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ReaderSystemHobbyist General Artist
I've come across others who say things like "that type of abuse only happens in books and movies" (ex: Carrie, Decay, Sybil) But it happens every day... religious abuse is JUST as traumatizing as any other type of abuse...

Growing up my dad was emotionally abusive (he wasn't the religious abuser), with very rare examples of physical abuse... I've been sexually assaulted... and I dated someone who was religiously abusive, who I was with for 3 months before finding the courage to say to myself "I don't deserve to be treated like this" and end it... out of all the abusers I've had in my life the religious abuser was the one that causes me the most amount of pain SEVEN YEARS LATER.
hermafrodite's avatar
hermafroditeHobbyist Photographer
me being satanic in a catholic town gets me a lot of religious abuse like i'm some kinda german jew in a ghetto or something they ignore that i'm still a human
GengarPunk95's avatar
GengarPunk95Hobbyist Artist
ugh I know that pain..

Since I left christianity I got threatned to get back
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vbugStudent Artist
thank you so much for this stamp. when i was younger, i was visiting a relative for a while and it was just me and my dad and she said something religious and me being like, 5-6 i wasnt thinking and said i didn't believe in god. she beat me and bruised me and locked me in a room and slapped me across the face just to make me to go to church and my father (who is in jail now for abuse aswell) just watched and didn't care. :\ i know this is a personal thing but i need to vent about it and just the fact that people think that religious abuse doesn't exist bothers me sooo much 
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GamziMakrHobbyist Digital Artist
Who thinks there's isn't religious abuse? :confused: 
Corvus-the-Snark's avatar
Corvus-the-SnarkHobbyist General Artist
Pretty much everyone who believes religion is a disease and/or needs to be destroyed
FelisLupus's avatar
FelisLupusHobbyist Traditional Artist
Or those people who preach it.
GamziMakr's avatar
GamziMakrHobbyist Digital Artist
Those people have got some thinking to do. 
Corvus-the-Snark's avatar
Corvus-the-SnarkHobbyist General Artist
Indeed
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Deidara-TheTerroristHobbyist General Artist
I hate people who end up making Christians and other religions look terrible. I'm christian and I have gay friends whose company I enjoy. I have Mormon friends too (even though sometimes they get on my nerves...). I have shinto friends. do I ask them to convert? No. But I'll answer their questions.

Same with Muslims/Islams/Hindus. Stupid terrorists gave them a reputation too. Now if a Muslim walks through Texas people call the cops and check them for bombs. It sucks.
GamziMakr's avatar
GamziMakrHobbyist Digital Artist
How do Mormons get on your nerves, if you don't mind telling? :) I'm just curious. 
Deidara-TheTerrorist's avatar
Deidara-TheTerroristHobbyist General Artist
Not Mormons in general just specifically the ones that are my friends. They're.... Ridiculously far to the right and think I'm wrong about religion and tell me that. Every week.
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GamziMakrHobbyist Digital Artist
Well, that's not very nice. Even though there's a stereotype for Mormons being really nice, there are some of them that aren't. They're imperfect people just like the rest of us. Personally, I enjoy having an intelligent discussion about politics and religion with people I disagree with, but incessantly saying "you're wrong you big dummy" to someone isn't very civil. I'm sorry the only Mormons you know are people like that. 

There are left-wing Mormons. I knew a missionary who leaned Left, and he was so awesome. I know another Leftist Mormon, and while we often disagree, we respect each other. It's all about that respect. 
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And I totally get that, and I can have civilized political talks with them and they can be fun- but it is now a rule of our friendship to NEVER mention the 2012 election in America, OR the polygamy.
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GamziMakrHobbyist Digital Artist
Well, if you've both consented to that in the interest of avoiding an argument, then that's okay. I, too, can get very heated when talking about the election (don't get me started, for the love of everything decent in humanity). I don't, however, have any problem discussing polygamy. So if you want to talk about it w/o arguing, you can talk to me. :3
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Thanks, but I usually avoid political debates because I'm highly competitive and someone who will not budge on their argument in the slightest, even if I prove it wrong, frustrates me. I'm sure you wouldn't, but  I've just never had a good experience with that.

Anyway. I don't talk about the Polygamy with them because of that show "Sister Wives", which is about a man and his 4(?) wives who live in Las Vegas (which is where I lived for a while before I left America). People think that ALL mormons believe in the polygamy,  which irritates them all because they don't see multiple wives as a good thing.

But yeah :/
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ColliequestHobbyist Digital Artist
Okay, I watched most of the video in the link, and skimmed over the rest...


Emotional abuse in connection with religious beliefs certainly exists, but....well, those same basic explanations were given to me as a kid, and IMO that is pretty far from emotional abuse. I mean, unless the focus is in the wrong areas, and that all you're taught about is sin and how sinful you are--I mean, that's only half of the gospel. After all, God considers us all valuable enough to die for.
But the concept of us having a sin nature, and sin separating us from God (that leading to Jesus' death on the cross and resurrection), is simply a simplified way to explain the plan of salvation.

Now, I'm not familiar with that particular curriculum, and it does sound like they may possibly focus way too much on one point, completely missing the entire picture. Some of their lesson applications do sound kinda...extreme.
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SilentRosySunriseHobbyist General Artist
And it stinks.
Riza-Izumi's avatar
I was religious abused by my family.
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8manderz8Hobbyist General Artist
I'm sorry to hear that :( :huggle:
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xXDeadlyNightshadeXxHobbyist General Artist
I totally agree, and while there are good religious people out there, it's frightening to know that there are people that would take their religion to a whole different degree. The first thing to come to mind is Jesus Camp, it's just disgusting...
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This stamp's existence disturbs me.

Not because I disagree with it, but because it implies that some people actually believe otherwise, which gives me the creeps.
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Vyanni-Krace-ACEHobbyist General Artist
Same here.
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