All posts by Karen Garst

Is God a Man?

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by Teresa Roberts When I was growing up in a religious cult, I never thought for one moment to question whether god was a man. After all, in our house, my father reigned supreme as his god had intended all males to do. My mom, however, was a rather stubborn woman according to him. It […]

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How Children Are Indoctrinated into Religion

By Karen Garst People always ask why there are not more women in the “atheist movement.” One of the main reasons is because more of them are sitting in the pews each Sunday morning. A 2014 Pew Research Center survey found that women are more likely than men to say religion is “very important” in […]

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The Problem with Purity

By Lauren J. Barnhart We all struggle with complicated issues around the human body. Much of our culture is informed by patriarchal religious views, which teach people to transcend the body rather than be fully within it. This has resulted in systems of control and repression. By examining fears of the physical in all of […]

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The Magician’s Nephew – Chapters 8-9

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Alexis Record “What if the leopard didn’t like the other leopard?” “Well, too bad they have to populate Narnia.” “Oh, Mom! There are only two people! Human people!” “Well, they’re already married at least.” “But what about their kids?!!” [And here is where Little Bit accidentally stumbles upon the biggest ick factor in the creation […]

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11 Things American Conservatives Must Stop Claiming As Persecution

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By Shanna Babilonia Many people globally are being persecuted for their religious beliefs and for their non-belief. They are being stripped of their property and personal rights, tortured, murdered and displaced from their own homeland, simply for not following the same spiritual principles as their fellow citizens. Whether you are a believer, or not, we […]

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How our mental psyche is affected by religion

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By Karen L. Garst Anyone who has left religion, whether it was a fundamentalist religion or a more liberal variety, knows the role that religion plays on our mental psyche. We feel guilt that we are making mistakes and not being the person the holy book tells us to be. We feel shame when we […]

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A Dystopian Future – Sacrificed

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By Karen Garst The world of the internet continues to amaze me. I connected with a woman named Yuriria Harris who had seen my blog. She was born in Mexico City, brought up in an indigenous community, and became aware early on of the great injustices that poor people in her country suffered. At the […]

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The Magician’s Nephew – Chapter 7

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By Alexis Record “Will Digory save his mom?” “I don’t want to spoil the ending.” “I know you hate spoilers, but can you just tell me? Please!” “Spoilers can ruin the story.” “I would rather know!” “Okay fine, yes, he saves her.” “Good, I just didn’t want you to get sad if the mom died.” […]

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The Magician’s Nephew – Chapters 5-6

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By Alexis Record “How scary! I wouldn’t want to be grabbed by Queen Jadis!” “Um… yeah… that would be… terrible…” (No grown adult would love that, right?!) The most terrible creature rises from her chair. Her name is Queen Jadis and she is cool, collected, vicious, beautiful, fearless, and powerful. Also evil, naturally. And she […]

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Biblically Clobbered Over the Head

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By Alexis Record I gleefully crossed one of my former religious taboos. It was exhilarating. What demonic deed did I do? Was it the devil’s tango? Did I drink from Satan’s brew? Close. I got a haircut. Wait, I can explain! It was not just any haircut! It was a reckoning! All those layers of […]

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