Losing Your Religion is Like Losing Your Parents

Domyo Burk is one of the bloggers on the Patheos Buddhist channel. She’s been doing a lot of research into spirituality and meditation for a new book, and along the way, she realized that she didn’t believe in God.

She never really believed in a personal God who answers your prayers and watches over you, but there were several years where she had “faith in Something Greater.” (That’s where the Zen stuff kicked in.)

But not anymore. She has a fascinating post about her journey away from God — which is nothing like the typical stories we hear — and I really appreciated this analogy:

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To Weed Out Protesters at Last Night’s Event, The Satanic Temple Had Attendees Transfer Their Souls to Satan

Last night, as I posted earlier, The Satanic Temple unveiled its Baphomet statue in Detroit.

What’s really interesting is how TST dealt with all the threats they were getting from God-fearing Christians.

According to TST spokesperson Lucien Greaves, attendees for the event had to go through the following process:

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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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