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There seem to be a few of us ex-mo's in the Nexus and it is good to share the particular intricacies of extracting oneself from Mormonism.
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This past semester I went to the YSA activities pretty actively. My family moved to Utah last year and left me in Georgia to finish school. Even though I am not at all a fan of the church or the leaders, I still have friends in it. The YSAs noticed that I don't go to church anymore, but I don't think any of them know that I'm active in atheist communities. It's a strange dilemma. I don't think I should have to give up friends just because I don't believe in the religion anymore, but I'm pretty sure everyone would be uncomfortable if I was open with them. I was the president of the SSA chapter at Georgia Southern the spring semester. I was comfortably an out atheist when spoke with school officials and campus ministers, but I'm still terrified of telling the Mormons I've been friends with for years. Has anyone experienced something like this?
If you haven't already read the book "God Is Not Great" here is an excerpt speaking specifically about Mormons. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L9UzbucqHCc
Debra, yes, Stuart Matis was my brother.
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I totally agree Annie. I would often hear, "Well I love the sinner, I just hate the sin," but it's how you act towards someone that truly shows how you feel. Otherwise, like you said, it's just lip service.
What a well-written article. I think it captures the dilemma that someone can face being in the church where you feel two opposing dogmas are right and that you are meant to follow both. I certainly never went through what your brother went through, but the whole time I was growing up, my mom taught me to love everyone no matter what the color of their skin, sexuality, or religious beliefs. And then when I got older I found out that a lot of that was lip service or that it was something reserved for our friends. We liked our black uncle, but he was the exception. We liked the homosexuals that were in our family, but distrusted those without because they were not doing what God wanted. We were supposed to love all of God's creatures, but in reality if you weren't Mormon, you weren't in the right church and we weren't supposed to talk to you. It was this kind of stuff that had me out of the church in a flash. Because the number one thing I'd been taught was to be true to myself and if I hated all these people, then I wasn't being true. I was being a hypocrite.
And all this on the dawn of them telling all those little Boy Scouts that there's something wrong with them.
Sad story about your brother William. Another life destroyed by the cult.
My brother wasn't gay, but I think the church teachings was a large part of why he shot himself.
Thanks for the write up William, sad & so very needless.
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