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Religion and SpiritualitySkepticism

Sex Ed with James Dobson: In Which We Feel Bad About Ourselves Because We are Ugly, Unintelligent, and Poor

Last time, Dr. Dobson explained that we will all develop a crushing sense of inferiority as adolescents, now he will tell us why.  We have three options for why, the first being that we feel ugly: As young people grow up in our American society today, there are three things …

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Religion and SpiritualitySkepticism

Sex Ed with James Dobson: In Which We will Most Certainly Drive the Metaphorical Car of Our Life Off a Cliff Without Reading this Book

We have finally reached the part of Preparing for Adolescence where the good Dr. Dobson is ready to talk to us rather than to our parents, and he’s going to start by convincing us that our lives were perfect but are about to become full of doom.  At first it’s not …

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New Book Series! Sex Ed with James Dobson

I’ve mentioned before that I grew up in a fundamentalist lite Christian sect, so as one might expect, my sex education was a little lacking.  I had a picture book aimed at seven year olds called Where did  I come from  and a body atlas that I pored over the lower …

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Religion and Spirituality

Josh Duggar and the Only Part of Christian Hypocrisy that Really Upsets Me

A standard charge leveled against Christians is that they are hypocrites, and a standard talking point by Christians in response to this is that of course they are hypocrites, that’s why they have to go to church.  This is often a bridge into a speech on how wicked we all are, …

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Religion and Spirituality

Adventures in Unexpected Evangelism: Stitchery Edition

I cross stitch because, as an amusing photo I saw on Facebook informed me, cross stitch is for those times when one simply has to stab something 20,000 times.  I bought a new cross stitch pattern off Etsy because I’m bored with my current projects.  It happens.  My new pattern …

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Religion and Spirituality

In Which Neil Gaiman Reminds Me How Nice it is To Not Fear Posthumous Judgment

Merely a quick thought here.  I was reading The Ocean at the End of the Lane, in which, toward the end, Neil Gaiman pens the line “You don’t pass or fail at being a person, dear.”  It’s a beautiful line, particularly in standing as it does against popular religions that feature afterlives. …

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Religion and Spirituality

Godly Marriage and Other Christian Cruelties

I do celebrate Christmas, in a secular way, with my religious parents. The Church of Christ, the sect they belong to, would never celebrate holidays religiously because that might be fun or interesting and either of those things might compromise the requisite superiority about not being a part of any …

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Tracts in the Mail

As Olivia taught us recently in her DBT series, sometimes there are simply no pros to outweigh the cons of saying certain things to one’s relatives.  One such situation is the way that my very Christian grandparents keep sending me tracts and handwritten notes attempting to convert me.  Fortunately, they …

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