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Today my mom found out I'm an Apatheist/ Atheist. This is a personal journal ,I just really need to let this all out. If you don't want to read it, then don't nobody's forcing you.Today my mom found out I'm an Apatheist/ Atheist. by xXkawaiibunniiXx
I had never really cared about religion, it never held a special place in my heart like it does for others. Some people are born believing in a certain god or religion ,I was born into a Christian household and people told me in what to believe in. When I turned 11 I realized that I didn't actually believe in a god nor did I care if he existed, religion overall made me very uncomfortable. I only pretended to believe in god because that was what was expected of me.
Today in class we had to watch a movie about teen suicide, but instead I got this "if you go to Church and pray to god everything in your life will get better." It made me very uncomfortable, I felt like the movie was shoving religion down my throat than it already was... And then today when my mother picked
Imagine for a moment...Imagine you're voting for president. There are two candidates.Imagine for a moment... by ShadowofWOPR
One is described as hating the nation and wanting to torment/destroy Americans.
The other is described as perfect in every way.
The one described as perfect wins. We'll call him President Trichinas.
Trichinas's first action as president is to pass laws that require 24/7 surveillance of every square inch of the nation. Bathrooms. Bedrooms. Cars. Closets. Everywhere is being watched. Your privacy is gone.
After passing this law, Trichinas also requires all newborns and current citizens to be implanted with thought-monitoring chips to make sure no unlawful thoughts are thought.
With all this surveillance you'd think we'd live in a crime-free utopia right? ...Well not quite, even though cameras and police are everywhere, no actions are taken against criminals until their crimes are completed, because to stop them mid-crime would infringe on their freedom to do as they wish.
Spike in Religiously UnaffiliatedSpike in Religiously Unaffiliated by PyrrhusiVictoria
It's difficult to ignore the headlines today like "Losing Our Religion: Report Shows Spike in Shunning Church", "Millennials Leaving Church in Droves, Study Finds", and "Christians Drop, 'Nones' Soar in New Religion Portrait" (SacBee, CNN, and USA respectively). They are referencing a Pew Research Center study published today about "America's Changing Religious Landscape" http://www.pewforum.org/2015/05/12/americas-changing-religious-landscape/
The basic gist is that in 2007, those who identified as unaffiliated with a religion stood at about 16% nationally (in the U.S.A.), and by 2014, that percentage has spiked to nearly 23% nationally. Meanwhile, all categories of Christianity have dropped. The "nones" are now a larger percentage of the population than Catholics or Mainline Protestants, and are just about 2% away from the percentage of Evan
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
Point of Discussion #2 - Secular Communities, etc.Do you struggle within the bounds of your secular community to maintain enthusiasm for the community itself? Do you feel alone even when surrounded by groups of people you know well? Do you find yourself saying 'I would rather being doing X' when the idea of socializing within the bounds of your community comes up? These are all questions I have been pondering of late.Point of Discussion #2 - Secular Communities, etc. by CorSecAgent
I've recently withdrawn my participation in the local Humanists group over lack of confidence in the leadership, in particular over the emergence of a volatile personality within the leadership. That said, though, I would have bailed on that group a lot sooner had I not been charged with certain responsibilities. There didn't seem to be any serious cohesion within the ranks and the group didn't seem to really have a purpose beyond sitting and talking.
In addition to that, I've started to feel less than blissful about being in my local atheist community as well. This could all be a symptom of untreated depression/anxiety
Men Long Dead.Caught between a GodMen Long Dead. by BMovieDeathScene
That I don't believe in
and the Devil that lives
Inside my head.
Ashes to ashes,
Your God is a fascist,
Built to enslave you
by men long dead.
Links/Commentary - SCA Morning Read - May Week 2(For more on the SCA and news of a secular concern, go here - SCA Morning Read Archives)Links/Commentary - SCA Morning Read - May Week 2 by CorSecAgent
Before we get to the links, I would very much like to take a moment to honor the recent passing of two important celebrities.
First, we lost Grace Lee Whitney to natural causes on the first of May.
Though not a major celebrity in her own right, Miss Whitney is certainly well known to the legions of Star Trek fans around the world. She was cut early from the initial run of Star Trek in the first season and went on to struggle with many person demons in her life. She perservered and went on to make a name for herself as a staunch advocate for sobriety.
Second, the great bluesman BB King passed a few days ago.
I've never had a strong interest in The Blues but there's barely a guitarist alive who hasn't heard of BB King.
Point of Discussion #1 - Uncertainty and AnxietyQuestion - Would the degree of uncertainty you gain by leaving a religion be offset by the decreased anxiety you might gain by no longer being under the thumb of the same?Point of Discussion #1 - Uncertainty and Anxiety by CorSecAgent
Talk amongst yourselves...
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