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Please Help Me Rescue My Sanity From Christianity
$10 raised
1 contributor
4 Years running
This project's goal is to locate, start and record secular and spiritual counseling sessions from licensed, professional therapists and then write about the first year of therapy to help myself and my neighbor.

Project Description:

The question shouldn’t be, why would anyone want to give up on life? A better one would be, why would anyone want to give up on life because of the teachings of a highly respected religious institution, which hails itself as reflecting the image of the loving Christ? Please, allow me to introduce myself during your visit today then prepare to learn more, perhaps, than you ever imagined about me. By the time we reach the end of our year-long journey together, I will have exposed to you my vulnerable side, the religiously confused, depressed, celibate, reclusive, suicidal, but somewhow still-here side of me. My desperate hope is to finally realize a brighter spiritual tomorrow, after wading through the treacherous waters of a lifetime of entrenched religious dysfunction.  

Project Goal:

The goal of this fundraising project is to secure, implement and record secular and spiritual counseling from licensed, reputable professional therapists. The objective is to undergo secular counseling to help me better cope with living in a society that talks right-side up, bult lives upside down, and religious counseling to rescue my sanity from out of the hands of a socially unaccountable religion gone wild. 

Project Perks:

In return for and in appreciation of your generous and invalued support, I’m offering my previous books to help readers become better acquainted with me, the activist, the author and your brother in Christ. Also, your contribution will go a long way toward covering expenses relating to sessions with licensed therapists. Your generosity will also help me cover publishing and other expenses related to fulfilling orders from the perks offered and also help me get my life back on track.

Every contributor to this project will be kept updated on my therapeutic progress through summarized Monthly Progress Narrative emails, the first of which will be emailed by the end of November. Supporters Contributing $100 or more will also have the option of submitting one question each month after they’ve reviewed the Monthly Progress Narrative to help enhance my therapy.

Project Journey:

Contribute toward this project today at the Rescuing Bundle Perk level and beginning this December we'll embark upon a year-long, spiritually eye-opening journey together. This literary voyage starts at my religiously tainted childhood and travels on through my early adulthood, as chronicled in  Love Lifted Me: In Spite Of The Church. Then, we'll resume our travels this upcoming March, as I explain the series of desperate twists and turns in my life which compelled me to write suddenly identify as ex-gay to the utter disappointment of a supportive affriming readership base, and also write,  Why I Repented Being Gay. We'll continue onward from there until May of 2014, when we arrive on the shores of epic religious confusion, division and infamous hypocrisies, as chronicled in my latest inspirational effort to date,  The Insanity Of Christianity Today. This befuddling return to traditional Christianity convinced me to apologetically reclaim my natural, same-gender-attracted orientation and taught me, above all else, how not to worship The God in Christ. Then, in November 2014, we'll resume traveling on to our final destination.

On the final leg of this journey together, I'll present the unraveling of my religiously twisted mind to supporters of this project to help rescue my sanity, first. A year's worth of intense, religious and secular professional counseling will be transcribed and then edited to forge my upcoming inspirational release, Rescuing My Sanity From Christianity. It will be shipped to you next November at no extra cost for your consideration, spiritual enrichment and invaluable feedback. 

Project Summary:

Near the end of 2011, I mailed a certified letter to all thirteen of my previous Christian pastors. I expressed to them the dismal circumstances of my existence then pleaded with each of them to help me rise above the restless internal agony that being born same-gender attracted, but raised heterosexually Christian has inflicted on my life. To this day, not of them has written even an acknowledgement of my plea, other then through signed, post office return receipt request forms. 

Fast forward two years later and Allen Chambers, president of the mostly Christian funded Exodus International, made a socially startling announcement. The worldwide organization, which prided itself on successfully making gay people straight through ex-gay conversion therapy, was immediately shutting its doors. In the announcement, Chambers apologized to humanity for conducting such horrid quackery. After over 30 years the failed organization realized it had done humanity no good, except to attract, distract and then cast wicked, mostly lifelong hexes over religiously-starved defectors - a powerful spell, which prevented them from remaining honest concerning their natural, same-gender-attracted orientation.

A few weeks after that the State of New Jersey joined California in becoming the second state in the country to make it illegal to practice conversion therapy. Governor Chris Christie signed into law the banning of the mentally hazardous practice in his state. A few weeks after that it was widely reported that the head of the Catholic Church, Pope Francis, suddenly, but unapologetically announced a change in his religious perception of and position on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender people. And in an interview in just last week, Pope Francis all but publicly acknowledged that his institution's immoral practices have inflicted grave harm on the lives of LGBT people, not to even mention the children, who's futures, as well as their bodies, have been molested by trusted clergy-child predators.

That's all well and good and all these events help humanity take one more giant step toward lasting social justice and world peace. But, it provides little help for people like me, who have been force-fed a religiously fear-driven blend of self-doubt and self-loathing for almost fifty years. 

My life has dwindled down to the point where I have nothing and I desire nothing, especially if it means conforming to an otherwise beautiful society that contines to be and has always been routinely ravished by a socially irresponsible and unapologetically unaccountable religious system, almost since the death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus Christ. If this is how existence will remain then I’d really rather not even exist at all. And since Christianity seems ill-equipped to help me, I’m desperately appealing to you. 

My history with being Christian has rendered me unable to trust hardly anyone because almost every believer I’ve ever encountered has been drenched by the social funnel clouds of complex religious deception. I’ve been therefore rendered unemployable, celibate (since 2005) and no longer able to trust religion to help me get my life back on track. So, I've launched this project to plead to you, my neighbor, my brother or my sister, for much needed help. Please support me today, as I seek both secular and religious professional counseling to retrieve the joy of my salvation from religious division, fear and faithlessness.

Thank you in advance for taking time out to consider this orthwhile project and for your prayers and contributed support.

Remain blessed,

K. Godfrey Easter
Peace Activist and founder of ACTSandBEYOND Ministries

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$5 USD
Supportive Neighbor
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In exchange for donating $5 or more you will receive monthly emailed updates on my progress in therapy.
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$10 USD
"Thank You" Post Card
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You will the $5 Perk, plus a "Thank You" postcard in the mail, thanking you for supporting my mental wellbeing.
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$20 USD
LOVE LIFTED ME: In Spite of The Church
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Estimated delivery Dec 2013
Love Lifted Me: In Spite Of The Church (ACTS & BEYOND / 5-2002)...launches readers on an inspirational journey through the guilt, shame and condemnation brought on by my Pentecostal Christian upbringing.

Neighbors who select this post will receive all perks under $20, plus one paperback copy of Love Lifted Me: In Spite Of The Church
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$20 USD
Why I Repented Being Gay
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Estimated delivery Mar 2014
You will receive all perks under $20, plus one copy of Why I Repented Being Gay. It was written in 2007 to explain why I suddenly began identifying as ex-gay to my dwindling readership audience. I later denounced the book and reclaimed being my natural, same-gender-attracted identity. It explores the depths of the grace and truth of God pertaining to same-gender attraction and homosexuality, as I came to understand it.
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$21 USD
The Insanity of Christianity Today
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Estimated delivery May 2014
You will receive all perks under $20, plus one paperback copy of The Insanity of Christianity Today (revised publication date: 1/1/2014)

Using the pure Gospel and current events as its canvas, The Insanity of Christianity Today draws chilling comparisons between the prevailing voice resounding from some of the most influential spiritual pulpits in America today and the religious leaders that mercilessly crucified Christ. T.I.C.T isn’t as much about religion as it is about reality.
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$22 USD
Rescuing My Sanity From The Insanity of Christiani
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Estimated delivery Nov 2014
Includes all perks under $20, plus one paperback copy of Rescuing My Sanity From Christianity. Please refer to "Project Goals" section of this page for more details.
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$80 USD
Rescuing Bundle
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Includes all Perks under $20, plus paperback one copy of LOVE LIFTED ME: In Spite Of The Church; one paperback copy of Why I Repented Being Gay, one paperback copy of The Insanity Of Christianity Today and one paperback copy of Rescuing My Sanity From Christianity. Normal shipping dates listed under individual product perks apply.
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$100 USD
Rescuing Sponsor
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Includes Rescuing Bundle Perk and a phone call from me this November to personally thank you for supporting this project. Normal shipping dates listed under individual product perks apply.
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$250 USD
Rescuing Sponsor Display Ad
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Includes the Rescuing Sponsor Perk, plus you may submit a 1/8-page display ad to be included in the Rescuing Sponsor section of Rescuing My Sanity From Christianity. Normal shipping dates listed under individual product perks apply.
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$500 USD
Rescuing Chapter Sponsor #1
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Includes the Rescuing Sponsor Perk, plus you may upload a 1/4-page display ad which will be appear within the chapters of Rescuing My Sanity From Christianity. Normal shipping dates listed under individual product perks apply.
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$1,000 USD
Rescuing Chapter Sponsor #2
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Includes Rescuing Sponsor Perk, plus you may upload a half-page display ad which will be appear within the chapters of Rescuing My Sanity From Christianity. Plus, you will also receive 10 additional copies of all four books offered under this project. Normal shipping dates listed under individual product perks apply.
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$2,500 USD
Rescuing Back Cover Sponsor
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Includes the Rescuing Sponsor Perk, plus you may upload a half-page display ad to appear on the inside, back cover of Rescuing My Sanity From Christianity. Plus, you will also receive 10 additional copies of all four books offered under this project. Normal shipping dates listed under individual product perks apply.
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$5,000 USD
Rescuing Between Chapter Cover Sponsor
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Includes the Bundle #2 Perk, plus you may upload a Full-page display ad which will be appear between a chapter of Rescuing My Sanity From Christianity. Plus, you will also receive 10 additional copies of all four books offered under this project. Normal shipping dates listed under individual product perks apply.
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$10,000 USD
Rescuing Inside Cover Page Sponsor
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Includes the Bundle #2 Perk, plus you may upload a full-page display to appear on the inside front cover of Rescuing My Sanity From Christianity. Plus, you will also receive 10 additional copies of all four books offered under this project. Normal shipping dates listed under individual product perks apply.
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