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Brainwashing and Out Of The Mouth Of Babes

This was a response to another earlier blog and I though I'd just put it out there for those that came out of religion after brainwashing their own children.

When I left the Jehovah's Witnesses my kids were 8 and 6 years old. They were fully brainwashed already. My son was able to go to the doors with me and give a 6 minute sermon including the reading of a couple of scriptures. My daughter was six and about to start doing her own sermons at the door. My little girl would be warning… Continue

Added by Ravenone on March 18, 2009 at 9:05am — 12 Comments

I'm Serioiusly Considering Reading the Whole Bible

It's been popping on my mind for quite some time. I'm finishing reading my current books, and I really want to know my own rational opinion about it. I read some passages when I was in Catholic school years ago, but I was too young to really fathom any of it. I think now that I am a rational adult, that I'm ready for it! Although I heard its a fairly easy read, I wanna know it so I can have a clear mind in tons of metaphors in literature, and in culture in general.

My biggest problem… Continue

Added by Jennifer W on March 17, 2009 at 10:00pm — 13 Comments

"You're an atheist -- how could you do that to your children?"

"You're an atheist -- how could you do that to your children?"

It's in our nature to cherish our children. If you have children yourself then you will know what I am talking about. (Unless you're emotionally retarded.) As soon as you rationalize that it is OK for a "God of Love" to put disobedient children to lose me!! (Truthfully, you lost me at the God part!) Parents in the USA would be imprisoned and (if in Texas, hehe) possibly put to death for killing disobedient… Continue

Added by Ravenone on March 17, 2009 at 10:00pm — 11 Comments

An apology from an EX Jehovah's Witness. "Sorry I knocked on your door"!

This is something I came up with in an EX Jehovah's Witness support group...I sure needed some relief and thought others may too!

Blame and accountability...these are two things that I gave a lot of thought to one year when I attended AA meetings...I was never a real drinker but after tragedy struck my little family, I fell apart.

Being an atheist I had a little trouble with the Judeo-Christian terminology in the 12 steps but the steps themselves were very helpful. I carried a… Continue

Added by Ravenone on March 17, 2009 at 10:00pm — 7 Comments

The Path Of My Salvation? (Door to door story from my days as one of Jehovah's Witnesses)

The Path Of My Salvation?

I was cold, tired, and hungry, but most of all I needed to take a piss. I had been preaching from door to door all morning long. The day was dragging on.

Fueled by too much coffee, I was in rare form. My sermons at my neighbor's doorsteps grew increasingly urgent as my bladder expanded. Oh, the urgency of God's message!

I had one house left on my assigned side of the street, and no Watchtowers left in my bag. I ran back to the car to restock.… Continue

Added by Ravenone on March 17, 2009 at 9:30pm — 4 Comments

Preaching the truth...

A monumentous thing happened to me yesterday.

I was ordained.

I am now a Minister for The Universal Church Triumphant of the Apathetic Agnostic.

It's a simple premise on which to actually base a church... a church is simply a formalised group of people who have basically the same view on God, right? So why not?

The church isn't made up only of people who define themselves as agnostic, there are weak atheists who accept that gods cannot be disproven, and… Continue

Added by Kristine Robinson on March 17, 2009 at 9:24pm — 3 Comments

Gun Control

This was a mass email I received from a friend and my reply to it.

"It is now closer to reality than you think.

You're sound asleep when you hear a thump outside your bedroom door. Half-awake, and nearly paralyzed with fear, you hear muffled whispers. At least two people have broken into your house and are moving your way. With your heart pumping, you reach down beside your bed and pick up your shotgun. You rack a shell into the chamber, then inch toward the door and…

Added by Caine on March 17, 2009 at 9:04pm — 4 Comments

Filled with the holy spirit.

It was a miracle. There I sat, constipated and praying for the good lord to relieve me of the brown demon lodged deep in my colon.

I prayed and I pushed, I pushed and I prayed some more. Then, finally, with a force I thought might rip my pernium, it emerged like a newborn into a watery, porcelain world. A world where I planned to exact swift revenge on the assaulter of my anus by flushing it into an eternal abyss of excrement and mutant teen turtles.

When I looked back in… Continue

Added by Riggs on March 17, 2009 at 8:06pm — 3 Comments

Witch hunts: a religious sport and capitalist venture

The more that I learn about history, is the more that I realize that history repeats itself over and over and over again only if collectively we as a people allow it. Life is a circle indeed. What goes around comes back around eventually. Take the Salem witch-hunts of 17th century American history. Many innocent individuals were branded as witches by unreasonable religious zealots. Some were murdered and many tortured into to confessing to being witches. Many were accused by a group of… Continue

Added by Khemisi on March 17, 2009 at 8:00pm — No Comments

First Christmas with the new family

I was thinking about my first Christmas with my ex wife's family. It was awkward as family gatherings tend to be. My new in-laws love the Christmas holiday season. They love everything about it. The lights, the songs, the pomp and circumstance.

I did my best to fit in and be jolly. Jolly by the is something I'm not good at. It's not that I'm not happy. It's just that I'm not overly expressive with my joy. It was a little off putting to the new "fam" I guess because it caused a tiff… Continue

Added by Riggs on March 17, 2009 at 7:55pm — 3 Comments

Atheist/Comedy Short Film

If you care to comment, please do!

I'm happy to report that my partner and I wrote and directed a short film that has now won 7 awards. The six-minute film is an anti-war, anti-religion comedy, that we made in a day after we toured Jerusalem. It stars a sock-puppet named Sneaky Snake.

(By the way, we [we're New Yorkers] have found that European and Canadian audiences embrace the film just a little more than U.S. audiences.… Continue

Added by George Sanders on March 17, 2009 at 6:07pm — 2 Comments

The pope and condoms (again)

Taken from my blog:

Well, the pope is at it again. He's in Africa preaching the evils of condom use. In the most AIDs ridden part of the planet he's denouncing condoms as "not the answer." This is appalling because condoms are the most effective strategy to fighting AIDs according to the World Health Organization. When used… Continue

Added by Dustin Sanders on March 17, 2009 at 3:17pm — 2 Comments

Laughter heals! During my time as one of Jehovah's Witnesses I participated in a theocratic ministry school ...

During my time as one of Jehovah's Witnesses I participated in a theocratic ministry school ...this is where we learned to preach. We would be given a topic and had five minutes to make our case, this was done from a stage in front of the congregation. This topic came up in my EX-JW group when our moderator asked if anyone had funny stories about the Theocratic Ministry School and I thought I would share my response.

Moderator asked:

Any funny stories while giving one of… Continue

Added by Ravenone on March 17, 2009 at 11:46am — 4 Comments

Mutate or die

When life began on Earth it didn't resemble modern cells, with their modern fancy DNA and cell nuclei and ribosomes. The fundamental property shared by all living systems is replication with heredity, and the first things that naturally arose on Earth capable of doing that weren't complex modern microbes... most likely they were tiny constellations of tangled nucleic acids. Our biosphere seems to have begun as an "RNA World", where nucleic acids bubbled and stewed inside the plumbing of… Continue

Added by Planetologist on March 17, 2009 at 11:41am — 2 Comments

Molecular self-assembly caught on film

Even those who are largely comfortable with the natural evolution of life can sometimes have issues with abiogenesis - the natural origins of life itself. There's apparently a massive psychological hurdle that needs to be overcome, when faced with the prospect that not only did life evolve itself through the last four billion years, but that it bootstrapped itself up from dead minerals. Much of that difficulty probably arises from the starkly different ways that living and non-living systems… Continue

Added by Planetologist on March 17, 2009 at 10:29am — 1 Comment

Death Learning invitation: Fundie style.

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A prominent U.S. senator has intimated that executives of the troubled insurer American International Group Inc might consider suicide, adopting what he called a Japanese approach to taking responsibility for their actions.

Senator Charles Grassley, the top Republican on the Senate Finance Committee, made his comments on the Cedar Rapids, Iowa, radio station WMT on Monday.

"The first thing that would make me feel a little bit better toward them (is) if… Continue

Added by Clarence Dember on March 17, 2009 at 10:00am — 3 Comments

perhaps it is because allah is tone deaf?!?

from a muslim internet forum. . .

topic: music

an actual quote:
lisen to quran.. plenty of awesome recitors there with a range of styles. much better than music

you couldn't make this stuff up. . .

Added by jc morrison on March 17, 2009 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

eHarmony article bigoted towards Non-Religious

Added by Pat on March 17, 2009 at 8:22am — 6 Comments

Talks Dan Dennett: Cute, sexy, sweet and funny -- an evolutionary riddle(video from TED talks)

Love me some Daniel Dennett! This is an awesome… Continue

Added by Ravenone on March 17, 2009 at 7:47am — No Comments

Saint Patrick the snake hater...ummm...the real reason "Why Ireland Has No Snakes"

* Born: c. 385 * Birthplace: Bannavem Taberniae, Britain

* Died: c. 461

* Best Known As: Ireland's most famous saint

Saint Patrick is the Catholic saint celebrated each year on March 17th, which is called Saint Patrick's Day. He is revered by Christians for establishing the church in Ireland during the fifth century AD. The precise dates and details of his life are unclear, but some points are generally agreed: as a teen he was captured and sold…

Added by Kat on March 17, 2009 at 6:52am — 1 Comment

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