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An AN member passed away

Started by Deidre. Last reply by Deidre Aug 18. 4 Replies

Went into the chat room last Friday night, for the first time in a while, and learned that Mequa passed away. I had been good friends with him for a time, but we had differences and stopped talking back in the spring of this year. I knew however,…Continue

A Parable by Mrs. Betty Bowers

Started by Loren Miller Aug 17. 0 Replies

Betty Bowers is becoming SO GOOD at delivering as America's Best Christian, she now does 30-second parables!  (Okay, 32 seconds!  Picky, picky!) Have You Had YOUR Betty Today?Continue

Tags: bible, parable, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Goodwill to Few Men (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Michael Penn Aug 16. 8 Replies

Think Goodwill Industries does well by the poor?  Fact is, they do WAY BETTER for themselves, to the point where America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, thinks they're ripping off the christian playbook a bit too well!  Have a look for yourself:…Continue

Tags: ripoff, Goodwill Industries, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Steven Weinberg on his anti-theism

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Loren Miller Aug 2. 4 Replies

I like the sound of Steven Weinberg's voice. He has a calming impact on me as I rush to get my home of 41 years ready to sell and plan and put into motion the new garden at my daughter's home. My home is full o empty boxed quickly filling with the…Continue

Your favorite photobombs?

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Plinius Jul 10. 12 Replies

Running of the bulls photobomb.Continue

losing faith (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller Jul 5. 0 Replies

TheraminTrees has recently begun producing a new series of YouTube videos, which added to a wonderful library of earlier observations regarding his experience of religion. Good as all those pieces are, I personally think they pale against this…Continue

Tags: story, history, faith, TheraminTrees

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Comment by Idaho Spud on April 5, 2014 at 11:47am

I agree with everyone else Joan.  Your daughter was amazing as well as you.  What a story!

So glad that you were able to escape the horrible abuse and help other women as well.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 5, 2014 at 11:44am

Please do remember, my story is not a pitty-potty story. It is all fact and that is the point of my telling it. Hundreds of women - and men - attended my classes and pulled themselves out of their viral lives. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 5, 2014 at 11:40am

Oh NO! I just reread my comment Between Grinning Cat and Arp, 

I misspoke. I did not write what I meant.  I wrote, 

"The conversations that occur on Atheist Nexus are very different than on Facebook and Twitter. The real food for thought comes on these sites. This is where I come for nourishment and for a safe place to rant." 

I should have written:

The conversations that occur on Atheist Nexus are very different than on Facebook and Twitter. The real food for thought comes here on Atheist Nexus sites. This is where I come for nourishment and for a safe place to rant. 

Comment by Randall Smith on April 5, 2014 at 8:15am

Admittedly, I've led a very sheltered life. Reading I Fired God,  Joan's story, plus some recent television "exposes", I realize that there's a different world beyond my insolated walls--savage, brutal, sickening. My rose colored glasses have really fogged up recently. Thanks to all that are doing something about the ugliness of our society.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 5, 2014 at 1:42am

Joan, thanks for sharing the intimate details of your story.  It really humbles me and puts perspective on my own life.  I've been extremely lucky to have been raised by two caring parents along with three other wonderful siblings.  Other than the expected backlash of anger I may have received from my parents when I truly deserved it, there was no kind of abuse whatsoever in my childhood.  I can't imagine what it must have been like for you to live in a constant state of fear of physical or mental abuse, both as a child and as an adult. 

It seems almost ironic that it took the actions of a small 10 year old kid to stand up to your husband and to plant the seeds of freedom into you.  You did a wonderful thing for yourself and for your children by taking your life back.  And it shows when you post stories and pictures of them here on A|N.  You have accomplished so much in your life and have proven yourself as a extraordinary role model.  Hugs to you. 

Comment by Plinius on April 5, 2014 at 1:23am

And I can't figure why someone would want to beat two month old babies! That's a crime!

Comment by Plinius on April 5, 2014 at 1:20am

I marvel at your daughter, Joan, how she found the strength to defend herself - she must have learnt it from you, I think, but you didn't dare to use it at the time. Wonderful, how you escaped and grew strong!

I never laughed too in my parents' house. Sexist men only joke with people they see as equals, never with women. Such men target their unfunny jokes at women, then say women have no sense of humor.

The humor broke out when I felt good about myself, and it's still there. I even use it in teaching - so good when fifteen people have a good laugh together!

Comment by Arp on April 5, 2014 at 12:53am

Joan, I read your story, and I realized what you went through. I can only say you are a real life hero. You have my admiration.

About revealing my atheism, I have no fear in revealing my atheism to the people I know such as friends, family and relatives.

I'm only concerned about strangers and school bullies (I'm still a student) who just need a thing to pick on others.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 5, 2014 at 12:23am

Oh yes, I understand your situation Arp. Many do not want their atheism revealed because of personal, professional or other reasons and I honor that. 

I have been trying to figure out a way to get the fine writings that occur in various Atheist Nexus sites to the general population without exposing others to unnecessary risks. 

I am retired and living on my pension. I have nothing to lose by exposing myself to public knowledge of my strong anti-theist thinking. I think the problems that religion creates are so serious, they need to be exposed, challenged and replaced with ways of thinking that are healthier for the planet. 

The conversations that occur on Atheist Nexus are very different than on Facebook and Twitter. The real food for thought comes on these sites. This is where I come for nourishment and for a safe place to rant. 

Comment by Grinning Cat on April 4, 2014 at 10:42pm

Joan, you truly went through challenges I can't imagine... I'm glad you broke the cycle, and you and your kids went on to create a good life!

 

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