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Why I care about the United Methodist Church and the Traditional Plans impact on the LGBT community

I’ve been glued to my computer watching the live stream of the United Methodist Church’s General Conference on A Way Forward which was intended to clarify and deal with the question of LGBTQ ordination, marriage, and acceptance within the worlds 3rd largest Christian denomination. Over these last 3 days, I’ve been unable to stop watching,…

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I am the victim of a child predator

Trigger warning: contains sexually explicit material concerning a child predator and child molestation. This may be very difficult for some to read. This was originally posted on Removing The Fig Leaf June 21, 2016. I started writing this post in 2013. I never could quite finish it. However, about a week ago I was with…

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An Odd Grief

Yesterday I found out that my father died. All I feel is a mixture of numbness, a relief, and a very quiet sadness about what a pitiful life his was. I don’t have any fond memories of him. I’m trying to be fair to his memory, but – my life with him was limited by the…

Atheism

Pushing the Gospel on Easter Sunday

Today is Easter Sunday, and outside my window I can hear birds singing through the occasional rush of cars leaving the church just down the road from my house.  In the church this was always one of those most important services of the year – I don’t know how true the statistics were, but the asses…

Atheism

Swapping Realities – God and family

Often times, when Christians leave their faith they’ll find themselves swapping realities with their loved ones. There seems to be a common phenomena of spouses and parents becoming hyper-religious as their family members become non-believers. This leads to a great deal of difficulty in conversing between the two parties. I turned 31 two weeks ago,…