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Cowboys, Armageddon, and The Truth: How a Gay Child was Saved from Religion

This month East Bay Atheists features a talk by Scott Terry on his escape from his fanatical childhood as a Jehovah's Witness. Scott, an ex-fundamentalist and now a freethinker, is an urban farmer, artist, and author from Northern California. He writes for the Huffington Post and was frequently a contributing writer for the San Francisco Chronicle. The talk is based on his book, Cowboys, Armageddon, and The Truth: How a Gay Child was Saved from Religion.

He spent his childhood praying for Armageddon to come and asking God to heal him of his homosexual thoughts, but by adulthood, he had escaped the Witness religion and no longer believed in an upcoming apocalypse. After running away from home at 16, he accepted his identity as a gay man and a real cowboy, then found himself riding bulls in the rodeo. Eventually, he abandoned all faith in religion. His rejection of the religion he grew up in resulted in complete shunning by his family.

Cowboys was named a Top 10 "Must Read" book of the year by Advocate Magazine. It was nominated for the Over The Rainbow List by the American Library Association, was awarded a Bronze Medal in the Living Now Book Awards and was a finalist in the Next Generation Book Awards and the Rainbow Book Awards.

For more information, visit Scott's web page at

Afterwards we will go to dinner at King Dong at 2429 Shattuck Ave at Haste

Our next meeting will be on Saturday, November 16th at the library. Details will follow.

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When: Sunday, October 27th at 1:30

Location: Public Meeting Room, Third Floor, Berkeley Public Library, Main Branch, at 2090 Kittredge at Shattuck

BART Access: Less than one block from the downtown Berkeley BART Station.

Parking: All day parking is available for $7 on the weekend at the lot at Allston & Harold Way, a short block from the library.

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  • David D.

    I really enjoyed this talk. The speaker was straightforward, without guile, and had no inclination to convince us of anything. His story is interesting and his life has been fortunate despite grave difficulties. Scott was calm and open and clearly had become free of the repressive religion he was born into. He is also free from many other restrictions imposed by some of our society.
    The questions from attendees were also interesting and the exchange was fruitful.

    October 27, 2013

    • David D.

      Thanks Scott, for liking my comment. Some of your experiences mirrored some of mine altho my "Fluffy" was my maternal grandfather and my personal difficulties were issues of abandonment rather than social disapproved sexual orientation. This is not a suitable format for the discussion so I only want to note the similarities of the affects of unpleasant pressures.

      October 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I thought he was a great speaker

    October 27, 2013

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