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YOUTH 09

YOUTH 09- THE RELIGION EDITION

Each day we move further and further from the Lord’s light. Young people could care less about religion today, so why did we decide to dedicate an issue to it? When society moves away from one religion, it leaves a space that calls to be filled. So, what is going to fill this void going forward? Will traditional religions evolve to appeal to young people?

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ESCAPING FROM THE BRETHREN

Imagine what it feels like to be told to believe in certain things, to act a certain way and to be bullied and shamed if you don’t conform. Imagine being told you’d have to get married at 14 years old, or that you’d have to share a husband with six other women, all so you could get into those pearly gates. That’s kinda jacked. We spoke to Leah-Georgia Harris who joined the Apostolic United Brethren when she was 10 years old. Now at age 23, she’s left the Mormon Fundamentalist group and has shed their beliefs.

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TOP 10 NEW YOUTH RELIGIONS

So you don’t believe in the big man, or woman, up in the sky. But you believe in something, or at least you want to. Religion in the grand sense of things might not be for you, but maybe there’s an alternative. Burn your bibles and dance on the graves of your ancestors, here are ten alternative religions that you can get into.

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YOU CAN CALL HIM FATHER

At 25, Fr. David Vard is Ireland’s youngest priest. Yeah, bet you thought all priests are old AF (most are). So, in a world where the Catholic Church has come under more and more fire, what made an 18 year old man join the seminary and complete his training? We sat down with Fr. David to chat about what made him join the priesthood and what the Church is up to at the moment.

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WITCHY WOMAN

Lisa Simpson got it right: ‘Why is it that whenever a woman is confident and powerful, they call her a witch?’ We still have men waving that term about like some kind of dirty word that’s used to strike fear in people, and put women down. The concept of witchcraft has been around for centuries. Originally tied to paganism, this religion has been updated to show that the meaning of being a witch has evolved from scary woman with green skin to powerful feminist.

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TOP 10 ALTERNATIVE RELIGIONS

There is a religion for everything now. And if good old catholic guilt isn’t doing it for you, then maybe it is time for a change. What is religion if not a big old cult with followers willing to do some freaky deaky shit in order to live a long and fruitful afterlife? Some religions are pretty harmless and are an outlet for whatever spiritual needs you feel you’re lacking, others are just plain ass weird.

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WORSHIPING AT THE ALTAR OF CROSSFIT

The first rule of Crossfit is, you must always talk about Crossfit. If you haven’t heard of Crossfit, I have one question for you, ‘Do you even lift brah?’ Crossfit was founded in 2000 and has taken the world by storm. Never before has a fitness routine gotten its own games. Check out the Froning documentary on Netflix if you want to get a flavour for the kind of people who are into this sport (they are jacked). But with the rise of this particular sport/ workout, people have started to question the ‘followers’ of Crossfit. Is it nothing more than a cult?

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