Angie Jackson's Blog – June 2009 Archive (10)

Chatting with a Mormon Missionary: Take 6

I'm posing once again as a man, "Aaron" today. Aaron's topic of questioning is the great mystery: Death.



You are speaking live with Ben, 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.



Ben: hello



Me: Hi Ben. A friend of mine is very ill. I'm starting to wonder what happens to us when we die.



Ben: that is a great… Continue

Added by Angie Jackson on June 28, 2009 at 11:55am — 2 Comments

Free Will and Suicide

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



"Please, please God," I sobbed and begged, in torn jeans and a tank top, huddled on my purple bed clutching a pillow. "Why can't I ever get anything right?" Grief, guilt, and shame - the emotional cocktail of my faith - haunted me. I had failed to live up to His commands, His rules, His dictates yet again. I was a 19-year-old girl, and a sinner. I smoked weed, drank alcohol with my friends, and on rare,… Continue

Added by Angie Jackson on June 18, 2009 at 9:00pm — 3 Comments

My husband

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



I don’t know that he ever wanted to be with me. He certainly didn’t want me to leave, but my misery meant nothing to him, and on some level I think he must have enjoyed causing me pain. Our whole relationship sucked. It was an exercise in masochism and I finally learned what it was like to have someone treat me as worthless as I felt I was.



I married him because I was pregnant, but I left… Continue

Added by Angie Jackson on June 7, 2009 at 9:27am — 5 Comments

Seventeen, going on eighteen

The following is a way-too-long excerpt from "Exodus from Zion".



When I was 17 I had a rough, uncomfortable year. I took off one day shortly after buying my first car, a red '88 Ford Escort hatchback. I drove up to North Carolina to see Michael from Christian summer camp nineteen months earlier. My car broke down on the drive home a few days later and after walking and hitchhiking the rest of the way home, I discovered my mom had packed up my things. She told me I couldn't… Continue

Added by Angie Jackson on June 6, 2009 at 1:34pm — 4 Comments

How Weird Was Your Church? Survey Results

See what 64 people had to say about their former faiths on Angie the Anti-Theist

Added by Angie Jackson on June 6, 2009 at 11:12am — 4 Comments

My first Mormon!

Tee-hee! My blog is gaining popularity on the WWW. Which is kind of astonishing to me, really. I'm not used to the idea that random strangers want to hear what I have to say, and possibly debate/debunk it. It's thrilling and odd. But since I'm planning on publishing a religion-bashing book (as soon as I finish WRITING the damn thing) any extra awareness of my name, views, etc. is good.



Here's his crazy Mormon comment on… Continue

Added by Angie Jackson on June 5, 2009 at 8:22pm — 1 Comment

Chatting with a Mormon Missionary: Take 5

Latest in the series... In this week's installment I pretend to be a man to see if I'll be treated differently (DrASTIC) and the main topics of conversation are the existence of satan and the problem of suffering.



You are speaking live with Austin, 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.



Austin: hello, how can I help… Continue

Added by Angie Jackson on June 5, 2009 at 3:50pm — 2 Comments

Salvation

I was three years old when I asked Jesus to come into my heart. Kneeling beside my grandmother's bed, my cousin Jarrod's hand in mine, we bowed our heads and asked for salvation. Of course, I worried that it didn't stick. I "rededicated" myself to God at age 5, 6, 9, 12, 15, and 19. I was 6 the first time I led someone to Christ, a little 4 year old girl who was attending the same "Fall Festival" party at a church that I was. I tried to convert gay friends in high school, by telling them that… Continue

Added by Angie Jackson on June 4, 2009 at 10:11am — 6 Comments

Don't Pray for her

One of my friends was raped by her brother this morning. I feel pretty damn useless. I mean, right after it happened when she texted me, there was stuff I could do. Like call 911 and get them out there, contact her boyfriend, advise her not to shower or bathe till she'd had the rape kit. But there's really NOTHING I can say that will make this situation suck any less.



I remember why I wished prayer was true now. Because I wanted to have something to offer when someone was in pain I… Continue

Added by Angie Jackson on June 2, 2009 at 8:08pm — 7 Comments

My first Christian!

My blog Angie the Anti-Theist now has the FIRST shiny new comment from a Christian. It's glorious - he acts snooty, tells me I'm arrogant, that I was a bad Christian, and that gawd hasn't given up on me yet.

Oh happy happy blog world!

Added by Angie Jackson on June 2, 2009 at 4:30pm — 7 Comments

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