I actually found it painful to read. To hear religion used as a weapon of hate not only at the church level, but at the individual, family and community levels was horrible, yet so important for the country and the world to hear. I did enjoy the contradictions, some of which I'm not even sure Lauren recognized. The church hates America, yet the church realizes that this is the only country in the world where one is safe to express hatred without retribution.
It reminded me of Orwell's 1984, Love is hate, war is peace and some are more equal than others.
The epilogue was relieving to hear that Lauren is able to move on with her life. I hope others will be encouraged, especially Lauren's mother and siblings, to break free of this slavery of hate.
Yes. The abuse was sickening and realistic. I have always found it amazing in my work as a social worker that children in foster care would rather return to the family that severely abused them than to continue in foster care. This book helps address the reasons that children stay attached even when severely abused by their parents and in this case their friends and community.
Best wishes Lauren. You are absolutely amazing! I also want to thank Jack from Topeka whose review helped me decide to purchase this book. I'm betting that Jack is part of the WBC.
A person who is not familiar with objective, unbiased expertise. This book is filled with the author's opinion that occasionally sites scientific support for his positions. For example he assumes the premise that religion is a disease. He refers to most organized religions as a virus, that is spread by institutions and parents. His bias brings into questions any possibly accurate statements that he makes. How strong is the impact of guilt on children who are told not to masturbate as this is sinful? Is it harmful for children to be warned by their parents to wait to have sex? These are important questions, but dealt with poorly by the author. An example of how the author makes a case for his opinion is when he posits that it is religion that causes ministers to be depressed. Take away the religion and the minister would have more guilt-free sex and no longer need anti-depressant medication. He supports this position by siting a single case. This type of support reminds me of tv info-mercials that prove their product will help you lose 50 lbs based on one person who has lost 50 pounds. Not good science. If Dr. Ray submitted this book for a grade I would give him a "C". The chapter on biology was the most unbiased and scientifically supported, but not really anything new or groundbreaking that I hadn't read before.
You could hear in his voice his disdain for religion, e.g. "The Jesus trap", where his inflection on the word Jesus presumes his negative bias.
There are many issues related to religion and sexuality that American society must address, especially in light of the anti LGBT bias of most religions, with the growing number of states legalizing same sex marriage. Let's have the discussion based on science. Atheism is as strong a dogmatic position as conservative religions. Setting our biases aside will help us consider how religion and sexuality interact positively and negatively.
Uninformed atheist and agnostics might appreciate an arguement that would only give credence to those beliefs, while mocking anyone who believes in a higher power.
all the above
hey, if anyone this stupid could publish a book, maybe I could do it as well! There is always a bright side.
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