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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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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
Coming Out As An Atheist... Not So Fun.So I told my Mother today, and pissed did she get.Coming Out As An Atheist... Not So Fun. by TheDigitalAbyss
My sister wasn't much happier, though I suppose she was the middle man much like I used to be when she had an argument with one of our parents.
My parents are both Christians so hearing their son is an Atheist clearly doesn't make them feel good. This of course burst out in a loud argument. When one of you're parents, someone you've known you're entire life tells you that don't even know you, it's a big hit.
I now also have to deal with the guilt that she'll be upset all day at work, excessive worrying is bad enough, imagine dropping this bomb shell on someone who freaks out if you don't answer the phone.
I closed my facebook account today, apparently most of my family and friends have a problem with my political views.... My understanding is they've been calling my Mother asking what's wrong with me.
Whats wrong with me? I woke the fuck up that's what's wrong with me. I realized how much shit their is in the world and realized I'm not
Tips for Starting a Secular Student clubAn entry as a request from :iconNatalyaBass: who asked for input on starting a secular student club. It's a big answer so I wanted to put it in my journal section.Tips for Starting a Secular Student club by cbMorrie
The best resource for starting a secular student club is the Secular Student Alliance. http://www.secularstudents.org/ They are completely supportive and will assist with any resources you need.
Some tips from my experience:
1) As soon as possible, start planning for who will replace you as president or club leader
Most new clubs discontinue after the founder leaves. It's easy to fall into the obligation to do everything in the club yourself but it's important to delegate. Encourage people to take a more active role in the club sooner, so when you leave there will be more people interested in taking over. I also would consider not starting a club in your freshman year. Get comfortable with your college first.
2) Do not make the club solely about atheism
Links/Commentary - SCA Morning Read Apr. 17th-23rd(For more on the SCA and news of a secular concern, go here - SCA Morning Read Archives)Links/Commentary - SCA Morning Read Apr. 17th-23rd by CorSecAgent
Today's Links -
Activists call on British government to deport African exorcist
Let's see... On one hand we have the welfare of innocent children and on the other we have the religious freedom of people who believe complete nonsense that has the very real potential for abuse... That's a tough one... 0.o
NEWSMAX: Ben Carson: Americans 'Being Played' by Those Who Seek Division
The word 'biased' just doesn't seem to cut it here. This Carson guy might have a case if not for the fact that so many people have taken to using the language of oppression for the most meaningless of grip
Christianity is a Brilliant Religion Christianity is a brilliant religion. Unlike pagan religions whose followers expected rewards while they were living, Christianity delays all guaranteed rewards until after death, while still managing to take credit for all the good things that happens during life. Anything bad that happens in a Christians life is all part of God’s plan, or so they believe, and they can expect a reward after death for their suffering, but in a pagan religion any suffering in this life is because the Gods are displeased with them and in order to appease the Gods they should offer sacrifices etc. When these sacrifices do not work then they have little recourse; this would surely have the effect of embittering them against their religion. Whereas in Christianity all one has to do in the face of suffering is assure oneself that it’s all part of Gods plan and that there will be a reward in heaven for their suffering. This obviously puts Christianity atChristianity is a Brilliant Religion by OpinionsProfile
Links and Commentary - SCA Morning Read, Apr. 16th(For more on the SCA and news of a secular concern, go here - SCA Morning Read Archives)Links and Commentary - SCA Morning Read, Apr. 16th by CorSecAgent
Today's Links -
Americans Intuitively Judge Atheists as Immoral
It's really hard for me to not cry 'foul' here. If morality were wholly dependent on a belief in a supreme deity, why would a billion people the world over have no belief in a god...?
HUFFINGTON POST: Freedom From Religion as a Civil Right
I don't know if I'd go so far as to wage a social war over the right to be 'free' from religion but I definitely feel that the right to say no to religion is already enshrined in the constitutional principles we already enjoy.
On a more basic level, though, religious bel
Trans* Rights! Petition met its goal!!!Trans* Rights! Petition met its goal!!! by MadamMichi
MAKE THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION RECOGNIZE THIS PETITION
It is to legally recognize non-binary genders on LEGAL DOCUMENTS. Driver Licenses, Passports ect
SIGN IT SIGN IT SING IT AND PASS IT ON
THE PETITION MADE IT ERRREEEBODDDDY which means the obama administration at the least must write a response !