Book Review: Relax, It’s Just God

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NLQ friend and author of "13:24  - A Story of Faith and Obsession" M. Dolon Hickmon has written a review of Patheos blogger Wendy Thomas Russell's new book "Relax, It's Just God" for The Humanist.Com. Wendy blogs about parenting at Natural Wonderers.This is a book that deals with the issues of how and when to explain or expose your children to the ideas of faith, even if you have no religious beliefs of your own as a parent. It cites research data from a large group of secular parents positing when and what to teach your children, or if you should bother teaching your children any knowledge of faith or belief. … [Read more...]

New Book “Beyond An Absence of Faith” & Vyckie Garrison podcast

There's a book that's been published  in the last year named 'Beyond An Absence of Faith: Stories About the Loss of Faith and the Discovery of Self' by Johnathan MS Pierce and Tristan Vick   What's so exciting about this book is that it features the story of NLQ writer Bruce Gerencser and NLQ Founder Vyckie  Garrison. Check it out!Several days ago Vyckie also took part in Atheist Analysis' podcast along with a few others on International Women's Day.If this is your first time visiting NLQ please read our Welcome page and our Comment Policy! Comments open below NLQ Recommended Reading … Quiverfull: Inside the Christian Patriarchy Movement by Kathryn Joyce 13:24 - A Story of Fai … [Read more...]

Announcement: The Hotline Project of Recovery From Religion

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NLQ friend and partner site Recovery From Religion is launching their long anticipated Hotline. The Hotline Project will be available 24 hours a day for those struggling with the emotional turmoil of leaving their faith. Here's what Recovery From Religion  has to say on their site about the project: … [Read more...]

Breaking The Generational Cycle of Child Abuse

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Our good friend M. Dolon Hickmon has a guest post up at Dan Fincke's site Camels With Hammers called 'Breaking The Generational Cycle of Child Abuse'  For those of you that don't know Mr. Hickmon he is also the author  of a powerful novel based upon some of his personal experiences of growing up in an abusive religious family - 13:24 - A Story of Faith and Obsession If you haven't read his book yet then I cannot emphasis strongly enough how good it is! He also writes for The Freethinker and On Faith. … [Read more...]

An Appeal from M. Dolon Hickmon – Vyckie’s Fundraiser

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by M. Dolon Hickmon, Author of '13:24 - A Story of Faith and Obsession'Last September, I sent a tweet to a woman I didn't know, asking for help publicizing the Kickstarter campaign for my debut novel about spiritual and physical child abuse. The enthusiasm of her response was unexpected and absolutely amazing. She arranged for one of my essays to be published on Patheos, and within hours my project had been included in a child abuse feature that appeared on both Alternet and Salon. By the evening, I'd been invited to share my plan to change the world through an innovative new kind of novel on radio talk shows that aired from coast to coast in America.Over the last year, that stranger … [Read more...]

Not Quoting Quiverfull: Memories of ‘The Rod’

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M. Dolon Hickmon, author of 13:24 - A Story of Faith and Obsession, has written a new article about the recent events with NFL player Adrian Peterson. It's a difficult but good read because of the unflinching descriptions of the Christian child discipline suffered by the author at roughly the same age as Peterson's son. People do carry the memories of what happens to them as young children into the rest of their lives as Hickmon proves in his piece. … [Read more...]

Review: Parenting Without God

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by M. Dolon Hickmon, author of '13:24- A Story of Faith and Obsession' cross posted from The Freethinker Parenting Without God by Dan Arel preaches to the choir of atheist parents Parenting Without God (2014, Dangerous Little Books) is the highly anticipated first book by Dan Arel, a secular firebrand best known for his science reporting and op-ed pieces on secular parenting, humanist values, and church/state separation. In addition to writing freelance for Alternet and The Huffington Post, Arel pens a regular column in American Atheists Magazine. Given the author’s reputation as a debater, one might expect Parenting Without God to offer a pointed critique of the Christian approach to pare … [Read more...]

The Woman’s Place is on a Pedestal

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by Luna Lindsay, author of "Recovering Agency: Lifting the Veil of Mormon Mind Control" - a book on recovery from high demand religious cults that exposes the mind tricks and thought control that allows these religions to flourish in our modern times. Read a review of her book at The Freethinker written by M. Dolon Hickmon.There is a woman: She stands on a pedestal and everyone adores her; she is beautiful, righteous, a nurturer; she is a mother, a wife, a special spirit chosen by God to be born in the last dispensation to usher in the coming of Christ. She is a daughter of God and through her virtue and obedience she will go home to live with Him for eternity. She is subject to no one … [Read more...]

The 10 Best (AKA, Worst) Quotations From Mary Pride’s “The Child Abuse Industry”

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by R. A. Stollar cross posted from Homeschoolers AnonymousMost Christian homeschoolers know Mary Pride as “the queen of homeschooling,” one of the founders of the Quiverfull movement, the anti-feminism author of The Way Home, or the publisher of the wildly popular magazine “Practical Homeschooling.” But she also wrote a lesser known book in 1985 entitled The Child Abuse Industry: Outrageous Facts About Child Abuse & Everyday Rebellions Against a System that Threatens Every North American Family. It is a remarkable read that calls for a “Second North American Revolution” — namely, having babies, abolishing no-fault divorce, going to church, eliminating foster care, homeschooling, re-in … [Read more...]

News: Utah Modesty Police Photoshop Yearbook Photos

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from Michael Stone at his blog Progressive Secular Humanist - American Taliban: Utah Modesty Police Edit Girls' Yearbook PhotosEditorial note: This has been all over the media the last few days. Apparently  Good Christians/Mormons (tm) decided that tank tops and bra straps were the big No-No and decided to keep Utah boys pure of lustful thoughts by photoshopping (badly) sleeves onto shirts covering shoulders and bra straps. More slut-shaming in this modesty standard that wasn't even applied consistently.Modesty standards and slut shaming isn't just for Biblical Patriarches, Minthegap's Adam Gregorin and church busybodies any more. … [Read more...]


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