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No Tattoo For You!

For the last few months, I’ve been scrimping away money to restart my tattoo collecting. I currently have three altogether, all from different shops in my area, and out of the three who did the work, I decided to return to one in particular. I liked the artists that worked there, and trusted their professionalism so…

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Added by Bluegrass Skeptic on April 20, 2015 at 5:30pm — 2 Comments

The Safety Dance For When Christians Don't Want To Dance

It seems with Easter, and the improvement of weather from freezing to tolerable, that there is an uptick in religious pursuits. As if after getting through the last rather heavy Christmas and Easter seasons, the rekindling of faith hits a critical mass and a bunch of stupid just starts flowing out of…

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Added by Bluegrass Skeptic on April 14, 2015 at 7:00pm — 7 Comments

I Dream Of Mayberry

"I miss the good old days. You know, when things were simpler and more pure. Like Mayberry."



This is probably one of the most absolutely ridiculous notions in America…

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Added by Bluegrass Skeptic on April 2, 2015 at 7:00pm — 7 Comments

Governor Pence and the Grim Silence of the Evangelical Right

"The tradition of all dead generations weighs like a nightmare on the brains of the living... as they seem to be occupied with revolutionizing themselves and things, creating something that did not exist before, precisely in such epochs of revolutionary crisis they anxiously conjure up the spirits of…

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Added by Bluegrass Skeptic on March 30, 2015 at 10:00pm — 14 Comments

Celebrating Is Better Than Defending

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I hate to admit this, but I have a trophy folder on my laptop. Not game trophy images. Not racks of deer I've hunted. Not the typical photos of my children standing all posed with academic or sport awards. No, it's a folder full of screenshots. Frozen images in time, with winning moments in…

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Added by Bluegrass Skeptic on March 4, 2015 at 4:30pm — 7 Comments

Altar Calls And Night Terrors

It was another terrifying experience. One of many throughout the years. This time I woke up, face covered in tears, mind in a panic as I took a few minutes to calm down. I spent a bit longer than usual getting reoriented, my mind's movie content having hit a NC-17 for a number of things. But confirming that horrible episode of disaster and loss wasn't my reality anymore always takes a minute after waking up anyway. Deep cleansing breaths of cool forced heat assured me of what my slowly waking… Continue

Added by Bluegrass Skeptic on February 12, 2015 at 8:15pm — 3 Comments

Misguided Acts Of Nobility

"I'm going to Kurdistand in March. I'm going to fight ISIS."



Not something you want to hear from a long time friend. Especially when it is followed up by, "This is something I believe in." Plenty of other platitudes followed. Empty assurances of safe zones he…

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Added by Bluegrass Skeptic on February 1, 2015 at 6:52pm — 7 Comments

Challenge fundamentalist religious on public policies and practices

The challenge to fundamentalist religious must be thorough, in the present, and with teeth. The harm of those who use their beliefs based on superstitions injure people, flora and fauna, and the Earth. For individuals to put their confidence on legends of the ancients may bring them comfort and a purpose for being, however, we can not tolerate fundamentalists imposing their beliefs on others.   

It isn't enough to confront the public policies and practices of…

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Added by Joan Denoo on January 26, 2015 at 2:40pm — 2 Comments

You Have To Be A Die Hard Cynic To Be Religious

You Have To Be A Die Hard Cynic To Be Religious

Most of my mornings are filled with top 40 hits of pop music as I commute to work, kids in tow. This radio station is a clear favorite for all of us with its variety, and usually I can ignore the music and let the kids enjoy a little be bopping before going to school. Recently though, we discovered that on Sunday mornings there is a half hour of…

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Added by Bluegrass Skeptic on January 21, 2015 at 8:36pm — 3 Comments

Damaged And Dating: A Situation I Never Thought Of Until Now

Damaged And Dating: Situations I Never Thought Of Until Now

I am a survivor of religious brainwashing and amplified abuse due to religious influences in my childhood household.



I was trained from an early age that life was a constant battle between the divine and my imperfect flesh. I was…

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Added by Bluegrass Skeptic on January 15, 2015 at 7:42pm — 4 Comments

The Best Larping Around: Religious Services

Let's talk about a past time I thoroughly enjoy now and then.



LARP.



For those unfamiliar, LARP is an acronym for Live Action Role Play. Essentially, a bunch of similarly minded folks get together and collaborate to have fun pretending scenes out of their favorite movies, books, comics, etc. This is strictly pretending, of course, but with rules involved. The basic goal of LARPing (yes, you can make the acronym a verb, how cool!) is to create a desired fantasy environment… Continue

Added by Bluegrass Skeptic on January 11, 2015 at 5:00am — 5 Comments

Self Deprecation In Christianity: A Facetiously Emotional Sales Ploy

We have all been there and done it. Sitting on a couch, consoling a friend over a terrible mistake that has been made, and used our own personal flaws as a buffer before giving advice on what to do about the mess at hand. This is self deprecation, and while a very useful tool while navigating social situations, there is a fine line between using it as a tool, and using it as a facetious psychological mind fuck.



Usually, self deprecation is a general statement of flaws, like,"Well,…

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Added by Bluegrass Skeptic on November 5, 2014 at 3:30pm — 11 Comments

Preaching On Social Media - via rottingthoughts.wordpress.com

We’ve all been there at some point. You log onto your favorite social media website like Facebook, and as you scroll through the many status updates in your news feed with highlights about your Aunt Martha’s cat, or your friend’s son that lost a tooth, you see this:

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If you are irreligious like myself, all you see is this:…

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Added by Bluegrass Skeptic on October 16, 2014 at 1:26pm — 1 Comment

Do Your Best And God Will Do The Rest

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For many, many years, I have always found an unending fount of devilish giggles whenever I read sappy church signs. You know, the ones that are thought up by the honorary witty member of the church congregation that plays on puns, abuses homophones, and loves to dabble in sappy poetry attempts. What better way to market a deity than…

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Added by Bluegrass Skeptic on September 15, 2014 at 11:04pm — 20 Comments

RR Excerpt #10: Gullibility of Followers of Religious Leaders

This is excerpt #10 from The Reason Revolution: Atheism, Secular Humanism, and the Collapse of Religion, a short, FREE e-book available at Smashwords, Goodreads, and Amazon

Readers are invited to post online reviews at the download site. …

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Added by DAN DANA on August 29, 2014 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

A Few Thoughts On The Whole "What If You Go To Hell?" Scenario

We have all had that conversation with friends, family, and even in our own minds have pondered the validity of the "What if you go to Hell?" scenario.



Images of devils, demons, exposed human flesh to flame, faces twisted in torturous poses, evil looking imps in observant reveries of delight. The overall themes being rejection, exile, physically unbearable pain, retribution, and guilt. Through many belief systems, Hell is a common thread that most agree upon.…



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Added by Bluegrass Skeptic on August 19, 2014 at 1:47pm — 11 Comments

NWO, Illuminati, Blood Moons, And Hot Dogs: Practicing Political Atheism While Living In A Zealously Theistic Country

It seems over the last decade we have more things to be afraid of.

Between the advent of engineered disease, and surreptitious attacks of mind boggling computer viruses that could potentially bring down banking systems globally, it would seem we need to look at everything we…

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Added by Bluegrass Skeptic on August 17, 2014 at 9:30pm — 1 Comment

Intellectual Dishonesty And Being Certain Gods Do Not Exist

There is nothing more aggravating than being in the middle of a discussion about the parameters of what constitutes a God, and another atheist in the discussion says to you,”You are being intellectually dishonest by saying deities absolutely do not exist.…

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Added by Bluegrass Skeptic on August 1, 2014 at 6:11am — 14 Comments

Religion as 'emulation of the adult by the child'

I simply wish to promote some of what I consider the best quotes about religion by the sci-fi writer Frank Herbert. In my opinion he is an very insightful and serious critic of religion, having explored it himself very thoroughly

Religion is the emulation of the adult by the child. Religion is the encystment of past beliefs: mythology, which is guesswork, the assumptions of trust in the universe, those pronouncements which men…

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Added by Robert Crichton Priddy on July 17, 2014 at 6:55am — No Comments

The Divine Emotional Guilt Trip Of Suffering

"Well aren't you just a big boy!"



I'd just rang the door bell of the rather palatial corner lot's brick coated home a few seconds previous when I heard an elderly voice sounding rather enigmatic and enthusiastic,…

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Added by Bluegrass Skeptic on June 27, 2014 at 3:42pm — 2 Comments

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