What about the Kids?

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By Shayna Brazier My heart leapt a little when I read the title to a recent news article that said that “none” was the fastest growing religion in the US. I believe I felt so excited about it because it was validation that I was not alone in the journey away from religion. It is […]

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On Puritanism

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by Plato Mamo It is no great secret that the influence of Christianity on the so-called Western civilization has been disastrous. In addition to the disdain of reason and knowledge, the emphasis on subjective, emotional “faith,” the fanaticism, the intolerance and the ensuing atrocities (inquisition, public burnings), the vindictiveness, the hypocrisy, we have a bizarre, […]

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The Chronicles of Narnia – Conclusion

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Alexis Record   “That’s it. That’s the end of the very last book.” “Cool. Can we read something else? Something better?” “…” “What, Mom?” This is the way the Narnia series ends, not with a bang but with a whimper. As we put the large volume back on the shelf for the final time, I […]

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The Last Battle – Chapters 15-16

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By Alexis Record   “Yay! Our bodies crumpled up and we died! Woohoo! We’re so happy!” “Yeah, they did have a weird reaction.” “I hope someone saves them from all this.” “From all what?” “This weird place that makes their heads funny.” “You mean Heaven?” “I guess.” Aslan calls everyone he hasn’t sentenced to his […]

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The Last Battle – Chapter 14

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By Alexis Record   “Mom? Where is Aslan sending the people he doesn’t like?” “Are you familiar with what the New Testament says happens to unbelievers after they die?” “Oooooooh. Um, Mom? Do all Christians think something like that will happen to me when I die?” “No, not all of them.” “But isn’t that why […]

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The Last Battle – Chapter 13

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By Alexis Record “I thought you’d have more of a problem with what happens to the dwarves.” “Remind me again who killed the horses? Yeah, those dwarves can suffer.” “Dang kid, you’re super scary right now.” Hey, we haven’t picked on the dwarves enough yet! Remember when those dwarves were thrown into the stable by […]

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1968

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  Fifty years ago. Almost a lifetime. On September 14-15, I attended my 50th Bismarck High School Reunion. The organizers had done an amazing job of communicating with every graduate that they could find. They created two evening events with other opportunities interspersed within the same time period – lunch at the iconic Big Boy […]

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Will Patriarchy Survive?

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By Teresa Roberts  This week Bill Cosby was sentenced, Kavanaugh is facing a second accuser and Jim Knoblach is dropping out of the race due to allegations that he molested his own daughter for more than ten years.  We’ve experienced several years in a row of one man after another being accused for either sexual […]

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The Ten Commandments of Gender Equality

I.     Body Autonomy Neither a man’s or woman’s body can be used against their will for any purpose. Ex. Sperm cannot be forcibly taken from a man to produce a child. Abortion must be legal, safe, and available. Ex. No man or woman should be touched without their clear consent. II.    Equality under […]

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The Last Battle – Chapter 12

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By Alexis Record   “Susan should be there too! No, wait, that would mean getting killed in the train. Never mind.” “Her getting to live is supposed to be a punishment. She gets left behind.” “Yeah, she misses out on dying! Don’t sign me up for that!” “Would you want to go to Narnia heaven?” […]

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