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I was raised 7th-Day-Adventist early on, Evangelical Christian later on. College, the Military, and real life opened my eyes a lot. Further curiosity, education, reading, and digging led to my deconversion. I work in IT Security, did 6 years in the US Army, and have been happily married for 9 years (and count myself lucky she is like-minded when it comes to religion); and have an 18 month old daughter.
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I Stumbled Upon this site and after lurking for a few weeks and following a few discussions, decided this was a community I wanted to be apart of.
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I'm here because I've found a group of like-minded people. I enjoy posting about and discussing the many topics that revolve through a community like this.
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Why you left your religion.
When I was in 4th grade my father had a falling-out with elders and left the church. The elders pressed my mother to divorce my father because he was a evil influence on her children. That was when I first determined that something about religion was wrong and corrupt.

In 10th grade, after having read the Bible, I started asking my youth pastor questions. This spiraled into more and more disbelief, and some bitterness toward all church in-general.

Some college, a stint in the military, and exposure to the larger world; and I was sure that the church was a control mechanism that was usually corrupt, and that religion was truly the root of all evil in the world.

I read about other religions and read a lot of mythologies. I pretty much decided that if I was going to have to believe in something, I would rather believe in Greek or Norse gods, or more Paganist beliefs of nature and Gia. But I just kept those thoughts to myself.

In 2006 I saw the Zeitgeist movie (the part on religion); and had an eye opener. I started researching and reading trying to check the facts quoted in the movie. Turns out many of the facts don't check out; but my research greatly contributed to my increasing non-belief. This eventually led me to more and more atheist sites, and it suddenly clicked one day, this was what I had been looking for: putting a title to my own belief that I did not believe in God.

Suddenly (or so it seemed) I was free! I honestly think I never realized that not believing in God was an option. The realization that it was an option, and that it was how I felt freed me on so many levels.

If you're interested you can find a more detailed deconversion story here.
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"Live a good life. If there are gods and they are just, then they will not care how devout you have been, but will welcome you based on the virtues you have lived by. If there are gods, but unjust, then you should not want to worship them. If there are no gods, then you will be gone, but will have lived a noble life that will live on in the memories of your loved ones. I am not afraid." ~ Marcus Aurelius

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Former Governor Huckabee Would Force His Religion on You at Gunpoint

Posted on June 12, 2011 at 11:00am 5 Comments

The first amendment guarantees us the right to freedom of religion. You can choose from the big four, and any of their sub-flavors; or choose any of the lesser known; you can choose neutrality, or choose no religion at all.

Yet there are those who don't like this idea; and prefer you not get a choice.

Like Governor Huckabee for example, who seems to think we should all be one flavor of Christianity. Of course it's the flavor he has chosen; and he would be just fine with… Continue

The Ultimate Easter Quiz - By David Fitzgerald

Posted on April 24, 2011 at 12:31pm 0 Comments

The Ultimate Easter Quiz

By David Fitzgerald

1. When did Jesus get crucified?

a. At the 3rd Hour (9am), on Friday, the morning of Passover.

b. Shortly after the 6th Hour (noon), on Friday, the day before Passover.

c. He didn’t really get crucified, his identical twin Thomas Didymus did.

d. He didn’t really get crucified, he only…


Sunday Morning Service - 05DEC

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At 12:18pm on February 6, 2011, Hope said…

Thanks Johnny for accepting my friendship request.

I read your comments on the discussion "do you feel safe" on ex-muslims support group.

and actually my friend Jean-Marie has suggested to me to ask you for an advice about a proxy or something sort of to open the blocked sites.

because alot of atheist sites are blocked in my country.



At 11:58am on September 3, 2010, Noor said…
hello\ well
from a week ago a made a mistake ... and Nelson told me to put my topics in a blog so i did
they will remove the first ones

At 4:46am on August 18, 2010, George Sterpka said…
Johnny, thanks for the quick response and info.
I added my YT handle to my bio.
Evid3nc3 is one of my favorite YT channels, along with ProfMTH.
Both are keeping up the good fight.
At 2:26am on August 17, 2010, George Sterpka said…
Thanks for taking care of the spammer.
I read some of your Bio and saw that you watched the movie Zeitgeist.
I too noticed it had some errors, but not enough to concern me.
My YT handle is gjsterp.
Hey, would it be too much to put a category on our bio YT Handle?
I would like to let members here know my YT ID.
BTW, if you have not watched this man's videos, I highly recommend it.
Besure to watch his Deconversion 2.0 - it has many parts.
I believe he too works with computers, and his vids are very professionally done.

At 9:56am on August 15, 2010, todwith1d said…
sweet ! thx
At 1:21am on August 9, 2010, Gaytor said…
Thanks for thinking of me in the service today.
At 12:10am on July 18, 2010, Bleacheddecay said…
Thanks Johnny,

I'm now thinking of getting HPV for my son as well. So far the only negative side effects we've seen have been to our wallets because it's $$$ and not covered by insurance.
At 7:39pm on July 4, 2010, Martin Pribble said…
Thank you for featuring my letter in the service, much appreciated! :)
At 2:17am on April 28, 2010, Wesley gave Johnny a gift
At 12:22am on January 24, 2010, Reggie said…
Thanks again, Johnny!

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