Letting Go of Religion… in 17 Beautiful Pictures

Kasey Medlin, a 20-year-old student at the Savannah College of Art and Design (in Georgia), grew up in Texas. As she told me, “Growing up and becoming a woman went hand and hand with my rejection of Christianity and eventually all religion.” But while her childhood was generally happy, she genuinely believed that if her dad and stepmother found out about her non-belief, it would affect their love for her.

That’s the backdrop for a photography project she just completed called “Letting Go of Religion.” The 17 pictures explore the themes of femininity, innocence, sexuality, and individuality:

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Slam Poet Eviscerates Religion in New Video

Harley Neville, a filmmaker and poet from New Zealand, just released an excellent video about the folly of religion called “Gravity.”

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A New Short Documentary Shines a Light on the Plight of Bangladeshi Atheist Bloggers

Here’s a short documentary called Razor’s Edge about the crisis facing Bangladeshi bloggers who are critical of religion.

As regular readers of this site know, several of them (and their associates) have already been killed by Islamic radicals for promoting atheism.

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Films That Explored Religious Abuses Won Big at the Academy Awards

Tonight’s winners at the 88th annual Academy Awards included a couple of films that exposed the worst practices within certain religious communities.

Spotlight, the film about Boston Globe reporters who uncovered the Catholic Church sex abuse scandal, took home awards for Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay:

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The film is remarkable, not just for its realistic look at a newsroom, but for taking the subject matter so seriously. You can’t watch that movie without feeling anger and shock at just how widespread the Catholic cover-up was.

But perhaps the most understated win came in the category of Best Documentary Short. It went to Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy for her film A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness — a movie about faith-based honor killings.

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Heaven? Hell? Nothing? She Prefers to “Let the Mystery Be”

I’d never heard this song by singer Iris Dement before, but Lauren Hoffman‘s cover of “Let The Mystery Be” is wonderful:

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