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Idaho Spud
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Idaho Spud replied to ecisco's discussion Kids and God
"Love your parenting stories DD."
11 hours ago
Idaho Spud replied to Patricia's discussion Prayer Invalidated
"What a good doggie."
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Idaho Spud replied to Patricia's discussion Prayer Invalidated
"Sounds good, especially "Kitty optional."  Something to dream about tonight. Reminds me of my kitty.  When my family were exchanging xmas presents, people wanted a list of what we would like, so at the top of my list was: 1:…"
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Idaho Spud replied to Patricia's discussion Prayer Invalidated
"I call dibs!!"
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Idaho Spud commented on BuildingCastles's group Health & Fitness
"Columbia’s medical school urged to fire Dr. Oz Ten physicians have jointly asked Columbia's College of Physicians and Surgeons to remove Methmet Oz, M.D. from the faculty because of his unethical conduct as host of "The Dr. Oz…"
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Idaho Spud replied to Patricia's discussion Prayer Invalidated
"Congratulations Canada!  I would have commented 2 days ago, but I didn't want to come across as jealous as I was.  I was also reading articles about how to become a Canadian citizen."
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Idaho Spud commented on Loren Miller's blog post "The Hitch" - A Christopher Hitchens documentary by Kristoffer Hellesmark
"My old computer won't let me play most of this video, but it looks interesting and I'll try again when I've updated my system.  In the meantime, I've been enjoying reading about Hitchens on Wikipedia."
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Idaho Spud liked Loren Miller's blog post "The Hitch" - A Christopher Hitchens documentary by Kristoffer Hellesmark
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Idaho Spud replied to Daniel W's discussion Arkansas is next.
"I'll never again cast a vote for a religious person, freak or not.  I will also never hire them, or have anything to do with them."
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Idaho Spud liked Steph S.'s discussion WHY INTROVERTS DON'T LIKE PARTIES
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Idaho Spud joined Dawn K's group
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Idaho Spud liked Grinning Cat's discussion Peanut consumption in infancy prevents peanut allergy
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Idaho Spud liked Grinning Cat's discussion Live tweets from an abstinence-based "sex ed" class
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Idaho Spud replied to scott martins's discussion IS EVERYBODY 100% POSITIVE THERE IS NO GOD?
"Glad to hear it Joan."
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Idaho Spud commented on Dr. Terence Meaden's group ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN
"The spacecraft studying mercury will crash into it at the end of this month, but scientists are very happy with what it's found. For one thing, huge amounts of water on that hot planet, in the polar…"
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Idaho Spud replied to Patricia's discussion Prayer Invalidated
"Canada bans prayers at all city council meetings"
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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. (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 4:32pm on March 4, 2015, Steph S. said…

Hello Spud and no problem I understand. Having a pet is a big responsibility. I wish you the best. I hope you are doing well. It is very nice to hear from you.

At 11:30am on February 4, 2015, Joan Denoo said…

Thank you Spud. Yes. and I join in the positive ck mark on this one. 

At 2:24pm on November 13, 2014, Patricia said…

Thanks Spud. Love the kitty post approval.....stealing!

At 12:04pm on October 22, 2014, Loren Miller said…
Only friends can exchange email messages inside Atheist Nexus. If you remove the person you're having a problem with as a friend, it will disallow emails. There is also a hot link for blocking messages on each user's profile page.

Try one or the other, and let me know how you do.
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...

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