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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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Ridiculously anti-Semitic Sunday school playRight now I am driving around the western U.S. with :iconlookatmylittleponeh: It has been pretty fun so far.Ridiculously anti-Semitic Sunday school play by bcollins39302
Anyways I saw a bale of hay in a semi truck trailer and that reminded me of these lyrics from a song in a play when I was in Sunday school bashing religions that use idols saying "Bale of hay! You might as well worship a bale of hay" and I told her about having to sing it in church when I was like 8 or something.
Then I was curious so I googled "You might as well worship a bale of hay" and got results for a play called Good Kings Come in Small Packages. I then watched a youtube video of Sunday school kids performing it and holy shit it is so anti-Semitic I can't even stand it.
At my church we didn't wear big noses and glasses (Nazi caricatures of Jews), and I was 8, and didn't really know much more than the average 8 year old, so I did not see it at the time.
The play is largely about baby Jesus being born and rejected by the Jewish clergy.
Minute 7 second 19.
Crisis and Beliefs This is going to be a touchy subject, so I warning everyone in advance.Crisis and Beliefs by Anicomicgeek
This is something I've realize about myself over the past few months. I've going through a rough time the past year or two. I don't know how I'll come out on the other side, but I do know how I feel now. I was raised Methodist most of my life. I spent the better part of 30 years believing in God. I haven't had a hard life. Truth is, aside from being picked on at school and having Asperger's Syndrome, I've had an easy life. However, there are also conditions comorbid to Asperger's, like OCD--and mine has been spiraling out of control for the better part of a year. However, I don't have the money for therapy, so I tried to pray for it to either go away or for things to change so I could get help.
But then I realized after a few months that no help was coming. Worse, I kept getting stung, even getting an infected sting and even got s
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
Only in AmericaOnly in America: Gay Americans received full constitutional personhood just five years after corporations did!Only in America by PyrrhusiVictoria
You can watch the rest on Stephen Colbert's new video
Finally!If you haven't yet head this, gay marriage is now legal in all states in the US.Finally! by JaliosWilinghart
I have nothing more to say, than this has been a victory for love, humanity, and equality, and its been a long wait for that.
Reflections for PosterityBack in 1860, when the most contentious debate in the USA was over slavery, and half the country was getting ready to secede (although only 7 states actually had the balls to go through with it), people said and did a tremendous amount of really stupid shit. I often wonder, 150+ years later, how those fools would sound today making such ridiculous arguments to preserve slavery forever (Article 1, Section 9(4) of the Confederate Constitution, in case you think I'm exaggerating about "forever": No bill of attainder, ex post facto law, or law denying or impairing the right of property in negro slaves shall be passed.)Reflections for Posterity by PyrrhusiVictoria
In the spirit of preserving idiocy as lesson for posterity, I have decided to save some of the better comments made today in defense of stripping gay people's rights. And by "better", I mean dumb as fuck. Ah, if only the Victorian age had an internet...
Do you really think God approves and there will be no c
America Catches Up to Marriage EqualityToday is perhaps the second most significant day in the U.S. for marriage egalitarianism under the law. The first day was when the Supreme Court of the US struck down DOMA, a federal act that barred the federal government from recognizing gay marriages performed in states that allowed same-sex marriages. In the years since that decision, many conservative states have passed local bans on same-sex marriage. Conservatives even managed to slip Proposition 8 through in California (a measure that was later trounced). Nearly all of those bans have been challenged, and the majority were thrown out as unconstitutional by lower courts. Today, the Supreme Court of the US has ruled that all bans on same-sex marriage are unconstitutional, and that marriage is a universal right (and leads to many other rights) that are subject to the equal protection clause of the 14th amendment. No state may abridge those rights. This has now opened up marital rights to the entirety of the United States.America Catches Up to Marriage Equality by PyrrhusiVictoria
Law of NoncontradictionLaw of Noncontradiction by PyrrhusiVictoria
Thought of the Day:
Only in creationist fantasy can both of the following assertions be true:
1 - The earth is only 6000 years old, and that is not enough time for a
primatemonkey to evolve into a different species (human)... even if so-called "evolution" were possible in the first place.
2 - When god
massacred the entire planetpunished the wicked by drowning the world in an epic flood, Noah's ark safely housed a few thousand species. And in the roughly 5 thousand years since then, they have all evolved into the 8.7 million species that exist today.
Links/Commentary - SCA Morning Read - April Week 3(For more on the SCA and news of a secular concern, go here - SCA Morning Read Archives)Links/Commentary - SCA Morning Read - April Week 3 by CorSecAgent
Well, campaign season is now under way... I hope you have your industrial strength vat of Tylenol handy because the bullshit is about to hit the political fan... If you aren't inclined to vote, I highly suggest you rethink your pessimism because there are a lot of scary candidates polluting the ranks of the GOP this time around and we need people out in force challenging the irrational religious feces these people are bound to spew in every direction possible, especially considering the likely consequences of a positive ruling in favor of Gay Marriage by the Supreme Court in the coming days. If the SCOTUS rules in favor of marriage rights for same-sex couples, which I sincerely hope occurs, then the issue will be a diminished one going into the next election cycle. I foresee two things here - 1) It will allow GOP wingnuts to thro