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The Safety Dance For When Christians Don't Want To Dance

It seems with Easter, and the improvement of weather from freezing to tolerable, that there is an uptick in religious pursuits. As if after getting through the last rather heavy Christmas and Easter seasons, the rekindling of faith hits a critical mass and a bunch of stupid just starts flowing out of religious mouths with increased zeal. I tried to see if any research has popped up on what time of year is also more common for atheists to come out of their closets and put a stop to the social pre

TheBluegrassSkeptic

TheBluegrassSkeptic

 

I Dream Of Mayberry

"I miss the good old days. You know, when things were simpler and more pure. Like Mayberry."   This is probably one of the most absolutely ridiculous notions in America today. Seriously. What makes it worse would be the fact that everyone wants things to be like Mayberry. They wish for Mayberry whenever they hear news about legislation that favors quicker immigration is being considered. They cry for Mayberry's Christian family values whenever they hear yet another state is willing to acknowle
 

If You Could Reveal The Truth, Would You? Should You?

Before you begin this blog, and if you are not familiar with Shalom Auslander's writings, I ask you to enjoy this podcast from This American Life that reads a brief short story of his called Chicken Coop For The Soul. This story is the basis for my discussion today. 8 minutes of your life, go ahead and listen.   http://m.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/369/poultry-slam-2008?act=5   Okay, so hopefully you listened to the piece and I ask you, if you could reveal the truth, would yo

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TheBluegrassSkeptic

 

Why You Can Be Certain Deities Do Not Exist

Whether you used to believe in Jesus or Yahweh, Muhammed or Allah, Krishna or Zeus, I can assure you that none exist. I will even take you further than that and guarantee they do not exist. It is all about your perception of the concept what a god/goddess is. Not a definition, but the concept.   Most folks I meet agree on the following traits about their preferred deity (these are just the bare bones basics):   1. The deity is an actual being. 2. The deity has supernatural powers that influ

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Pretty Hypocritical Advice From Someone Who Was Happy To Throw His Daughter Away

Wow.   Just. Wow.   You know, I find it funny how he had the nerve to speak on people just throwing away others. That's exactly what he did to me after abusing me for years. What a pos. Hopefully my daughter (my youngest daughter who is 17), will keep a realistic perspective on what he is advising.   There are days I feel like this man is daring me to call him out. Why poke a hornet's nest?   It also killed me how he made it clear "shacking up with the opposite gender". This man has had

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TheBluegrassSkeptic

 

Atheist Women: Why Are They More In The Boardrooms Than Heard In The Streets?

Everywhere I scroll, I find many atheist and secular minded individuals with my same mindset. No God. No religion. Acceptance for all. On the television, it is always the same faces of Dawkins, Harris, Silverman, and occasionally Cupp. I run into the same issues on blog sites like Patheos, Freethought, Secular Coalition, and American Atheists. Same male faces and the dash of a female writer now and then.   I don't know about the rest of this movement, but I long for more outspoken atheist wome

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An Extra Facet Of Coming Out

I have severely scaled back participation in Pride and LGBTQ community activism over the last year or so because I have reached a major crossroads in my life during this time. I openly have lived as a bi-sexual woman for approximately a decade. I have also added a slight addendum to that and expanded my bi-sexuality to include those who are also genderqueer, gender fluid, and trans, as I have really found I am attracted to pretty much anyone. I have come to realize I will love and be sexually at

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Desperately Yours, Lucifer

Today's little blog entry is a deep one. It speaks to the effects of a religious upbringing on children's sexuality, focusing in particular on the children who don't receive the necessary confirmation within their flock and start looking for it anywhere they can.   Specifically, I wanted to share a story I'd heard from a close friend who suffered a lot of rejection from her parents and the majority of fellow peers within her church class. It is astounding how she, and several others, shared a

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TheBluegrassSkeptic

 

When Atheist Lovers Collide

"Anyone who believes in that shit is an idiot. Feeble minded and stupid."   Man, that is pretty harsh an assessment of those who believe in religion, isn't it? It's even harder to hear when you don't share the same attitude towards theists. Worse? What if that was your lover talking to you? These type of atheist attitudes can be difficult in a relationship with a friend, family member, or lover. I've found myself in this type of scenario, and in public no less, and it completely jived against

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Misguided Acts Of Nobility

"I'm going to Kurdistand in March. I'm going to fight ISIS."   Not something you want to hear from a long time friend. Especially when it is followed up by, "This is something I believe in." Plenty of other platitudes followed. Empty assurances of safe zones he would be assigned to, all the while I am well aware of the ground war going on in Kurdistan, and know damn well what he thinks will happen isn't even close to the truth. Yet, this is a noble thing to do. Fight a treacherous, unconsciona

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TheBluegrassSkeptic

 

Intellectual Dishonesty And Being Certain Gods Do Not Exist

There is nothing more aggravating than being in the middle of a discussion about the parameters of what constitutes a God, and another atheist in the discussion says to you,"You are being intellectually dishonest by saying deities absolutely do not exist. You cannot know 100% for sure if a god exists or not. You're making our cause look as stupid as that twat you are talking to."   This is a frequent sticking point betwixt the religious and atheists, as well as between atheists and their fello

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TheBluegrassSkeptic

 

The Value Of A Life

Normally, I try to focus thought and discussion on religious themes. This is due to the fact that I host my blog on this similarly themed website. Not the case today, though. Based on just my title, you might think this will be an abortion piece. Maybe I might be referring to all the police shooting deaths as of late. The reality is I'm discussing the value of my own life. Well, actually, how some in my life seem to have put a value on me, and how I mistakenly agreed their valuations were accura

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TheBluegrassSkeptic

 

It Pains Me To Tears

Right now, I am pounding these keys.   Pounding them hard.   Pounding them like my heart would pound in the wee hours of morning as a child.   Pounding these lettered plastic keys like they are bones being turned to dust.   And this pounding will not yield much relief or vengeful satisfaction because, as Chaucer put it so simply,"Forbid us something, and that thing we desire." Still, I am slamming away at my Logitech K260 Model keyboard with heated thought. Each slam of the space bar is

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TheBluegrassSkeptic

 

Pascal's Wager

The argument I hear most is that if at the end, you picked the wrong path of "no God" and there is a God, the judgement is severe. So many say to me, "Why not just go with God. If you are wrong, you don't lose anything in the end." Which, that rationale in itself, cheapens the value of God right there.   Don't these religious nutjobs see what is wrong with that argument?   Even Pascal himself, who postulated this whole thing for mathmatical demonstration, admitted to siding with belief in Go

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TheBluegrassSkeptic

 

We're All Broken, We're All Fragile, and We're All a Statistic

Having a friend make headline news by becoming the embodiment of everything wrong in the world was not how I imagined my evening would begin. Scott Smith, one of the hosts of the Recovering From Religion podcast, top dog activist for Military Association of Atheists and Freethinkers (MAAF ), father of three, and all around good guy, turned a very dark corner earlier today. He shot and killed his wife and then took his own life just as police arrived. Three school age girls are going home to rela

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TheBluegrassSkeptic

 

The Ultimate Solution To Most Telemarketing Annoyances

Hahhaa, just found a great way to counter telemarketers without going to the extreme of threatening their happiness or life.   Had a woman call me up trying to sell me a security system with Brinks. I let her go through her script, then I asked her (quite seriously toned) if she believed in Jesus Christ. She paused, answers yes, and tries to continue with her sale. I interrupt her and ask her why she would sell me a security system if she believes in Jesus Christ? She pauses, tries to say a se

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TheBluegrassSkeptic

 

The Best Larping Around: Religious Services

Let's talk about a past time I thoroughly enjoy now and then.   LARP.   For those unfamiliar, LARP is an acronym for Live Action Role Play. Essentially, a bunch of similarly minded folks get together and collaborate to have fun pretending scenes out of their favorite movies, books, comics, etc. This is strictly pretending, of course, but with rules involved. The basic goal of LARPing (yes, you can make the acronym a verb, how cool!) is to create a desired fantasy environment where participan

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TheBluegrassSkeptic

 

Damaged And Dating: Situations I Never Thought Of Until Now

I am a survivor of religious brainwashing and amplified abuse due to religious influences in my childhood household.   I was trained from an early age that life was a constant battle between the divine and my imperfect flesh. I was regularly made aware that there would come a day when I might wake up and find everyone I loved gone; vanished from the very face of the Earth. If this happened, then I was obviously a failure in God's eyes and had to face the Tribulation period. I would have to wil

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TheBluegrassSkeptic

 

When Psychopaths Strike

Craig Hicks made headlines this week after brutally gunning down three UNC students over an alleged parking space disagreement. Many are saying in reports that his aggressive response was part of a larger ideological motive. Deah Barakat, 23; Yusor Mohammed, 21; and Razan Abu-Sallah, 19, were of Muslim faith, and Hicks is a self declared atheist.   There are postulations abound to be read about Mr. Hicks and his deadly act of violence against these three young people just getting their feet in

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TheBluegrassSkeptic

 

The Padded Cell Of Apologetics

Friend of mine brought up his increasing frustration with how easily the religious swallow ridiculous doctrine and unhesitatingly apply it to everyday life. He cannot stand how easy it is to live with a mind so warped that even the word "the" might mean that the End of Days will happen by noon time after a lunch at Subway. He isn't the only one just flabbergasted at how easy it is for believers to accept that God doesn't do any one on one counseling anymore, and they are oblivious to the fishy w

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TheBluegrassSkeptic

 

A Bible Story That Few Read To The Bitter End

Many times as an atheist, I enjoy the quick synopsis of horrible Bible stories that are available online via other atheist groups or secular networks. You read about all kinds of outlandish tales like that of haunted vaginas, girls seducing their father with alcohol, or an entire town wanting to rape angels.   Some of the stories want to make you laugh or cringe, while others make you want to cry and rage at the horror they share. Then there are the ones that you thought you already knew the s

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TheBluegrassSkeptic

 

The Last Time I Visited A Church

I was perusing through many of my essays, rants, and memes on here, realizing that I have spoken a lot about my experiences within a religious family. I've spoken only a few times on religious experiences at a church. Seems I am overdue for a lascivious story of scandal in a small 42 member church in the southwestern town in Ohio called Monterey.   Grace Bible Baptist Church had a holy roller of a pastor with a compassionate flair of theatrics for discussions about Hell and Israel. Be sure he

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TheBluegrassSkeptic

 

New Year's 2014 -- I Return To What I Prefer

You know, I do hate the term atheist.   I really hate it as much as the term religious, Christian, Muslim, black, white, Caucasian, Indian, Democrat, Republican, Liberal, Conservative. I find though that if I don't apply a label (and in the past I have not), everyone else always does it for me. EVERYONE. It disenfranchises who I am, and also disenfranchises who they are. I am not saying we should ignore what makes us who we are, but need to accept what we are, and not redefine other people's i

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TheBluegrassSkeptic

 

Well, She Finally Wants To Know Why I Dropped God

So my cousin and I got into another debate/argument/slapping "talk" on FB. Naturally, she posts links in response to anything I say on my wall, and this time, in regards to Easter, a link she posted proved my point about the Paschal Moon. ANYWAYS, she said Easter is NOW about Jesus, and I agreed that she and her book can hijack all the holidays they desire because it isn't anything new in history.   Yeah, went over like a lead balloon.   Needless to say the conversation went down hill from t

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Hello, World. I'm Openly Secular

Hi, from Covington, Kentucky! The neighbor of Cincinnati, Ohio.   My name is Amanda Ashcraft. I work for the postal service, write numerous articles about ex religious life and childhood abuse, parent four beautiful children, and live openly secular as a humanism practicing atheist.   I grew up in a charismatic home in southwest Ohio, my earliest memories being that of a Pentecostal church with wonderful music, a very loving pastor, and always trying to get God's direct attention so I knew h

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