Miss BansheeHi, all! I’m Miss Banshee, and first of all I’d like to thank Aaron quite sincerely for agreeing to do this little project. We like and respect each other a great deal, so if you came here from my blog or are a regular reader of Cultural Savage, please respect the fact that we all have opinions and beliefs. You respect mine, AND Aaron’s, I’ll respect yours. End of lecture.

A little about myself: I am a former Catholic, current Agnostic, who, as I describe it, had the “religion beaten out of me” during 15 consecutive years of Catholic education. My personal beliefs regarding religion are that everyone is entitled to their own sense of spirituality, but I have found that the bounds of organized religion are not for me. I have no fond memories of being a part of an organized religion. I was emotionally abused by nuns throughout my schooling, and learned that their god was a god to be feared.

I still fear that god. I still have moments in which my Catholic upbringing rears its ugly head. If I hear an ambulance (which is quite often, I live down the street from a hospital) I subtly make the sign of the cross. I talk to my god, AND the terrifying god of my youth. I also have major issues with paranoia (a completely different topic) so when things go down the crapper, I immediately revert back to that scared little girl in her uniform, terrified that this god will punish those I love because I am “a bad person.”

I am also full of piss and vinegar. I love being irreverent, I have a mouth on me that shows my deep New Jersey roots, and if I ever got the chance to punch one of those nuns, I would without a second glance. I’m also a lady, dammit.

WHY I’M HERE:

Aaron and I are friends who run in very different circles of belief. This fascinates me, as he does not fit ┬áthe “Christian” that I know; the judgmental hater who wants to bomb abortion clinics and waves signs that say “God Kills Fags Dead.” That is the Christianity I know. I’m here to open a conversation with Aaron, his readers, and mine, about spirituality, philosophy, and religion, to hopefully create a better sense of understanding between the godless heathen (moi) and the saved believer (Aaron.)

I’m also a complete smartass, if you haven’t guessed.

That’s enough out of me, I’ll give Aaron the floor now. Aaron? Why are we doing this? (“we’re gonna get crucified” joke omitted)