Kamela Johnston
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Jul 23, 2013
Kamela Johnston commented on Unseen's group 'Atheist Cats'
"Just took my little Beau to get her second set of shots. All in all the two visits cost me over $200. Then the vet gives me an estimate to have her spayed...$300! I contacted my local Animal Friends (who I support) & they charge $50 to spay. I…"
Jul 18, 2013
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Jul 12, 2013
bongani muthwa commented on Kamela Johnston's blog post 'Rolling In The Muck'
"Why most ulgy things most of us did when we were religious had to do with sexuality. There are many beautiful men and women, innocent boys and girls that I have prayed over and "counselled" because they "were possessed by Sodom and…"
Jul 12, 2013
William Boyd commented on Kamela Johnston's blog post 'Rolling In The Muck'
"Sincere apologies for being wrong are more than often accepted with open arms. It's never too late to speak your peace. If nothing else, you will feel better inside."
Jul 12, 2013
Kairan Nierde commented on Kamela Johnston's blog post 'Rolling In The Muck'
"No, most of the legitimately shitty stuff I've done hasn't been because of my religion but because of who I am.  One thing to keep in mind is whether apologizing will benefit your cousin or mainly just make you feel better.  If…"
Jul 11, 2013
kris feenstra commented on Kamela Johnston's blog post 'Rolling In The Muck'
"I can't be certain, but it's probably a way bigger deal to you than it is to your cousin at this point in time. You can probably keep it simple. No matter how you tell him, it should be fine as long as he understands that you feel you let…"
Jul 11, 2013
Strega commented on Kamela Johnston's blog post 'Rolling In The Muck'
"Man, you're burning up over something he has almost definitely dismissed.  You probably gave him a good heads-up as to what he was going to have to face amongst friends and family at the time. I strongly suggest you simply post him a link…"
Jul 11, 2013
Kamela Johnston posted a blog post

Rolling In The Muck

“Chronic remorse, as all the moralists are agreed, is a most undesirable sentiment. If you have behaved badly, repent, make what amends you can and address yourself to the task of behaving better next time. On no account brood over your wrongdoing. Rolling in the muck is not the best way of getting clean.”          ----Aldous Huxley, Brave New WorldI've been rolling in the muck lately.Several years ago, my cousin (with whom I was very close) told me he was gay. This was an incredibly difficult…See More
Jul 11, 2013
Kamela Johnston joined Morgan Matthew's group
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Coming Out Godless: What's Your Story?

We all come from different backgrounds & have different reasons for identifying ourselves as atheist or agnostic.Whatever your story is, we'd like to hear it. Please share & encourage others who are considering "coming out"!See More
Jul 9, 2013
Kamela Johnston commented on Carol Foley's blog post 'I am a coward.'
"Forgive me for commenting without making a real introduction  (Hi, I'm Kam) but it almost seems like you've answered your own question here in the passage I quoted above. The way I read these words, it seemed to me that: Maybe a…"
Jul 8, 2013
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C.S. Lewis BS

"I went to a Christian high school & part of the curriculum was an apologetics class where Lewis' "Mere Christianity" was the main text. After completing a passage from it we'd all say, "Yes! Of course! It's so…"
Jul 5, 2013
Kamela Johnston commented on Unseen's group 'Atheist Cats'
"Hello all! As you can see from my profile pic, I have two cats. Abby is the one who is...festively plump. Our new baby is Beau. Both are rescues. I also have a dog named Gibbs."
Jul 5, 2013
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Jul 5, 2013
Kamela Johnston liked Physeter's discussion Things my Christian family talks about
Jul 5, 2013

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Your Religious Status
Secular/Nonreligious/Agnostic
Age
31-35
Why are you here?
Through some painful & difficult circumstances, I very recently realized that, after almost 20 years of being an evangelical Christian, I'm actually an agnostic leaning toward atheism. I'm searching for a community of fellow free-thinkers to learn from & share ideas with--since most of my family & friends are still Christians (& have no idea what I'm going through).
The religion you left
Christian
Why you left your religion.
I've been emotionally & mentally traumatized by religion since childhood. It finally climaxed one day a couple years ago during a huge, terrible family fight (all "born again", all using God to justify their horrid behavior). Looking around, I just felt like my eyes were opened for the first time. I was actually seeing how Christianity really made no difference in my life or the lives of those I was closest to. I began to question, & question, & question some more. I then looked into my past and saw all the damaging things that had happened to me through so-called people of faith. I don't feel entirely comfortable getting into that at this time--hopefully someday. Suffice to say, however, being raised religious left scars on my heart and mind that I am now trying to heal through therapy & education. I'm still angry, but I'm struggling to come to terms with my past. I'm hoping that a community such as Think Atheist will provide information, insight, and support as I discover who I am apart from a god.
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Kamela Johnston's Blog

Rolling In The Muck

Posted on July 11, 2013 at 10:40am 5 Comments

“Chronic remorse, as all the moralists are agreed, is a most undesirable sentiment. If you have behaved badly, repent, make what amends you can and address yourself to the task of behaving better next time. On no account brood over your wrongdoing. Rolling in the muck is not the best way of getting clean.”          ----Aldous Huxley, Brave New World

I've been rolling in the muck lately.

Several years ago, my cousin (with…

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Going Full-Blown Atheist

Posted on July 3, 2013 at 10:10am 22 Comments

I'm so SO grateful to everyone who welcomed me & posted their own thoughts. I thought I might respond with another blog post because of something Sagacious Hawk mentioned in the comments:

The first time I checked out an atheist book, God is Not Great by the late and great Hitchens, from the library I went to the self check-out, held it cover side down walking out the door so no one would see it, and casually hid it in my car during the ride home. And this was about 3…

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Passing Notes & First Posts (An Anxiety Ramble)

Posted on July 2, 2013 at 1:05pm 29 Comments

I feel like I'm passing notes in class & I'm going to get caught any minute by a very prim, very stern, & kinda scary teacher who can't wait to throw me into detention.

Or maybe, like, a fiery pit of hell. Or whatever.

This is my first blog post and the first time I'm ever publicly outing myself as a...well, you know. (I'm working up to that word).

Oh, something you should know about me--I'm a bit gutless and VERY FREAKING NERVOUS about talking about losing my…

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At 2:41pm on July 2, 2013, kris feenstra said…

Hi Kamela,

Since you seem to have some reservation about your atheism, I wanted to make sure you were aware that if you used your real name, your profile will turn up in a google search of your name. If you have used your real name and would prefer a pseudonym, just go to settings and edit the 'full name' field.

If you are fine with your user name as is, welcome to Think Atheist.

 
 
 

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