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Idaho Spud replied to Nick Bottom's discussion Solicitors, go away
""mocking and the flinging of herring" "illiterate Gits on my Doorstep"  Thanks for the laugh Shrouded."
2 hours ago
Idaho Spud replied to John Jubinsky's discussion Thigh Bone on Mars? in the group ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN
"I'm not anything close to a bone expert, but that rock doesn't look like any bone I've seen. I remember the time people saw an image that they claimed must be a transportation tunnel coming to the surface and back down again.…"
2 hours ago
Idaho Spud replied to Nick Bottom's discussion Solicitors, go away
"I'm working up to your clarity of response Joan.  Every time they come, I listen to them less, and state my view more pointedly.  The last time, I did not listen to more than two sentences from them.   I agree that politeness…"
3 hours ago
Idaho Spud replied to Nick Bottom's discussion Solicitors, go away
"If they gave some specific facts, I think there would have been a chance."
3 hours ago
Idaho Spud liked Patricia's photo
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Idaho Spud replied to Nick Bottom's discussion Solicitors, go away
"Because I've always loved science (except those parts that disagreed with mormonism), it would have made me think if someone had explained some of the ways they knew what happened millions and billions of years ago to life and the earth, and…"
5 hours ago
Idaho Spud commented on Freethinker31's blog post Respect for other peoples culture
"I was a christian for 55 years.  I now know he wasn't god, and don't care if he was a man or not."
5 hours ago
Idaho Spud liked Dr. Terence Meaden's discussion Ecosystem found under Antarctic ice sheet raises hopes for alien life
6 hours ago
Idaho Spud commented on Sentient Biped's group Food!
"I still haven't made my own ginger-snap-cookies, but a few days ago I planted a ginger root in a very large container, so if it multiplies, that will be an incentive to make some, as well as trying it in other foods like you guys do."
6 hours ago
Idaho Spud commented on Sentient Biped's group Godless in the garden
"That's an interesting selection of tomatoes Daniel.  One of these years I'll try some kinds other than settling for the volunteer ones that pop-up every year."
6 hours ago
Idaho Spud commented on Ruth Anthony-Gardner's group Hang With Friends
"Think I need to update my avatar Randy?  I appreciate faces in avatars also.  I also don't like avatars changing too often. I've been thinking of putting my 73 year-old face in place of my 4 year-old one.  Haven't done…"
6 hours ago
Idaho Spud replied to Nick Bottom's discussion Solicitors, go away
"I used to not answer the door, but now I feel like I want to give them something to think about, without wasting too much of my time.  After all, I was once in their position, and would have appreciated someone saying something that made me see…"
yesterday
Idaho Spud replied to Nick Bottom's discussion Solicitors, go away
"Sorry to hear about your massage therapist.  My nice doctor kept trying to convert me, but I quit him and finally found one that's probably agnostic or atheist.  Yea! Glad to hear you're doing the same."
yesterday
Idaho Spud replied to Nick Bottom's discussion Solicitors, go away
"Nick, I understand now wanting to irritate neighbors.  I go out of my way to do the same. However, I wouldn't be afraid to argue with religious solicitors even if I suspected they were sent by neighbors.  I would not call them names,…"
yesterday
Idaho Spud replied to Steph S.'s discussion In what way are you still recovering from being brought up religious? in the group Recovering from Religion
"William, that would be scary, but maybe that got you to be an atheist sooner.  What do you think?"
yesterday
Idaho Spud replied to Visvakarman Svetasvatara-Upanish's discussion Carl Sagan's Cosmos
"It's incredible how some people can make statements that are exactly opposite the truth.  I was never that stupid, even as a brainwashed mormon fighting evolution."
yesterday

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Pocatello
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USA
About Me:
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. (On August 5, 2014 I became 73).

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 5:07pm on May 5, 2014, king said…
Ok spud from what I can tell you have a rock elm problem I might be wrong if so let me know please
At 8:44pm on April 30, 2014, king said…

not ment as a joke

At 8:40pm on April 30, 2014, king said…

what do you grow in idaho

At 8:27pm on April 30, 2014, king said…

gardner right?

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.

 
 
 

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