Cara Coleen's Blog (51)

Dear Old Friend, Goodbye

I so want to send this letter to a childhood friend of mine, but I probably won't. I want to stop taking her calls, but I've known her since I was 11. I'm still friends with her sister (we were like the Three Amigas at one point), but... I dunno. I'm just so over the facade. And I'm so over feeling so... invalidated. This girl has been through so much, and I tried to be there for her... but it has been ALL about her for so long, and not me at all. It's a toxic relationship,…

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Added by Cara Coleen on March 25, 2014 at 11:06pm — 11 Comments

Agape Love

Growing up, I was taught about the kind of love God the Father has for his children; it was called "agape love." I understood it as the kind of love that allows a parent to forgive their children for wrongdoing, and the sort of love that allows God to forgive humankind for sin. It was something to take comfort in. The message that we had "fallen short" was pounded into my head, and God's love had to be extremely powerful to…

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Added by Cara Coleen on June 30, 2013 at 6:52pm — 46 Comments

On Carl Sagan

I found this incredibly beautiful; a realistic love story, and a true appreciation of fleeting life:

By Ann Druyan, wife of Carl Sagan

When my husband died, because he was so famous and known for not being a believer, many people would come up to me - it still sometimes happens - and ask me if Carl changed at the end and converted to a belief in an afterlife. They also frequently ask me if I think I will see him again.



Carl faced his death with unflagging…

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Added by Cara Coleen on June 25, 2013 at 9:07pm — 25 Comments

How to be a Skeptical News Consumer

By Donna L. Halper

Skeptic Magazine

Even the most skeptical among us have had this happen: A friend or relative forwards an e-mail from an organization with a safe-sounding name (“The Clean Air Initiative,” “The Center for Consumer Freedom”), but the e-mail is filled with scary assertions, usually of a political nature. If the Obama-care health bill is passed, Grandma will face a “death panel” that will decide if she lives or…

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Added by Cara Coleen on June 12, 2013 at 1:56pm — 3 Comments

Noam Chomsky: The Kind of Anarchism I Believe in, and What's Wrong with Libertarians

Disclaimer: This is an article posted on AlterNet which I could tell had a lot of important things within it, but the message was held hostage in the worst formatting of a (presumably) recorded interview ever. I only took the time to format it myself because I really wanted to untangle what Chomsky had to say, and break the word-wall down into digestible paragraphs. I also made some edits for the sake of clarification, so it's not all completely original. I tried to contain my edits within…

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Added by Cara Coleen on May 29, 2013 at 11:00pm — 34 Comments

God Freaks Self Out By Lying Awake Contemplating Own Immortality

Brought to you by The Onion (a satirical "news" organization)

THE HEAVENS—Sources close to God reported Thursday that the Creator of the Universe and Author of Our Eternal Salvation suffered a crippling bout of existential dread this week, lying awake all night as He pondered His own immortality.

Anxiously drumming His fingers, the all-powerful being was…

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Added by Cara Coleen on February 2, 2013 at 1:15pm — 7 Comments

Words

I've become increasingly frustrated with people's insistence that words can mean whatever they want them to mean, and whatever is convenient for them to mean. Words are meant for one thing: communication. Once everyone personalizes words and definitions, we lose that ability. If "to you" a chair is what the rest of us consider a table, you're going to lose us when you start telling about setting the chair for dinner.

Even more frustrating is when people, or Bibles, make absolute…

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Added by Cara Coleen on November 20, 2012 at 8:09pm — 37 Comments

Awkward Encounters of the Proselytizing Kind

You may or may not know there's a hurricane headed towards New England as we speak, or that it's what experts are calling a "perfect storm" (converging with a cold front, and during a full moon). I really don't know why it's called a "perfect storm" because, my opinion is that, a "perfect storm" would be one that left zero damage and wasn't frightening in the least. Well, I'm not frightened yet, just trying to make some preparations.



The boyfriend and I decided to head to Wal-Mart (I… Continue

Added by Cara Coleen on October 26, 2012 at 11:00am — 10 Comments

What Good Are You to Me?

There’s an image floating around on Facebook of what appears to be an African man holding his emaciated son in his arms. The caption says something about God and prayers being unanswered, and how this is proof there is no god. It’s not the only image like it floating around, so I’m sure you get the gist. God answers the prayers of indulgent, greedy Americans yet ignores the pleading of starving children everywhere else in the world (well, and even right in the United States). Of course, a…

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Added by Cara Coleen on June 6, 2012 at 11:30pm — 62 Comments

Schopenhauer's 38 Stratagems, or 38 Ways to Win an Argument

*Disclaimer: I am not actually advocating these tactics since they are all logical fallacies and dishonest. However, theists are notorious for pulling these tricks even if they're not aware of it. We should be aware of their wily ways!

SCHOPENHAUER'S 38 STRATAGEMS,…

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Added by Cara Coleen on April 19, 2012 at 3:00pm — 19 Comments

Points of Unbelief: Rejected

My mother learns about my thoughts and motives by reading books and watching shows produced by Christians. Instead of asking me, or believing what I tell her, she looks to people who don't know me. I borderline hate her for this. I don't hate her (just resent), but I do hate that she lets strangers inform her about who I am when she's known me my whole life. It's so invalidating.

In general, Christians seem to have a habit of speaking for others and assuming they know the…

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Added by Cara Coleen on March 30, 2012 at 2:00pm — 28 Comments

Our Nightmares are Real

I am closer than I ever have been to disassociating with anyone supporting or endorsing Conservative Christians... and that's significant because most of my family is exactly that. I am disgusted and horrified by these anti-woman bills that are being passed, and the asinine arguments being made to strip of us of our medical privacy and bodily autonomy. I am terrified that these unethical laws will affect me someday... it makes me want to have all my "lady parts" surgically removed just so I…

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Added by Cara Coleen on February 16, 2012 at 10:20pm — 49 Comments

A Lack of Curiosity

What has surprised me the most, in my transition from devoutly passionate Christian to skeptical atheist, is that very few (if any) of my Christian friends or family have been remotely interested in why or how I lost my faith. That lack of curiosity I've taken very personally. If they knew me, then they would know that losing my faith was a big deal... and not just because I'm now apparently going to Hell.



For one, they should know I'm analytical, and not led around by my emotions.… Continue

Added by Cara Coleen on April 11, 2011 at 9:45pm — 30 Comments

Think Atheist's First Meet-Up

It all started when we pulled into the Metro parking lot. The line to pay for parking alone was quite long… but then someone pointed to THE line leading into the station. It coiled from behind the parking garage,

back inside, and slithered it’s way to the entrance, five bodies wide and

thousands of bodies long. We were definitely going to be in line for a while,

but there was no way we were turning back.



Once we got on the…

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Added by Cara Coleen on November 1, 2010 at 3:59pm — 6 Comments

Criticisms From All of Us to All of You

Can everyone just stop being so disenfranchised and overly critical for just one day?



I’m a skeptic and probably a bit of a cynic, too, but I’m actually tired of hearing everyone’s moans of disapproval (said disapprovingly). PZ Myers and Chris Hitchens ripped the Rally to Restore Sanity

to Shreds. It’s…

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Added by Cara Coleen on November 1, 2010 at 3:00pm — 19 Comments

No Dominion: The Lonely, Dangerous Fight Against Christian Supremacists Inside the Armed Forces

In his fight against British imperialism, Mahatma Gandhi described the life cycle of successful civil disobedience: "First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you

win." Mikey Weinstein, the 55-year-old founder of the Albuquerque, New

Mexico-based Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF), likes to

quote it, knowing full well he's crossed the line into a…

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Added by Cara Coleen on July 11, 2010 at 8:31pm — 3 Comments

Glenn Beck, America's Historian Laureate

by: Greg Grandin | TomDispatch.com



Americans, it's been said, learn geography when they go to war. Now, it seems, many get their history when they go to a Tea Party rally or tune in to Glenn Beck.



History is a "battlefield of ideas," as Beck recently put it, while…

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Added by Cara Coleen on May 14, 2010 at 11:40am — 7 Comments

Croatian Teenager Wakes From Coma Speaking Fluent German

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Added by Cara Coleen on April 13, 2010 at 3:00pm — 11 Comments

A Sad Ending to a Great Life

It hasn't quite set in yet. I've already cried, but it still isn't real. I can't believe my grandfather, Charles Crum, has passed on. He was the kindest, sweetest man and a Southern Baptist preacher until he retired within the last few years. He also compiled a family history, which now means so much to me. I'm glad he was able to finish it. After having some chest pains a couple weeks ago, he was admitted to the hospital where complications mounted.



First, the doctors put two stints… Continue

Added by Cara Coleen on January 25, 2010 at 5:35pm — 10 Comments

Tonight, I Feel Mortal

I guess I'll get a little more personal tonight and have a little "Dear Diary" session. Don't say you weren't forewarned!



I'm a little under two months away from turning 27. Happy Birthday, me. I can't believe how old I am. Forgive me, anyone older, who may be offended by my astonishment, but... I really didn't think time would go so quickly. Obviously, no one ever really does. I know my father is reeling at the fact that… Continue

Added by Cara Coleen on December 7, 2009 at 6:30am — 15 Comments

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