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When Atheist Lovers Collide

"Anyone who believes in that shit is an idiot. Feeble minded and stupid."



Man, that is pretty harsh an assessment of those who believe in religion, isn't it? It's even harder to hear when you don't share the same attitude towards…

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Added by Amanda Ashcraft on February 26, 2015 at 10:20pm — No 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 Amanda Ashcraft 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 Amanda Ashcraft on February 1, 2015 at 6:52pm — 7 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 Amanda Ashcraft 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 Amanda Ashcraft 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 Amanda Ashcraft 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 Amanda Ashcraft 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 Amanda Ashcraft on October 16, 2014 at 1:26pm — 1 Comment

When Secular Children Fly Solo At Church

This weekend was a personal test for my parenting. As an atheist parent, I am pretty adamant in presenting both sides of an argument and using context when discussing religious belief with my kids. The only confirmation of how fair of a job I am doing is when the kids end up in awkward…

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Added by Amanda Ashcraft on September 30, 2014 at 7:56pm — 5 Comments

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 Amanda Ashcraft on September 15, 2014 at 11:04pm — 20 Comments

Atheist Women: Why Are They More In The Boardrooms Than Heard In The Streets?

index Everywhere I scroll, I find many atheist and secular minded individuals with my same mindset. No God. No religion. Acceptance for all. On the television, it is always the same faces of Dawkins, Harris, Silverman, and occasionally Cupp. I run into the same issues on blog sites like Patheos, Freethought, Secular Coalition, and American Atheists. Same male faces and the dash of a female…

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Added by Amanda Ashcraft on September 9, 2014 at 10:56am — 10 Comments

Ferguson: A Larger Dialog

Ferguson, MO.



Okay, please don't roll your eyes and think "Here we ago again. Another blog about police brutality, police states in America, and racist bashing." I'm not going to be analyzing the events of Ferguson, per say. I am writing about a larger picture here. No speeches about how…

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Added by Amanda Ashcraft on August 22, 2014 at 9:47am — 5 Comments

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 Amanda Ashcraft 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 Amanda Ashcraft on August 17, 2014 at 9:30pm — 1 Comment

The Narcissism Of Small Differences: Freud's Accidental Diagnosis Of The Problem With Atheism Today

In the general public, there is an expectation when discussing the infighting amongst atheists, that there will never be a concrete movement away from God due to lack of cohesion. That because of atheists' insistence on individualism and no clear rank and file, atheism in itself, is a flawed logic doomed to…

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Added by Amanda Ashcraft on August 12, 2014 at 8:00am — 35 Comments

What's Atheism Got To Do With It? Why Automatically Tagging Philosophy To Atheism Is A Bad Idea.

"So, you're an atheist. What does that mean other than you think you are a gift to the world?"

"How can you call yourself an atheist and support abortion?"

"Atheist men tend to be misogynists."

"Where do you get the right to determine what is right or not? You're an…

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Added by Amanda Ashcraft on August 7, 2014 at 10:50am — 13 Comments

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 Amanda Ashcraft on August 1, 2014 at 6:11am — 14 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 Amanda Ashcraft on June 27, 2014 at 3:42pm — 2 Comments

Desperately Yours, Lucifer

Today's little blog entry is a deep one. It speaks to the effects of a religious upbringing on children's sexuality, focusing in particular on the children who don't receive the necessary confirmation within their flock and start looking for it anywhere they can.…



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Added by Amanda Ashcraft on June 22, 2014 at 1:45pm — 2 Comments

Why You Can Be Certain Deities Do Not Exist

Whether you used to believe in Jesus or Yahweh, Mohammed or Allah, Krishna or Zeus, I can assure you that none exist. I will even take you further than that and guarantee they do not exist. It is all about your perception of the concept that a god/goddess is. Not a…

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Added by Amanda Ashcraft on February 22, 2014 at 6:23am — 3 Comments

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