Perry Bulwer

Welcome to my site

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.

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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
all others
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

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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

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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"

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MY PRISON OF PAIN

by Perry Bulwer

My prison of pain
Keeps me locked in
Misery and sufferin'
Are my life's bane

Insufferable invisible
No one knows my pain
Worse than whip or chain
Unbearable terrible

You could ease my pain
With care and compassion
Though that's not in fashion
It would not be in vain

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Can't explain
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


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I AM NOT A CHILD, BUT I FIGHT FOR CHILDREN'S RIGHTS;

I AM NOT A WOMAN,   BUT I FIGHT FOR WOMEN'S RIGHTS;

I AM NOT AN ADDICT, BUT I FIGHT FOR DRUG USERS RIGHTS;

I AM NOT A HOMOSEXUAL, BUT I FIGHT FOR LGBTQIA RIGHTS;

I AM NOT AN ABORIGINAL, BUT I FIGHT FOR INDIGENOUS RIGHTS;

I AM NOT AN IMMIGRANT, BUT I FIGHT FOR IMMIGRANT'S RIGHTS;

I AM NOT PART OF A MINORITY, BUT I FIGHT FOR MINORITY RIGHTS;

I AM A HUMAN, AND I FIGHT FOR HUMAN RIGHTS; 

AND I AM OF THE EARTH, SO I FIGHT FOR ENVIRONMENTAL RIGHTS.


PERRY BULWER


CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE

Originally published as "Resistance to Civil Government"

By Henry David Thoreau - 1849 - with annotated text

While Walden can be applied to almost anyone's life, "Civil Disobedience" is like a venerated architectural landmark: it is preserved and admired, and sometimes visited, but for most of us there are not many occasions when it can actually be used. Still, although seldom mentioned without references to Gandhi or King, "Civil Disobedience" has more history than many suspect. In the 1940's it was read by the Danish resistance, in the 1950's it was cherished by those who opposed McCarthyism, in the 1960's it was influential in the struggle against South African apartheid, and in the 1970's it was discovered by a new generation of anti-war activists. The lesson learned from all this experience is that Thoreau's ideas really do work, just as he imagined they would. 

http://thoreau.eserver.org/civil.html

"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

"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


"If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor." Desmond Tutu