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Hey There Fellow Aggies!

I’m proud to say that after 33 years as an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of latter-day Saints (aka Mormons) (aka freaky cult) (aka my one of America’s most lucrative businesses, cleverly disguised as a church), my wife and I received our official notarize paperwork from church headquarters today, stating that we are no longer on the records as members.

The indoctrinated/brainwashed part of me is still a little queasy about this.
But the right thinking/logical/ sensible part of me couldn’t be happier. This was definitely the right choice to make, and it feels good to be free from systematic willful ignorance and organized isolation.

As an active member, I used to pretend that I had all the answers. I’m thrilled now to embrace the fact that I don’t. Rather than being scary, the unknown aspects of my life are now a joy, and embracing that lack of knowledge has been the best thing I could do for myself.

It’s a good day, y’all! Smoke a cigar, raise an alcoholic drink with me, and let’s say to hell with organized religion (pun intended)

Viva la Agnosticism!

That_Blonde_Guy 4 May 14
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Related note; Regarding religion playing on fear system. I saw a bumper sticker yesterday that said, "What if it's true?"(meaning heaven & hell), my response; "What if it's not?". Heh.

@LetzGetReal It had an image of a cross so it was christian.

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I'm so sorry you lost your membership status, your right to give up 10% of your income and worst of all, your ticket to planet Kolob.
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WooHoo!!!
🥳🥳🥳

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Welcome to reality. You know what the difference between a religion and a cult is? Me neither. If you believe in supernatural bullshit, it's all the same. I also enjoy not knowing everything. I assume I will spend the time after I die in the same way I spent the time before I was born - completely unaware.

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Hey, would you consider giving us all here a special "seminar" so to speak, a tell-all of your experiences there ... from magic underwear to stockpile of food in preparation for the Walking Dead scenario?

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Welcome to an area that likes the application of critical thinking.

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When I left Christianity to embrace paganism, decades of indoctrination followed me for months--would I go to hell? What if I were making a huge mistake.

It passed.

When I became a pagan atheist, no such qualms arose. If there is a deity, he/she/it doesn't care a whit about the beliefs of humans: HUMANS are the ones who care.

@LetzGetReal Paganism introduced me to the concept of the goddess, and as a woman, that was empowering. Pagans are a widely diverse lot, and attending one ritual does not give one a true scope of what is "out there." Some pagans are as dogmatic in their beliefs as are Christians, especially the older Wiccans; Wicca had a strict hierarchy for quite some time, though I doubt people today would be willing to bow to the HP/HPS as was required in the '50s/60s. Some pagans are solitary practitioners. Some come together as a group on occasion.

"Became" indicates a shift in my ideas about deity--there is no god OR if there is, no one has a true concept of what that entails. Most humans need rituals, and they do not need to be connected with religion. Pagan atheism is connected with a reverence for nature--it does not include praise, offerings, or worship. It is the understanding that without nature, humans are doomed. Many people feel at peace in nature--I do. Not all polytheistic religions had a close connection with nature; the Greeks rather feared the woods as they were unsafe; this is also reflected in faerie tales of the deep, dark woods. Our ancestors had ample reason to fear the woods and nature--they had no control over natural phenomenon.

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I'm somewhat jealous! I haven't been an active LDS member since 1995 and I would be proud to have the divorce papers from them! I won't file for them, because I don't play the game.

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(Raises a glass) Cheers! Screw religion.

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X3 xrb

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As a fellow exmo, of some 20 years standing welcome to the dark side, you'll like it here we have coffee cake.

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Congrats, brother. I was in for a couple years, got out when they sanctioned me for "living in sin." I do have to say, though, that I met some very nice people in the church.

Is there anything you miss about it?

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Congratulations!

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Did you ever speak in tongues when you were an active member..

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Congrats y'all. Free at last. You are not alone here. A new adventure awaits you. Relish the opportunity to fill your mind with facts in place of faith.

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Ah the sweet taste of enlightenment.

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Good on ya for getting out pal! I'm a former JW myself and I am always glad to hear when someone else manages to leave their respective cult.

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Hope you enjoy your interactions on this site and with any other free thinkers you encounter. Welcome to the world of wonder. You can wonder what ever you want without being censored or told what to think or met with some silly indoctrination of some sort. In short - to paraphrase a popular song - be Happy! It's Okay.

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Welcome to the wonderful world reason, facts, reality and science!

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Congratulations! Welcome to the world of logic!

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So what did you have to do to be officially kicked-out?

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