Category Archives for Personal Stories

A Reflection on My Mom’s Passing

By Dorothy Husen My mom passed away a few weeks ago on New Year’s Eve. She was 88 years old. The story of her life reads like a thriller novel. She was a survivor, a strong woman, and a devoted mother. She also was a Christian. Christianity gave meaning to her life’s suffering. She told […]

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Part II – How a Religious Cult Ruined My Life

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By Lisa Kendall Continued from January 20, 2018 Last week we explored how exploitation in high demand groups, commonly known as cults, is harmful to individuals and expensive for society. Some cultic experts say that not all cults are harmful. I disagree. The very definition of a cult – manipulating people for personal gain – […]

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Part I – 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

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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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