August 11, 2011

Kudos to blogger Leanna of Life on the Hill. She lives in Kentucky and homeschooles her children, and she has just come out as an atheist. Her story embodies so much of what I have thought and felt, as well as my philosophy on children and religion. Here are some excerpts from her coming out post: I have often tiptoed around stating my lack of religious beliefs because, like many people in a minority, I fear being shunned and judged…. Read more

August 10, 2011

Last week my husband and I saw a movie on campus. As usual, we brought our little daughter Sally with us. She behaved very well, sometimes sitting beside me, sometimes nursing, sometimes walking up and down the stairs (we sat by the aisle). When the movie finished we got up and prepared to go. Sally, it’s time to go home now. No! Stairs, walk stairs! No Sally, it’s time to go home now. I was tired and wanted to get… Read more

August 9, 2011

My parents have a trust problem. I’ve said elsewhere that the parents of the Christian Patriarchy movement seem to be unable to trust their adult daughters. In fact, as I’ve already pointed out, they frequently don’t even trust their adult daughters to be able to think for themselves. Depending on the family, sons may face the same lack of trust as well. But I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s not just their children that the parents of the Christian… Read more

August 9, 2011

We are pleased to announce the creation of a new website geared specifically to countering the teachings of Vision Forum.  I have been bothered for some time that while there are various articles on a variety of websites addressing the problems with the teachings of Vision Forum and its image of the “perfect godly family,” there was no website pulling all of this information together. And now there is. Here it is: Rethinking Vision Forum The site is meant to… Read more

August 8, 2011

I have made some changes to this blog today. First, I have changed the background and color scheme, etc. Second, I have changed the tabs. Now the tabs are divided by subject and provide listing of relevant blog posts. Third, I have changed the “my story” tab. Now rather than just containing my huge long story, it links to each part, all of which are now published on the blog separately. You can also make comments on each individual section… Read more

August 7, 2011

A good deal of the pain we feel in our day to day lives comes from unmet expectations. As an example, if my husband doesn’t put his dirty clothes in the hamper I become upset, but only because I expect him to put them in the hamper. If I didn’t it wouldn’t upset me. The same is true, for example, of my parents: they feel a great deal of pain today because I didn’t live up to their expectations as… Read more

August 6, 2011

I was taught that if I dated someone and then broke up with him and married someone else, I would spend the rest of my life regretting that first relationship. I was taught that if I kissed someone and then married someone else, I would live with eternal regret. My parents did not want me to feel this kind of regret. They wanted to protect me and set me on a path where I could have a fantastic marriage with… Read more

August 5, 2011

Have you ever heard of Pascal’s Wager? It has been used for centuries as an argument against atheism. I believe it is fatally flawed, and I have actually devised my own wager in its place.   Pascal’s Wager If you erroneously believe in God, you lose nothing (assuming that death is the absolute end), whereas if you correctly believe in God, you gain everything (eternal bliss). But if you correctly disbelieve in God, you gain nothing (death ends all), whereas… Read more

August 5, 2011

I came upon this article in The Guardian today and found it fascinating. It really says a lot about the relationship between the pay gap and gender roles, and reveals how far we still have to go. Forbes List Exposes Hollywood Wage Gap Angelina Jolie may be Hollywood’s highest-paid female actor but she trails Leonardo DiCaprio by $47m. What’s going on? Forbes Magazine released its annual list of the top-earning male Hollywood actors this week. Hollywood star salaries have always… Read more

August 4, 2011

Note: I am defining lust as “a feeling of sexual desire” and lustful thoughts as “sexual thoughts or fantasies.”  This is actually the dictionary definition, when devoid of all the shame talk religion gives the word “lust.” Just recently I tried to show some of my brothers a movie I really enjoy. After watching the beginning, they told me they could watch no more. Why? Because it included some nudity. This has made me realize how hard it must be… Read more

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