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More Atheists Shout It From the Rooftops
Two months ago, a small atheist organization put an ad out saying “Don’t Believe in God? You Are Not Alone." The group found that they had a problem. The problem was not that the group (Secular Humanists of the Lowcountry) attracted any hostility. It was exactly the opposite. They were completely unprepared for the response. More than 100 people showed up for their most recent public meeting, causing the board members to discuss whether it was time to find a larger place. According to the article, parents are now asking for family-oriented programs where they could meet "like-minded nonbelievers." “Is everyone in favor of sponsoring a picnic for humanists with families?” asked the board president, Jonathan Lamb, a 27-year-old meteorologist, eliciting a chorus of “ayes.” More than ever, America’s atheists are linking up and speaking out. Internet groups and meet-ups are growing in number every day, all over the country. They are volunteering, petitioning, and just discussing their beliefs with each other. The article goes on to explain that these new Athiest groups are trying to "liken their strategy to that of the gay-rights movement, which lifted off when closeted members of a scorned minority decided to go public." “It’s not about carrying banners or protesting,” said Herb Silverman, a math professor at the College of Charleston who founded the Secular Humanists of the Lowcountry, which has about 150 members on the coast of the Carolinas. “The most important thing is coming out of the closet.” Full article: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/27/us/27atheist.html
“I Lost Fear of Losing What I Never Wanted to Lose Forever” by Lumina H.
“I Lost Fear of Losing What I Never Wanted to Lose Forever” by Lumina H. Once upon a time, in my worst nightmare I screamed in the middle of the night “Don’t Leave Me!” Fear of being abandoned Fear of being rejected Fear of being replaced Horror strikes like lightning Blitz, Blitz, Blitz Every thunder of anxiety electrocuted me I’ve been punched, kicked and screamed at I know all too well how it feels to be treated like dirt I’ve been to hell and back, both inside and outside my head. So what I feared most in this world Was you, of you turning your back on me Never to return, ever. Fear brought anxiety, pain, worry, stress, anger, fury, insomnia and finally tears Buckets, trucks, pools of tears Gradually my tears filled up a swimming pool And in my swimming pool of tears I drowned myself And I needed a CPR But no one came… The water was still trapped in my lungs And I forgot how to breath, how to live I was dying I had seconds to live Could I live again? Could anyone give me new life? Could anyone revive me? Somebody… Anybody… Please help me… In my desperate need, I pleaded, prayed and hoped And then, right then Someone did come to my rescue But He wasn’t you He was unexpected While you left me drowning He came with a thousand letters of love and care I didn’t know Him He was a stranger to me But to him, I was no stranger He had been waiting for me all along He watched me dive into the ocean of tears He watched me as I sunk deeper into the sea of sorrow He always wanted to help me, to save me He never wanted me to drown myself, never He wanted me to live To live without Fear. To live without Fear of abandonment To live without Fear of rejection To live without Fear of replacement To live bravely, fearlessly, hopefully, gratefully To live honestly, courageously, earnestly, kindly To live with everything I had replaced with fear He breathed new air into my lungs Water came spluttering out of my throat My heart started beating again I could feel the blood rushing faster in my veins I’m alive! I’m alive! I’m alive! I’ve been Saved! Saved! Saved! My new savior will show me ways not to be afraid of losing you I’ve already lost you once And from now he will show me never to fear Losing you again and again Because in the far future Fast forward to many years later Here I am The future me said “I lost fear of losing what I never wanted to lose forever” “I lost fear of losing you, who I never wanted to lose, never” So today I wait, I hope, I run, I believe, I trust Towards that future of losing fear of losing you.
5 Inspirational Words From Couples Who Decided To Wait
Yes, it's possible. Waiting until marriage that is. To engage in sexually activity. You didn't think so? Well, today is the day you will be proven wrong. Although the idea is foreign to many, according to a thread on Reddit it's more common than you think. With a whopping 1,800 comments, it seems as if waiting until marriage as become the 'it' thing to do. We must keep in mind that it's not a trend, it's a personal decision that should be made between two people. If you've ever considered waiting until marriage or have made a vow to do so, keep scrolling and check out the inspiring stories told by those who have made the courageous decision to simply wait. "Next year will be our 21st anniversary. No complaints at all. Love my wife and have 3 wonderful kids. I would not have done it any other way, was just how I was brought up." —wildhermit "Our relationship is pretty amazing. Even though we saved it for marriage, we were both plenty educated on the mechanics of everything, and neither of us had any weird hang-ups or fears about it. From my perspective, sex is a really personal, spiritual thing and I'm so glad that we've only shared that part of ourselves with each other." —mtdna_array "It's great. I was 29 when we got married. Never regretted waiting for a second." —GreatTragedy "My friend and his wife waited until their marriage to get down. They planned on waiting a few years to have kids. A month later the pregnancy announcement hit Facebook. When I asked him what happened he said, 'My pull out game is not strong.'" —CoolRunner "Things are great in our marriage. We were both virgins when we got married and we have enjoyed our sexual relationship a lot over the last 11 years. More than just the waiting, our ability to respect each other, work together toward common goals, and communicate clearly and kindly has helped us." —HomeFires If you could do it all over again, would you wait? Do you regret your decision of not waiting if you didn't? @marshalledgar @alywoah @TessStevens @keith2web @YourConscience @EasternShell @sophiamor @Arellano1052 @jazziejazz @primodiva93 @buddyesd @danidee @shannonl5 @InVinsybll @MyAffairWith @nicolejb @TurtleyTurtles