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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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Science

The Grand Misunderstanding

December 11, 2010
Professor Stephen Hawking in Cambridge, UK.

As per the request of my friend, I decided to listen to the aforementioned apologetics podcast. This particular podcast is titled Just Thinking and is from OnePlace.com. The particular one that I happened to listen to (the first one iTunes downloaded for me) was about the new Stephen Hawking book The Grand Design, and its intent was to downplay the importance of the book and its assertion that the laws of physics (gravity in particular) can account for the creation…

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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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Religion

Harry Potter: My Personal Rebellion Inspiration

October 21, 2010

As a young girl, I hardly ever rebelled against my parents’ wishes. When I did rebel (such as when I saw, or rather heard, my first Rated R movie at the age of 11) I felt extremely guilty about it. In fact, when I went to family therapy for one session around the age of 12, I cried over simply having cussed at all. I was clearly a delicate child. The one rebellion that I never felt guilt over? Definitely…

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Religion

A Public Apology: I Am A Dick

October 7, 2010

I would like to publicly apologize to anybody who has been hurt by my words that I have put on this blog, or anybody who feels that my lack of faith has personally affected them negatively. I would mostly like to apologize to my parents and my brother for my hostile attitude this summer; I wasn’t myself, and I wish to be able to share with you my new, improved, medicated, much healthier self soon. I’m not religious, but if I were,…

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Religion

Thank You, Grilled Cheesus!

October 7, 2010

Now that I live with my sister and my brother-in-law, there are certain things that are expected of me. One such thing is that I wait until my sister gets home on Tuesday nights to watch Glee with the family. This is a rule that I clearly broke when I found out that the episode was going to be about religion. In the first minute and a half, one of the characters (Finn, for those of you who watch the…

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Religion Social Justice

Royally Pissed

August 26, 2010

 Well, finally! A place where little girls’ dreams and ambitions go to die. Okay, that’s probably a bit harsh. I can understand that this ministry is seeking to help children by telling them early on that they should be focused on God, and that their identity is in God. But in my own personal opinion, not only does this perpetuate and indoctrinate young girls into the idea that their whole life is dependent on God, but it also uses feminine…

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Religion

On allowing myself

July 25, 2010

The problem I have with many religions is being told directly what faith should be, which ends up as someone else’s version of faith. This, in turn, means people are left to break tenets of their religious background or belief system, in order to be themselves. This creates an internal battle between their nature and an imposed outside vision. – Casey Komcher, A Personal Tao Isn’t the point of Christianity that God made us imperfect and we need Him to…

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The Way (But perhaps without “the truth” and “the light”)

July 19, 2010
Tao

I have been sitting here, trying to remember anything that I was taught about Taoism. All I can remember off the top of my head is that the first letter has been expressed as either an English “t” or a “d” in our translations. I remember that it is old, older than Christianity. I remember that it is a set of philosophies and not a religion. So, not enough to make me stop and think about it seriously. There is…

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