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Timothy (TRiG)

In my case, the opposite is true. To quote something I wrote on Daylight Atheism:

I actually suspect I would have left the Witnesses earlier if I wasn't gay. If you leave a religion merely because it doesn't suit you, you're never going to be happy. You'll have gnawing doubts in the back of your mind for the rest of your life: little whispers running around your head telling you you're doing the wrong thing. At least, I'm pretty sure that's how it would work for me. I left my religion because I didn't think it was true. This was, I thought at the time, the only good reason to leave any religion. (I've since revised that opinion. It's also good to leave a religion if you think God is an immoral monster. If I truly believed in the Calvinist deity I hope I would have the courage and moral fortitude to spit in his face.) And, because I was gay, the religion didn't suit me. And I wanted to be absolutely certain, before I walked away, that I was doing it for the right reasons. So I stayed. I stayed for quite a while, wrestling with myself, until I was certain my disbelief was honest, and not merely doubts made up to suit myself. As I said, if I wasn't gay, I would probably have left earlier.


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