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Idaho Spud replied to Luara's discussion Meet Brother Richard
"Besides a nice feeling, talking to yourself has an infinitely better chance of getting answers than praying to god."
1 hour ago
Idaho Spud liked Mike Mitchell's blog post Why You Shouldn’t Announce Your Atheism
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Idaho Spud replied to Luara's discussion Meet Brother Richard
"Pat, I saw some of that hypocrisy in mormonism as well, and I was never that attracted to the mormon community.  I think what I really miss, is the personal contact with the few truly nice people I knew."
4 hours ago
Idaho Spud replied to Luara's discussion Meet Brother Richard
"My main interests are science and gardening.  Hard to find anyone with near as much interest in those subjects as I am. There is a community garden about 3 blocks from me, but it's small and not doing well.  No one has even tried to…"
4 hours ago
Idaho Spud replied to Luara's discussion Meet Brother Richard
"It appears that I never was as "spiritual" or had the super-emotional response to religion as Richard and especially eperce.  I was a believer, but never got "carried away in the spirit", or anything like that.  I was…"
5 hours ago
Idaho Spud replied to Luara's discussion Meet Brother Richard
"Richard said he found himself habitually praying at first after becoming atheist.  I never did that, but once in a while, after I've crawled into bed, I have the thought, "oh, I didn't pray tonight".  It's not that…"
5 hours ago
Idaho Spud replied to Luara's discussion Meet Brother Richard
"I'll look into that."
5 hours ago
Idaho Spud replied to Luara's discussion Meet Brother Richard
"Unlike eperce, I never became depressed when I gave-up eternity, my depression actually decreased dramatically when I found the truth.  Oh, I'm a little sad at times when I'm reminded I can't live forever, but the truth has so…"
5 hours ago
Idaho Spud liked Ruth Anthony-Gardner's discussion Fuck You= Australia's Coal Policy
6 hours ago
Idaho Spud replied to James M. Martin's discussion Neil DeGrasse Tyson on Why "Cosmos" Will NOT be Accompanied by Creationist Explanation for...well...the Cosmos
"Oh, that does look Egyptian now you mentioned it. : ) I find some humor in the great noodle, but don't find him referenced much in Atheist Nexus, so I don't mention him much."
6 hours ago
Idaho Spud replied to Luara's discussion Meet Brother Richard
"I periodically look for a nonreligious meetup that someone else has started, but so far, have found none.  I don't want to start one myself because I'm not a good leader, and trying to lead is very stressful on me."
6 hours ago
Idaho Spud replied to James M. Martin's discussion Neil DeGrasse Tyson on Why "Cosmos" Will NOT be Accompanied by Creationist Explanation for...well...the Cosmos
"I like the word amen also.  I don't use it much unless I know the person well enough I'm responding to, and know they don't mind the word.  I use the word R'amen once in a while, but it's not the same. Most other…"
6 hours ago
Idaho Spud replied to Luara's discussion Meet Brother Richard
"I also very much miss the community I had in mormonism, even though it wasn't much.  I was a single guy almost all of my life, which is a no-no in mormonism.  If you're not married and have a lot of children, you are left out of…"
6 hours ago
Idaho Spud replied to Joan Denoo's discussion The education of an atheist in the group Education of an atheist
""two of the priests on my committee stated, I was “biased” Extremely obvious who was biased.  The ones that were indoctrinated or the one that broke-out of that indoctrination.  It's now hard to understand why they…"
7 hours ago
Idaho Spud liked Joan Denoo's discussion The education of an atheist
7 hours ago
Idaho Spud commented on Little Name Atheist's group Atheist Ailurophiles
"I wonder how long he/she can hang there.  I would guess not long, even with claws."
8 hours ago

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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.

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
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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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