Category Archives for Personal Stories

How a Religious Cult Ruined My Life

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Guest writer Lisa Kendall I’m an SGA. That’s a second generation adult from a high demand group, commonly known as a cult. The flavor of cult my mother joined when I was nine was an end-time movement. There are five varieties of high demand groups including Bible, New Age, and Eastern, with over 3,700 “known” […]

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My Journey from Jew to Jew-ish

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Guest writer Cindi Hartman Lynch I was taught that I was born a Jew. It was something that was as much a part of me as being female or pale-skinned or dark-haired or anything else that I inherited via the genes of my parents. It didn’t matter what I believed.  No matter what, I was […]

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The Fifth Ape

Guest Writer Judy L. Parsons I can recall the precise moment I began my journey of critical thinking, the moment I began to question my superiority to other animals on this planet. I was left in a child care facility while my mother participated in an upholstery class offered at a local college. I remember […]

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A Long Escape

I am a 67-year-old female with two adult children: a 40-year-old male, a 33-year old female, and four grandchildren between the ages of 12 years and three months. I got involved in an independent fundamental Baptist church and Accelerated Christian Education (ACE) school when I was 37, my son was 10 and my daughter was […]

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Nothing They Told Us Was Actually the Truth

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Guest post by Teresa Roberts I started challenging myths when I was about twelve years old. That’s right! I was a young skeptic, very young. Being raised in a religious cult can do that to a kid. Through the lottery of birth, I started my life in a family of religious zealots. You might say […]

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From Fundamentalist to Feminist

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Guest post by Carlin Ross As women, I think it’s easy to forget our journey. Careers, motherhood, and the constant barrage of life duties and expectations keep you locked down in the present. Sometimes you need to spend an hour or two answering questions about your life story to remember. I grew up in a […]

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Women’s Voices on Leaving Religion

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Last week, I wrote an essay about why there weren’t more women atheists, citing statistics that set the number of men who disclose themselves as atheists at 68% and women at 32%.[1] I post my blog to a number of atheist Facebook groups each week. I have never received so many comments in the two […]

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Women Beyond Belief Podcast Coming Soon!

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Wendy Marsman is launching a new podcast entitled “Women Beyond Belief.” She graciously asked if she could use the name of my book “Women Beyond Belief: Discovering Life without Religion” and I agreed immediately! Here is her story. An Ex’s View of the World I think there is a large group of women who can […]

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22 Amazing Women – Part Two

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  As promised, here are excerpts from three more of the 22 women who wrote their personal stories of leaving religion in my upcoming book, Women Beyond Belief: Discovering Life without Religion. Hopefully you will agree with my assessment that it took strong doses of courage, will, and strength to share their stories with us. […]

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22 Amazing Women – Part One

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“All three Abrahamic religions are nasty, and women have borne the brunt of the nastiness throughout history. It still persists, and it is moving to listen to women of today telling their personal histories of the various ways in which religion has oppressed them, from childhood on. In their interestingly different ways their testimonies seem to add up to […]

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