Angie Jackson's Blog – May 2009 Archive (15)

Pam and Lindsay

The following is an excerpt from my upcoming book "Exodus from Zion".



Warning: This post contains graphic descriptions of abuse.



Outside our summer programs of VBS and choir, most of the time my siblings and I played with the other kids on our block. Ryan and Justin were my brother’s age. Unfortunately, Ryan was usually grounded due to his grades, and Justin was a bully. I remember once when Justin punched me in the side of my head and my brother beat him up… Continue

Added by Angie Jackson on May 31, 2009 at 8:00pm — 7 Comments

Fruits of the Spirit

Come on over to Angie the Anti-Theist where I muse on the good old fruits, and how an atheist doesn't need any ghosts to be joyful, peaceful, loving, kind, good, patient, gentle, and self-controlled. Faithful is another story.

Added by Angie Jackson on May 31, 2009 at 7:02pm — No Comments

Chatting with a Mormon Missionary: Take 4

Come join me on my blog Angie the Anti-Theist to see Part 4 of my ongoing battles for the minds of young Mormons! Meet today's chatting missionary, Matthew: Master of the Shift Key, and learn what happens when I use the same email address to confront the religious on uncomfortable facts too many times.



And while I'm shamelessly pimping my site, would you follow, comment, rate,… Continue

Added by Angie Jackson on May 29, 2009 at 5:00pm — 3 Comments

Atheist Anniversary

I became an atheist one year ago. Wow, so much has happened in that time. I've reevaluated my stance on practically everything. I've re-mourned my lost ones who have died. I've purged my home of garbage. I've changed the language I use. I've begun to have pride in myself and in my brain. I've started to think critically and rationally. I've been exploring the world of science, without tons of "you're persecuting me" resentment getting in the way. I've laughed my head off at blasphemy. And I've… Continue

Added by Angie Jackson on May 29, 2009 at 9:57am — 5 Comments

My story repeated

A guy I know from class approached me today on break. "Can I have your number to give my girlfriend? She needs someone to talk to." This guy had heard my story, which I've just started being open about in the past year. (This is a counseling/therapy group class.)



She called today and we talked for about an hour. I can see why he asked me in particular. So many things in her story were in mine. Molestation, physical violence from parents, biblical/spiritual abuse, abusive men, drug… Continue

Added by Angie Jackson on May 27, 2009 at 2:33pm — 8 Comments

Chatting with a Mormon Missionary: Take 3

"You are speaking live with Andrew, who is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Information provided in this session is to provide assistance only and is not an official statement of the Church."



Andrew: Hello Angie!



Me: Hi Andrew :)



Andrew: How may i help you today?

(Already I'm impressed with his use of the Shift key! So much better than the last two dear boys.)



Me: I wanted to ask about LDS and women. What… Continue

Added by Angie Jackson on May 22, 2009 at 5:03pm — 11 Comments

Chatting with a Mormon Missionary: Take 2

"You are speaking live with Tyson, who is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Information provided in this session is to provide assistance only and is not an official statement of the Church."



Tyson: hello Angie how are you today?



Me: I'm doing well Tyson. How are you?



Tyson: Oh im doin just fine. Do you have any questions for me?



Me: Yes. I want to know how you know that Mormons are right and Muslims are… Continue

Added by Angie Jackson on May 22, 2009 at 10:42am — 6 Comments

Conversatios with my Mother; part 2

My mom knows I'm an atheist and that I'm writing a book about her scandalous cult-leading mother. She's bothered by the first and okay with the second. We ended up in a really constructive conversation last night about religious extremism. I told her that I'm planning on marketing my upcoming book to "moderate christians" because I think they need to wake up and take responsibility for the crazies in their flock. Oddly enough, she agrees. She's on the "leadership council" and "planning… Continue

Added by Angie Jackson on May 22, 2009 at 8:32am — 2 Comments

So I called my grandmother this morning to catch up. It was very early in her time zone and she probably wasn't wearing her hearing aid. Add that to the Alzheimers and the conversation was pretty fun…

So I called my grandmother this morning to catch up. It was very early in her time zone and she probably wasn't wearing her hearing aid. Add that to the Alzheimers and the conversation was pretty funny.



Giggy: What are you up to?

Me: I'm writing my book, and trying to get an agent and a publisher

Giggy: Ooh-wee! That sounds fun. Now you know my favorite publisher is Chosen Books. They're Christian.

Me: They're not gonna want my book - it's not a Christian… Continue

Added by Angie Jackson on May 18, 2009 at 7:32am — 5 Comments

Chatting with a Mormon Missionary

Why wait for the bible-salesmen to come to you? Chat Live with a Missionary!



You are speaking live with Spencer, who is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Information provided in this session is to provide assistance only and is not an official statement of the Church.



Spencer: hello how may i help you



Angie: Hi I have some questions about Mormonism/LDS. I'm a college student, with a dual major in american history and middle east… Continue

Added by Angie Jackson on May 14, 2009 at 12:53pm — 6 Comments

Mother's Day

My son is so cool. He's weird and brilliant and thinks sideways. He just does things that blow my mind on a regular basis. Like his latest imaginary game - cannibalism. He grabs at my cheek, then moves his hand to his mouth to "eat" my face. I have no idea where he gets it, as he is three and largely non-verbal. It just cracks me up.



He also looks at thing differently, and I mean that literally. Since he was a baby, when he plays with toy cars he lies down on his side, and wheels… Continue

Added by Angie Jackson on May 10, 2009 at 6:00pm — 4 Comments

Dollhouse

So I just finished watching "Omega" the final episode of Dollhouse, and I've realized - There is a God and his name is Joss Whedon!

Added by Angie Jackson on May 9, 2009 at 8:25am — 10 Comments

the most honest answer I'm likely to get

My mom and I are both going through therapy over her mother, my cult-leader grandma. So, tonight we had another conversation about religion, faith, faith-healing, Paul, Revelation, and the apocalypse. She told me about her sister's teeth being miraculously straightened, and that she believes in prayer. (My grandmother was a faith-healer, hence the heavy focus on this.) I told her that people of all different faiths can report miraculous healings, that they experience the sensation the Christian… Continue

Added by Angie Jackson on May 4, 2009 at 8:13pm — 6 Comments

LMAO @ Biblical Literalists

From Creation Minute website (click the link on the right to bring in money for A/N).



The most common question asked about the validity of Noah's ark is, "How could millions of different animals fit on one small boat?"



* First, there were not millions of animals. Not every "kind" of animal was needed to be on board. According to the Biblical text., neither insects nor amphibians would have been taken on board. Only those animals which could not have survived a year long…
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Added by Angie Jackson on May 2, 2009 at 2:32pm — 9 Comments

My family's beliefs

My brother sent around his new dating site profile for me, sister and mom to review. And he's listed religion as "Atheist but not too serious about it." Woo-hoo! I'm not entirely alone! Now I gotta get back in touch with my college freshman cousin, since he's starting to doubt god belief :)



My mom is an apologist and huge fan of C.S. Lewis. BUT she's also done some early christian writings study, (from all christian sources) so she may have doubts starting to surface. Plus now two of… Continue

Added by Angie Jackson on May 2, 2009 at 9:39am — 2 Comments

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