MrRepzion: Geekery and Challenging Religion & Politics Fearlessly [YouTube NextUp Creator Profile Series]

Religion is a big part of your channel. Why did you find it so important to discuss your atheism and overall disinterest in organized religion, especially Catholicism?

I find it important to discuss organized religion because I used to be involved in it. I grew up in a Christian Evangelical home, I was homeschooled until college, and was very sheltered growing up. It wasn’t until age 16 where I went through some very difficult experiences within and outside the church that changed my life completely. Through these experiences I started challenging my religious beliefs, and asking myself why I believed what I believed, but most of all why I believed it. The more and more I challenged myself, the more I fought and resisted leaving my religious convictions and beliefs. It was not an easy transition. On my channel I deal with all religions, not just Catholicism. I have made videos regarding Islam, and am currently finishing up a series I started on Mormonism and Christianity. I believe it is important to study the history and origin  of all world religions, but also examine how and why they affect our culture and society today. Do these religions help bring social justice, equality, and rights to individuals? Do these world religions negatively affect our society, and if so, how do they? These are the sorts of questions I try to explore and answer on my channel. I consider myself a social commentator. I always try to approach things as unbiased as possible until they infringe, hurt, or take the rights of others away. That’s usually when a video is made (which is often).

What are you hoping to accomplish with your Mr. Repzion channel? What’s the end goal?

The end goal of my channel is  to encourage people to think rationally, but most of all, challenge everything. So often in life we accept and believe things without question; this can be dangerous not only from a religious standpoint, but from a practical life standpoint as well. I enjoy being able to offer my social  commentary on news stories, but also seeing what others have to offer in opposition to the discussion in hopes of learning something new. Without encouragement and participation in these sorts of conversations it will only contribute to more ignorance in the world. I plan to keep consistent diversity and variety of my content. I hope to continue to grow, but ultimately strive to help those better understand the world and find comfort in knowing why you believe what you believe.

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