Jerry W. DeWitt
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At 11:22am on August 5, 2012, Anwyn Davies said…

Hi Jerry,
I found a couple of YouTube posts with you talking about your experiences, and was really struck by your story. Something that grabbed me was at some point, you were talking about your hopes for the future where someone declaring themselves an atheist would be no big deal. I just wanted to tell you, it does happen - Australia is a secular country, and while I won't pretend that no atheists here have suffered from discrimination, by and large it doesn't happen. I've been an atheist my entire life, the third generation in my family (on all sides) to be so, and I feel like I'm a normal person in my society, nothing unusual or out of the ordinary. Our Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, is openly atheist, and there has been more discussion about her being a red-head than about her lack of religion.
I guess I'm telling you this because I know that for many Americans, it's subconciously ingrained that the American experience is the universal experience. My sister lived in the US for many years (Tallahassee, Florida and Bloomington, Indiana) and I've lived for a short period of time in San Francisco, with a large number of American I met and got close to during my lifetime. We both made the discovery that even our well educated, well travelled, broad-minded friends struggled with the "emotional-intelligence" understanding that the (English speaking) world had different experiences.
I hope it helps to know that what you want - a society where a person's belief, or lack of it, does not affect their social standing - can exist, and a secular society is within America's grasp. And I also wanted to say, if you ever plan to come to Australia, whether to speak or just for a holiday, please let me know: I've got a network of friends all over the country who love playing host to overseas visitors, and my house is always open to you, your wife and son.
Good luck with your journey.
Anwyn

At 10:18pm on July 25, 2012, Sylvia said…

I hope to learn a lot from you :) 

At 10:18pm on July 25, 2012, Sylvia said…

Love the fact that you are a Former Minister

At 2:04am on July 12, 2012, T X said…

Hi, Jerry.

Is there anything you think teens should know about recovering from religion? There is a book (now a website) that addresses a number of issues:

http://facts.freeiz.com/

If there are any important topics you think should be included, it would be great to read them.

At 8:16pm on June 13, 2012, debzilla said…

I thought for sure you'd recognize the pic :-). 

At 8:38am on June 13, 2012, Tammy S said…

Thanks for accepting my friend request Jerry, my husband and I really enjoy listening to you!

At 6:24pm on June 12, 2012, debzilla said…

Fancy meeting you here! Can I get a "Dar-Win?"

At 10:58am on June 11, 2012, Michael D. Speir said…

Have you written anything on tongues since leaving the Faith?  I grew up Assemblies of God (although my paternal grandparents were UPC), so I'm intimately acquainted with glossolalia and used to engage in it myself.  I have my own ideas about how it actually happens.  I was just wondering if you have any thoughts about it.

At 10:45pm on June 7, 2012, David said…

You keep popping up in my podcasts! Always happy to hear you, at the moment partnered up with Matt Dillahunty.

At 12:07am on January 29, 2012, Robert Madewell said…

Yeah Podelean! Real Scots don't eat their porrage with sugar. If they do then they are not true Sctosmen!

 

 
 
 

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