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It Still Hurts

Started this discussion. Last reply by Barry Adamson Dec 14, 2013. 1 Reply

My Mother:Where's Obama?Me: Did he start the wars?…Continue

God Hates Pumpkins.Com

Started this discussion. Last reply by El Dol Nov 7, 2013. 37 Replies

I saw this on a friend's time line on facebook.  On one hand, I was very amused with a dark sense of humor, and on the other, I was slamming my head against the desk because of such a description.…Continue

Wives SUBMIT to Your Husbands!!!!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Cara Coleen Oct 30, 2013. 45 Replies

Here is a link Submit Ye Olde Hag (…Continue

The Church is the Devil's Playground

Started this discussion. Last reply by Barry Adamson Aug 29, 2013. 106 Replies

What are your thoughts?  In what ways is the church the devil's playground?  In my former career as a pastor, I had quietly come to this realization because of the injustices I often saw Christians…Continue

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Barry Adamson replied to Gallup's Mirror's discussion 'What is the sound of democracy dying?'
"If you watched the Star Wars Prequel, it dies with "thunderous applause.""
Apr 8
Elad Avron and Barry Adamson are now friends
Jan 30
Barry Adamson replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'My heart is breaking'
"Stand with her, and at every step of the way encourage her to stand up and say enough is enough.  Be there for her, and coach her through the battle if you can and (by her accord) are afforded to do so.  In the end, however, the choice is…"
Dec 24, 2013
Barry Adamson replied to Barry Adamson's discussion 'Wanting to Make a Clean, Definitive Break' in the group Former Southern Baptists
"That is all the SBC really is: a radical political organization.  There is really nothing more to them than that.  Sure, they use Jesus Christ as their banner, but their intention is to be a socio-political force with the only intention of…"
Dec 23, 2013
Simon Paynton replied to Barry Adamson's discussion 'Wanting to Make a Clean, Definitive Break' in the group Former Southern Baptists
"I just see a lot of similarities between radical politics and fundamentalist Christianity. "
Dec 23, 2013
Barry Adamson replied to Barry Adamson's discussion 'Wanting to Make a Clean, Definitive Break' in the group Former Southern Baptists
"So I just realized that the title was misspelled.  Guess that's what you get when you write this up late at night after a long day. Anyway,  I am not interested in throwing emotional stones at them.  I've gone through that…"
Dec 23, 2013
James Cox replied to Barry Adamson's discussion 'Wanting to Make a Clean Difinitive Break' in the group Former Southern Baptists
"I remember readings I found by Benjamin Franklin and Voltaire concerning their positions on religion. They seemed to both think that church offerings were a good idea in that, while churches are not the highest example of moral rectitude, they are…"
Dec 23, 2013
Simon Paynton replied to Barry Adamson's discussion 'Wanting to Make a Clean Difinitive Break' in the group Former Southern Baptists
"I'm sorry to hear this James.  It's no secret, I've said lots of times before, my "atheist morality project" was inspired by an evangelical Christian lady.  I'm a dedicated anarchist.  If I was a family…"
Dec 23, 2013
James Cox replied to Barry Adamson's discussion 'Wanting to Make a Clean Difinitive Break' in the group Former Southern Baptists
"I give snipets of who I am, but the whole package is likely hard to take. I find myself looking at religion through a very large lense of experience and disapointment. So much of the symbolic and metaphorical trappings seem to be very juvenal and…"
Dec 23, 2013
Diane replied to Barry Adamson's discussion 'Wanting to Make a Clean Difinitive Break' in the group Former Southern Baptists
"James, that last sentence gave me goosebumps.  It says so much in just a few words.  I wish the people in your church could read your whole post. "
Dec 22, 2013
James Cox replied to Barry Adamson's discussion 'Wanting to Make a Clean Difinitive Break' in the group Former Southern Baptists
"I joined a local Lutherian church recently, mostly because I like the self abuse, and my gal friend sort of expected it. I thought that I really needed to try and find away to 'fit', because learning to live together in peace shoud be a…"
Dec 22, 2013
Simon Paynton replied to Barry Adamson's discussion 'Wanting to Make a Clean Difinitive Break' in the group Former Southern Baptists
"Barry, you weren't meant to be put in a box.  The best revenge is success.  Why don't you start your own church? "
Dec 22, 2013
Strega replied to Barry Adamson's discussion 'Wanting to Make a Clean Difinitive Break' in the group Former Southern Baptists
"Hey Barry, One of the things I try to do before I carry out an action impelled by emotion is to decide what the purpose is and what end result I desire. This helps me to decide how do proceed. For example, in this instance, you are either writing…"
Dec 22, 2013
Reg The Fronkey Farmer replied to Barry Adamson's discussion 'Wanting to Make a Clean Difinitive Break' in the group Former Southern Baptists
"I would first do a draft letter and give the wording plenty of consideration for a week or so. Reedit as necessary. It is important to get across you points with enough emphasis to let them see that you are being very serious. You should not make it…"
Dec 22, 2013
Barry Adamson added a discussion to the group Former Southern Baptists
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Wanting to Make a Clean Difinitive Break

So for awhile now, I have been considering making a clean definitive break from the SBC by sending a formal letter to the organization rejecting and "rebuking" them.  I have also considered making this letter an open letter, to be published online for the entire world to see as a declaration of independence in defiance of their oppressive control on freedom of thought, and justice and equality for all.My reasoning for this is that at the start of my associate pastorship (now coming up on two…See More
Dec 22, 2013
Barry Adamson replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'My new tattoo - Astonishing Light'
"Excellent Choice!!"
Dec 21, 2013

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Your Religious Status
Christian
About Me:
I am a former pastor who left the church. I am still a theist and still a follower of Jesus, just not a slave to the church - which in my recent opinion is a whore to politics and institutional slavery of the mind. I believe in freedom of thought, which requires education and the ability to listen and value differences in understanding the world. I am not here to convert anyone or proselytize my beliefs, but to listen, to learn, and to share information. Being religious does not make one morally superior - in many ways it can produce or sustain the opposite effect.
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31-35
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Married
Why are you here?
To listen, to learn, and to share.
Why you left your religion.
I left an associate pastor position in an SBC church for sake of family safety and political reasons. A prominent, well-monied, and church-politically powerful family did not value the safety and well-being of one of my children and when I went to politely address the matter, my job was threatened. Soon thereafter the senior pastor (who gave me the green-light to address the problem, and who said he'd have my back) quickly abandoned me. He then forced his authority on my family and tried to usurp my position as the father by trying to force my children to be a part of a children's program - one that was deemed unsafe by my wife and myself. It was a devastating experience, but I am recovering and so is my family.
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Where the Hurt is...

Posted on May 10, 2013 at 8:00pm 0 Comments

There is so much to say and such small words to say it with.  Who hurt you?  Who caused you to suffer loss; who brought about an unrealized soul?  No room for reflection; no room for thought – a time of repression, a time of distraught.
No matter where you go, there…
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At 2:21am on July 13, 2013, archaeopteryx said…

Yeah, you're right - why the hell not?

 
 
 

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