All Blog Posts Tagged 'personal' (13)

When a Jehovah's Witness Grows Up to be an Atheist

After all this time, all these years, all these degrees of separation - a mere knock guides me to shedded enemies. It was midmorning when a pair of shadows alerted me to some unexpected presences. I think I knew before I knew, my gut clenching beyond the usual spasm of social anxiety.

The blockers of the light lingered and adjusted themselves and finally put knuckle to…

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Added by M.M.J. Gregory on May 29, 2014 at 4:49pm — 8 Comments

Was a Catholic

I was raised as a Catholic and I will explain what it meant to me. The brainwashing begins at a very young age. It all starts with the Christening reserved for infants or babtism for others, usually at a later age. I would tell you about my Christening, but it's something I can't remember. It was sort of like an induction into the church.

A few years later they send you to Sunday school (which was actually on a Saturday) or catechism. Around the age of 5 or 6 we went to this class and…

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Added by Emma Frost on March 19, 2013 at 8:31pm — 2 Comments

I Am Going To Read The Bible

I grew up in a family that went to church on holidays and said grace before meals, so you could say we weren't the strictest Christian family, we just worshipped when it was most convenient. From a early age I always questioned everything especially religion! It was always so frustrating when I asked a question and the only answer I ever seemed to get was, "That is the way the lord wants it." I always thought that was one bogus excuse of an answer.

One day I even asked my mom why God…

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Added by Kayla T on May 4, 2012 at 6:30pm — 16 Comments

Life is More Precious than I Could have Ever Imagined

My grandfather is one of the most beloved people in my life. He has his endearing quirks, such as his strange hobbies of collecting chess boards [never seen him play them, lol] and making up wild stories about "his adventures in the land of the Pigmys." He once rented half a bee-farm on a whim and his entire house is basically a library, there isn't a single room without books in it. Some of the most bizarre books and knick-knacks I had ever seen were in his house. I had found a copy of "The… Continue

Added by Skycomet the Fallen Angel on August 13, 2011 at 12:03pm — 4 Comments

What are your values?

Without god(s) to tell me who to hate and who to love, I have to find my own way. 

These are my values.

 

 

1) Judgement. 

"Judge not least.."

Nope. Wrong again.

For those of you that spread pain, I judge you.

Not by skin color. Not by ancestry. Not by blood or body type. 

By actions.

If you make a decision to cause suffering to another person and hide behind an excuse of religion, culture, preference or simple agreement…

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Added by Misty: Baytheist Living! on May 1, 2011 at 2:30pm — 4 Comments

I am an atheist musician. This is an article I wrote about the spiritual side of creativity.

Jawshack.com/blog/spirituality-in-creativity/ - This is a link to my own blog. I just really prefer the formatting at my Wordpress. I would love to hear your thoughts, as so far the only comments are from my mom who "didn't understand parts" and from a preacher defending the resurrection as being true beyond all doubt.

 

Also, yay, just joined an atheist website! Any other musicians in Los…

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Added by Paul Matthis on April 20, 2011 at 2:00pm — 3 Comments

Another Piece of "A Journey of Faith" [My Memoire] - The Birth of My Sister

This is a part of my memoire, and one of my most powerful personal arguments against the existence of God. It details a newborn infant fighting desperately for her life and her victory, not through a god, but through humanity and lucky chance.

 

 

 

          That night of November 20th, my grandmother made dinner and Rob and Grampa and I sat down anxiously awaiting news. The news came late into the night. I wasn’t…

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Added by Skycomet the Fallen Angel on March 19, 2011 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Exclusion really bites.

I found an online acquaintance in a roundabout way on LiveJournal (yes, that dinosaur) and sent her a friend request.  I'd have been fine with the first part of her explanation for declining (it's only my RL face-to-face circle of friends, nothing personal).  But what stung was what she went on to say:

We're all pagans, Dionysians, Kemetics, polydiests, or combination of the four. Oh, and one very open minded Christian. So, it's not your gang of folks and subject…
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Added by Laura Foster on February 11, 2011 at 2:39pm — 2 Comments

Reminising on 9/11 - Did it lead to my atheism 8 years later?

On September 11, 2001 I was 12-years old. The same age [ironically] of many of the fundamentalist muslim child brides in the middle east. I was had just "graduated" from grade school at Ayer Elementary School and was beginning my education as a 7th grader at Nagel Middle School.

The day started out so ordinary as to be unnerving.

Most of my memory of my childhood is foggy... but this day... I shall never forget. I can see it as clearly now [nearly a decade later] as I…

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Added by Skycomet the Fallen Angel on November 7, 2010 at 1:54pm — No Comments

Sorry for the vanishing act.

I think I'm back now! Yay!
For anyone interested, and anyone keeping tabs, things got really nasty there for a while, but life is looking up.
The roomie got crazier and crazier, and two days before rent was due, she decided to up the price. That was sort of the final straw for us. Her behavior was way, WAY erratic even before that, but at least we were able to move out without giving any notice, and feel pretty damn justified in that action.
Not only that, but we still…
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Added by Misty: Baytheist Living! on July 9, 2010 at 11:24am — 5 Comments

An excellent response to some infamous twitter theists

If you are an atheist on twitter, you probably already know about such people as @prophetwriter, @heidiraff, @JoeCienkowski, and @JuanitaBerguson. Many atheists on twitter spend a great deal of time arguing with them, ridiculing them, or being exasperated by them.



Yesterday,… Continue

Added by Todd on June 20, 2010 at 12:23pm — 7 Comments

Religions tangled web - Or how Atheism made me a better person

Obviously we are Atheists now. But some of us had to shake off the spell of religion before taking a firm grasp on logic and reason. These are the people this post is mostly directed toward. I was one of those people that actually bought in to the superstition in my youth. When you are a follower, you obviously believe in God, but on other issues there is a 'party line' so to speak that followers also have a group consensus toward. For some a differing opinion in these areas may have been part… Continue

Added by James on March 14, 2010 at 1:41am — 5 Comments

Discovering the secularist cause (New article at Examiner)

Here's my latest at Examiner.com, under my new title, "DC Secularism Examiner." It's a brief history of what brought me to writing about atheist activism.



A taste:



As I put my career in professional theatre temporarily aside (populated by a generally liberal and socially tolerant demographic) and toward politics, I came to realize that while my own…
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Added by Paul Fidalgo on February 27, 2009 at 3:56pm — 3 Comments

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