After Coming Out As An Atheist, I Was Shunned by My Mother

This is a guest post by Catherine Dunphy. Dunphy is the Executive Director of the Clergy Project.

I’ve thought quite a bit over the past two years about the concept of shunning in religious families. It’s been in the back of my mind for a long time, a consequence that I knew I’d eventually have to face when my mother discovered the Clergy Project. I knew that the stakes would be high and that my mother’s religious beliefs would ultimately be an obstacle to our relationship.

On many occasions over the past decade, I have spoken briefly with her about my lack of faith. Though I never lied to her, I admit that I attempted to downplay my atheist activism. My efforts were to ensure transparency, but also to limit the details and frequency of these conversations so that we could carve out space where our relationship could thrive. It was, I had thought, a happy but uncomfortable truce.

Unfortunately, this strategy came crashing down a few short weeks ago, just before my birthday.

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Catholic Church Has a Problem with Its Painting of Jesus on the Cross Because… um… the Resurrection

There’s a famous image of Jesus on the crucifix called the “San Damiano Cross” that was painted in the 12th century.

In 2001, the Shrine of St. Bernadette church in Albuquerque, New Mexico commissioned a version of the painting and the artist’s rendition was pretty true to the original. Turns out the parishioners weren’t pleased about that.

See if you can guess why:



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What Should an Atheist Do If Asked to Say Grace During Thanksgiving Dinner?

The video below, part of The Atheist Voice series, answers the question: What should an atheist do if asked to say grace during Thanksgiving dinner?:

We’d love to hear your thoughts on the project — more videos will be posted soon — and we’d also appreciate your suggestions as to which questions we ought to tackle next!

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Cthulhu, Jesus, and Muhammad: Best Friends 4 Ever

If you’re looking for a controversial shirt that looks perfectly pleasant at first, you’re going to love this one:

(via Chibi T-Shirts)

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The Atheist Version of the ‘Heaven is for Real’ Trailer

I know the “Heaven is for Real” trailer made you cringe…

… but Dusty Smith‘s version of the trailer is far more honest than the book or movie:



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