Sarah Trachtenberg's Blog (13)

Ideas for the contest?

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Added by Sarah Trachtenberg on April 29, 2010 at 11:59am — 6 Comments

More about Mormons– the saga continues

From Not My God

Good news, everyone! I just read about this and I’m so excited I nearly spat out my spicy tuna roll:



South Park Creators’ Mormon Musical Set for Off-Broadway



Free tickets might inspire me to shower the musical with lots of PR on this… Continue

Added by Sarah Trachtenberg on February 4, 2010 at 2:15pm — 1 Comment

It’s not persecution if it’s against Devil Worshippers

From Not My God







Not My God focuses on persecution and hatred of atheists. I’m not saying that I equate anti-atheism rhetoric with segregated bathrooms under Jim Crow laws or genocides. What I am trying to say is that many people in the US hate atheists, all else being equal. I’ve heard time and time again of people saying that they didn’t believe in God– without sarcasm, without “and neither should you,”… Continue

Added by Sarah Trachtenberg on January 28, 2010 at 11:13am — No Comments

Atheists who swing to the right

From Not My God







I don’t often hear from atheists who are politically/socially conservative. I know they’re out there, albeit probably much fewer than their more liberal counterparts. I’ve heard at least one atheist say that he’s a truck driver, voted for Bush twice, etc., and no one would guess that he’s an atheist. True, I wouldn’t have.



I’m a liberal myself, although it does disconcert me to a… Continue

Added by Sarah Trachtenberg on January 21, 2010 at 11:02am — 5 Comments

You can't go to heaven!

From Not My God







I have missed this blog! Between winter holidays, Andy getting badly injured, planning a wedding and miscellaneous happenstances, I haven’t posted in a while, though I religiously (heh, heh) have posted every Thursday.



It’s no secret that I have big love for the HBO series Big Love, which I discussed in my posts about Mormonism. The opening credits end with Bill, the husband, meeting… Continue

Added by Sarah Trachtenberg on January 14, 2010 at 11:18am — 4 Comments

Are We Smug?

From Not My God. Follow link for complete post and to comment.



I’ve been thinking a while about an accusation towards atheists that does have a ring of truth: are we smug? My first response is, are we really smugger than a theist who thinks she has friends in high places and will go to heaven when she dies because she’s one of the “good ones”?



Maybe that’s flip, but that is how I see it. Sure, I’m an atheist… Continue

Added by Sarah Trachtenberg on December 3, 2009 at 10:40am — 11 Comments

Don't pastors' kids make the best atheists?

From Not My God





Don’t pastors’ kids make the best atheists?

November 19th, 2009



Those of you who read my sample chapter on Janet (which was also published) have read the story of a PK (preacher’s kid) who experienced one of the worst things that could happen to a child. Her father urged her to pray to forgive the man who sexually abused her, something she was not able to do. This was a pivotal moment in… Continue

Added by Sarah Trachtenberg on November 19, 2009 at 2:11pm — 6 Comments

Catholic sex abuse survivor

From Not My God



Here in the Not My God penthouse, I focus on stories of atheists that are particularly difficult and moving for the purposes of illustration and because this obviously makes for a more interesting book. So if anyone out there thinks I cherry-pick the extremes, yes, I am, but that’s sort of the point.



I found this story on Dawkins’s Converts Corner.



“For many years I was a victim of… Continue

Added by Sarah Trachtenberg on November 5, 2009 at 3:13pm — 3 Comments

OK, but do we deserve to be hated?

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Off-topic: why do we often say, “That’s for history to decide”? Why is the opinion/assessment of people in the future more important than ours? Are they better than us? Don’t let future history boss you around!



OK, enough stand-up.



Not My God functions as an illustration of how atheists are hated in the United States. Depending on where you are in the rest of the world,… Continue

Added by Sarah Trachtenberg on September 24, 2009 at 3:28pm — 4 Comments

Eight years later

from Not My God



Tomorrow is the eighth anniversary of the worst terrorist attack in history. For many, the events of September Eleventh strengthened their belief in god– for some, in an angry, vengeful god, and for others, a kind, loving god. Others, still, wouldn’t retain their faith in the aftermath of the tragedy. Some of you may be among them.



It is probable that Richard Dawkins wrote the God Delusion and… Continue

Added by Sarah Trachtenberg on September 10, 2009 at 9:48am — 5 Comments

As if being a teenager isn’t hard enough

From Not My God blog







Aye gevalt– Is it September already?



Thank Darwin for Facebook. It is proving invaluable in my meeting and schmoozing with other atheists/skeptics. Plus it’s great for meeting cool people everywhere. To any young ‘uns reading this, you have no idea how much the internet has changed things.



One thing I see a lot of in this project is atheists who have double, and sometimes… Continue

Added by Sarah Trachtenberg on September 3, 2009 at 10:13am — 2 Comments

From our friends outside the U.S

Not My God is about the experiences of atheists in America because the U.S. is in the unique position of being a staunchly religious nation in the developed world. It’s part of what makes America America: having a gun in one hand and a bible in the other. As a result, atheists have it a lot harder here than in, say, France or Japan.



I recently spoke with a Turkish man who told me that, contrary to what I thought, it was easier to be an atheist in Istanbul than in the U.S! I still… Continue

Added by Sarah Trachtenberg on August 27, 2009 at 10:11am — No Comments

Not My God-- personal stories of atheists in America

Welcome to Gabbin’ About God, sponsored by Ace Religious Supplies, where they say, “If we don’t got it, it ain’t holy.”



Just kidding. This is Not My God, a site for the personal aspect of atheism. I’m putting together a book with that title, having already 20 interviews lined up, but I still want to hear from more of you. I couldn’t find many personal stories of atheists. Dan Barker talked about his in his book Losing Faith in Faith and Julia Sweeney described hers in the monologue… Continue

Added by Sarah Trachtenberg on July 15, 2009 at 12:44pm — 6 Comments

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