March 19, 2017

I realized that there weren’t very many open Latino atheists that I was aware of. Clearly there was a need for secular Latinos to reach out to other secular Latinos. There was a need for Latino atheistic support, and for more Latinos to be open about their atheism. Read more

March 12, 2017

Lack of respect, autonomy, privacy, and decency, along with the constant threat of hell, of being ‘left behind,’ drove me to ever greater acts of defiance. Hints of an invading ‘demonic influence’ crept into Mrs. Reynold’s rants. Perhaps inevitably, the day of my exorcism arrived. Read more

March 12, 2017

I set about finding answers for my children, and for myself. A point of irony here is that even as a believer I was considered a liberal, a radical, because I was reluctant to accept the Baptist party line for all the above questions. I had had to repress my own critical thinking skills to accept those party line answers my whole life, and I was not about to allow my children to go without information they asked me for. Read more

March 12, 2017

My goal as a chaplain is to broaden the circle of inclusion, so that every person feels not only included, but also valued and accepted for the person s/he is, beyond labels and barriers. To me, this also means including those who have been excluded in the past. Read more

October 16, 2015

The word “Atheist” has a bad connotation. But many people do not realize that they are actually atheists too when it come to other gods. There are over 2,500 deities and most does not believe in them. Do believing in only one god and not 2,499 deities make you any different from atheists who doesn’t believe in 2,500 gods? Inspired by Richard Dawkins’ quote. This video is signed in American Sign Language and subtitled in English. Read more

October 15, 2015

As a naturally argumentative person (and former educator who taught persuasion), I am very interested in the arguments and rhetoric that others use, especially religious people toward nonbelievers. I’m not frequently surprised by the arguments I hear because I’ve heard (and sometimes made) them so many times. Indeed, some of the common arguments, in addition to being ridiculously flawed, are virtually clichés. Case in point: One of my friends (a Christian who doesn’t hesitate to engage in internal criticism of Christian culture) recently… Read more

October 13, 2015

One of the things I enjoy about where I am in life is that I have managed to keep and gain friends in a few different spheres. Even after deconverting, I’ve managed to keep a number of my Christian friends and gain others, and I have additionally gained a large number of secular and atheist friends, including some that predated my deconversion (and, truthfully, who probably helped along that road in their own ways). With those Christian friends, I have plenty of… Read more

October 11, 2015

In case you’re new here, this blog is the product of volunteers and employees of Recovering from Religion (hereafter RR), an organization that seeks to help individuals who have left religion. RR does this in a variety of ways: local support groups, a peer support helpline called the Hotline Project (which you can call at 1-84-I-DOUBT-IT), and the writings on this very blog, among other methods. The “recovery” part of that is sometimes tricky, though. What does it mean to “recover from religion”? At what… Read more

October 2, 2015

For five years, I taught high school English in a small rural district in Illinois. During my tenure there, one of my main goals was to improve student reading by leveraging student choice, and because our school had virtually no library budget, I expended a fair amount of effort (and money) to build a classroom library that contained books of diverse topics that I thought might appeal to students. Over time, I acquired a number of young adult (YA) books that I… Read more

September 30, 2015

Cassidy’s last post is a great demonstration of one of the quite common experiences of the ex-religious: the attempts of the still-religious to explain (or, at their most polite, inquire) why we left religion in the first place. Passing the blame to poor representatives is just one way that this is executed, but I think that there is an even bigger factor at play: expectations. Actually, let me step back just a second: One of the most insidious aspects of most ideologies is that… Read more

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