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About JenniferG

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    Wherever I go, there I am. I'll be relocating to beautiful Vancouver Island. I'm going on a permanent vacation!
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    writing, reading, fascinated by Science, enjoy cooking gourmet food as well as growing herbs. I travel a lot.
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    It took me almost 60 years to liberate my brain from religious indoctrination. I am married, mother of 2 and grandmother of 5 gorgeous grand girls and one adorable grand boy. I am an author, writer and writing workshop instructor. I'm glad I found this site!

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  1. These mindless repetitious Jesus/boyfriend songs were the beginning of my undoing. When I visited Hill Song Church in Australia where my brother lives, I used to make a bee-line to their fully licensed cafe during the 1/2 hour sing-song. I much preferred their cappucinos! This was much to the chagrin of my sister-in-law, because my 12-year-old-nephew would join me. Man, I could not stand that Darlene Schrek! "Shout to to the Lord" hand-swaying shit. That was 8 years ago! I'm so glad I don't have to listen to those indoctrinating Kool-Aid tunes anymore! Thing is you don't even know you're being manipulated and indoctrinated because they do anesthetize you especially when you're dragged into it since childhood.
  2. "Jesusy" I had a young neighbour who was invited to a youth service. She said "Oh they had a lot of "goddy" music!
  3. I joined Toastmasters International. They're a worthy group to join. They have weekly meetings where it's a place for personal self-improvement as well as a place to help you to be a better communicator in your workplace, helps you to improve public speaking, make new friends and have fun. Google to find a group near you.
  4. You can still believe, but this time believe in yourself!
  5. Prayer is only wishful thinking anyway. I still wish my loved ones and myself well, but only I don't call it prayer.
  6. Christians are quick to point out that scientists are not to be trusted because of the Piltdown Man fraud. Interesting that these fragments were specifically designed to target gullible American evangelical Christians, who would no doubt report back to their Sheeples that they had found hard evidence for the authenticity of the bible. Meanwhile their hard evidence come from artifacts looted from Iraq! The end always justifies the means with them - Iraq being bombed and all - so that god can lead his sheeples to get their mitts on the loot to prove his existence! Pretty messed up, eh?
  7. LOOKY HERE! This article is from stuff.co.nz "The scrolls are a collection of ancient Jewish religious texts first discovered in the mid-1940s in caves on the western shore of the Dead Sea in what is now Israel. The massive cache of Hebrew documents is believed to date back to the days of Jesus. With more than 9000 documents and 50,000 fragments, the entire collection took decades to fully excavate. Most of the scrolls and fragments are tightly controlled by the Israeli Antiquities Authority. But around 2002, a wave of new fragments began mysteriously appearing on the market, despite skepticism from Biblical scholars. These fragments, they warned, were specifically designed to target American evangelical Christians, who prize the scrolls. That appears to be exactly what happened; a Baptist seminary in Texas and an evangelical college in California reportedly paid millions to purchase alleged pieces of the scrolls. Also eagerly buying up fragments was the Green family - evangelical Oklahoma billionaires who run the Hobby Lobby chain of craft stores and who famously sued the Obama administration on religious grounds, saying they didn't want to pay to provide their employees access to the morning-after pill or intrauterine devices. The Greens are the primary backers of the Museum of the Bible and went on an archaeological acquisition spree in the years leading up to the museum's opening. In addition to the alleged Dead Sea Scrolls fragments, the Greens ran afoul of the Justice Department, which said they had acquired thousands of smuggled artifacts looted from Iraq and elsewhere. The family agreed last year to return those artifacts and pay a US$3 million fine." https://www.stuff.co.nz/travel/news/108039463/us-bible-museum-admits-some-of-its-dead-sea-scrolls-are-fake
  8. In the later 80s I attended a Southern Baptist church in Savannah, GA, as a guest. Most of the congregation was white. I was with my husband and my beautiful East Indian friend. (I am brown-skinned too) After the service, Brother Bubba Baptist, donning a lavender blazer, came over to us to "welcome" us. After asking us where we were from, he said that he had always been partial to dark skinned people (in foreign far-flung lands where he had been a missionary). Talk about making me feel like a piece of chicken! "What part of the chicken would you like, Brother?" "Oh, I'll have the drumstick - I've always been partial to dark meat!" Christians say the darndest things!
  9. No, they get spooked when a sheeple dares to challenge their faith, their holy book and their whole house of cards. They'd rather circle their wagons, gossip, pity the poor wife whose husband had grown horns and turned into the devil. That's how my former Xtian brain would have perceived the situation. "Oh let's pray and pray and pray for brother L.B. - he'll return to the fold." Baa-baa!
  10. It's horrible to imprison a child's mind like that. I'm still traumatized by PTSD earworms of those inane Sunday School songs that randomly pop up when I'm minding my own business: "The B I B L E, yes that's the book for me I love to hear the stories of the B I B L E" My heart was black as sin Until the Savior came in His precious blood I know Has washed me white as snow For in his book I'm to-oh-old The streets are paved with go-oh-old A wonderful, wonderful day He took my sins away Also, there was one I learned in South Africa as a child: "The most precious book is the Bible The most precious book is the Bible If you read it every day You'll always be safe (on your way) Yes, the most precious book is the Bible. (This is translated from Afrikaans - so that it doesn't quite rhyme well in prose) P.S. How much more beautiful would my mind have been if I had memorized Shakespeare, and the works and thoughts of other great writers and minds than the archaic crap I was forced to do. We had to memorize The Lord's Prayer and a few Psalms in the public school when Religion was included in the curriculum. Thank goodness I didn't learn science till High School although they taught neither Creationism nor Evolution - just a splattering of chemistry and the usual High School experiments of the day. I'm so glad I can contribute scientific thought to my grandchildren when they talk about god. (Their parents are nominal Catholic believers.)
  11. Welcome Jenn. One of our members wrote this book about what it was like to be a Mormon. It's really well written. I enjoyed the read. It's called "A Danger to God Himself" https://amzn.to/2LoGdpS
  12. My deconversion took place when I attended my last Easter service 4 years ago when I could no longer stand the abuse of the pastor telling the congregation how wicked, sinful and disobedient we collectively were, falling short of god's grace and favour. I came away from church feeling shitty about myself every Sunday. That Easter, I had simply had enough. Also Christopher Hitchens' quote about God CREATING us sick and DEMANDING us to get well, was the proverbial nail in the coffin. I read Hitchens, Dawkins, Barker, Ehrman, Richard Carrier, Valerie Tarico and Marlene Winnell. After that Sunday I declared myself an atheist and I felt really free and relieved that I didn't have to pray, say grace before a meal, read the bible or go to church ever again! Check out Marlene's website: http://marlenewinell.net/recovery-religion I also highly recommend Marlene Winnell's book, Leaving the Fold https://amzn.to/2wg1aO4
  13. Toe the line as in drawing a line in the sand with your toe, I presume. Must Google it to confirm.
  14. Yes, it's very liberating to be free to be oneself. To belong to oneself and claim one's own goodness. It's liberating to be free of bowing and scraping and perpetually begging for forgiveness and living with perpetual fear of pissing off an invisible god. Christianity sure messes up your mind.
  15. "I am sorry you feel I am judgemental we are all judgemental at times" What kind of apology is this?? She's sorry I feel she's judgmental, but she's going to continue to be judgmental (if we continue our friendship.) "We have been friends for 25 years and have spoke about many things, I thought? I did notice that the sign off was without the love this time does this means its over for you? No need to be rude or nasty because we disagree. I don't give up my friends that easily, Christian or not, I have many friends that are not christians and we get along just fine. Hopefully our friendship can continue. love, always!" In her book it's NOT rude and nasty to be judgmental. But it is when I speak my truth. I didn't sign off "with love" because I didn't feel love for her. But of course she takes the moral high ground and hits me with her unconditional LOVE ALWAYS (of god, no doubt) I've always known her to be manipulative, controlling and judgmental. This friendship is over!
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