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IT HAPPENED TO ME: A 26-Year-Old Man Proposed to Me When I Was 16

In tattered jeans and a Bible study T-shirt, I arrived home to a beautiful three-story house nestled in a gated community of the no-man’s-land of Pasco County, Florida. I had just spent two months in Bethlehem, where I sweated out my summer days shoveling gravel to pave a parking lot for a … Continue reading Source link

My Life as a "None": Unaffiliated and Agnostic

Susanna Schrobsdorff is an Assistant Managing Editor and columnist at TIME.Like a lot of women of a certain age, I’ve taken up yoga. And because I don’t go halfway on my clichés, I’ve done immersion yoga weekends, learned the Sanskrit names for various ways of being upside down and at least once … Continue reading Source link

US religion is worth $1.2T/year, more than America's 10 biggest tech companies, combined

The largely tax-free religion industry is one of the biggest in America, worth $1.2 trillion/year, a number that includes religious “healthcare facilities, schools, daycare and charities; media; businesses with faith backgrounds; the kosher and halal food markets; social and philanthropic programmes; and staff and overheads for congregations.” The figure comes from The Socio-economic Contribution of Religion to American Society: An Empirical …

Encyclopedia of Hell – "Written by and for demons, instructing them on how to destroy mankind"

Encyclopedia of Hell: An Invasion Manual for Demons Concerning the Planet Earth and the Human Race Which Infests It by Martin Olson (author), Tony Millionaire (illustrator) and Mahendra Singh (illustrator) Feral House 2011, 240 pages, 7 x 10 x 0.8 inches (softcover) $14 Buy a copy on Amazon In 1911 journalist Ambrose Bierce published a scathingly satirical book called The …

IT HAPPENED TO ME: My Boyfriend's Parents Said I Have to Convert to Islam if They're Going to Accept Our Relationship

I met my boyfriend at a work event. I knew him by sight but not much more, so when we ended up leaving the party together, I didn’t expect much to come of it. In fact, I spent the next few days congratulating myself on a successful one-night stand and trying to avoid him in office … Continue reading Source link

J’ai créé le burkini pour libérer les femmes, pas pour enlever leur liberté | Aheda Zanetti

Quand j’ai inventé le burkini au début de l’année 2004, je ne cherchais pas à enlever leur liberté aux femmes, je voulais les libérer. Ma nièce voulait jouer au netball, mais nous avions du mal à lui trouver une équipe parce qu’elle portait un hijab. Ma sœur a dû se battre pour défendre le droit de sa fille à jouer. Elle a demandé: pourquoi empêcher …

I’m a Christian with Stage IV Cancer, And I Want Death with Dignity

I’ve had cancer now for four years. I was diagnosed with stage-three lung cancer in 2012. It was a surprise to my family and to myself. I don’t smoke. I exercised regularly. I was 58. I didn’t expect to still be here. But my mantra is: no coincidences. God has a plan for what I do and where I … Continue reading Source link

IT HAPPENED TO ME: My Mother Kidnapped Me When I Was 3 and I Didn't See My Father Again Until I Was 18

My parents married 30 days after they met. Mom’s car died just north of the Golden Gate Bridge, and Dad rescued her with his tow truck. A petite orphan with a few more IQ points than Forrest Gump (her three-months-premature birth had resulted in mild brain damage), she needed a champion to … Continue reading Source link