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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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Why Every Woman Knows Her Body Was NOT the Creation of an Intelligent Designer

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In 1987, teaching creation science in public school classrooms became illegal. The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Edwards v. Aguillard may have barred the teaching of creation science, but, shortly thereafter, the term “intelligent design” (ID) was coined as a euphemism to offer an argument against a purely scientific explanation for the creation of the […]

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New Suspense Thriller about the Origins of Christianity!

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Are you an atheist who likes suspense novels? Then I have a treat for you! After fifteen years of research Edwin Herbert brings us a fascinating suspense thriller about Hypatia and the documents she hid that reveal the true origins of Christianity. Post written by Edwin Herbert. Hypatia of Alexandria was an early 5th century teacher […]

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Women, Cycles, and Nature – What Monotheism Rejected

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  Human views of nature and time have always had an influence on religions and on the status of women in society. Women are viewed differently depending upon a society’s understanding of the passage of time and also depending upon how a society recognizes recurring patterns in nature as affecting human life. Ironically, polytheistic religions […]

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Feminism Does NOT Mean Hating Men

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A few weeks ago, I posted an essay that Shanna Babilonia (myiobi.com) and I had written entitled, “7 Reasons Why We Need More Secular Men.” The premise of the piece was that women might benefit from more secular men in their families and friendships as well as in their workplaces and in governmental positions. These […]

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Politics in the Pulpit

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  I urge you to sign and return the enclosed Petitions to Stop the Censorship of America’s Churches to your elected leaders in Congress, and send along with them a generous tax-deductible contribution to the ACLJ. This is a quote from a letter that I received in late February from the American Center for Law […]

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Instilling Shame and Guilt is Child Abuse

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Two of the many manipulative tools that religions use, particularly fundamentalist religions, are shame and guilt. Psychologists describe shame as an inward focus on what is wrong with ourselves and guilt as a more outward focus on what we did that was wrong.[1] While some posit that guilt can be constructive and allow us to […]

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Women, Economics, and Church Giving

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The question I want to address in this essay is whether the economic status of women is more negatively affected by giving to churches than for men. Unfortunately, there is a dearth of research on this issue. I searched both the surveys conducted by the Barna Group, an evangelical Christian polling firm, and the Pew […]

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