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The Black Hole of Church Finances

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In my last year of college, Paris beckoned. A French major, I had secured a six-month expense paid education at the Sorbonne. Living in the Latin Quarter, I often crossed the bridge to the Ile de la Cite to walk through the corridors of Notre Dame. On a sunny day, beams of bright light streamed […]

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AIDS Epidemic in the South: Religion to Blame?

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A recent segment of the PBS NewsHour focused on the South as the “Epicenter of the AIDS Crisis in America.” In spite of life-saving drugs that are available to treat HIV and AIDS, hundreds are still dying in the city of Atlanta and Fulton County, Georgia, the focus of the report. A 2014 CDC analysis […]

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Ancient Scroll Discovered in Wailing Wall in Jerusalem

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July 14, 2016 New York Times Two months ago, an ancient parchment scroll was discovered after a man at the Western Wall of what used to be the Jerusalem temple dislodged a large stone while placing his prayer in a crevice. It has taken scholars two months to carefully unroll the dry scroll in order […]

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Bible Based Abortions and the Secret Catholic Flip Flop

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Undoubtedly the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt overturning Texas’ anti-abortion law was a victory for women. The restrictions Texas tried to place on abortion clinics in its H. R. 2 legislation have already had the effect of closing most abortion clinics in Texas. The legislation, a barely masked attempt at […]

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Is Marriage on its Way out?

  Darrell Ray, a psychologist, writes in his book, Sex and God, that most religions “use our powerful sex drives to infect us with ideas that benefit the religion and hurt and inhibit our ability to be truly human.” (p. 23). As I have written previously, religion’s condemnation of sex before marriage has had the […]

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Five Ways Religion Threatens our Future

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Climate change I just finished listening to a fellow atheist, Bernie Dehler, debate Ken Hovind. Ken built a dinosaur theme park in Florida (he believes they were around when humans were). I was astounded to listen to his version of science. If you can’t observe it in a laboratory, it isn’t science. What? How about observing […]

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“You can’t be pregnant – I didn’t come.”

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His words hit me like a bolt of lightning. A thousand thoughts rushed into my head. “How could I not know this? He must think that I am a moron. Why didn’t I get a test instead of calling him?” I remember lowering my head and saying very softly into the phone, “Oh, I didn’t […]

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My First Reason Rally

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Flying back to Portland, Oregon from the Reason Rally in Washington, D.C. gave me the time to reflect on what I and my traveling companions had experienced. We were a motley crew. Melanie was raised secular and only became interested in atheism lately given recent moves to restrict women’s reproductive rights. Robin is active in […]

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Trapped in a JW Marriage

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So many years of living in misery, living out the “truth” of the organization, day in and day out.   At this time in my life, I have been excommunicated from the organization (the church) for over 12 years, since my divorce from my first husband.  I was raised in an environment where the trust in […]

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Feminism by the Numbers

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It seems like American women have come a long way in their struggle for recognition, equal rights, and status in all of the roles they fill in society. Since Betty Friedan wrote The Feminine Mystique in 1963, we have benefited from Title VII, Title IX, the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, the Violence Against Women Act, the […]

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