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ShackledNoMore

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  1. I had read it through the first time by my mid-teens for the Royal Rangers Bible badge. Between the archaic language (KJV), boring material, my young age, and shit that just couldn't register because it didn't make sense, or didn't mesh, it was kind of a blur that I just glossed over. It was far better on the second full read many years later as an atheist with a more readable translation and critical thinking skills.
  2. This is worthy of another comment, even though it is late. I happen to doubt that anyone was harmed in any way from this particular thread, but the statement that people who are damaged because they realized their best friend is imaginary are weak simply cannot be left without further challenge. In addition to what Lucy has already expressed so well, I might add that deprogramming oneself from this indoctrination from the cradle, ingrained from our parents, our most trusted adult authority figures, and the society at large, is usually a long process, often taking years.
  3. The flagrant disdain for anything that is just, or fair, or right in this case, not to mention that Texas jurisprudence allows such a travesty to advance and possibly prevail simply nauseates me.
  4. It's more than just that. Take prayers for healing and the natural progression of disease as an example. Whether you pray or not, you're going to get worse, get better, or stay the same, but even then with good days and bad days. It all but guarantees that if you're searching for a sign that you're prayers are answered, you will find it, whether it is an appeal to whatever god you believe in or simply the act of wearing your lucky socks. It's works even better, far better, when you have a god that might say yes or might say no, but is attributed with knowing the Big Picture when you do
  5. I think the best thing to do is to continue to be honest with them. They're already getting glimpses of reality that can ultimately reassure them of their fears like the unedited bible stories. You used to honestly challenge everything but religion and taught them to do the same. Why did religion, and specifically the religious tradition that you were following, get a free pass? Now, with your eyes open, you know that it is absurd to give one's religion a free pass, and you know why, and I'm sure you have insight into why you and others exempted their own beliefs from reason when you were
  6. That is a glorious t-shirt. I love it too!
  7. Yes! You found it! That's it exactly. Now there's a TRUE Christian!
  8. He should have read Leviticus 19:27: "Do not cut the hair at the sides of your head or clip off the edges of your beard." It is yet another a problem if you want to be a True ChristianTM. There's a work-around for this one, though, sort of: You need to wear your hair like Ben Franklin would look like if his pate was short and fuzzy rather than bald, and if he had a big, bushy beard, with no trimmed "edges." Then, you'd have the beard that God is concerned with, and at least technically, you'd have the short hair that he wanted you to have when he channeled his will through Paul and ha
  9. He should have read Leviticus 19:27: "Do not cut the hair at the sides of your head or clip off the edges of your beard."
  10. So god creates rainbows to remind himself not to flood the world when he gets pissed off because everyone turns gay because of the rainbows he created!
  11. Basic morality: Not hurting anyone else or yourself listening to xian music: check. Can't think of any other moral argument why this would be considered "not OK": check Crazy ideas from xianity that are often used to argue something is "not OK": Not going to hell for listening to xian music: check. Demons won't come flying out of the speakers to possess you because you listen to xian music: check. Will not otherwise piss off some magic deity in the sky who is obsessed with your choice of music: check. As long as you enjoy it, I can't think of anything that would make it "not OK."
  12. In a way, it's enviable for them that they can't truly empathize, but they might learn a little about what it's really like to have been indoctrinated, and to be an ex-christian.
  13. What you describe is indeed called an Emergency Room in English, but at least in America, I don't think that people are turned away because they are too busy, at least in normal circumstances, although they triage, taking the most urgent cases first, so you could wait a crazy long time for a less urgent complaint. Anyway, yes, as others have said, hypnosis can be quite useful, and we're talking the human mind here, not supernatural woo. I think you had a hypnotist that was suspect if it resulted in trauma and becoming afraid of doing it again. Your hypnotist incorporated religion into hi
  14. Sorry to do this--I hate to post saying I'm deferring an answer, but I need to pick up a pizza and do some Christmas-eve stuff (you may enjoy the irony of this coming from a non-believer, if you like). I'll try to find a few moments later this even to try to throw in an example or a verse or two. OK, here ya go, just to name a few. Matthew 13:49-50: ...The angels will come and separate the wicked from the righteous and throw them into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Matthew 25:41: Then he will say to those on his left, "Depart from me, you w
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