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I found your link through that great article you published in Freedom From Religion Foundation [Freethought Today]. I have changed a period of forty years as a Minister of Music in numerous churches. My Master's Degree was in religious music from Westminster Choir College in Princeton. I taught all grades from first through grad school retiring as an Assoc. Prof. Emeritus of Music Ed from Bowling Green State University in Ohio. My retirement of twenty-
Thank you so much for your kind and encouraging letter. It pleases me enormously to know that you've gotten support from my web site.
And thank you for sharing some about yourself. How wonderful it is that you've found contentment and growth after the death of your wife. And that you've found the freedom that comes with atheism. It's the kind of freedom I sought all those years in religion; how surprising it was to find it when I shed that nonsense.
My partner and I also live (with our wonderfully companionable cat) in mountains surrounded by nature, and that provides wonderful resources to keep us in a good place with ourselves and others, doesn't it?
I really appreciate your letting me know of your interest in the web site. I hope you'll continue to visit and enjoy it. —MTT
I received my September Freethought Today and was delayed in reading it until the last couple of days. I read your article and I must tell you that I had a “religious” experience. It brought tears to my eyes as I read:
“I am never fearful about pleasing some invisible but all-
I am 66 now and your story is a lot like mine. Raised in Texas Baptist country (Abernathy) and surrounded by “the truth”, it took me 40 years to wake up and really know the truth.
Thank you for your words and your inspiration. I am lining up to vote for your Iranian’American pregnant atheist lesbian President! —AC, A proud atheist (9-
Wow, A, what a delightful response! Thank you so much.
It's surprising to find out how many atheists have come from Southern Baptist churches.
I've often wondered what I would have turned out to be if I had stayed in small-
Again, thank you for your wonderful words. They're appreciated more than you can know. —MTT
A few months ago I got a book out of the library called The Sociopath Next Door … written by a Harvard PhD who treats sociopaths and their victims. One in 10 people are genetically programmed to have no conscience whatsoever. They can fake it to blend in, but it’s not there. They used to call the condition Moral Insanity.
I think those people need religion because they need a constant reminder. Typically, they are lonely and friendless, so they need to be kept in check by other means. Hence church, where the friendless can go. I have come to this conclusion after reading that book, which I very much recommend. —EP (3-
Obviously, such people should be kept in check — if that’s possible. However, from my many years of experience in churches, I would say that church attendance does little, if anything, to keep the sociopath in check; it simply gives him/her another field to harvest — I’ve seen it happen a number of times. Christians are prone to be too naïvely accepting to withstand the effects of a good sociopath. —MTT