A Short Summary of My Deconversion
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14-03-2014, 03:03 PM
RE: A Short Summary of My Deconversion
My god. Glad you got out. Also glad you didn't go on a mission! That would really REALLY suck if they claimed you had a "sex addition" while you'd been out in like Mexico or something. I'm curious though are you still in the church records? I've heard that its possible to do that. Some day I'd like to take my name off their list.

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14-03-2014, 03:24 PM
RE: A Short Summary of My Deconversion
(14-03-2014 01:10 PM)RobbyPants Wrote:  
(14-03-2014 12:45 PM)Dark Phoenix Wrote:  Although, I adore this idea, I kept it secret for some time.

When did you eventually tell them. How did they take it?

My father visibly underwent the stages of grief upon learning of my atheism. He began by disbelieving it altogether and making appeals to me to remember my childhood statements of faith. He would not believe me when I confessed to some of them being not genuine and motivated by a desire for his approval.

Angry debates ensued, during which my behavior was not all that exemplary. We were as two bulls roaring and smashing heads together, determined to make the other yield. Sometimes the roaring and fighting would lesson enough for an emotional, theological, or bargaining style appeal to be offered me.

If he has reached any acceptance of my atheism, he has not told me. We talk very rarely, and have little in common to discuss. I assume privately that he is still bouncing around the stages of grief.

My mother was far more sensible and understanding. Her faith is more moderate, and she recognized that I have not changed as her son. She spent a few short weeks feeling vaguely sad, and then offered her welcome to me as her new atheist son.

My two brothers are accepting of me, but make it plain that they do not agree. We still spend time together and are friends.

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14-03-2014, 07:01 PM
RE: A Short Summary of My Deconversion
(14-03-2014 03:24 PM)Dark Phoenix Wrote:  My father visibly underwent the stages of grief upon learning of my atheism. He began by disbelieving it altogether and making appeals to me to remember my childhood statements of faith. He would not believe me when I confessed to some of them being not genuine and motivated by a desire for his approval.

When I told my dad three years ago, he definitely hit the disbelief/denial stage. I think he's still there. We never talk about it. A few months ago (so a couple years after I told them), they asked why I started donating money to charities instead of church. I told him because I don't believe in God, while sort of chuckling. They got silent and just changed the subject.

I don't think they like to think about it. At least my wife doesn't believe in hell. I don't really want to ask them what they believe.
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14-03-2014, 08:24 PM
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Great read. The whole sex addiction thing is hilarious. I remember some poor sap having to confess his so-called sex addiction in front of the church. You know seventy percent of the dudes in attendance had watched porn that week, including the church staff, elders, deacons.

I live around lots of Mormons and want so much to free the kids, but it's mostly hopeless. Cost is too high for them.
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14-03-2014, 08:44 PM
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I'm... 'a go ahead and yet again express my gratitude for having been raised non-religious.

Every single deconversion story reinforces that gratitude.

Fun bonus fact: Utah, as a state, is the single highest consumer of pornography in the USA.

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16-03-2014, 09:48 PM
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(14-03-2014 08:44 PM)cjlr Wrote:  I'm... 'a go ahead and yet again express my gratitude for having been raised non-religious.

Every single deconversion story reinforces that gratitude.

Fun bonus fact: Utah, as a state, is the single highest consumer of pornography in the USA.

Must be all those non-Mormon hedonists and their unrepentant sinful ways! Drinking Beverage

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18-03-2014, 10:38 AM
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(14-03-2014 08:44 PM)cjlr Wrote:  I'm... 'a go ahead and yet again express my gratitude for having been raised non-religious.

Every single deconversion story reinforces that gratitude.

Fun bonus fact: Utah, as a state, is the single highest consumer of pornography in the USA.

Ditto. My parents were adamant that we discover the world without religion in our minds. I was about eight years old when I first heard that Jesus was supposed to be the son of god. We were singing Christmas songs in class about Jesus and I asked the girl next to me "Who's this Jesus guy anyway?". After she picked her little child's jaw off the class room floor she informed me. "Don't you know?! He's the son of god!" And I still remember saying, "How do you know that?"

In public school when I was little we still sang Christmas songs about Jesus, like Away in the Manger and Oh Little Town of Bethlehem. I don't think public schools can sing Jesus Christmas songs anymore.

Doesn't surprise me about Utah. Not one bit. A bunch of hypocrites.

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19-03-2014, 10:01 AM
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I think I said this before in one thread but my memory is failing, I feel quite thankful on reading these tales that I never had religion pushed into my head. On the other hand, I'm sort of envious in an odd way that I won't ever experience the feeling of being in that place and eventually breaking free.

I can only imagine how it might be from reading your about your experiences.

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