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I grew up Christian. I adore my parents, who still belong to the same sect in which I was raised. I have no animosity for people who practice the faith as honest individuals. But I've suffered many of the cruelties of the Bible's teachings. For example, I was taught that I was supposed to be different, separate, better — chosen. It's a terrible way to grow up, a terrible way to think, and a terrible way to live. Some people make it work, I understand. It didn't work for me, and in my opinion the teaching of these Bible stories to kids is child abuse.