Do you guys wanna hear what turned me off of religion? It wasn't knowledge and science. It's simply being around religious people and having close encounters with them.
I was 14 years old, a young teen without a clue but I had faith and loved God and Jesus and was off to a week long church camp in Augusta, KS. I was excited for this, I've never been to any sort of camp and the brochure that the preacher man that my friend knew showed us looked like it would be a great time.
Well we get there, lots of chicks my age that I never seen before, cool. A lake with a big floatie thing that people jump on to launch someone else in the air, awesome.
First impressions aren't everything though. They didn't tell us about how they intended to brainwash us and use torture tactics.
Every single day we were forced to stay up and socialize until 1am. Then you go to the bathroom to brush your teeth and get ready for bed. Then all of the sudden it's 2am and we hit our bunk to try and sleep. Of course everyone is being a holes and not letting anyone sleep until at least 3 am.
6 am comes and DING DING DING DING DING, everybody wake up and get ready for church!
7am - 5 pm. Church session, watching people have fake seizures that never fooled me, I saw many people my age have religious induced seizures from the power of God. I kept asking myself, why don't I feel like that? I just feel tired. at noon we got a lunch break, boy were we starving with no breakfast!
Then at 12:30 - 5pm, sit there and listen to the preacher about bullshit. I was pretty skeptical about everything he said. At the time, I liked country music and he told us that if you like country music you will go to hell, because you feel like an old pair of shoes or some shit.
Well that was a rough day 2, so tired from no sleep. But we weren't allowed to go back to the cabin to sleep. We must keep going on until 1am. A few activities and crappy food in between.
Day 3 comes and I am tired as hell. Same thing as the night before, forced to stay up till 2am and wake up at 6am to get ready for another 7am -5pm church session with a lunch break.
Well this time I did the unthinkable. I was about 2 hours into the preachers words and it was about 9am. I looked at my watch, **** 8 hours to go! So another girl had a religious seizure and it was a dramatic one. I knew that was my chance to sneak out of there and get back to the cabin to get some much needed sleep. I made a run for it.
So I'm comfy in the cabin all by myself, sleeping when this 30 something counselor guy looks in through the window and screams HEY! WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU ARE DOING?
He comes storming in the cabin and grabs me by the arm and walks me into the woods about 20 feet. Its just me and him. I'll never forget the words he said
"DO YOU WANT TO GO TO HELL?" I said "no, I'm just tired, I'm not bothering anybody"
Then he acts all tough like he's going to hit me and I was pretty scared, I'm not gonna lie. Then he threatens to call my parents and have them drive up here and take me back home and I said "YES! DO THAT PLEASE! This sucks!"
He looked at me funny, because that wasn't what he expected me to say. Then threw me back in the church session.
After that I was pretty pissed and was like "**** you and **** your god. I hate this"
never went to another church again except once when a GF dragged me to one and a few funerals.