atheism
Please don’t console me with sayings like “God has a plan for you” or “They went to be with Jesus” when something bad happens.
philosophy
My favorite line of all: “In some way, suffering ceases to be suffering at the moment it finds a meaning."
religion
I was raised in a fundamentalist community that stood at the front of the battle lines of the ‘90s culture wars. Cameron’s description of matrimonial bliss is all too familiar.
in

Jan 14, 2014 at 12:00pm | 412 comments

religion
Why can’t I watch Teletubbies? BECAUSE JERRY FALWELL SAYS YOU CAN’T.
muslim
If people look at you and think, “Please don’t let her be on my plane,” you’re gonna have a bad time.
religion
The religion is based on the erroneous notion of British Israelism (the idea that Anglo-Saxon people are descendants of biblical Israel -- an idea actual DNA does not support), and we follow a model of Christianity similar to what first-century Christianity might have been.
in

Dec 5, 2013 at 11:00am | 73 comments

homosexuality
I stood there, staring in wide-eyed, wailing horror as the vicar put his arms up and prayed over me, asking that God would be with me as I dealt with my mother’s terrible, terrible gayness.
atheism
Studies have shown that people who go to church are happier, healthier and more optimistic than ones who don't. I'm an atheist, but count me in.
religion
It’s been four years since I left my family, my friends, my community the only world I had ever known the Westboro Baptist Church (WBC).
liberal
I am an incandescent dot of the brightest cerulean blue in the middle of a blood-red state.
in

Aug 5, 2013 at 5:00pm | 94 comments

beckie francis
I always felt lame for being lazy and unathletic. Now I'm just grateful I got to avoid college sports coaches like this apparent nutjob Beckie Francis.
cults
I know not all cults are as extreme as those examples and some groups are mostly harmless but the idea of group thought in general is still frightening to me.
yoga
Yoga furnishes a textbook example of lifting something from another tradition, branding it as “exotic,” diluting and twisting it, and then calling it our own.
religion
The reporter did get one thing right: There is pressure to look hot. Hot but modest.
in

May 28, 2013 at 12:30pm | 59 comments

virginity
Am I crazy? Repressed? Am I brainwashed with legalistic doctrine that I was force fed my whole life? Actually, no.
religion
I was locked in an exam room at my optometrist’s office, and I was about to join hands with two technicians and the doctor while they forced me to pray to Jesus.
religion
I’ve tried, but I can’t really convince myself that virgins have the most fun. And as a divorcee, well, I’m particularly screwed, pardon the pun.
religion
Should I have asked her, politely, to stop with all the religious talk? Am I overreacting?
superstition
Do you have any superstitions you simply HAVE to abide by or terrible, awful, deathly things will happen to you and your family?
religion
I wonder what would happen if the Western Buddhist community came completely clean and freely admitted to all the sexual harassment and abuse that has gone on for so many years.
in

Mar 20, 2013 at 11:30am | 15 comments

ihtm contest
No doubt he represents himself as Mr. Squeaky Clean Role Model to the parishioners in his wholesome Midwest hometown. They just don’t know he’s really a kinky sex maniac who’s totally into coveting thy neighbor’s wife.
lent
No, I am neither Catholic nor religious but what the hay.
in

Feb 20, 2013 at 12:30pm | 50 comments