Breaking His Silence: How Sam Lost His Mom To A Cult
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by Courtney Heard
1w ago
Sam has heard some awful things from his mom, things that made me wince when he told me. His mother seems to have morphed from his emotional pillar into a hateful, fearful and angry person he no longer recognizes. This is the power of a cult, of brainwashing and of being emotionally attached to ideas so much that you dismiss the facts. Sam is tired and exhausted and grieving the woman who made his childhood great, despite the fact that she's still here. This is a must-listen (and you can get an ad-free version here) : https://youtu.be/urqutOWWSaQ Find out more about and get in touch with the Q ..read more
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His Dad Passed On Before He Could Find Common Ground
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by Courtney Heard
2w ago
Brent Lee is a valued member of the atheist community. He makes podcasts and YouTube videos and is known for his kind and gentle approach to communication. When I sat down to chat with him, I immediately felt warmth and compassion and that made his story even harder to hear. Brent Lee lost his father last year and just before he passed on, the two had spent hours on the phone arguing about his father's QAnon beliefs. This is the last major memory Brent Lee is left with of his father and he grapples with QAnon nonsense tainting his memories of him. Listen to Brent Lee's full story here (or get ..read more
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When You Find Out Your Dad is A QAnon Influencer
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by Courtney Heard
3w ago
David is a US Marine. He's just 23 and seen things you and I can only imagine. He's been deployed to the far corners of the earth and endured traumas that will affect him for the rest of his life. But none of it compares to when he came home and realized that his parents, who were his best friends, were deep down the QAnon rabbit hole. Even worse, David learned his father is a QAnon influencer with tens of thousands of followers across right-wing social media. When David told his parents about the trauma he endured during one of his deployments, they refused to acknowledge the deployment was e ..read more
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When Your Best Friend Becomes Convinced She Has Reptilian DNA
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by Courtney Heard
1M ago
When I spoke to Lisa, who is in the Netherlands, and she told me her best friend was convinced she had reptilian DNA, I was reminded of the case of Matthew Coleman, who killed his two small children because he thought they were of reptilian descent. What could make a proud father with a dream life running a surf school in Southern California believe that his kids had reptilian DNA and needed to die? QAnon of course. In this week's episode of the Q-Dropped Podcast, I could hear the concern in Lisa's voice as she spoke of her best friend in the world and how she has lost her to QAnon. We also po ..read more
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No, There Is Not Wrong On Both Sides
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by Courtney Heard
2M ago
I spend a lot of my time these days speaking with people who have lost loved ones to the QAnon phenomenon, but the last two episodes had to be the most challenging to write. Each of them included harrowing stories of racism between two people who considered each other best friends. In one, a white QAnon mother tells her half-Black daughter that there is wrong on both sides of the Black Lives Matter debate. In another, a white husband crushes his Black wife of nearly a decade with racist rhetoric that seemed to come out of nowhere. We've also included a story of a child survivor of a mass shoot ..read more
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Here's What Happens in a Society That Doesn't Value Critical Thinking
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by Courtney Heard
2M ago
Five years ago, if you'd told me that there would be a large group of people who were convinced that injecting their own urine could reverse the effects of a vaccine, I'd have laughed. I don't even think I would have bought it as a shitty movie plot. But, a couple of weeks ago, I sat down to chat with Dan, who told me his mother was trying to get him to do that very thing for that very reason, and it just became the latest in a series of wild claims that the QAnon nutters are clinging to. In the last two years, I have been told that: The world's banking system will collapse and be replaced b ..read more
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Innocents: Death Row Exoneree #138
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by Courtney Heard
2M ago
This is an ongoing series telling the stories of wrongful convictions in North America. Some of these stories contain content that may disturb some of you, so if you’re at all squeamish, don’t read them. To read more of these stories, please click here. If you have a story of someone wrongfully convicted, or you were yourself and want to talk about it, please email me at mommy@godlessmom.com. See my two previous series on the American Justice System, The Ultimate Price, and Reasonable Doubt.  On the night of August 18th, 1992, a grandmother, her daughter, and her ..read more
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Atheism Requires More Faith Than … Faith?
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by Courtney Heard
2M ago
So, yesterday went something like this: work, work, write, blog, snack, work, mom, dinner, mom, sleep, then don’t sleep, then get the fuck up and interweb. During my insomniacal interwebbing, I always end up clicking links that take me deeper and deeper into what I like to call, the Holy Web. This is the part of the web where every second post is devoted to a small man who lived in the Middle Eastern desert a bajillion years ago, and where atheists, like Mom, go to punish themselves. Why do you want to punish yourself Godless Mom? I fucking don’t, but when you see some of their asinine he ..read more
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When Your Own Mother Thinks You're Broken
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by Courtney Heard
2M ago
I sat down to chat with Brendan, who has been living with his QAnon mom while he waits for his financial situation to get better. Brendan is on the spectrum, and his mother blames herself for his autism because she had him vaccinated as a child. I wish I could say that's as bad as Brendan's story gets, but it takes an even more heartbreaking turn. Brendan was eager to tell his story and get it out there, so share this with anyone you think will appreciate it. Then go tell the people you love that they're wonderful just the way they are. Many thanks to Brendan for an enjoyable, albeit heartbrea ..read more
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3 Infuriating Religious Takes on Feminine Modesty
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by Courtney Heard
2M ago
I was fucking around on Reddit the other day because, despite having piles and piles of more important shit to do, Reddit is a dominating, abusive boyfriend from whom I cannot seem to escape. I keep going back, like a moth to a flame, to Reddit’s unending, time-sucking abuse. I am Reddit’s willing bitch. So, while I was on Reddit for my daily flogging, I saw a post about Christian modesty. It took all my willpower not to puke all over my laptop. So, naturally, I researched the topic more. It might sound like Momma’s a masochist, but I swear to you I am not. During my reading (read as punishmen ..read more
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