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Preparation for an Ineluctable "God Talk"

Started this discussion. Last reply by Melissa Mays Sep 2, 2012. 16 Replies

This Friday, I'll venture off into the mountains with my mother-in-law, 2 sister-in-laws, and a grandmother-in-law for a fun filled weekend cottage getaway. I love them all very much and genuinely…Continue

Veda (My 4 Yr Old) Loves the Hell Out of God Questions Lately

Started Jul 15, 2012 0 Replies

Earlier, she went a little too quiet for a little too long. All parents know this is somewhat suspect.. so... I set out to find my mischievous child. She was sitting, wide-eyed, in the hallway and…Continue

People of Faith Who, Although Genuinely Acting Out of Loving Kindness, Still Perpetuate the Ills of God's Influence

Started this discussion. Last reply by Hygeia Halfmoon Jun 25, 2012. 10 Replies

Reading the paper this morning, I came across a morsel of local news that embodies one of the lesser contemplated ills of a god-driven society. In a nutsell, a commercial satellite dish van and a…Continue

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Strega commented on Melissa Mays's blog post 'Please, No Asshole Replies.. I Just... Need Help Here'
"Great point, Mike.  I never had the church presence so it is interesting to imagine how influential it might seem to children. As for those mothers who need a break from their children (quite understandably) I can tell you my experience. …"
Sep 22, 2013
MikeLong commented on Melissa Mays's blog post 'Please, No Asshole Replies.. I Just... Need Help Here'
""Kids believe in lots of things at a young age Easter bunny, Santa, the tooth fairy & gods." These characters are not all on the same level. Kids don't overhear adults talking among themselves about how they lost a tooth and the…"
Sep 22, 2013
Natalie commented on Melissa Mays's blog post 'Please, No Asshole Replies.. I Just... Need Help Here'
"Ha, I let my daughter go to Sunday school and youth group just so I can get a moments peace too. My daughter just turned 5 and is speech delayed so I know what they tell her wont do any harm. But even if it did lets face it, my daughter is going to…"
Sep 22, 2013
archaeopteryx commented on Melissa Mays's blog post 'Please, No Asshole Replies.. I Just... Need Help Here'
"RE: "His brain will realize they can't all be right." - that was my first clue, Mel, National Geographics, that I read when I was a kid - they featured cultures all over the world, with a plethora of religions, and when I asked my Mom…"
Sep 22, 2013
archaeopteryx commented on Melissa Mays's blog post 'Please, No Asshole Replies.. I Just... Need Help Here'
"@Mike - good plan."
Sep 22, 2013
Melvinotis commented on Melissa Mays's blog post 'Please, No Asshole Replies.. I Just... Need Help Here'
"When I was just nonreligious, not yet atheist, my stepson was consistently targeted by some of our evangelical neighbors. I would let him go to events and even sleepovers, but the following Sundays we would go to some other alternative religious…"
Sep 22, 2013
MikeLong commented on Melissa Mays's blog post 'Please, No Asshole Replies.. I Just... Need Help Here'
"Thank you. I'm not about to let people of that calibre have any effect on me. I've set my email system to filter out their message so they'll never even see my in-box."
Sep 22, 2013
archaeopteryx commented on Melissa Mays's blog post 'Please, No Asshole Replies.. I Just... Need Help Here'
"@Mike - good to see you back!"
Sep 21, 2013
MikeLong commented on Melissa Mays's blog post 'Please, No Asshole Replies.. I Just... Need Help Here'
"@kOrsan: YES! - But, @Reg: brilliant idea. I would quote that verbatim to Gram Cracker except I would change the word "religions" to "myths". Saying something like this nicely to Gram Cracker shows her a) where you stand on…"
Sep 21, 2013
Pope Beanie commented on Melissa Mays's blog post 'Please, No Asshole Replies.. I Just... Need Help Here'
"I liked reading world creation stories of different cultures to my kids. I read them all respectfully, pointing out how people really believe them. I liked showing that "people believe in their local, cultural stories". Their mother…"
Sep 21, 2013
Thomas Blood commented on Melissa Mays's blog post 'Please, No Asshole Replies.. I Just... Need Help Here'
"I wouldn't worry too much. If at 5 (really, only 5years old!!!?) the existence of dinosaurs has her critically questioning religion, it is unlikely that she is a ripe target for indoctrination. Her greatest strength is you; you have given her…"
Sep 21, 2013
archaeopteryx commented on Melissa Mays's blog post 'Please, No Asshole Replies.. I Just... Need Help Here'
"Grammy is clearly convinced that you are condemning your daughter to hell, and is determined to save her 5-year old soul - she's acting on the belief system she was taught, by those she trusted, and I really can't blame her for that. You…"
Sep 21, 2013
Reverand Jim commented on Melissa Mays's blog post 'Please, No Asshole Replies.. I Just... Need Help Here'
"Personally I agree with the childrens bible idea.  On the church thing, you have to think they are in some way teaching her to beleive in "God" and all that nonsense.  On the other hand, they are also instilling good values in…"
Sep 21, 2013
_Robert_ commented on Melissa Mays's blog post 'Please, No Asshole Replies.. I Just... Need Help Here'
"Kids are like sponges and believe what adults tell them. I remember my JW aunt trying to educate us with Witness coloring books. Be careful, because someone is trying to save their souls, that's the motivation and it is…"
Sep 21, 2013

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Your Religious Status
Buddhism
About Me:
I was born and raised in the bible thumping, holy rolling south and am now raising my daughter here too. I've never subscribed to the christian faith. I'm largely buddhist and have found that the intellectual aspects of atheism coalesce rather well with my faith; as I'm not required to sacrifice knowledge for faith. "Teach your child two things - teach him to be honest and to question." -Ajahn Brahm
Age
31-35
Relationship Status
Married
Why are you here?
I feel a sense of commonality.. and maybe even a smidgen of vindication.. to be among others who share my dismay over the sheer idiocy of the pious majority.
The religion you left
Was never a part of one
Why you left your religion.
..never quite managed to 'get my jesus on' when I was a kid.. just didn't make sense.. and I had no use for such things.
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Please, No Asshole Replies.. I Just... Need Help Here

Posted on September 20, 2013 at 11:48pm 16 Comments

..ok, so its suddenly dawned on me that my 5 yr old daughter, veda, has sidled into a rather unnervingly consistant routine of attending sunday evening services with her gram cracker (my mother in law) every sunday, followed by mexican for dinner and sonic drive-thru dessert. I let her go for 2 good reasons and 1 fairly bad one. If you're a tired mama, you'll understand the latter and if not, I'll ask you to just overlook it entirely and move right along to the good reasons. 1] Veda and I…

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Praying for a Mourning Mama Is Like Pissing in the Wind

Posted on October 7, 2012 at 4:50pm 3 Comments

My twin sister lost her baby; Friday night: she suffered a late term miscarriage.  I received the gut wrenching, 'something is wrong, I'm hurting" call at about 3:30 a.m. and so I met her at the hospital, where they were expecting her (as I'd called ahead). She was admitted, hooked up to a monitor, and (big sigh of relief) there was a heartbeat. We enjoyed approximately 20 minutes of blissful peace of mind before, lo and behold, her water broke. Ultimately, there IS no recourse after this.…

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God Killed My Mother-in-Law (Figuratively, but Still...)

Posted on September 21, 2012 at 1:30am 0 Comments

My mother-in-law has, once again, hopped on the religious roller coaster and has been re-rebaptised. When my husband was very small, she and his father answered god's calling and flew to Haiti to serve as missionaries for several months. My husband can recall forgetting what his parents looked like. Fast forward a couple of years: he can then recall their drunken, happy faces, white lines on dinner plates, and home-made honey bear bongs. Fast forward a few years after THAT: she's armed with…

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Loose Reverie: I Will Never Be a Believer

Posted on June 22, 2012 at 9:30pm 0 Comments

My earliest memory of church is not a terrible one, necessarily, as there was no physical or sexual abuse, no momentous 'aha!' moment.. no bells and whistles.. nothing worthy of a book writing.. but rather a simple question, on my part, whilst gluing a little paper 'Noah' to a small lunch bag, and the unsavory answer I was given. "Why were there no dinosaurs on the ark?", I'd asked.…

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Pictures great.  Love the one about the penis and co pilot.

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