Susan Benfold
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Susan Benfold commented on Shannon's blog post Why I will never come out of the closet as an Atheist
"Hi Shannon.  First of all welcome to the nexus.  I am not going to give you any flack.  I can understand your fear.  I work with religious people as well.  I just keep my mouth shut as I need a job and it is not worth the…"
Dec 18, 2010
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Humanist Canada

Promoting the separation of religion from public policy and fostering the development of reason, compassion and critical thinking for all Canadians through secular education and community support.
Nov 11, 2010
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Fans of QI

For anyone who can't get enough of the British panel show QI (Quite Interesting)
Nov 11, 2010
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London Atheists

A group for atheists who are in, from, visiting or interested in London.
Nov 11, 2010
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Scriptural Criticism

This group will do more than just pick apart biblical errors and contradictions. Let's closely examine the Bible and Qur'an. Nothing is sacred; every prophecy, proverb, and parable deserves examination and critique.
Nov 11, 2010
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Even heathens love their pets!

A place where we can share 'pet tales' and photos!
Nov 11, 2010
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Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster

"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was 'ARRRRGH!'" - PIRATICUS 13:7
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The Childless and Godless

This is a group to discuss the joy of being childless! I am amazed at the number of atheists I have met over the past few years that are childless by choice, here is a place to discuss stories and experiences!
Nov 11, 2010
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Neil Degrasse Tyson Fans

A place for fans of the cool, bright and awesome intellectual being known as Neil Degrasse Tyson. Check out the vids and articles coming :)
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Stephen Hawking Fans

A place to discuss all things related to Stephen Hawking and his work.
Nov 11, 2010
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Atheist Since Birth

For people who have been atheists since they were born.
Nov 11, 2010
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Noam Chomsky

Noam Chomsky was voted to be the most important intellectual in the world. This group is for those who want to learn more about him.See More
Nov 11, 2010
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Atheist Bakers

Here share your experience, showin off recipies, pics of your creations whether its cakes or other types of pasties. This is strictly for sweet toothed fiends ^__^
Nov 11, 2010
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Atheist Recipes!

This group is for Atheists to share your favorite subversive Godless food recipes. (Or just your favorite recipes.)See More
Nov 11, 2010
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Beyond Belief: Candles in the Dark

Beyond Belief: Candles in the Dark is the third in an annual series of conversations: an ongoing project to foster and promote the use of reason in formulating social policy.
Nov 11, 2010

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At 12:19pm on May 13, 2011, Ruth Anthony-Gardner said…
Greetings, Susan! Woah! That dog's bigger than you are. I notice you haven't been active at Atheist Nexus lately. <sigh> Sometimes it can seem a bit fragmented, with different groups for every interest. Please consider a group for socializing, where we talk about whatever's on our minds, Hang With Friends. :D You might feel more at home.
At 3:12am on December 23, 2010, Diego said…
Hello )
At 1:03pm on December 22, 2010, Jessica Lenehan said…
Hello Susan! Thanks for the warm welcome. SO glad to be here!
At 4:21am on December 21, 2010, K Manty said…
Hi Susan, thanks for the welcome. I feel very much at home here.
At 4:12am on December 21, 2010, K Manty said…
Hi Susan, thanks for the welcome. I feel very much at home here.
At 7:41pm on December 19, 2010, Joel Moran said…

Susan,  To answer your question fully it would take hours to explain where I have lived and where I have intellectually been in the past, but I am a former Evangelical Christian (You will have to forgive me:) and I have lived in Maryland, Texas and I now live in Virginia for the second time!    If you are ever in Virginia I would be happy to tell you the long, long story of how I left Christianity.

At 9:46am on December 19, 2010, Michael Carin said…

Delighted, Susan!  Thanks very much for the welcome.  Always a pleasure to be in touch with fellow adherents to Reason.  Toward a happy and prosperous new year.

At 7:42am on December 19, 2010, george musgrave said…

Thanks for the welcome Susan, and may I say what a great looking dog you have there.

At 7:07am on December 19, 2010, Hilde Bonner said…

Hi Susan. Appreciate your welcome.

At 6:07pm on December 18, 2010, Bob Miller said…

Thanks Susan. I stumbled onto this site looking for alternatives to 12 step programs. I remember reading your post in the 12 step group and it was very helpful. I like the way you have been able to find some peace within the program. I have also but still am trying to be able to listen to all the god stuff. I do ubderstand what you said about the principles behind the steps and have shared that at meetings. I got started in aa in 1983 and got some relief for about 8 years. They were a very tough 8 years in spite of the fact I did everything they told me to do. Went to many meetings, worked the steps thoroughly with a sponsor and was very active in service. I even chaired a step workshop that meet weekly and was based on the oxford group and the 12 steps as layed out in the big book. In spite of that I was sober but miserable. I was told I just was not working the program  hard enough or I did not have enough or I was just not being honest. I finally could not take the shame any longer and cut my ties with my groups and my sponsor. Today I accept that it was the right thing to do. I continued my journey and eventually returned to self medicating mostly with opiates and functioned well enough to build a very successful buisiness. Basically as I look back I realize that with the PTSD and it's depression and anxiety. The use of medication which alleviated the symptoms made a lot of sense. Probably kept me alive. However as you know eventually you must pay a price for what you get from your addiction. Along the way I was in 3, 30 day inpatient programs and did a lot of therapy. about 2 years ago I finally could not go on any more and was fortunate to end up at a treatment center in Arizona where they understood how trauma can be involved in addiction. I was diagnosed with the PTSD and spent 6 months as a live in patient doing very deep trauma work on a daily basis. I also went to at least 1 12 step every day. AA CODA NA ALANON COSA and SA.  Out of space. 



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