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Idaho Spud replied to Shawn's discussion Is Everyone in the world scared to embrace Athiestium as the real cold hard truth?
"I'm different.  I don't find most truths to be cold.  I love truth.  I find truth interesting, enlightening, and liberating."
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Idaho Spud commented on Little Name Atheist's group Atheist Ailurophiles
"Momma cat out of toner. What a funny label."
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Idaho Spud commented on Ruth Anthony-Gardner's group Hang With Friends
"Mindy, I often have those feelings."
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Idaho Spud replied to Michael Penn's discussion A NON ATHEIST SUBJECT FOR YOU
"Thats a wild and scary dream Ted.  When I was young, I had a lot of scary dreams of monsters, but I clearly remember one that was strange, but not frightening.  Me and my sister were outside my grandmothers house, when she ran up the…"
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Idaho Spud liked Loren Miller's discussion Cardinal Dolan says women can just go to 7-11 for their health care (Daily Kos)
Idaho Spud commented on Sentient Biped's group Food!
"Felaine, thanks for the story of the doctor and cholesterol."
Idaho Spud replied to Michael Penn's discussion A NON ATHEIST SUBJECT FOR YOU
"I remembered a rich relative that both my brother and mother say we don't have.  Odds are they are correct, because my mother is a good genealogist.  But, in my daydreams I keep hoping I'm right and he surprises us with a good…"
Idaho Spud commented on Sentient Biped's group Food!
"You could borrow an ex-mormon's temple recommend, and doctor it up with your picture and a good date.  "
Idaho Spud commented on Sentient Biped's group Food!
"Potatoes on pizza sound great.  Congratulations on being thrown out of the Vatican. "
Idaho Spud replied to Sentient Biped's discussion Christian Group: Fast 40 days to prevent gay marriage.
"I hope their fast includes water."
Idaho Spud commented on Ruth Anthony-Gardner's group Hang With Friends
"I've seen that happy child before Mindy, but it's a great reminder."
Idaho Spud commented on Ruth Anthony-Gardner's group Hang With Friends
"Joan, those are cute little huggers!  In my "Cute" file they go!"
Idaho Spud replied to Alan's discussion The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis
"Thanks for the warning."
Idaho Spud commented on Sentient Biped's group Food!
"But, but.... I thought the peanuts made M&Ms a health food!"
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I had loving parents, but was strongly indoctrinated with Mormon beliefs as a child.

I grew-up with a logical mind and loving science, but ignored logic and science where they disagreed with Mormon beliefs.

As the years went on, my logical mind slowly made me question Mormonism. As a teenager, I came to the conclusion that either only one religion was true, or they were all false.

I believed less and less as time went on, but I still had the fear of Satan getting control of me and deceiving me until I was about age 55.

That's when I finally realized that I had never had any prayers answered that I could tell, had never felt the spirit letting me know the truth that I could tell, and never had any help from my spiritual leaders that I could tell.

That realization confirmed that Mormonism was false. With that in mind, I decided to study evolution, which Mormon brainwashing had me arguing against and refusing to study.

That study quickly made it obvious that evolution was true and proved beyond any reasonable doubt that all christian religions were false.

My study of evolution let me to Richard Dawkins, and his book "The God Delusion". That book was the final nail that convinced me that all religions were false, and that there was no evidence supporting a belief in a god or an afterlife.

I quickly realized that faith and belief are ridiculous, and now accept as true only those things that have a great amount of scientific evidence to support them.

I’m now able to enjoy learning the fascinating and amazing new scientific discoveries about life and the universe without religious dogma getting in the way.

Since leaving behind the fear and guilt of religion, I’ve overcome a great deal of depression and anxiety. I’ve become 100 times as ambitious and have lost 37 pounds of extra fat (halfway there), without any questionable diets.

I love the beauty of green growing things, and very much enjoy growing things in my garden, especially delicious things to eat.

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At 7:44am on December 25, 2013, Randall Smith said…

Being an atheist in a religious family is not easy. One is either forced to "partake" in ceremonies or decide not to participate/attend. You go to a sister's house for a Thanksgiving meal, and they "offer up" a prayer of thanks. What do you do? While others prayed in church, I never bowed (I did stand) or recited aloud. In my mind, I was a rock--solid and silent. I'm learning to accept the belief of others without being judgmental. It ain't easy!

At 7:32pm on December 11, 2013, k.h. ky said…

Spud, leaving religion was like having a weight lifted from me.  The instilled guilt and fear eventually disappeared completly.  Now if I could just break myself from watching the news...

At 9:13am on November 28, 2013, Sentient Biped said…
Spud have a happy Thanksgiving!
At 9:23am on August 15, 2013, leveni said…

I like the cat, he/she looks real smart.

At 7:08am on July 21, 2013, Randall Smith said…

I have the lowest package available (DISH) with no ESPN, etc. Suits me fine. In fact, I'm considering dumping all TV programming. I only have it on to keep me company. That and Big Bang Theory--my fave!

At 7:12am on July 7, 2013, Randall Smith said…

Perhaps because I AM single, people think I prefer being alone. Well, sometimes yes, sometimes no. It's just the mystery of it all. Enjoyed reading your Mormon insight.

At 7:29pm on May 21, 2013, Steph S. gave Idaho Spud a gift
Hey there my friend.
At 7:35am on March 8, 2013, Randall Smith said…
Always glad to hear there are other cheapskates like me out there!
At 12:31pm on February 14, 2013, Steph S. said…

Happy Valentines Day!

At 8:09am on January 29, 2013, Randall Smith said…

You should sing more, certainly listen to more music. I'm lucky to have good radio stations playing classical music (and jazz). The radio is on all day. I also have many records and tapes. What do you do when you "hang around the house"? Can't you listen to music? By the way, I am lean and healthy, but I work at it very diligently. I'm going to reach 100 if it kills me!!


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