A Scientific Measure of Spiritual Freedom

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  What follows is a guest post by Luna Lindsey. This month, I’ve been called to debate members of several seemingly opposing religious groups: Mormons, ex-Mormons, atheists, and Christians. What could arouse the ire of so many? One word: cult. Last month, I released a book called Recovering Agency: Lifting the Veil of Mormon Mind Control. In [Read More...]

Therapist And Ex-Jehovah’s Witness Discusses Their Uses Of “Mind Control” Techniques

Unfortunately, her descriptions of “cults” also apply to mainstream religions. Thanks to Jake, Raven, and Justin for the link. Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

Scientology’s Abusive Treatment Of Children

Scarlett Hanna is the daughter of Australia’s head of Scientology, Vicki Dunstan. An interesting trend here as the son of the founder (L. Ron Hubbard) of scientology, Ron DeWolfe (changed his name!), as well as the brother and niece of the current international leader (David Miscavige) have also all escaped and denounced the cult. (via [Read More...]

Accusations That Scientologists Were Forced Into Abortions By Scientology’s Sea Organization

The St. Petersburg Times reports that more than a dozen women are claiming to have been pressured into abortions when they worked for Scientology’s religious order, the Sea Organization: Some said colleagues and supervisors pressured them to abort their pregnancies and remain productive workers without the distraction of raising children. Terminating a pregnancy and staying [Read More...]

Tesco: A Company With Subtle Theological Spokespeople

Daniel Jones, 23 year old founder of a 500,000 member Jedi church, felt emotionally humiliated after employees at a Tesco forced him to remove his Jedi hood and mocked his beliefs after he gave them a business card which proved his religion. Mr Jones, from Holyhead, said his religion dictated that he should wear the [Read More...]

“Faith Killing”

You know, I’m tired hearing of these blood-boiling cases of children dying because of their parents influencing them to substitute prayer for medicine.  Here’s the latest such murder to make the news, via Mojoey)  I’m also tired of the term “faith healing” to describe these events.  I suggest we call it what it really is: faith [Read More...]

Scientology

A really disturbing look at some incidents from Scientology‘s dark and abusive history.. [Read more...]

Jeff Sharlet On The Family

Last night on Real Time With Bill Maher, Jeff Sharlet, the profiler of The Family: [Read more...]

Should Freethinkers Give Up On Replacing Religious Rituals With Their Own?

In reply to a reader of The Daily Dish on the pitfalls of “freethinkers’ groups” that try to replace religious rituals with their own (about which I commented here), comes these two remarks on The Daily Dish: Your reader’s comment about “atheist Sunday school” is phenomenal, and gets right at one of the most important [Read More...]


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