Sunday, November 30, 2014

George Washington on religious disputes in America

“Of all the animosities which have existed among mankind, those which are caused by a difference of sentiments in religion appear to be the most inveterate and distressing, and ought to be deprecated. I was in hopes that the enlightened and liberal policy, which has marked the present age, would at least have reconciled Christians of every denomination so far that we should never again see the religious disputes carried to such a pitch as to endanger the peace of society.”
~Founding Father George Washington, letter to Edward Newenham, October 20, 1792

The crazy-making in Christianity: Religion's cycle of self-doubt and self-punishment

John W. Loftus
Thursday, Nov 27, 2014 06:00 PM EST

Christians like to talk about the benefits of faith. But what if the exact opposite is true?

Excerpted from "Christianity Is Not Great: How Faith Fails"

I am thirty years old and I am struggling to find sanity. Between the Christian schools, homeschooling, the Christian group home (indoctrinating work camp), and different churches in different cities, I am a psychological, emotional, and spiritual mess.
-A former evangelical Christian
If a former believer says that Christianity made him depressed, obsessive, or post-traumatic, he is likely to be dismissed as an exaggerator. He might describe panic attacks about the rapture, moods that swing from ecstasy about God's overwhelming love to suicidal self-loathing about repeated sins, or an obsession with sexual purity. A symptom like one of these clearly has a religious component, yet many people instinctively blame the victim. They will say that the wounded former believer was prone to anxiety or depression or obsession in the first place - that his Christianity somehow got corrupted by his predisposition to psychological problems. Or they will say that he wasn't a real Christian. If only he had prayed in faith or loved God with all his heart, soul and mind, if only he had really been saved - then he would have experi­enced the peace that passes all understanding.
But the reality is far more complex. It is true that symptoms like depres­sion or panic attacks most often strike those of us who are vulnerable, perhaps because of genetics or perhaps because situational stressors have worn us down. But the reality is that Christian beliefs and Christian living can create those stressors, even setting up multigenerational patterns of abuse, trauma, and self-abuse. Also, over time some religious beliefs can create habitual thought patterns that actually alter brain function, making it difficult for people to heal or grow.
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Preotecting ourselves from violent Americans

"The American people have one of the highest murder rates in the industrialized world. Almost all of these people are killed by other Americans. War hustlers and Bin Laden pimps love to go around screaming, but 9/11! Three thousand people died on 9/11. Nearly 15,000 Americans were killed in 2012. Americans perpetrate roughly five 9/11s against other Americans every year. By the end of this week, more Americans will be killed by other Americans than were ever killed by ISIS.
Why are our politicians ignoring this plague of American-on-American crime? Why are American leaders not protesting the cult of death that fills the graveyards of America? Who will bravely challenge the culture of failure that says that Americans should only be outraged when Muslims kill Americans? Who will challenge the American pathology that says that a boy who walks unarmed is acting French?

I demand a TSA checkpoint at every shopping mall to shield Americans against Americans. I demand drones to kill Americans before they kill other Americans. I demand that American leaders stop pretending that American morgues and American cemeteries are full of young men because of jihadis. The evidence is clear-American-on-American violence is a silent killer that only Americans can stop. American criminality is now so rampant that it must always be the only topic of any conversation. Let us not speak of any act of international terrorism until American terrorism has been wholly vanquished."
-     Ta-Nehisi Coates, making a good point.

First, they convince you that you are sinful from birth...

A pox on religion.

Are you willing to learn?

Christian Mingle

Santa vs. God - which one do YOU believe in?

Shooting report - because it's like this in the U.S., we need more gun control laws.

Gun control - because it's always SOMEONE ELSE'S fault!

Some rational thoughts on the Keystone XL pipeline.

Perpsective on world events?

Good for all!

More proof that you just can't fix stupid.

Stan Lee's remarkbale rant on discrimination

Republicans vs. Democrats - which do YOU prefer?

Just curious why the GOP thinks Obama is so bad?

The socialism conundrum

Don't spare the rod, beat your child.

The rioting - keep it in perspective