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Religious Trauma Syndrome: How Some Organized Religion Leads to Mental Health Problems


Worth following.

Originally posted on ValerieTarico:

Religious Trauma Syndrome- AnguishAt age sixteen I began what would be a four year struggle with bulimia.  When the symptoms started, I turned in desperation to adults who knew more than I did about how to stop shameful behavior—my Bible study leader and a visiting youth minister.  “If you ask anything in faith, believing,” they said.  “It will be done.” I knew they were quoting the Word of God. We prayed together, and I went home confident that God had heard my prayers.

But my horrible compulsions didn’t go away. By the fall of my sophomore year in college, I was desperate and depressed enough that I made a suicide attempt. The problem wasn’t just the bulimia.  I was convinced by then that I was a complete spiritual failure. My college counseling department had offered to get me real help (which they later did). But to my mind, at that point, such help…

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So tired of this fallacy.

Originally posted on Michael Sherlock Author:

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In Memory of Christopher Hitchens

Religious apologists, particularly those of the Christian variety, are big fans of what I have dubbed, the atheist atrocities fallacy. Christians commonly employ this fallacy to shield their egos from the harsh reality of the brutality of their own religion, by utilizing a most absurd form of the tu quoque (“you too”) fallacy, mingled with numerous other logical fallacies and historical inaccuracies.  Despite the fact that theatheist atrocities fallacy has already been thoroughly exposed by Hitchens and other great thinkers, it continues to circulate amongst the desperate believers of a religion in its death throes.  Should an atheist present a believer with the crimes committed by the Holy See of the Inquisition(s), the Crusaders and other faith-wielding misanthropes, they will often hear the reply; “Well, what about Stalin, Pol Pot and Hitler? They were atheists, and they killed millions!”

Given the obstinate nature of religious…

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Bill Murray Sings With Bob Dylan In Teaser Clip From His New Film

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Originally posted on Thought Catalog:

Watch Bill Murray sing along to Bob Dylan’s “Shelter From the Storm” while tending to a dying plant. It’s a clip released by the Weinstein Company for Murray’s latest film, St. Vincent. [tc-mark]

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What I Gained When I Lost My Religion

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I will agree with every bit of this. Well stated.

Originally posted on TIME:


This article originally appeared on Patheos.

People often ask me if my life is better now that I’ve left my religion. My honest answer is that it’s a mixed bag. On the negative side, I have to say that the reactions of people who liked me better when I still had faith have been at times very strong. I usually become a target for re-evangelism for a while, but they eventually learn to quit pushing me after they realize that I’ve heard everything they have to say about this a thousand times. Most people probably just decide I’m being stubborn and/or that the Devil’s got me under a spell; but while the pushing may stop, the disappointment lingers on. Some do their best to keep a lid on that, which I appreciate, but you can still hear it in their voices and that can hurt. If you crave the…

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10 Reasons The U.S. Is No Longer The Land Of The Free


Very accurate.

Originally posted on JONATHAN TURLEY:

Below is today’s column in the Sunday Washington Post. The column addresses how the continued rollbacks on civil liberties in the United States conflicts with the view of the country as the land of the free. If we are going to adopt Chinese legal principles, we should at least have the integrity to adopt one Chinese proverb: “The beginning of wisdom is to call things by their right names.” We seem as a country to be in denial as to the implications of these laws and policies. Whether we are viewed as a free country with authoritarian inclinations or an authoritarian nation with free aspirations (or some other hybrid definition), we are clearly not what we once were. [Update: in addition to the column below, a later column in the Washington Post explores more closely the loss of free speech rights in the West].

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Robin Williams


I dislike talking about celebrities. However, I fucking hate platitudes.

Any version of the old-timey and crotchety piece of wrong ass shit that came across my screen related to “Taking the easy way out” has to be destroyed, I am sorry.

Four billion years of evolution has imprinted on each cell, every fiber of our very being, the word, “Survive”. Every reaction we have, every quick glance to the left and right, that noise that wakes us; is our successful evolution and amazing ability and instinct to avoid death. To fear pain and death.

Going against that instinct, that need and drive to survive is quite literally the opposite of you trite platitude. Again, it is the hardest thing you can do. Doubt me? Give’r a go mate.

Killing yourself is literally the hardest thing you can do. Recognize it for what it was. He suffered from clinical depression and his hippocampus atrophied not responding to any treatments (many causes could be attributed) and his evolved drive to survive and go on failed him; the pain was too great and his body overcame his natural instincts and he ended his pain. Like sawing off a limb that was infected.

His death is only difficult for those that still have a consciousness. He no longer hurts. It is hard on you now, not him. He literally did the hardest thing known to the human mind.

So shut your lying whore mouth.

Noam Perel, Head of Jewish Youth Movement Bnei Akiva, Calls for Israeli Army to Take 300 Palestinian Foreskins


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