Cop Shows: good, bad or thin gray line?

It's painful to see some of the negative news centered on the brave individuals who dedicate their lives to the policing of society. There's no doubt that, without them, the landscape would be different. Some think they'd like such a world, and some would not . . . while most of us have no idea... Continue Reading →

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Help Us Share the Love

We live in a world where many religious followers don't understand other views but their own. Thanks to tainted ideas of faith, even when these followers are aware of other beliefs, they don't consider understanding or acceptance necessary and work to undermine the freedoms so harshly won by our predecessors. A faithful person should thank... Continue Reading →

Can an Outsider Ever Truly Become Amish?

Converts offer religious sects some of the strongest support and argument for their unique causes. Do converts often experience an equal manifestation of loyalty among peers of a religious sect or congregation? Are you a convert, or ever been?

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Kelsey Osgood | Atlas Obscura | March 2016 | 28 minutes (7,014 words)

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Author’s Note: “Alex” and “Rebecca” are not the real names of two people interviewed. They felt strongly that they should not be identified by name out of respect for their faith’s general belief in the body above the individual.

The road that runs through the main village of Berlin, Ohio, only about 90 minutes south of Cleveland, is called “Amish Country Byway” for its unusual number of non-automotive travelers and it’s true that driving down it, you’ll have to slow down for the horse-drawn buggies that clog up the right lane. But those seeking the “real” Amish experience in downtown Berlin might be disappointed. It’s more Disney than devout: a playground for tourists full…

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The Sooner the Better

Why Wait? It's not that we're unaware that prayer can be a way of speaking to a congregation; it's just that "American" is the club . . . no selling of soul is needed. Help or assistance should not depend on religion and tongues. An atheist thinks that deed must be done instead of prayer... Continue Reading →

Nobody Wants to Repent

Interestingly enough, this post (below) on repentance came up in the "secularism" feed. There seems to be a good point about forgiveness, but it's difficult to make out and reliant on being Christian. The best thing to do with something like this is to take the most troubling aspects and respond with human conscience. After... Continue Reading →

Be Who You Want to Be

Just don't bother me . . . or him, or her or them It's been quite awhile since any of us heartily hearkened back to Britain, but the news is promising nonetheless: The majority of Brits are now atheist or agnostic https://t.co/eHUVTnSZDt — Craig (@CaffeinatedUnc) February 25, 2016 Let's be one big happy family.

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