A wonderful fact to reflect on, that every human creature is constituted to be that profound secret and mystery to every other. - Charles Dickens
This site is used as my Blogger profile page rather than an actual blog. I have created separate pages for a few research papers and essays I've written. See the More About Me page to read a synopsis of how I came to be an atheist after being raised a Catholic and then, at the age of 16, was evangelized, manipulated, indoctrinated, exploited and abused in a fundamentalist Christian cult. Also see this page for more personal details about me: Pain, Poverty and Politics.
CONTACT ME AT: contact. perry. bulwer @ gmail. com
Chain The Dogma is a blog of my personal opinions and analysis on various issues, usually in relation to cults and religion, science, politics, and human rights. You can subscribe to the RSS feed, follow by email, or get the headlines and links to that blog on TWITTER. I have not written new articles for this blog since December 2011, although I may return to regularly blogging one day. However, I continue to add related news articles to the comment sections of the relevant post, and then Tweet the link to those comments.
Religion and Child Abuse News is an archive of news articles on that subject. After four years I stopped blogging, for reasons I explain on the home page there, but it will remain open as a research source. Although I won't be adding new articles as stand alone posts, I do continue to publish relevant news articles in the comment sections of related posts and then TWEET the link to those new articles.
A poem by Beth Belleisle that describes my Recovering From Religion:
It took me so long
to find my voice
It took me too long
to claim my life
as my own
and say no to
who tried to
steal it away
and make it theirs
But I am awake now
and there is no
going back to sleep.
by Beth Belleisle
A poem by Derek Walcott that describes my life cycle:
LOVE AFTER LOVE
The time will come
when, with elation,
you will greet yourself arriving
at your own door, in your own mirror,
and each will smile at the other’s welcome,
and say, sit here. Eat.
You will love again the stranger who was your self.
Give wine. Give bread. Give back your heart
to itself, to the stranger who has loved you
all your life, whom you ignored
for another, who knows you by heart.
Take down the love letters from the bookshelf,
the photographs, the desperate notes,
peel your own image from the mirror.
Sit. Feast on your life.
by Derek Walcott
What it's like being alone
It's like hurting from your teeth to your toes
And nobody knows
from the poem & TV series "What it's like being alone"
MY PRISON OF PAIN
My prison of pain
Keeps me locked in
Misery and sufferin'
Are my life's bane
No one knows my pain
Worse than whip or chain
You could ease my pain
With care and compassion
Though that's not in fashion
It would not be in vain
My Broken Brain
My Broken Body
My Chronic Pain
The sources of this hidden pain - Bob Dylan
I've had some bad times,
Lived through some sad times,
This time the hurtin' won't heal. - Kenny Rogers
They say that time will kill the pain
I say that pain is gonna kill my time - Ben Harper
"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." Martin Luther King
"I will not stand idly by when I see an unjust [drug] war taking place." Martin Luther King
"If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor." Desmond Tutu
"Cowardice asks the question, is it safe? Expediency asks the question, is it politic? Vanity asks the question, is it popular? But conscience asks the question, is it right? And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but one must take it because it is right." Martin Luther King
"I submit that an individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law." Martin Luther King
"If there is a law of the land that is not just, it is the obligation of every citizen not to follow that law." Mahatma Ghandi
Originally published as "Resistance to Civil Government"
By Henry David Thoreau - 1849 - with annotated text