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Yes, We Did

January 28, 2011

I just wanted to share this anecdote and picture with you guys. I was at Borders with my good friend, when we spotted a pad that had been written upon. Somebody had (quite artistically) drawn “I ♥ Sex” all over the page. In the corner of the page, we also saw that somebody had written “Jesus Christ is Lord! =)” My friend knew just what to do. “Jesus ♥ Sex, 2!” And this is why I love my friend.…

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Why I Am Going to Hell: All that jizz

January 28, 2011
Peep show window displaying pornographic enter...

I’m clearly not stopping that whole “bad pun” titles thing. But if I did, would it truly be me? (Other potential title: “The other burning bush.”) It seems like the topic of porn (and delicious, wonderful sex, in a kind-of-related way) has come up a lot in my life lately. A lot of people like to ask me what my opinions of pornography are, probably because I am a woman, and I am a feminist, and I am vaguely interesting…

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Religion Science

My past life experience from my life’s past

January 26, 2011
Charles Darwin proposed the theory of evolutio...

I need to stop with these excruciatingly terrible titles. Almost a year ago, when I still identified as a Christian, I underwent a past life regression experiment with my sister and my brother-in-law. At the time, I wasn’t sure if I believed in the idea of past lives, but I decided to give the experience a try and see what happened. What did happen was, as I was just explaining to my friend, “trippy.” I remember the feelings of wanting to fly…

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Family Religion

As the year ends

December 31, 2010
Patrick Henry College Residential Village

2010 was a lot of things for me. I moved three times. I was hospitalized once. I started two new jobs. Throughout the year, I did have my boyfriend to help me out and keep me centered, which I am extremely grateful for. 2010 is also the year that I can remember for the year in which I lost my faith. Which is why it’s funny that, at the end of the year, I find myself finishing up a book…

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Xmas: “Christ” Was Never Being “Taken Out”

December 29, 2010
Chi Rho U+2627

You learn something new every day! I stumbled across this post on a friend’s Facebook page the other day: ‎”Someone has written that people use Xmas and it means Xhaustion, Xcuses, Xchanges, Xcesses, Xtravagances, Xasperations, Xhibitions and worldly Xcitement. How much better to make the Lord the very center of our Christmas observance. Keep Christ in Christmas!” Very cute. In a comment, somebody left a link to a page explaining that the “X” in “Xmas” actually is representative of the…

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Family Religion

Surviving the holidays, non-affiliated

December 28, 2010
the sexy santa assistants were there to take a...

So now, on the other side of it all, I can officially say- I’ve survived the holiday season for the first time as an unaffiliated person. And it really wasn’t that hard. I think that a lot of people have a vision of atheists as being anti-Christmas, or anti-religious-holidays in general. I can’t speak for the majority of atheists, but as for myself I have no problem with the holidays. If they are something that can bring families together or…

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Unsupportive Support Group

December 14, 2010
A photo of a group conducting psychotherapy.

I swear that I do not hate Christians. However, I do have a strong distaste for people who are rude (and if they happen to be a Christian, then I have to write about it on here, I mean, I have to). A few weeks ago I was hospitalized for being and feeling suicidal. I stayed in treatment from Tuesday until Saturday night at 12:30 p.m. (when my told was officially up). While in treatment I met a lot of…

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That Ol’ “W” Word

December 9, 2010
Photo taken at the 41st Emmy Awards 9/17/89

Anybody who is friends with me on Facebook already knows this, but it definitely bears repeating: Yesterday, I was listening to a sermon given by Kirk Cameron at the church that I grew up going to, Immanuel Baptist Church. The sermon itself was making me laugh, as it seemed as though half of the sermon was centered around himself. (He actually make the audience sing the Growing Pains theme song, and then went on to base his sermon around his…

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Apologetics, Why Won’t You Apologize To Me

November 28, 2010
Latter-day Saints believe in the resurrected J...

Just one day after my last post about friends proselytizing to me, I get another e-mail from a friend asking me to listen to an apologetics podcast. I will say it once so I never have to say it again: apologetics is the desperate act of Christians trying to make sense of their faith, which will never make sense. I am rather upset about this. Here, take a hilarious video:…

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Politics Religion

Days Like This

November 27, 2010
Official presidential portrait of Barack Obama...

My friend warned me the other night that people may not be as kind to me as I am to them, especially regarding belief and a lack of belief. Last night I received two e-mails from a Facebook friend who happens to be quite conservative. The surprising thing about this is that we have never exchanged e-mails, and yet it was sent to my e-mail inbox, not my Facebook inbox, leading me to believe that she definitely wanted me to…

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