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Why I believe in a god

Joaquin Tenedora-Forte 
February 12, 2016
This week I was re-watching one of my favorite documentaries on the history channel called The History of the World in two hours. You all know I am non religious but I really have a sense of believe in a god. This is because of this film. For me a god does not control the world. He almost is an absent parent who made you but he is not there.


One of the reasons why I believe in a god is how the world is so organized. The thing Is that how organized space is . When the Big Bang happened and the stars formed and died, the stars creates minerals, like gold and silver, like that. The stars died and millions of years later we came it was all here. People say that people who are non religious do not find amazement in the world, no. that is simply not true, I find amazement every single day.

It is so amazing to me that the fuel I use every day came from fossil fuel that came from the dinosaurs. It is amazing to me how the world had oxygen that we breath. It amazed me every day that even if the space is a harsh place our planet is still here. It amazed me every day that even though everything that happened to us that we are standing loud and clear.

For me God is a god of every and any religion. Not a Christian God or Allah or a Jewish god or Buddha. For me God is everywhere, not just in your bedroom or in pictures or churches. People should be able to use their religion as a way to unite people not to divide. 

Finally, people should be able to believe what ever they want when ever you want. Do you, also for me the only thing that I will ask from people is that you should respectful of people’s religious rights and non religiously.

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My thoughts on Jehovah’s Witnesses¬†

Joaquin Tenedora-Forte 

 February 1, 2016

warning: this is a rant, and if you are easily offended, please do not read this blog post, you have been warn. This is totally my opinion and my opinion alone.


I was watching a coming out video of Sebastian Castro an American Musician and model. Who when he came out of the closet was disown by his jehovah’s witnesses parents. I feel very angry and sad for his situation. Really, Jehovah’s Witness people, that is your kid. What the heck. This offended my sensibilities as a liberal. Who believes in human rights and dignity.


Did you know Jehovah’s Witnesses do not celebrate their birthdays or Christmases. Yeah they do not celebrate Christmas, their are the only Christian sec that do not celebrate holidays, they believe that the only holiday you celebrate is Good Friday, the day according to Christian doctrine is the day when Jesus died, who said that.


One of the most frustrating things about this cult yes they are a cult even If they have millions of followers. Is that you can not be friends with non witnesses. Come to think of it that is the most Insecure thing because they think that their beliefs can not hold up to scrutiny.


The biggest thing about this cult is that you can be kicked out for mundane thing’s that as liberals we take for granted. Like having friends that are of different religious beliefs than us, and homosexuality. And if you are “lucky” your family will disown you. They will not talk to you. This colt is a travesty to humanity.


Lastly, I just want to say this thing what Sebastian’s parents did should be a crime. It should be a crime to disown your kids for something as arbitrary as their kids sexual orientation. Finally, Jehovah’s witnesses are a shame to the whole Christian religion.

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Personal essay: Why I am not religious 

Joaquin Tenedora-Forte

 January 11, 2016


I was born into, and grow up in a moderately religious Catholic household, religion is so much a part of my life. I was confirm. But my mom who is a college professor is open minded enough, that when I told her that I do not want to go to church unless it’s Christmas Eve or Easter, she said no problem. Here are three reasons why I am not religious.

  1. It is not factual: There is a reason why religion is not science, it is just faith. Scientists do not just say things, for example, the theory of evolution; we came from apes. They need to study it, for multiple years or even decades just to say it. In religion they can just say it and then people will believe it, like Adam and Eve.
  2. The Catholic Church child molestation cases: this is really bad, the Catholic Church hid it from plain sight. Pope Benedict XVI never acknowledged that this is happening in the Church, however the current pope, Pope Francis, had apologized to the victims it did not change my thoughts on the matter. Because of their doctrine of abstinence only for their priest, because that is what they believe Jesus is, a virgin. Sex is a part of the human condition. 
  3. I am a liberal: all though I know that a lot of liberals are Christian. What I believe in does not jive with what the church think about for example marriage. I believe that if you love each other you can should be able to get married. I know that the Catholic Church will never allow marriage equality.

Lastly, I want to clear something up, I am not an atheist, I still believe in god, I still pray to God. I do not want to hear some incorrect information. finally. Where do you get your morals from, simple answer the golden rule: Do not do to others as you do not like others to do to you. It just makes perfect sense.

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Special: Christmas For Non Religious 

Joaquin Tenedora-Forte 
December 23, 2015

Note: I am speaking for myself and not for anyone else. 
As you probably know by now I am not religious. Even though I still consider myself as culturally Catholic, The reason being is that I do not want to affiliate my self with people who are hateful and wrong. This holiday season I want to write about what Christmas means to me. 

In America, Christmas is a secular holiday, celebrated by folks of all types of religious affiliation. Christmas is one of the most important events for most of us. In fact 90 percent of Americans celebrate it. Just over 70 percent are Christians. 

For me what is Christmas, In a nutshell Christmas is about giving, Christmas is spending time with family, it is about the food, that Christmas ham. It is about gifts on the Christmas tree. it is about the music we hear, my favorite being; John Lennon’s, Happy Christmas: War Is Over. 

Christmas is about giving and sharing. Christmas is now more than the baby Jesus, though he is still a big part of it. Christmas has evolved to a global holiday celebrated by billions.

Finally, do not get mad at Starbucks for doing a red cup without the decorations. And at people when they say happy holidays instead of marry Christmas. Because not all people think like you. Finally, I want to wish people a Marry Christmas and a happy new

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Religion is harmful

Joaquin Tenedora-Forte  November 20, 2015
In the song Imagine by John Lennon, He sings about religion being a dividing power. Religion is a relevant topic today after the Paris attacks where in Muslim extremists bomb a concert hall where in they killed one hundred plus people. In my opinion believing in any fundamentalist interpretation of any religion is harmful to people.

For hundreds of years, people thought that religion and morality are intertwined. And that to be a good person you need to have a faith. People overlooked atheism and agnosticism as bad and wrong, people in America thinks that an atheist are the worst kinds and is not qualified to be president. In fact According to Pew Research only 47 percent of people will vote for an atheist president.

People are worse off with religion According to Pew Research, why? The reason is that people are more clingy to their religious identity.and therefore will not help some one who is some what of a different religion than they are, it makes perfect sense because people who are religious are more likely to not see people that are different than them, i.e. Gay people and other minority groups.

Peole who are in a fundamentalist interpretation of a particular religious text are more likely to be hateful and harmful like the KKK who is a Christian group and ISIS, who is a Muslim terror group. Even ordinary religious people are more likely to be harmful than non religious people. For example people who often refer to a said holy book and ignoring the parts that are not convenient on their part like for example in the issue of gay marriage, a person might say that in Leviticus 20:13 and not the part where the bible talks about slavery. 

Lastly, John Lennon is right that religion is bad for people. Finally the best idea is to follow the golden rule that is do not do to Others what you do not like others to do to you, it makes so much sense .


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Special: Pope Francis supports Kim Davis?

Joaquin Tenedora-Forte

September 30, 2015
In his visit to America last week, the leader of one billion Catholics in the world, the Pope, Pope Francis. Spoke to congress he talked about climate change, helping the poor, abortion among other things. He also talked about Immigration (he said that he is a son of immigrants). and the Syrian Refugee crisis. There is one thing that got in my skin that the pope said, this is about Kim Davis the county clerk from Kentucky, who refused to give out marriage licenses to gay people.

I agree with the pope on so many issues like climate change, immigration, the Syrian Refugee crisis and helping the poor, abortion (to a certain point), and him being an example of what a good person is. But what he said about marriage especially the Kim Davis controversy, got in my skin.

Kim Davis a Kentucky county clerk who refused to give out marriage licenses to gay people. It is illegal what she did, because she is a representative of the state of Kentucky. Kentucky is a state of the United States. Federal law trumps your religious freedom. So she should obey the law of the land, that simple. 

The Pope when ask by a reporter on the way back to the Vatican said that people like Mrs. Davis have a right to refuse gay people marriage licenses. No, he is flat out wrong, what the pope should have said is this, I may not agree or she might not agree, with the state but the Supreme Court already decided on the issue, she should obey by what the law is. That is a more diplomatic response. 

Lastly, the progressives should remember that Pope Francis is the leader of a church. And being the leader of the Catholic Church he needed to obey by the church orders. Finally, I as a Catholic, want to like Pope Francis, If stuff like this keeps on happening I can’t like him as enthusiastically as I probably can.

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