Changing my mind on the trans community and coming out atheist. 

I have to admit,I was transphobic for a long time. I thought it was twisted that someone would change gender. This was when I was still religious. I though it was a sin and God would punish me for being accepting of transgender people. Luckily I got to meet a friend who was male to female trans. When I met her, and she did go by feminine terms, we became instant and lifelong friends. It was so damn easy to accept her as she was.That wad over a decade ago. Just today, I watched for the umpteen timemail the episode of Bones titled “The He In The She”, where a pastor transioned.That just opened up my mind that pop culture is becoming more acceptable to the LGBT community. 

As for my atheism. The same show, Bones, brought me out as an atheist activist and David Silverman vocal. In an episode the character Bones,after a character was killed. In a scene she said “He was an atheist, like me.” That scene made me an activist, and very vocal. For months my boss wanted me to be quiet. Now she’s not quiet an activist, she’s come out as an atheist. 

If it’s safe for you to come out in any way do so. If you have to stay closeted do so. Know there’s a community out there that will embrace you. If you have to, create fake social media accounts and reach out to others. You don’t need to use your real name or friend family or friends. You’ll find friends who will be there for y’all. 

  • If you want to talk to people in person, look for meet up groups in your area. Know you’re loved. They’re are people out there for you. 

Being censored at work.

Most people at my job know I’m an outspoken atheist. Many like to get into conversations about why I am. A few are quiet atheists. Now I’m not allowed to talk about my atheism.

We just hired a few new employees. Some old employees had complaints about my being a vocal atheist. They also had complaints about my listening to atheist podcasts. While I was wearing headphones. And they couldn’t hear these podcasts. I’d only tell them what I was listening to IF they asked. That was enough to offend a few people.

Now I’m not even allowed to say I’m an atheist without the risk of  losing my job.

A few nights ago I was listening to Talk Nerdy, where host Cara Santa Maria was interviewing David Silverman about firebrand atheism. I consider myself a firebrand atheist. For good reason. If I’m the bitchy, outspoken atheist, getting people pissed off or at least thinking, then I’m doing my job. These people who I piss off have friends who are closet atheists. If their friends decide to come out to them,they’ll be like,”Hmm? My friend isn’t an ass about it, like my coworker is. Maybe some atheists aren’t bad people. ”

We need the loud and the quiet atheists out there. But we need ones like me. Uncensored, vocal,and willing to risk their jobs,family and friends. I’m up for it. I WON’T BE SILENT!  EVER !

Charity.

Many people donate to charity. There are so many out there. Think of The Salvation Army. Goodwill. Value Village.

They help a lot of people. I shop at them. Damn! They have good deals. But there are others out there. Secular charities.

I’ll just ask here, find a charity that supports your values, and donate or volunteer for them. I volunteer at a place called The Neighbor Place. It’s a christian drop in center. They know I’m an atheist and they welcome my help with open arms.

Help others when you can. That’s all I ask, as a humanist. Theist or atheist,  the good people want to help the disadvantaged people. We are a society that exists on being a community. Help your community.

Lots of love.

Be kind to each other. 💋❤

A Funny Mormon Story

It was a few years back, on Christmas Eve. Early in the morning. I had got my holiday bonus the night before and was looking forward to a rare 3 days off. I was walking off a hangover while heading to the local mall to buy my dad a present. Yes,I’m a last minute shopper. Many are. But…

Back to my story.

I was in sight of the mall when this encounter began. Ahead of me I saw a small,older Chinese lady,surrounded by 4 tall men in suits. My first guess? Mormons. As I got within earshot my guess was confirmed.

This lady was trembling in obvious fear,surrounded as she was by these 4 tall men. I had to do something.

I’d just recently read about the Flying Spaghetti Monster. That gave me a plan where I could distract these Mormons long enough for the lady to get away from them.

I was still somewhat drunk at the time,and decided to use that to my advantage. I approached these Mormons and began preaching about the FSM to them,getting my beer-smelling self right in their faces. It had the desired effect of allowing this lady they’d been bothering a chance to slip away.

Now it was my turn to proselytize to Mormons and show them how annoying THEY could be. Because they wanted nothing to do with me and started to walk away. But,I wasn’t done with them. Not by a long shot.

They started to make their way to the mall,me in tow spouting on about the FSM in a pirate accent. Because I was so annoying to them,they gave up on their mall trip and RAN to the nearest busstop. As they waited for a bus I kept up my FSM preaching at them until a bus finally arrived. They were the 1st on the bus,just to get away from me.

I like to think I helped a person that day. I loathe people like the Mormons harassing and proselytizing to vulnerable people. I used their tactics against them. Try it next time you run into some. It’s fun.

A brief introduction to myself and my perspectives on atheism in Alberta and Canada.

Hello everyone. I’m Jazz Cross,also known as Pixie the Apostle from In The Name of God-The Podcast. I’m an Edmonton based atheist activist who will be offering a Canadian perspective on unbelief in Canada. Being as alberta is considered canadas “Bible Belt”,I feel I have a rather unique view as a very firebrand atheist.

! This blog will be a record of my experiences with the religious fundies through my everyday life. I’ll post personal stories of my encounters with the crazy and the sane religious types. Ive got a great Mormon story I’ll tell next post.Y’all will love it,as it’s very funny. But that’s for later. Let me tell you about me.

I’ve had a complicated life. But who hasnt? I’ve multiple families from divorces and remarriages since I was a toddler. I also grew up during the Cold War. Nuclear annihilation was on my mind since preschool. Not a fun thought as a child.

Now,nuclear annihilation aside, an event happened that brought me, for a decade to Christianity. When I was 7 I broke my skull in a bike accident. If it wasn’t for a competent neurosurgeon I wouldn’t even be typing my story. Which leads to my foray into religion.

Since my mom was attending art college and my stepdad worked late I was put into a program for kids that catered to students in those situations. The councilors who ran the program were very religious. One late evening I talked with a councilor about my fears and nearly dying. That’s when I was introduced to the idea of God. The Christian one. He said God had a plan for me,that his plan was why I was still alive. I fell for it, hook line and sinker. Which leads up to a twist in my journey into my Christian life, for a while.

The principal of my school, as well as the after school counselors ran a lunch time bible study. They preached, played music, and could legally do so. I was there every day. I started preaching when I was 8. I was sucked into the whole scam. Really annoyed my family. (On a side note, id read the Bible through in a month. Didn’t understand it all. But Revelations, my favorite book.) They put me in weekend bible camps,I went to many churches several days a week.

I got out of elementary school to junior high school. I was still preaching. People didn’t like that. I was bullied. A lot. I had started attending the school Christian group often. But…

…something else started happening in my life. I began to question my sexuality. I became more attracted to the girls at school. The popular girls were all over the boys. Literally. And I was the one in the locker room shower trying not to ogle the girls. It was a struggle between my religion and my sexuality. Guess what won? My sexuality. My Christianity died quickly.

But I still wanted a spiritual life. I explored other many religions. Then I met my 1st serious girlfriend. She was a Wiccan. I followed that for a while. It was more open to the lgbt folks. But it didn’t feel right. I was doubting any divine being/s. Then, at a used bookstore, I found the book that made me think, and over a reading, becòme an open atheist. Can y’all guess which book?

Now,being an open and vocal atheist has caused me problems. As id said earlier, Alberta is the Bible Belt of Canada. I can see 3 churches from my back porch. Im banned from talking about religion at work. Unless someone brings it up. And this is by my boss, an atheist, who told me to shut up. Not that I do. I guess my firebrand style creeps people out.

Thats it for this post and a brief introduction to who I am. Next post will be a funny story about a Mormon encounter. Talk to you then.

Pixie the Apostle.