A Former Christian Shares Why She Stopped Taking Her Kids to Church

Lori Arnold McFarlane used to be an evangelical Christian — and a very happy one at that. But a few years ago, after she openly mocked Harold Camping and his followers for warning people about the end of the world, she realized there really wasn’t much of a difference in their beliefs. The other side just attached a definitive date to an event she believed would happen in her lifetime. It wasn’t long before her faith in God disappeared completely.

She writes about that transition in a really beautiful memoir called The Last Petal Falling (CreateSpace, 2015):

Even though she had doubts of her own, McFarlane was intent on raising her three children to attend church and love Jesus. In the excerpt below, she writes about why she changed her mind about all that:

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Billionaire Brothers Donate $15 Million to Ted Cruz Super PAC to Further Their Religious Agenda

Make no mistake about it: Religion and politics are closely intertwined. And in the Republican party, they’re practically synonyms.

Yesterday, we learned that billionaire brothers Farris and Dan Wilks were donating $15 million to Ted Cruz‘s Presidential campaign (via a super PAC), making it the largest political contribution for any candidate this cycle and among the largest ever. And they’re doing it, in large part, because it’s the best way to further their religious agenda:



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Christian Group Will Deliver Bibles to North Korea, Even Though Citizens Can Be Killed for Having One

It’s bad enough that Christians are sending Bibles to Iraqis who are starving and homeless and Hindus who are suffering in a heat wave.

Now, a group called The Voice of the Martyrs is doing something even worse to “help” people in North Korea.

They’re going to drop Bibles in the country via balloons… even though they’re fully aware that citizens could be killed for owning one:



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Virginia Psychic Indicted on Fraud Charges; She Never Saw It Coming

Tell me if you’ve heard this one before: A “psychic” bilked her customers out of a hell of a lot of money and then wasn’t prepared when authorities came after her.

That’s what happened with Sandra Marks (known as “Catherine Marks”):



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Vicar on the Run After Stealing More Than £24,000 from Church

If any of you have seen Simon Reynolds (below), please let the police know.

The Church of England vicar who conducted several weddings and funerals, made a lot of money in the process, and pocketed the cash instead of handing it over to the Church is now on the run:

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