I was browsing CNN.com's home page when I found a link: Conventions turn atheists off.  Considering my interest in the Democratic convention at least, plus my awareness of the whole fooforaw about the god-language in the Democratic platform, I decided to have a look ... and five paragraphs down, I just about dropped my teeth!

After word spread Wednesday that Democrats left God out of their platform, atheists rejoiced. “Truly amazing news,” wrote Loren Miller on Atheist Nexus, a popular atheist blog. “The Republicans remain in the firm grasp of right-wing Christian religiosity, and I really don't know what it's going to take to free them from it.”

I have to say, I'm of two minds about this.  Yeah, I'm STILL an atheist and very much OUT, and if there is fallout from my being more publicly outed, I think I can manage that.  On the other hand, I think I would have liked to have been ASKED FIRST about whether I wanted to be quoted, if for no other reason than the sake of courtesy.  Yes, my words are in the public domain, and it is all too easy to cut-and-paste something and publish it, with or without permission.  I also sort of wonder if they grabbed my comment and not someone like sk8eycat's or someone else's BECAUSE I use my real name.

Sometimes we may be tempted to think of Atheist Nexus as a private club, someplace where we can say what we want to and not worry about repercussions from within the site itself.  For the most part, it is ... but that didn't stop Dan Merica from diving in here and coming up with something for his blog, any more than it stopped him from going on the American Atheists' site and quoting Mark Musante or David Silverman.

Point being: if Dan knows we're here, others will very likely follow - perhaps a cautionary tale for all of us who enjoy the environs of Atheist Nexus.

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Comment by Loren Miller on September 9, 2012 at 9:33pm

Okay, let me be clear about something: this is fame I neither desired nor solicited.  For whatever reason, Dan Merica decided to take a comment of mine and blurt it out on CNN.com for all to see, and I am sorely tempted to give him a piece of my mind for doing so without my permission or consent.  This is the kind of excitement I can do without in my life.  That I CAN deal with it and any fallout from it does in no ways mean that I WANT or desire to have it.  Anyone who wants to "congratulate" me on this doesn't understand how I feel about the situation or what it potentially means.

The ONLY saving grace about this whole business is that I live in an area where atheism may not be the big deal that it could be in, say, the Deep South.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 9, 2012 at 5:53pm

I put in Idaho Spud and got this: 


He doesn't write like you. The one you found doesn't either.

Have you searched your legal name? 

Here we go, this is you. I put in "Atheist Nexus, Idaho Spud" and got:


Comment by Daniel W on September 9, 2012 at 5:38pm

Spud, I've done the same thing.  Interesting.

By the way, Loren, you are right about guacamole.  It's damn near holy.  Especially with a lot of garlic.  They should use it as a dip for communion.  

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 9, 2012 at 5:06pm

Thanks Joan.  How did you search?  I searched "Idaho Spud Atheist" and came-up with what looks like all I ever said, but it did come-up with a blog that is not mine, but has good things to say about atheists:


Comment by Daniel W on September 9, 2012 at 4:59pm

Congrats Loren on your new-found fame!  (I say that somewhat tongue in cheek).  I'm glad you are taking it in stride.  From time to time we get reminders about how all things on the internet are available all over the place.  I would not want the same situation, but I also know it could happen, despite using a nom de plume.  


I wish I could be as out as you are.  I can't.  My employment situation would become much more tenuous.  Having already been through that once, I don't think I can handle it again.  Not happy about that, but I have to make a living.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 9, 2012 at 4:49pm

 Idaho Spud, this isn't a matter of cowardice, it just good sense. Know how and why you are vulnerable and then chose what works for you. Your search is delightful and inspiring to follow and I really respect you. Good job!

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 9, 2012 at 4:40pm

Thanks for the caution reminder Loren.  I'd like to be like you and Joan Denoo, but I'm still a bit of a coward.

Comment by Loren Miller on September 9, 2012 at 3:49pm

Well ... SOMEBODY named "Loren Miller" may be legion ... but it ain't moi!

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 9, 2012 at 3:14pm

I just Googled you, Loren, and you are legion! 

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 9, 2012 at 3:08pm

Holy Guacamole! I've Been Found!  I just looked me up on Google and I have no secrets!


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