Doing Good Because its Good: Anti-cult Activism; an Interview with Debra Van Neste
Interviewed by Damien Marie AtHope (axiological atheist) http://damienmarieathope.com/
Debra Van Neste was a survivor of a cult in her teens (Jesus People USA) and a trauma survivor with an abusive Swami in a small sect. She started out publishing a free newsletter on Gurus and then launched her own magazine on Amazon called “Ethics and The Modern Guru” she then founded “Thinking Agenda” as a legally registered LLC anti-cult organization in Orlando, Florida. She still works full time 20 years strong at Orlando Health Hospital. She is dedicated to working with top professionals and ethical educational organizations. Her goal as an atheist humanist is to aid in bettering society by employing her skills, knowledge, and experience to produce an informative magazine on cults, worldwide. To educate the public on current cults. To offer an aftercare program on critical thinking and skepticism.
Here is his Patreon to support what he does: https://www.patreon.com/RedBeardAtheistAntitheistAntiReligionist
He is an Axiological Atheist, with a Rationalist Persuasion, who Supports Anarcho-Humanism:http://damienmarieathope.com/2018/01/i-am-an-axiological-atheist-with-a-rationalist-persuasion-who-supports-anarcho-humanism/
I am a caring firebrand atheist, wishing to be hard on ideas but kind to people.
A Different Kind of Atheist:
“Axiological, Methodological, Anarchist, Universal Ethicist, Realist, and Rationalist” http://damienmarieathope.com/2015/08/a-different-kind-of-atheist/
Damien Marie AtHope: Axiological Atheist, Anti-theist, Anti-religionist, Secularist, Humanist, Rationalist, Writer, Artist, Poet, Philosopher, Advocate, Activist, with schooling in Psychology and Sociology as well as an Autodidact in Science, Archeology, Anthropology, and Philosophy. Damien Promotes Science, Realism, Axiology, Liberty, Justice, Ethics, Anarchism, Socialism, Progressivism, Liberalism, Philosophy, Psychology, Archaeology, and Anthropology; advocating for Sexual, Gender, Child, Secular, LGBTQIA+, Race, Class Rights, and Equality.
To quickly understand Axiological Atheism, it is like humanistic anti-theism and anti-religionism with strong secularism.
Other links to Damien Marie Athope:
Writer Facebook Page:https://www.facebook.com/DamienMarieAtHope/
His Personal Facebook Page:https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100012093571404Axiological
Axiological Atheism can be thought to involve ethical/value theory reasoned and moral argument driven apatheism, ignosticism, atheism, anti-theism, anti-religionism, secularism, and humanism. Roughly understood axiological atheism = Strong Disbelief as well as Strong Secularism and Humanism.
Axiological Atheism Explained: http://damienmarieathope.com/2015/10/30/axiological-atheism-explained/
Axiological Atheist Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/AxiologicalAtheist
Here are two of my blogs on the evolution of religion and the memes used are my art:
Understanding Religion Evolution: Animism, Totemism, Shamanism, Paganism & Progressed organized religion: http://damienmarieathope.com/2018/01/understanding-religion-evolution-animism-totemism-shamanism-paganism-progressed-organized-religion/
An Archaeological/Anthropological Understanding of Religion Evolution”: http://damienmarieathope.com/2018/08/an-archaeological-anthropological-understanding-of-the-understanding-religion-evolution/
Here is his atheist art: “AtHope Wicked Designs”https://www.facebook.com/AtHope-Wicked-Designs-287913388398828/