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What Is With All The Hate? Fuck!

Traffic light ahead of me, oozing red through it's curved lense, and I am stuck listening to NPR focusing on all the horrible ignorance that has been spouting out of every orifice while atop a soap box that mankind can possibly find. Besides the news radio on my morning commute, at lunch I was bombarded with further sensational headlines and bylines.   Yemen: Some protestors admit they haven't see the movie they cite as instigating the demonstrations.   Libya: Burning down buildings and ki

TheBluegrassSkeptic

TheBluegrassSkeptic

 

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

 

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

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TheBluegrassSkeptic

 

Self Deprecation In Christianity: A Facetiously Emotional Sales Ploy

We have all been there and done it. Sitting on a couch, consoling a friend over a terrible mistake that has been made, and used our own personal flaws as a buffer before giving advice on what to do about the mess at hand. This is self deprecation, and while a very useful tool while navigating social situations, there is a fine line between using it as a tool, and using it as a facetious psychological mind fuck.   Usually, self deprecation is a general statement of flaws, like,"Well, Judy. I've

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TheBluegrassSkeptic

 

Luc And Jes: The Fine Art Of Divine Brotherhood

For some reason, I always see a brotherly connection between Jesus and Lucifer in the biblical stories I read of them. So, I'm starting a Luc and Jes (Lucifer and Jesus) meme collection. These are some of the first ones, thus far, and I'll post more every week. They're just...fun... I guess.     See all five here at http://thebluegrassskeptic.com/2015/07/12/luc-and-jes-shenanigans-of-heaven/

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TheBluegrassSkeptic

 

Zomberina's Flick Schtick Review - This Is The End (2013)

Who is up for a comedy filled with demon spawn, demon dong, demon molestation, and tons of elite Hollywood stars? This girl was, and I lived to tell the tale!     Welcome to Hollywood! Where, just like we suspected, A-Listers like to party, sing about taking off panties, and live in excess. This tale is spun around two longtime Hollywood friends Seth Rogen (Pineapple Express) and Jay Baruchel (Million Dollar Baby). The latter of which doesn't really care for the mainstream life and is st

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TheBluegrassSkeptic

 

Nwo, Illuminati, Blood Moons, And Hot Dogs: Practicing Political Atheism While Living In A Zealously Theistic Country

It seems over the last decade we have more things to be afraid of. Between the advent of engineered disease, and surreptitious attacks of mind boggling computer viruses that could potentially bring down banking systems globally, it would seem we need to look at everything we encounter with a fearful eye. Hidden within the plastic liner of that Doritos bag lies a potentially fatal flake of packaging ink that could find its way into your brain and start making you eat the brains of your children!

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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

 

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

 

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 Divine Emotional Guilt Trip Of Suffering

"Well aren't you just a big boy!"   I'd just rang the door bell of the rather palatial corner lot's brick coated home a few seconds previous when I heard an elderly voice sounding rather enigmatic and enthusiastic, about what I had no idea, from the other side of the large front door I was waiting patiently in front of. A few more moments pass and a rather stout woman, probably in her mid 60's judging by her short cropped silver hair and slowly sagging face, answered the door with a smile. She

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TheBluegrassSkeptic

 

No Tattoo For You!

For the last few months, I’ve been scrimping away money to restart my tattoo collecting. I currently have three altogether, all from different shops in my area, and out of the three who did the work, I decided to return to one in particular. I liked the artists that worked there, and trusted their professionalism so much so that I’ve unfailingly recommended this tattoo parlor to everyone that would ask me where to go for quality artistry. That all changed this morning when I received a response

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TheBluegrassSkeptic

 

How Religiously Based Relationships Destroy Future Generations Of Families

I used to be involved with a guy that liked to point out all my flaws, offer to work on our relationship, and then would do the exact opposite. Would avoid working on the relationship and blame me, screw around with many other women, and insist it isn't fair he has to change who he is since he likes himself as is. I was the problem, not him.   God is pretty much the same.   "You are a screw up. You need to do all this to be with me successfully, and I will do this for you in return." Then Go

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TheBluegrassSkeptic

 

Ferguson: A Larger Dialog

Ferguson, MO.   Okay, please don't roll your eyes and think "Here we ago again. Another blog about police brutality, police states in America, and racist bashing." I'm not going to be analyzing the events of Ferguson, per say. I am writing about a larger picture here. No speeches about how important it is to train our public servants to be more tolerant in the face of natural human behavior. No diagrams showing how our tax money inappropriately funds militarizing of the police forces across th

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TheBluegrassSkeptic

 

The Book Of Life

I have been often troubled by the many mortal human attitudes and behaviors many different deities have taken on in various holy texts. Petty emotions like jealously, bigotry, hate, anger, and lust, to name a few. All of these characteristics are thought to be beneath the prestige of a being with omnipotent abilites, yet these very traits seem to be what hobbles religion in my mind.   Because I was born in the states, I am more familiar with that of the Christian idols. Particularly disturbing
 

This July 4Th It Is Time For A Vagina Strike! Lock The Twat, People!

Tired of the ridiculous legislation that is being forced through by those in congress with conservative ideals and religious motivation that might not match your own?   Want to make a clear message that as women, we are not to be anymore legislated than our fellow men are?   Ohio has recently decided that women must undergo a MANDATORY ultrasound in order to get an abortion, and plans to cut funding for contraception, and has decided we are pregnant before we really are, let's help our men a
 

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
 

Freedom Of Religion Vs Freedom From Religion

I noticed lately that on various sites that I visit, there have been multitudes of posts about individual struggles dealing with proselytizing fanatics and businesses pushing particular religious beliefs. Within these conversations, it never fails that replies involve the phrase "we are guaranteed freedom FROM religion" and the word "illegal". As if to imply it is illegal for someone to walk up to you on the street and start screaming about God in your face.   I hate to break it to you, but ev

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TheBluegrassSkeptic

 

Celebrating Is Better Than Defending

I hate to admit this, but I have a trophy folder on my laptop. Not game trophy images. Not racks of deer I've hunted. Not the typical photos of my children standing all posed with academic or sport awards. No, it's a folder full of screenshots. Frozen images in time, with winning moments in debates with religious followers who attempted sparring with me about belief.   There was a time when I wasn't feeling confident about my lack of belief. I didn't realize it then, of course, that this was t

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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

 

Preaching On Social Media

We've all been there at some point. You log onto your favorite social media website like Facebook, and as you scroll through the many status updates in your news feed with highlights about your Aunt Martha's cat, or your friend's son that lost a tooth, you see this:             If you are irreligious like myself, all you see is this:       Why do people do this? Where is this urge to shout from the digital rooftops about God's touching one's soul coming from? And ev

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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

 

#shitmas - A Remembering Of Holidays Past

It had been hours since I had left my home, children in tow and my boyfriend behind the wheel of our once gently used 2004 Subaru Forrester. As we seemed to run into endless red lights, street lanes filled with like minded holiday shoppers and travelers waiting for the red glow of waiting to become an emerald hue of continued lack of turn signals, ballet circles between lanes and generally frustrated driving attitudes, I wanted to say the hell with all of it and just go home.   This notion was

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TheBluegrassSkeptic

 

I'm Tired Of Turning The Other Cheek

I was taught that you earned respect first by belief, and then by your works. That you must live the example you preach to others, and to fail to do so required public shaming amongst your family and fellow church goers. The stigma of being "that church member" was enormous, so the day I was caught wiping a huge booger on the bottom of our metal flip out chairs, I panicked, running for cover in the bathroom.   Now, I was only 8 years old at the time, but my supposed friend Obi, saw me do the d

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TheBluegrassSkeptic

 

It's Primary Voting Day In Kentucky --- Get Off Your Butt!

KENTUCKIANS IT IS VOTING DAY! GET OFF YOUR ASS!!!!   If you are not sure if you are currently registered, please go to the link below. Kentucky.gov's site will let you know if you are registered and where to vote. Polls opened at 6 a.m. and run till 6 p.m.   IF YOU ARE IN LINE BY 6 P.M. YOU WILL BE ALLOWED TO VOTE TODAY.   DO NOT WASTE YOUR RIGHT OR DUTY TO BE HEARD!   This is the primaries election, as well as county attorneys and commissioners. This is important! November we can DITCH
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