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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

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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

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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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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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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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The Forgotten Nones: The High Cost of Fleeing Fundamentalist Religion

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By Andreea Nica According to a recent study, those who have a stable religious or secular identity generally report greater well being; however, those who consider leaving religion but stay, tend to experience poorer mental health over time, compared to those who are more consistent in their religious and nonreligious identities. Which begs the question of how leaving […]

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Speaking my Mind

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Jane Roberts Guess what! Millions of conceptions (sperm attaches to egg) end in miscarriages. IF you believe in God, then HE is the abortionist par excellence. Also if you believe in God and are against artificial contraception (because your Church tells you that intercourse must be open to procreation), then it is a fact that […]

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Anti-Women Cults Established in the Name of Religion

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Kate Harveston When you imagine a cult, you probably think of a pretty radical group of people. Even the word “cult” has a negative connotation to it — it’s been known to describe isolated people who hurt others. The mindset behind cults is what makes them dangerous and lands them on the evening news. Even […]

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