That SNL skit isn’t wrong; I wish Adele could fix my Thanksgiving angst. Madalyn Murray O’Hair came up. For those not in the know, she’s a dead atheist activist who won a Supreme Court case that banned school sponsored Bible readings, Murray V. Curlett. She was the founder and president of American Atheists. She, along with … More My Mother, Madalyn Murray O’Hair, and Me
Reprinted from the Daily Mississippian On Thursday, Oct. 29, the city of Collins received a letter of complaint from the Freedom From Religion Foundation in regards to Christian statues in a publicly maintained and operated park. I spent the first 12 years of my life living in Collins, and the vast majority of my maternal … More The Misrepresentation of Church and state
When I heard about the attacks in Paris, my first thoughts were: “Please don’t let them be Muslim.” But they were. In these types of attacks, they almost always are. In the United States, I’m sympathetic to Muslims. Many times, they are unfairly criticized and targeted, accused of being hidden terrorists. But then things like … More When People Die for ISIS
It’s almost mid-November so the annual war on Christmas is in full force. This year’s first crusader against joy and light? Starbucks. Joshua Feuerstein, former pastor and current pop-producer of “edgy” viral videos, went to Starbucks and saw their sleek, minimalist winter cups. This year, no snowflakes, or reindeer, or a single solitary evergreen grace … More The Latest War on Christmas, the Saga of Joshua Feuerstein
Pageant smiles are a Southern export. Before I learned to form full sentences, I have been learning to smile perfectly. Upper lip pulled up, squint the eyes slightly if you want it to look genuine, upper teeth situated softly on bottom lip. I can give you a pageant smile any day of the week. This … More Miss America Somehow Defies Southern Stereotype
The roller coaster of emotions regarding my faith has been an adventure, to say the least. My mother and I have had a few conversations, and have maintained a quiet peace over the past few weeks. I head back to Mississippi on August 1st, and I’ll be going to Jackson to see my parents a … More My Mother’s Revival During My Exit From Faith
If you’ve read some of my previous posts, you’re likely well-aware of the guilt I mention every time I do anything contrary. My whole life, guilt has been my water and I’ve never quite learned how to escape it.
Today, a family friend commented on my Facebook status that they had found my blog. They said the loved me and included a smiley face. Out of fear, I immediately deleted the comment. I know people will find my blog. Rationally and reasonable, I know this is inevitable, but seeing the confirmation that someone had … More Being a Non-Believer Where Non-Believers Are the Enemy
For the past month, I’ve dealt with homesickness by not dealing with it. I’d wake up each morning, make my breakfast, go about my day. There’s a kind of peace in pretending you’re fine. When asked if I miss home, my answer became: “Oh, I’m not thinking about it too much.”
We’ve been on a roller-coaster of emotion, haven’t we? This has been hard, no doubt about it. I’ve seen you go from devastated to angry to accepting and all the way back round. I don’t think you know how to cope with this.