus 11:7 + Deuteronomy 14:8)
Associating with women who are having their p
DiscoveryListened to a great story today. It was about Christof Koch, a Catholic-raised scientist, struggling with his religious beliefs while working the late great Francis Crick. In his own words, he recounts his difficulties reconciling his spiritual church beliefs (or his Sunday beliefs, as he called them) with his scientific work (the rest-of-the-week beliefs). And he also talks fondly of his mentor, Francis Crick, a titan of intellect with heroic courage, especially during his last days fighting cancer. What gripped Christof was how Crick never let his fear of death and the unknown interfere with his reason as scientist, and his amazing ability to come to grips with the inevitable without the need for the supernatural. Or, as Christof put it, "It's like leaving forever the comfort of your childhood home, suffused with the warm glows and fond memories. But I do believe we all have to grow up. It's difficult for many; it's unbearable to the few, but we have to see the world aDiscovery by PyrrhusiVictoria
A less significant second de-conversion storyNot every ex-christian can claim to have two de-conversion stories, but after recent events, it does appear that I do. I already talked about how I left the AoG church and the sort of brainwashing they did with me, but I haven't talked much about my experiences in the Mormon church, since I suppose I didn't feel it was that much of an important impact on my life. Alas, after recent events that does appear to be the case.A less significant second de-conversion story by MauEvig
Now I will state that I myself have no ill will against Mormons, members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day saints or anything like that. I may have friends on here who are Mormons, and that's perfectly fine. I respect your beliefs, just as I will respect any Christian's, Satanist's, Jewish, Islamic, Hindu, Buddhist, and of course Atheist's beliefs. I just want to make that clear because a lot of Members of the Church have an idea that we're out to get them or whatever. This is not the case.
During a time when I was going in and out of Faith, I'd suffered a br
'Hopefully one day you snap out of this phase'?!Sometimes I get the argument, "Hopefully you will grow out of this phase and if you wanted to actually help this world you wouldn't do it by attaching to a dead backwards movement."'Hopefully one day you snap out of this phase'?! by ComradeSch
Well, let's go back into MY childhood, as these reactionary puppets would think I've done.
-When I was three years old, I distinctly remember hearing about the core of the Earth being hot, and commenting, "So that's where Hell is?"
Yes, I was raised Seventh-Day Adventist. I became an atheist over time, and the initial exposure to atheism came from my father, when I was nine.
-I also distinctly remember thinking that Heaven in the clouds, too high for humans to find.
When I was nine, I took a flight from my island to Ft. St. John. And that showed me the upside of the clouds. I didn't see angels and shit there!
-I also remember distinctly saying that dictatorship would be a good option compared with the current system when I was ten. I REMEMBER BEING A FAR-RIGHTIST. What was my rationale for
Alienation From Family My mother has become more religious as I have become less. She is aware of this and this has led to a growing divide between us. In several of our discussions she has stated that she wishes I wasn't so smart. This from a woman who encouraged me to read and assured me that studying and learning would lead to success and happiness in life. Needless to say it was a slap to the face to me. Perhaps the worst thing is that we have grown so far apart that she didn't even realize how what she said would affect me. Have any of you had similar experiences? Your experiences need not be about growing religious differences. Did differing political beliefs alienate you from members of your family? The lifestyle you have chosen to live?Alienation From Family by OpinionsProfile
How Will You Vote?Election Cycle 2014How Will You Vote? by CorSecAgent
Now that the train of political bullshit is well on it's way, let us take time to consider the things we shouldn't vote for. When considering the ballot before you in November, be sure to avoid the following -
-Politicians who make religion a bigger campaign issue than demonstrating their ability to govern.
-Politicians who are more interested in protecting the right of a gun nut to carry an assault rifle in public than they are about feeding the poor and providing affordable medical care to the masses.
-Politicians who find it acceptable to stall the political process because they don't like the people on the other side of the isle.
-Politicians who are adamant about restricting the reproductive rights of women because their 'holy' book supposedly prohibits abortion.
-Politicians who are so bigoted that they don't realize it's an act of bigotry to deny marriage equality to members of the LGBTQ community.
-Politicians who support the right of 'privately held
Links/Commentary - SCA Morning Read Aug. Weeks 2/3(For more on the SCA and news of a secular concern, go here - SCA Morning Read Archives)Links/Commentary - SCA Morning Read Aug. Weeks 2/3 by CorSecAgent
I would apologize for skipping a week here but I hadn't done an exhibition feature in a long time and I felt I was overdue. As such, there will probably be more links in this one than usual.
On a personal note, I'm going to take a moment to recognize the late Robin Williams. I don't have a bad memory associated with the man and I'm definitely going to miss this crazy son of a bitch who brought so much joy to our lives despite his own personal tragedies. Enjoy this link and remember him well -
Robin Williams, comedy genius: His 50 greatest jokes
Today's Links -
Are Christians persecuted in the United States?
This quote really gets to the nub of the matter -
Real Religous PersecutionIf anyone wants to know about real religious persecution, just tune into the news right about now. And no, it's not some secularist plot against religion... it's one religious group physically exterminating another religious group.Real Religous Persecution by PyrrhusiVictoria
Over the past few weeks, ISIL (an extremist Islamist group) has been fighting... well, everyone... in Iraq in their attempt to wrest control from the Shi'ite majority, and in the process, create their Islamic theocratic caliphate. Shit really hit the fan when they penetrated areas of Northern Iraq housing the Yazidi minority. The message was simple: "GTFO or die." Various emergency rescue operations have been undertaken to airlift fleeing refugees before they get completely mowed down by IS forces.
So what's the crime for which the Yazidi are being systematically and brutally exterminated without exception? The simple belief of the Sunni extremists that the Yazidi are polytheistic heathens deserving nothing short of death in the soon-to-be per
Links/Commentary - SCA Morning Read, August Week 1(For more on the SCA and news of a secular concern, go here - SCA Morning Read Archives)Links/Commentary - SCA Morning Read, August Week 1 by CorSecAgent
Had a really good time at our Sunday meetup yesterday. A nice gentleman of Indian descent approached us with questions about Atheism and our group ideals. It was hard to peg his intentions but it was a generally productive experience.
Today's Links -
RAW STORY: Fox pundit rips Tucker Carlson for shunning child refugees - ‘Have you read the Bible?’
It's always fun watching the intellectually devoid get a beat-down...
And here's another Carlson 'gem' - Tucker Carlson agrees with guest - liberal Atheists using IRS to shut up conservative christ