AngieAntiTheist talking about my experience growing up in a Bible-based Christian fundamentalist cult (Home in Zion Ministries) run by my grandmother (Carol ...

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Comment by Morgan Matthew on December 12, 2009 at 1:50pm
haha great video Angie! Now featured!
Comment by Kirk Holden on December 12, 2009 at 3:58pm
Always good to see the plain truth.

I spent the first ten years of my life in a small sect which was similarly cult-like. Everyone in this faith was a blood relative and had been for generations. The only conversion in a practical sense was marriage into the family. It was when I saw what Jehovah's Witness members, another cult, were like that I realized that I could never buy into the bullshit. I morphed into an Episcopalian but the war on gays in the priesthood opened my eyes to the boundary between faith and reason.

The belief that there is something hidden in the scriptures, some nuance of understanding, that will only become apparent under special circumstances is completely daft. I have read the bible from cover to cover several times. It's the work of ancient editors with a vast pile of different axes to grind. I believe every word of the bible should be taken at face value. As Sam Harris often says, the fundamentalist christians have that part exactly right.
Comment by Angie the Anti-Theist on December 13, 2009 at 1:02pm
Kirk - It's funny you went Episcopalian. I was married in an Episcopal church (d'oh!) and had my son baptized there (double d'oh!) It's sad to see that even one of the more liberal denominations still has schisms about whether or not gay people are people.

Also, I'd love to invite you to ExCultNetwork.ning.com. It's not a purely atheist site by any means, because I let people from any cult join, including non-religious cults, but I hope a lot of atheist former cult members will join and help me to promote a culture of critical thinking and skepticism (best ammunition against future cult tactics)
Comment by Angie the Anti-Theist on December 13, 2009 at 1:02pm
@ Morgan - Thanks!
@ Zak - You're welcome :)
Comment by Jacqueline Sarah Homan on December 14, 2009 at 8:27pm
Angie...I have two things to say:
1. You are an AWESOME YouTube atheist, and;

2. Your message about cults and indoctrinations is a very powerful one...thank you for bringing your voice, which neds to be heard. By everyone. You go, girl!!!!!!!!! :: big hug::
Comment by Angie the Anti-Theist on December 14, 2009 at 9:31pm
@Jacqueline - Aw, thanks! BTW, I love the new profile pic :) Mine's all weird & cutting my head off...
Comment by Jacqueline Sarah Homan on December 14, 2009 at 9:49pm
Yeah Angie, I was wondering how that happened. It is good to see you here :)

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