Pentacostal Cages

Caged since my childhood

Tied up in religious shame

I set myself free

“The caged bird sings with a fearful trill,

of things unknown, but longed for still,

and his tune is heard on the distant hill,

for the caged bird sings of freedom.”

Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

I just recently read about a young lady who was born into a religious and abusive family. She finally realized that she no longer had to be in this relationship and is now free from physical and psychological abuse. I’m sure there is a very long story that goes along with that. But, I know how hard it must have been to get away from something that you’ve been indoctrinated into since birth. This person did not have a choice in her religion. Most of us don’t. I am so sorry that you went through this and I know that there is a wonderful world out there without religion.

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Teach Your Children Well

Born knowing no gods

Parents’ indoctrination

Shadows of a child

The indoctrination is so deep that educated people think they’re being objective.

Noam Chomsky

Aldous Huxley once said, “One believes things because one has been conditioned to believe them.” When it comes to religion, I think that most of us are conditioned by our parents because more than likely, they were conditioned by theirs. Most of us are not raised to evaluate many kinds of religions so that we can come to an educated conclusion to choose one, or none. Children are the shadow of their parents.

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Barbies in Heaven

She was only ten

When she pledged her abstinence

Girls with Barbie dolls

Birds born in a cage think flying is an illness.

Alejandro Jodorowski

I read an article last night written by Samantha Pugsley about herself and a group of ten-year-old girls who had pledged a commitment to God not to have sex until they were married. Yes! Ten-year-old girls who still played with Barbie dolls and thought boys were still icky (her words). This made her parents and the whole congregation in the Baptist church proud and happy. To make a long story short, she grew to hate sex, got a divorce, and left the church. This story sickened me and made me sad for the girls. Indoctrination is a pretty heavy thing but that’s how most Christians (and other religions) get into their religion. It wasn’t a choice for them. They were raised with it. Indoctrination is not free will. It’s mind control – programming of the young.

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