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Sun Mar 1, 2015, 07:57 AM

Happy Sunday! I won't be in church today. [View all]

I was raised in a VERY religious Catholic family and went to Mass every single week for years. Forced to by my parents until 18 but I still went long after that, out of habit. Then I, finally, woke up. A marriage to a strict Catholic man will do that to you. He turned out to be right-wing nut-job who was demeaning and abusive. When our daughter was 13 we divorced. I had no support from my family because I filed for the divorce and that is a "sin." I spent all my money on a good lawyer and was able to get sole custody of my daughter because he was able to prove my husband was abusive and cheating on me. I hadn't even known about the cheating. Only some feminist-style women friends I knew from work got me through that multi-year period sane.

I tried to do things the "right way" through the Church and all I got was advice to go back to the same sick situation.

I actually tried to go back to church after that bitter experience but I was so turned off by the anti-abortion and homophobic rants I heard in sermons. The two people who helped me most were lesbians. One had an abortion.

I consider myself a spiritual person but it is between me and the great unknown. I raised my daughter as an atheist.

I usually spend Sunday morning early, like today, watching TV, listening to music, checking out DU, surfing the other web sites, drinking coffee and smoking cigarettes in peace on the porch. And I am very much at peace with myself and my God/Goddess/Whatever.

Sorry for the long rant. Maybe this will help someone.

Happy Sunday, fellow DU people!

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