Brendan
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Brendan commented on MikeUtah's video
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Provo Tabernacle Fire Aerials

"That's awful.  That beautiful, historic building."
Dec 18, 2010
Brendan replied to Daisy's discussion Just for fun, let's make a list of "What year did you stop believing?"
"June 2008. I finished reading No Man Knows My History by Fawn Brodie, and that sealed my anti-testimony, if that's the correct phrase. Two years of amazing freedom."
Nov 1, 2010
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The God Helmet

"Fascinating stuff. I wonder if we are evolving toward our own immortality."
Oct 21, 2010
Brendan commented on MikeUtah's video
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Joel Burns tells gay teens ' it gets better'

"What kind of parent continues to force their kid to go back to school after he's been picked on? Why the hell don't these people pull their kids out of these horrible places?"
Oct 13, 2010
Brendan replied to MikeUtah's discussion A Letter to Boyd K Packer on Mormon Homosexuals
"What a beautiful letter. What a beautiful father. I hardly know what to say. Perhaps a few more thousands like him will actually change church doctrine at some point in the future. Unfortunately, the church now has too much anti-gay history spread…"
Oct 6, 2010
Brendan replied to MikeUtah's discussion Elder Marlin Jensen Apologizes for Proposition 8 at Mormon Matters
"Pretty impressive. No lecture, no disagreement, just listening and apologizing. An apology, for what the church has done to us gay guys, is a good start. Let's see if Jensen goes unpunished, if more apologies are forthcoming, if money is given…"
Sep 25, 2010
Brendan replied to Gene Snow's discussion Why did you become a Methodist?
""When I did mention that I had been in Denmark for two and a half years as a Mormon Missionary, they were interested in the country and what it was like." Well, that's reason enough for me to join right up. :) No, I haven't…"
Sep 22, 2010
Brendan replied to MikeUtah's discussion Masturbation observed not just in infants, but in in-utero, pre-birth infants.
"Neat talk. These little bastards need more time in their bishop interviews. :) And speaking of being a "semen connoisseur," I could tell you a lot about different tastes, loads, and so on, but this ain't that kinda forum. :("
Aug 11, 2010
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Sam Harris: Science can answer moral questions

"It is easy to be morally arrogant. I prefer a modified Christian ethic: Do unto others as they would have you do unto them. (Comment by Ronald Lloyd Lee on March 25, 2010 at 10:14am) That's something that I think is purely logical. If I, as an…"
Mar 28, 2010
Brendan replied to Zach's discussion Hello, I am not a mormon and never was but I am curious as to what made you realize?
"I was born in the church. As adulthood went on, I realized that my gay feelings were never going to change. That only soured me to the church, but didn't cause me to leave it. I stopped going after a few more sexual encounters. But I was…"
Mar 28, 2010
Brendan replied to Suspicious Minds's discussion Non-Mormon family not being allowed to attend son's wedding
"I honestly think it's high time that the corporate heads of the church had a "revelation" allowing family and friends, who promise to meet with a local church leader beforehand, to attend temple wedding ceremonies. I don't see…"
Mar 28, 2010
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Sam Harris: Science can answer moral questions

""individuals in the Mormon church values chastity, individuals in the gay community does not." Sorry. That should read, "Individuals in the Mormon church value chastity, individuals in the gay community do not. Bad proofreading.…"
Mar 23, 2010
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Sam Harris: Science can answer moral questions

"Sam Harris's premise doesn't work. He accepted right at the beginning of his presentation that value is a fact. It is not. This is the problem with morality. Morality is based on value, and value changes as perceptions change. In fact,…"
Mar 23, 2010
Brendan replied to MikeUtah's discussion Dear God
"Uhydzeh... uhhh... Well,... there's.... uhhhh.... Let me get back to you thee. To thee. God"
Nov 13, 2009
Brendan posted a discussion

Rothbard's "The Sociology of the Ayn Rand Cult"

I thought this article written by the late great Murray Rothbard was utterly fascinating, not only for the insight into the world of Ayn Rand, but the eerie similarities between the cult she established (out of one of the most un-cultish ideologies around) and the church. Every paragraph or so, I kept thinking "Just like Mormonism, just like Mormonism..." Hope you enjoy it.
Nov 3, 2009
Brendan replied to MikeUtah's discussion NY Times article from a female LDS missionary
"Looks like the book would be an interesting read. Good for her for figuring out things at such a young age!"
Oct 30, 2009

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Relationship Status (single, partner, etc):
Single
My Story:
I am currently feeling freer than ever before, so I write for an anarcho-libertarian website: strike-the-root dot com. I left Mormonism in my heart this last summer (2008) after finishing Fawn Brodie's "No Man Knows My History." The whole "gay identity" thing is new to me, but I miss talking to other gay guys like I did when I was at BYU (almost 10 years ago now... sheesh).
Interests and Hobbies:
Classical music, online writing, movies...
Favorite Books:
"No Man Knows My History" by Fawn Brodie (for liberating me), both "Hitler" volumes by Ian Kershaw, anything written by Alice Miller...
Favorite Movies:
Elizabeth, Curse of the Golden Flower, Fargo, A Passage to India, The Color Purple, Empire of the Sun, The Lion in Winter, The Cheap Detective, Orlando, A Christmas Story, Airplane!, Fantasia 2000, The Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Star Wars trilogy (original, not the new crap), Her Majesty Mrs. Brown...
Favorite activity after mormonism?
Uninhibited gay sex.
Your website, Facebook, Twitter or G+ profile URL:
http://www.strike-the-root.com/archive/merrick.html

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At 7:51am on October 14, 2009, Xiban said…
Hi Brendan...I loved reading Hitler books by Ian Kershaw too:)
At 8:46am on February 10, 2009, MikeUtah said…
My wife is currently reading "No Man Knows My History". She's on the verge of resigning too. Yea!
At 1:50pm on February 9, 2009, MikeUtah said…
Welcome Brendan! I hope you enjoy the site.
 
 
 

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