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Mickey Mouse* is real…!   No he’s not…He’s just a fantasy character created by Disney**…!

But there are many stories written about Mickey Mouse*…! I have them read out to me every weekend…!  Sure,
but they are stories written by Disney**…!

But his representatives tell me about Mickey* all the time…!   OK,
but they are just employees of Disney**…!

I’ve been to his home…The House of Mickey*…!  
Right,
but it was built as a prop, by Disney**…!

His representative were wearing fancy clothes…!  Worn to make the fantasy appear more imaginable…by you…!

Many people sang songs, and gave money to Mickey*…I gave him money…!  True,
but the money does not go to Mickey*…It goes to Disney**…who spend some of it on perpetuating the myth of Mickey*…some on staff costs…some on prop costs…some on property maintenance…and the profits are spent on whatever they want…!! 

I’ve got a house full of pictures and statues of Mickey*…! Books, movies, CD’s and DVD’s…! When I close my eyes, I can see Mickey* right here…and I can hear him in my mind…talk to me…!  It just shows you what a job Disney** has done, to make Mickey* appear so real in your imagination…There has been a lot of money made off of the make-believe Mickey* stories…!

Mickey* teaches me things…and guides me…and finds me a good car park, when I ask…right outside his home…  All stories can teach you…and guide you, if you image “what would (fictitious) Mickey* do…?” That doesn’t mean that Mickey* is a real living entity…just a story character…that you use to filter and process reality through…like a child. But a mature mind does not need the illusion of an imaginary security blanket…or a Tooth Fairy…! 

His people tell me all the time, what Mickey is telling them to tell me…!  Like, that Mickey* wants me to come and see him again and again…and give them more money…!    You see, that’s where it can get abusive…If you keep going to see imaginary Mickey*…and giving Disney** 10% of your income for life…when you can’t afford it…and so avoid your real life responsibilities…like providing shelter, food and clothing for your dependents…and growing in the understanding of reality…then you are being used…and irresponsible…!

* I mean…god

** I mean…Christianity

Hundreds of sex abuse allegations found in fun…

Hundreds of sex abuse allegations found in fundamental Baptist churches across U.S…:

“From Connecticut to California, the stories are tragically similar:

A music minister molested a 15-year-old girl in
North Carolina and moved to another church in Florida. Another girl’s
parents stood in front of their Connecticut congregation to acknowledge
their daughter’s “sin” after she was abused by her youth pastor,
beginning at 16. This year, four women accused a pastor in California of
covering up sexual misconduct and shielding the abusers over almost 25
years.

To understand how this systemic, widespread
abuse could happen again and again, some former members say it is
necessary to understand the cult-like power of many independent
fundamental Baptist churches and the constant pressure not to question
pastors — or ever leave the church.

To go against the advice of the pastor of an independent fundamental
Baptist church is almost unthinkable. The “man of God” is chosen by God
and is the church’s direct link to him. To question the pastor is to
question God. 

Other ex-members said they believed that if they disobeyed the pastor
or left the church, God would kill them or their loved ones.

The authority of the men of God extends far
beyond the church. Pastors often have a heavy hand in who church members
can date. Pastors are asked by members for their advice on where to
vacation or whether to take a new job. When one congregant wanted to buy
a new house, he had the pastor drive by first and approve it.

Independent fundamental Baptist churches preach
separation: Stay separate from the world, separate from non-believers
and separate from Christians who do not believe as they do.

Members instinctively go to the pastor first with problems, including those of a criminal nature.

“Any issues, even legal issues, go to the pastor
first, not the police. Especially about another member of the church,”
said Josh Elliott, a former member of Vineyard’s Oklahoma City church.
“The person should go to the pastor, and the pastor will talk to the
offender. You don’t report to police because the pastor is the ultimate
authority, not the government.”

The churches operate independently. But many pastors are linked by
the church-affiliated colleges they attended: Bob Jones University,
Hyles-Anderson College, Pensacola Christian College and Golden State
Baptist College, to name a few. Friendships are forged at preaching
conferences — and, just as often, alliances are rearranged when there’s a
rift.

Pastors use their connections in this informal network to help abusers find new churches, the Star-Telegram found.

Many of the churches identified by the
Star-Telegram that have faced abuse allegations are in the Southeast and
Midwest, with the most being in North Carolina (17) and Ohio (12).

While many abusers in the ministry are never caught, there’s a
collection of church officials in prison for their crimes. Carlton
Hammonds, who pastored Willows Baptist Church in Willows, California,
served three years for molesting four girls from his congregation in the
mid-2000s. In 2012, Joshua Gardner was sentenced to six years for
sexually abusing two boys at his parents’ church on an American base in
Okinawa, Japan. (His Minnesota church stood behind him.) Two officials
at Kettle Moraine Baptist Church in Wisconsin were sentenced to prison
for sexually assaulting children at the church’s Camp Joy. One of the
Camp Joy workers already had a sexual offense conviction. 

“It bothers me that men of God will stand up in the pulpit all over this
country who say, ‘We’re going to stand up for the truth and stand for
what’s right,’ they duck and they run and they hide when stuff like this
comes out,” “

Read in full…https://www.star-telegram.com/living/religion/article222576310.html

Let us doubt…I mean, pray… Our F…

Let us doubt…I mean, pray…

Our Father in heaven / (I’m placing you way out there in outer-space…so I can assume that you don’t know what’s going on down here on earth…so I can tell you my take on what’s going on down here…and then tell you what you should do about it…because of my infinite wisdom…!)

hallowed be your name / (I’m flattering you, so you’ll be more inclined to do what I’m about to tell you to do…because I think you are that easy to manipulate…!)

Your
kingdom come / (Thank me later, because if your kingdom does come, I’ll be able to take credit for commanding it to come…!  I know I’m acting like it couldn’t come unless I told it to…and you need my help for it to come…but anyway…)

your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven / (ditto as per kingdom…see above…with that one little exception of that Lucifer and one third of all angels mutiny thing…which you have not been able to eradicate on your own…and will need our help in the future to resolve…!)

Give us
this day our daily bread / (Just my first of a never ending list of instructions for you to jump to and do for me…)

and forgive us our debts / (Wipe my slate clean…so I can immediately start sinning again…!)

as we also have
forgiven our debtors / (I mean…NOT as I do…because I don’t forgive my debtors…They’ve got to pay up in full…with interest…!!)

And lead us not into temptation / (Don’t mind me as I blame you for causing me to constantly succumb to temptations…!)

but deliver us
from evil / (forgive me as I blame you yet again, for failing to deliver me from constantly succumbing to evil…!)

Preachers Who Awaken…

Preachers Who Awaken…:

“One indicator of religious decline in America is the significant
number of clergy who cease believing the supernatural tenets of their
churches. Deep, deep inside, some preachers gradually sense that their
lives are devoted to fantasy. They come to suspect that creeds, dogmas
and scriptures about deities and devils, heavens and hells, miracles and
messiahs, are fiction. But they don’t dare reveal such qualms, lest
they wreck their careers, their status, and their pensions. So they
hedge in the pulpit, speaking in metaphors, living a pose.

However, a few have integrity enough to chuck it all — to throw away
everything they worked hard to attain, and publicly disavow their past
beliefs. Such traumatic reversals require courage and honesty.

A couple of my friends, Richard and Dotty Kendig, grew up in
fundamentalist families, were married in Bible college, were ordained,
and became missionaries to Peru. They were deeply compassionate and
truly desired to help primitive Amazon villagers. But they were repelled
as they watched fellow missionaries abuse the natives, treat them with
contempt, and count them only as “souls” to be added to the convert
list. Some missionaries forced native women to cover their bodies, and
stormed into huts to smash yucca beer pots. After fifteen years, the
Kendigs quit, leaving with humanist values.

“We went there to convert the Indians, and they converted us,” Dick
sometimes told me.

How many other ministers undergo this type of pilgrim’s progress,
slowly abandoning supernatural faith? Here are some famous cases:

CHARLES TEMPLETON  Growing up in Toronto, Templeton was afire with intelligence and
creativity. He became a teen-age sports cartoonist for the Globe and
Mail newspaper. Later he experienced an emotional conversion, started
his own church, and rose rapidly to be Canada’s top evangelist in the
1940s. He became a major broadcast preacher. He teamed up with Billy
Graham for huge revivals in arenas across America and Europe, “saving”
thousands. Together, they spread Youth For Christ International.

But Templeton began having intellectual problems with fundamentalism.
Trying to make his religion rational, he earned a degree from Princeton
Theological Seminary, then became a special preacher for the National
Council of Churches, then became head of evangelism for the Presbyterian
Church USA.The changes didn’t save his church career. His doubts wiped out his
faith. In 1957, he announced that he was an agnostic and renounced
Christianity — stunning the evangelical world in which he had been a
superstar.

Templeton’s drive swiftly took him to new achievements. He became a
Canadian television commentator — then managing editor of the Toronto
Star — then a leader of the Ontario Liberal Party — then an advertising
executive — then editor of Maclean’s Magazine — then host of a
long-running daily radio show. By the 1980s, he had retired mostly into
writing, turning out novels and nonfiction books.In the 1990s, just before Alzheimer’s beset him, Templeton summed up his religious transformation in Farewell to God: My Reasons for Rejecting the Christian Faith. It was another slam to the church community that once adored him.

His book says Christianity rests on “fables” that no
scientific-thinking person can swallow. The church teaches “beliefs that
are outdated, demonstrably untrue, and often, in their various
manifestations, deleterious to individuals and to society,” the former
evangelist wrote.

Page after page, he lists Bible miracles that are absurd to modern
minds. Then he asks how an all-merciful father-creator could have made
such a cruel universe: “All life is predicated on death. Every carnivorous creature must
kill and devour another creature. It has no option…. Why does God’s
grand design require creatures with teeth designed to crush spines or
rend flesh, claws fashioned to seize and tear, venom to paralyze, mouths
to suck blood, coils to constrict and smother – even expandable jaws so
that prey may be swallowed whole and alive?… Nature is, in Tennyson’s
vivid phrase, ‘red in tooth and claw,’ and life is a carnival of blood….
How could a loving and omnipotent God create such horrors?”

His book concludes: “I believe that there is no supreme being with
human attributes – no God in the biblical sense – but that all life is
the result of timeless evolutionary forces…. I believe that, in common
with all living creatures, we die and cease to exist.”

Templeton died and ceased to exist in 2001.

MARJOE GORTNER  Instead of writing a book about his apostasy, Gortner made a movie.He was a remarkable denizen of the underbelly of religion. His
parents were California evangelists leading revivals that were
money-making hokum. Onstage, they exchanged secret signals while
manipulating worshipers to emotional peaks and extracting large
offerings from them. They sold “holy” gimmicks guaranteed to heal the
sick.They named their son Marjoe for Mary and Joseph, and trained him as a
squeaky child preacher, a religious sensation. They drilled him in
sermons and stage antics, sometimes holding his head underwater to force
him to memorize his lines, Marjoe later recounted.

At age three, he was ordained by the Church of the Old-Time Faith. At
four, he performed a wedding, triggering an uproar that caused
California legislators to forbid marriages by preachers under
twenty-one.

For ten years, Marjoe the boy wonder performed across the South and
Midwest Bible Belt. He estimated that his parents raked in $3 million.
Then Marjoe ran off at fourteen and lived with an older woman who served
as both lover and surrogate mother. Eventually he returned to the
revival circuit, strutting and prancing onstage as his parents had
taught him. Money rolled in again.

Gortner knew that his religious act was a sham. Yet, strangely, he
had an honest streak and decided to expose his own fraud. He engaged a
film crew to make a documentary about his ministry. After revival shows,
the cameras followed the preacher to hotel rooms where he tossed
armfuls of money, crowing “Thank you, Jesus!”

The film, Marjoe, jolted the fundamentalist world when it was
released in 1972. As an ex-preacher, Gortner became a minor movie star
and recording artist. He went bankrupt while attempting to produce a
movie about a crooked evangelist. In 1995, he appropriately played a
preacher in Wild Bill.

During Gortner’s heyday on the revival stage, another star was
faith-healer A.A. Allen, who toured with jars containing bodies he said
were demons he had cast out of the sick. (Doubters said they were
frogs.) Allen disappeared after a show at Wheeling, West Virginia — and
was found dead of alcoholism in a San Francisco hotel room, his pockets
crammed with wads of cash.

Gortner said Allen once taught him how to tell when a revival is
finished and it’s time to travel to the next city: “When you can turn
people on their head and shake them and no money falls out, you know
God’s saying, ‘Move on, son.‘”

JAMES BALDWIN  Some bookish Americans may not know that Baldwin, the great black author, formerly was a boy evangelist like Gortner.

Baldwin grew up in Harlem, where his tyrannical stepfather was pastor
of Fireside Pentecostal Assembly. In a New Yorker essay titled “Down at
the Cross,” later published in his civil rights book, The Fire Next Time, Baldwin recounted the bitter hopelessness of the ghetto, where jobless men fought and drank themselves into the gutter.The surrounding misery “helped to hurl me into the church,” he wrote.
As a child, at a prayer meeting, “everything came roaring, screaming,
crying out, and I fell to the ground before the altar. It was the
strangest sensation I have ever had in my life.” Newly “saved,” he
became a fourteen-year-old junior preacher at the family church and soon
was “a much bigger drawing card than my father.”
“That was the most frightening time of my life, and quite the
most dishonest, and the resulting hysteria lent great passion to my
sermons – for a while,” Baldwin wrote. Since crime and vice filled
surrounding streets, he said, “it was my good luck – perhaps – that I
found myself in the church racket instead of some other, and surrendered
to a spiritual seduction long before I came to any carnal knowledge.”
While he tingled to the “fire and excitement” of Pentecostalism, he
nonetheless experienced “the slow crumbling of my faith.” It occurred
“when I began to read again…. I began, fatally, with Dostoevski.” He
continued handing out gospel tracts, but knew privately that they were
“impossible to believe.”

“I was forced, reluctantly, to realize that the Bible itself had been
written by men.” He dismissed the claim that the Bible writers were
divinely inspired, saying he “knew by now, alas, far more about divine
inspiration than I dared admit, for I knew how I worked myself up into
my own visions.”The ex-minister wrote that he might have stayed in the church if
“there was any loving-kindness to be found” in it – but “there was no
love in the church. It was a mask for hatred and self-hatred and
despair.”

At seventeen, Baldwin left religion behind forever. He later called
himself a “nothing” theologically. Eventually, his switch to writing
enriched the world of literature immensely. In Down at the Cross, he summed up:“Life is tragic simply because the Earth turns and the sun inexorably
rises and sets, and one day, for each of us, the sun will go down for
the last, last time. Perhaps the whole root of our trouble, the human
trouble, is that we will sacrifice all the beauty of our lives, will
imprison ourselves in totems, taboos, crosses, blood sacrifices,
steeples, mosques, races, armies, flags, nations, in order to deny the
fact of death, which is the only fact we have.”

For Baldwin, the sun went down a last, last time in 1987.

DAN BARKER  How do supernatural beliefs die? Very slowly, year after year, in a
thousand small expansions of the mind – according to Barker, who evolved
from teen-age evangelist to co-president of the Freedom From Religion
Foundation.

“It was a gradual process, a growth,” he told an Iowa newspaper. “It
would be like asking you, ‘When did you grow up?’ You probably could not
answer that question with one defining moment.”

At fifteen, Barker experienced a typical hysterical conversion at a
California revival, then flung himself fervently into adolescent
religiosity. He carried a Bible daily, joined fundamentalist youth
groups, and preached to everyone in sight.

Keenly intelligent and a gifted musician, he rose rapidly in the
teeming evangelical culture. His preaching and music-arranging blossomed
for several years. He pastored small churches, married a gospel singer
and they toured the revival circuit for eight years, rising toward
success.

But doubts insidiously crept into Barker’s innermost thoughts. Later, in his book, Losing Faith in Faith: From Preacher to Atheist, he explained:“It was some time in 1979, turning thirty, when I started to have
some early questions about Christianity…. I just got to the point where
my mind was restless to move beyond the simplicities of fundamentalism….
So, not with any real purpose in mind, I began to satisfy this irksome
intellectual hunger. I began to read some science magazines, some
philosophy, psychology, daily newspapers (!), and began to catch up on
the liberal arts education I should have had years before. This
triggered a ravenous appetite to learn, and produced a slow but steady
migration across the theological spectrum that took about four or five
years. I had no sudden, eye-opening experience. When you are raised as I
was, you don’t just snap your fingers and say, ‘Oh, silly me! There’s
no God.’”

Painfully, during his backslide, he suffered shame as he continued
leading church services. “I felt hypocritical, often hearing myself
mouth words about which I was no longer sure, but words that the
audience wanted to hear…. I became more and more embarrassed at what I
used to believe, and more attracted to rational thinkers…. I no longer
believed what I was preaching.”

Barker frantically sought an escape from his dilemma. He began a side
job in computer programming. His transformation wrecked his marriage.
Finally, scrupulously conscientious, he wrote a mass letter to former
church and gospel music colleagues, telling them: “I can no longer
honestly call myself a Christian. You can probably imagine that it has
been an agonizing process for me.”

Today, Barker is married to Annie Laurie Gaylor, co-president of the
Freedom From Religion Foundation – and is just as exuberant for
intellectual honesty as he once was for fundamentalism.

HECTOR AVALOS  Born in Mexico in 1958 into a Pentecostal family, young Hector was a
gifted child and became a fiery boy preacher. After he moved across the
border with his grandmother, churches featured him as a small denouncer
of the sex-drugs-and-rock-n-roll liberation of the 1960s. At age 9, he
addressed hundreds of worshipers at a convention in Glendale, Arizona.

But in high school, he plunged avidly into science and philosophy —
and by his first year of college, he no longer believed in supernatural
deities. “Miracles went down the drain,” he recounted. After his
childhood faith evaporated, he switched his intellectual brilliance to
scientific rationality. He earned a doctorate from Harvard and became a
professor at Iowa State University.

“How Bible Study Made an Unbeliever Out of Me” was the title of his
testimonial in Freethought Today (August 1991). He wrote skeptic books
such as Fighting Words: The Origins of Religious Violence and Se Puede Saber si Dios Existe? [Can One Know if God Exists?]
He became director of the Committee for the Scientific Examination of
Religion, and addressed a World Humanist Congress in Mexico City in
1996.

Dr. Avalos attacked “intelligent design” advocates who attempted to
sneak biblical Creationism into school courses in the guise of science.
He drafted a statement against ID that was signed by hundreds of Iowa
professors. He was featured in a 2008 documentary movie, Expelled: No
Intelligence Allowed.

Other backsliding clergy handle their loss of faith in diverse ways.
The legendary Mother Teresa was plagued for decades by secret inner
doubts that either God or Jesus is real, and she often confided that she
was unable to pray — yet she lavished adoration on the deities in
public appearances, and prayed before television cameras.

In contrast, the great mentor Will Durant almost was ordained a
Catholic priest, but he ceased supernatural beliefs and withdrew from
orders. Later, he gave a talk about phallus-worship in religion — and
his bishop excommunicated him swiftly, announcing the action to
newspapers. Durant’s devout mother collapsed in shock and his father
ordered him to leave their home.

Even seminary professors can slip from certainty. In Walking Away From Faith,
Dr. Ruth A. Tucker of Calvin Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids,
Michigan, wrote: “There are moments when I doubt all. It is then that I
sometimes ask myself as I’m looking out my office window, ‘What on earth
am I doing here? They’d fire me if they only knew.’” She left the
seminary in a bitter conflict, but remained religious, despite her
doubts.

Similarly, Dr. Bart Ehrman, chairman of religious studies at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, described in Misquoting Jesus how he journeyed from born-again Christian to agnostic.

In addition to clergy, multitudes of lay churchmen likewise cease
believing. One was university librarian Edward Babinski, who told his
own story and related several others in Leaving the Fold. Similarly, former Los Angeles Times religion reporter William Lobdell wrote Losing My Religion: How I Lost My Faith Reporting on Religion in America. Once a born-again evangelical, he slowly realized that intelligent people cannot swallow magical tales.The process of secularization – erosion of supernatural beliefs in
Western society – encompasses many who once were devout, but came to see
church claims as fairy tales.

In addition to the few ministers who make dramatic public breaks, how
many more remain in the pulpit, reciting dogmas and creeds they no
longer believe, afraid to face their real selves? Perhaps, like
Tolstoy’s Ivan Ilytch, in the final hour before death, they will see
that their lives were meaningless…”

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/daylightatheism/2018/12/preachers-who-awaken/

An Oklahoma pastor is under arrest after being…

An Oklahoma pastor is under arrest after being caught running a prostitution ring with a white supremacist…:

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/progressivesecularhumanist/2017/12/oklahoma-pastor-busted-running-white-supremacist-prostitution-ring/

Why is (Australian Prime Minister) Scott Morri…

Why is (Australian Prime Minister) Scott Morrison…protecting Hillsong Pastor Brian Houston…?:

“In 2015, Brian Houston was censured by the Child Abuse Royal Commission for failing to report his father, Frank Houston, to police for the alleged sexual abuse of children in his church.

On Monday, three years after this censure, NSW Police confirmed that Brian Houston is being investigated by them after
complaints that he failed to report his father’s crimes, instead,
concealing them and urging church officials to refrain from publicly
revealing the allegations in the interests of the institution’s
reputation.

In May 2018, Catholic Archbishop Philip Wilson was found guilty in an NSW court of concealing child sexual abuse.

Abuse survivor Peter Gogarty said after the verdict:

“I think this will now open the doors for other
jurisdictions to start looking at trying to prosecute people who
deliberately looked after their institution and, literally, threw
children to the wolves.”

It appears that Prime Ministerial mentor Brian Houston and the Hillsong Church may have “deliberately looked after their institution” and “thrown children to the wolves”. The current police inquiry will pursue this possibility.

The PM remains mute as his
mentor, Pentecostal Pastor Brian Houston, is investigated for covering
up child sexual abuse but demands Muslim leaders take responsibility for
their communities’ criminal behaviour, writes Dr Jennifer Wilson

The longevity, number and extent of crimes against children in
Christian communities far exceed crimes perpetrated by offenders from
Muslim communities against citizens in public spaces. Yet Morrison makes
no such demands for responsibility and accountability from his faith
group.

In holding Muslim imams more responsible than he holds Christian
pastors and priests, Morrison is engaging in a profoundly dishonest and
deliberately misleading act that crudely privileges Christianity over
Islam. The truly horrific failings of his own faith leaders are ignored,
in favour of the political advantages he believes are to be gained from
demonising the Muslim community.

Further, not only is Morrison silent on the more general failure of
Christian communities to confront child sexual abuse, it is his mentor
that he is protecting. That kind of protection is very close to home —
far too close to home for a prime minister.

We have seen, repeatedly, the failure of Christian communities of all
persuasions to act on the horrific abuse of thousands upon thousands of
children in their care. I have never heard Prime Minister Scott
Morrison call for Christian leaders to monitor the behaviour of any
members or employees in an effort to prevent the molestation and rape of
children. If there was ever a topic on which a prime minister should
voice an opinion, it is the horrific epidemic of child sexual abuse
perpetrated by Christian churches, including his own. And yet, nothing.

It is alarming that in a secular state, the Prime Minister holds his
religion up to the community as a false and misleading example of
excellence, and as a tool of condemnation of other religions. Scott
Morrison’s faith has no place in the affairs of our state. He has no
mandate to provoke religious unrest.

Nobody likes a liar but a religious liar is, quite rightly, more despised than most…”

https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/why-is-scott-morrison-protecting-hillsong-pastor-brian-houston,12123

Also read…https://hillsongchurchwatch.com/2016/02/24/brian-claims-clergy-privilege-to-prevent-police-investigation/

60 Minutes: Dying man wants justice after high-profile pedophile pastor allowed to live out days in peaceful retirement…https://www.9news.com.au/2018/11/18/21/21/60-minutes-brian-houston-hillsong-church-founder-under-police-investigation

https://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/real-life/news-life/child-sex-abuse-victim-finally-speaks-out-after-decades-of-shame/news-story/ecaab6cdf6e38deeb3d4fe31025d14f7


Watch ‘Crossing the Line’ in full on 60 Minutes Australia (if you can)…

https://www.9news.com.au/2018/11/18/07/13/60-minutes-frank-brian-houston-assemblies-god-hillsong-church-pedophile-crime-religion

Also read…https://churchwatchcentral.com/2018/12/05/should-eternity-news-be-held-accountable-for-their-biased-journalism/

http://brettsengstock.com/

It is becoming safe…for adults to openly ack…

It is becoming safe…for adults to openly acknowledge…that they no longer believe in religious fairy-tales…!:

Which means…there is less chance for priests to sexually abuse young people…or that young people be indoctrinated with religious bigotries…or be financially fleeced for life   !

Religion offers “freedom”…but instills mental servitude to religious institutions…

“A British Social Attitudes survey revealed that 53 per cent of adults had no religious affiliation. The
study showed only 3 per cent of adults under 24 identify as Anglican
and 5 per cent identify as Catholic. The numbers continue to change when
looking at young people and religion.

Only 7 per cent of the participants said they attended religious services on at least a weekly basis.

UK pop singer Zayn Malik recently came
out stating he no longer identifies as a Muslim. In an interview with
British Vogue, Malik said: “I
don’t believe you need to eat a certain meat that’s been prayed over a
certain way, I don’t believe you need to read a prayer in a certain
language five times a day. I don’t believe any of it. I just believe if
you’re a good person everything is going to go right for you.”

The general public is also shifting their opinions on religion. An October 2017 report by Ipso found
that 62 per cent of under-65s in Britain thought religion did more harm
than good.
In the same study, fewer than a quarter of Britons felt that
religion defines them as a person.

The National Secular Society has been fighting to separate religion
and the state – particularly in schools. They have a “No More Faith
Schools” campaign. The organization claims on their website: “Faith
schools have a negative impact on social cohesion, foster segregation
of children on social, ethnic and religious lines, and undermine choice
and equality. They also enable religious groups to use public money to evangelize children.”

The aim of the campaign is to have a religiously inclusive education system that is free from religious control. Chris Sloggart, a spokesperson of The National Secular Society, told Voice of London:

“With Britons becoming less religious,
and more religiously diverse, the case for a secular state is growing
ever stronger
. The attitudes of the next generation of citizens and
parents are likely to be incongruous with the institutions of British
society as they find it. Politicians should realize this and reconsider
the establishment of the Church of England, the automatic right given to
26 bishops to sit in the House of Lords and the role of state-funded
faith schools.(!!)”

“We’re living in a society where
religion is first of kind of lame to other people’s perspective.
Everything is so secular or what not. We live in a free society
basically and people feel religion doesn’t allow us to be free.” “

http://thevoiceoflondon.co.uk/oh-my-god-is-religion-relevant-to-young-people/

Massachusetts Recognizes Growing Population of…

Massachusetts Recognizes Growing Population of Nontheist Voters…:

“On Wednesday, November 14, 2018, the Democratic Party of
Massachusetts passed a resolution recognizing the religiously
unaffiliated, the ‘Nones’, as an important and growing demographic group
worthy of respect, and aligned to values the Democratic Party supports.

The resolution supports the importance of this growing demographic in
political outreach and fights back against the prejudice that atheists
and the non-religious have no moral values. Nearly a quarter of the
American population is now religiously unaffiliated, and most U.S.
adults say that it is not necessary to believe in God to be moral and have good values.

This is an important step in outreach and raising awareness of
humanists and non-religious people, thanks to the work of dedicated
humanist activists…”

https://americanhumanist.org/news/massachusetts-recognizes-growing-population-of-nontheist-voters/

http://americanhumanist.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/Nones-Resolution-passed-by-DSC-2018.pdf

Were you relentlessly exposed to the ridiculou…

Were you relentlessly exposed to the ridiculous claim, from birth…?:

If so…how easy was it to break free…from blindly supporting it…and unwittingly spreading it…?

Watch…https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y201QzDdzbg&feature=youtu.be

The more you understand about reality…t…

The more you understand about reality…the less satisfied you become…with religious fantasy myth. The more dissatisfied you become…with
religious fantasy myth…the less inclined you become…to give religious sects 10% of your income for life.   The less inclined you become…to give
religious sects

10% of your income for life…the more people and money become available…to solve real life problems…like inequality, poverty, cures for diseases…creating effective climate change and pollution solutions…

 

“Sperm counts vary from about 20 million to 100 million sperm cells per milliliter of ejaculate. Healthy guys produce from 1.5 ml to 5 ml of semen each time they ejaculate. (That means up to 500 million different sperm cells
each time they ejaculate…!)

Inside a woman’s reproductive tract, a man’s sperm can survive for up to five days (increasing the odds that an egg becomes available for fertilization). 

Sperm cells swim about 0.2 meters per hour, or about 8 inches. That’s a lot faster than it sounds, considering how tiny they are!

Scientists believe sperm cells find a waiting egg cell via a couple of complex mechanisms. They swim toward higher concentrations of molecules released by the egg (known as chemotaxis) and toward the high-temperature areas of the woman’s reproductive tract, where eggs are found (known as thermotaxis).

Who discovered sperm cells? That would be Antonie van Leeuwenhoek (1632-1723). The amateur Dutch scientist and prolific lensmaker first observed sperm cells in 1677. Whose sperm was it? His own. Van Leeuwenhoek was also the first to observe bacteria, muscle fibers, and the flow of blood cells through capillaries. No wonder he’s been called the “father of microbiology.”

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/20/nine-things-you-never-knew-about-sperm-photos_n_4268031.html

There is nothing in reality, that supports religious fantasy myths. In fact, to make religious fantasy myths appear more real, it helps to switch off rational thinking…because nothing interferes more with imagining
religious fantasy myths…than understanding reality…!

Understanding how each offspring from the same couple is so different…with unique characteristics, skills, talents and strengths…and further compounding those differences by changing just one of the sexual partners…helps explain the value to a population, of fertilizing a random egg…with a random sperm cell…

“In biology, evolution is the change in the inherited traits of a population from generation to generation.These traits are the expression of genes that are copied and passed on to offspring during reproduction.

Mutations in these genes can produce new or altered traits,
resulting in heritable differences (genetic variation) between
organisms.

New traits can also come from transfer of genes between populations,
as in migration, or between species, in horizontal gene transfer.

Evolution occurs when these heritable differences become more common
or rare in a population, either non-randomly through natural selection
or randomly through genetic drift.

Natural selection is a process that causes heritable traits that are
helpful for survival and reproduction to become more common, and
harmful traits to become more rare.This occurs because organisms with advantageous traits pass on more copies of these heritable traits to the next generation.

Over many generations, adaptations occur through a combination of
successive, small, random changes in traits, and natural selection of
those variants best-suited for their environment.

In contrast, genetic drift produces random changes in the frequency of traits in a population.

Genetic drift arises from the role chance plays in whether a given individual will survive and reproduce.

One definition of a species is a group of organisms that can reproduce with one another and produce fertile offspring.

However, when a species is separated into populations that are
prevented from interbreeding, mutations, genetic drift, and the
selection of novel traits cause the accumulation of differences over
generations and the emergence of new species.

The similarities between organisms suggest that all known species
are descended from a common ancestor (or ancestral gene pool) through
this process of gradual divergence.

The theory* of evolution by natural selection was proposed roughly
simultaneously by both Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace, and set
out in detail in Darwin’s 1859 book On the Origin of Species.

In the 1930s, Darwinian natural selection was combined with
Mendelian inheritance to form the modern evolutionary synthesis, in
which the connection between the units of evolution (genes) and the
mechanism of evolution (natural selection) was made.

This powerful explanatory and predictive theory has become the
central organizing principle of modern biology, providing a unifying
explanation for the diversity of life on Earth…”

https://www.sciencedaily.com/terms/evolution.htm

Interestingly, over time, even the fabricated gods of religious beliefs are subject to the principles of mutations, natural selection, and genetic drift…with those religious groups unable to adapt to their changing environments…dying out…

Today, religion needs to relinquish texts that anchor members to long discarded forms of immoral behavior** and abandoned values and ignorance…and align itself with humanity’s current understanding of reality…and the need for people to belong to a society that grows in actual knowledge, and cares for each other and their environment, in a sustainable way…putting aside magical/supernatural and wishful (life after death) thinking…and evolve by embracing secular humanism…

* defined in science…as
a well-substantiated explanation of some aspect of the
natural world, based on a body of facts that have been repeatedly
confirmed through observation and experiment. Such fact-supported theories are not “guesses” but reliable accounts of the real world…” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scientific_theory

** see www.evilbible.com