Mandy explains why she began a forum for Secular Moms:
This is a guest post written by James Mulholland. He is the author of several Christian books and just published Leaving Your Religion: A Practical Guide To Becoming Non-Religious. His blog of the same name can be read here
There are not five easy steps for leaving your religion. There is nothing easy about it. When you’re raised in a religious culture, it’s all you know. If it was a healthy community, it deeply satisfied. Walking away is painful. I went through all the stages of grief — denial, negotiation, anger and depression — before accepting my disbelief. For most people, leaving is a journey of a thousand steps.
Ah, sex ed. There are few high school subjects that can make teenagers so uncomfortable, weirdly excited, and sweaty all at once.
One student, Jeremy, was having a tricky time in his own sex ed class and so he did what any of us might have done in a similar position: he emailed Christian blogger Matt Walsh for some advice.
A few things you should know about Matt Walsh:
So, as I was saying, Jeremy had a bad experience in his sex ed class and turned to Walsh for some guidance:
Most church scandals, when they come to light, are sharply delineated events — a pastor raped a child, a priest got caught stealing from the collection plate, et cetera.
What officials of the influential Salem Baptist Church in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania did to contractor Walter Logan is more longterm and insidious. But the gist of it, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer, is this:
The church’s lawyers accused Logan of a crime they knew he didn’t commit. Then, well-connected church members used their power and political pull to see to it that Logan got arrested, cuffed, and perp-walked. They carried out this dishonesty and venality in an effort to gain the legal upper hand in a contractual dispute between Salem Baptist and Logan.
Walter Logan’s company had been hired by Salem to build a family center, but the church unexpectedly pulled out of the agreement in 2007, triggering a “groundless termination” lawsuit from the contractor, who claimed Salem Baptist still owned him more than $200,000.
Yesterday was the late Carl Sagan‘s birthday and the folks at Mad Art Lab put together this really nice compilation of people reciting Sagan’s famous passage about that pale blue dot on which we all live. (I’m in the mix, too.)