Barry A. Hazle Jr., Atheist, Wins Nearly $2 Million In Settlement Over Faith-Based Rehab Program
A California atheist has won a settlement of nearly $2 million after being sent to jail on a parole violation for objections he made about participating in a faith-based rehab program.
After 75 Years of AA, It’s Time to Admit We Have a Problem – Pacific Standard: The Science of Societ
Challenging the 12-step hegemony.
12. I am angry that the church spends millions of dollars on buildings and salaries for ministry staff that comes from people in the congregation — the people feel obligated to pay for the very people who are perpetuating the fraud of Christianity.
13. I am angry that churches get tax-exempt status when they are heavily involved in politics.
As churches get political, IRS stays quiet| Reuters
(Reuters) – Pastor Jim Garlow will stand before congregants at his 2,000-seat Skyline Wesleyan Church, just weeks before the U.S. presidential and congressional elections, and urge his flock to vote for or against particular candidates.
14. I am angry that the Bible’s concept of turning the other cheek has been used to convince the underprivileged in society not to fight back.
On Turning The Other Cheek
“Over the centuries, this text has been written on human bodies in bruised cheeks, swollen lips, blackened eyes, bloodied noses, broken jaws, and far worse.”
15. I am angry that Christianity defines the entire worth of other people based on whether or not they believe one of the most fantastic stories ever told.
Are you saved? | Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry
“You must know and acknowledge that there is only one God,that Jesus is God in flesh, that you are a sinner,that you need to repent of your sins,and that the only way to find forgiveness is to trust in Jesus alone,by faith alone,through grace alone.”
16. I am angry at the way Christianity utilizes verses like 2 Corinthians 10:5-6 that tell people to take every thought captive, effectively making sure its ideology traps minds.
How to Take Every Thought Captive: The Battle for Your Mind
2 Corinthians 10 commands us to take every thought captive and make it obedient to Christ. How do we break the strongholds in our minds?
17. I am angry that Christianity convinces people to love a dead person more than they love their own families.
Yes, Natasha, he really loves Jesus more than he loves you
“Each and every day, I know and am painfully aware of the fact that my parents love Jesus more than they love me, and that they would and did pick him over me.”
18. I am angry that most Christians don’t read their Bibles carefully before sending the treacherous book to third-world countries.
Americans Love The Bible But Don’t Read It Much, Poll Shows
More than half of Americans think the Bible has too little influence on a culture they see in moral decline, yet only one in five Americans read the Bible on a regular basis, according to a new survey.
19. I am angry that the dedication to faith leads many Christians to categorically reject any careful study that disproves any of their faith tenets, and yet many Christians insist they are engaging in rational debate.
“You give me the awful impression of someone who hasn’t read any of the arguments against your position ever.”
20. I am angry that people are encouraged to follow Christ for primarily emotional reasons, but when they use that same emotional reason to leave Christ, they are told that they cannot do so. Christianity often highlights people’s emotions and states that hard thinking and rationalization for your stances is unnecessary when you are in Christianity, but when you leave, suddenly your emotions are invalid, and in addition many people’s ability to rationally defend themselves is diminished by decades of encouragement for the rank and file in the congregation to “just trust God.” Furthermore, the emotion to love other people often is a reason people leave Christianity, and it is applauded UNTIL they leave Christianity. In other words, Christianity often develops emotions inside people that it controls through definition (it decides whether you are a loving person or not, for example), and then it often bars people from the rational development that it then requires from people in place of emotion once these people leave Christianity. This seems very cruel to me. I’m not making this up…there are plenty of stories from other former Christians to this effect, and I have experienced it myself.
Why are believers ignorant about atheists? – Salon.com
“Rev. Gavin Dunbar made an argument that, unless you believe in God, you have no reason to care whether the people you love live or die, or even or even to love them in the first place.”