“The Tree Of Lies” Episode #60 with Damien Marie AtHope

Damien Marie AtHope was born and raised in Southern California. Damien was raised in a broken home with both parents pushing their “follow the rules” morals and brand of the Christian religion on him. Damien’s father was from a Christian religious cult called The Local Church and his mom’s Christian church was Pentecostal Evangelical were they danced in the aisles, flailing their arms in the air, and chanting. These two different and radical versions of Christianity were weird to Damien and seemed far removed from any idea of love and respect. Both parents like their faiths, said they believed in loved but more often just gave hate and pushed fear. Their fear worked and from the age of 13 to 15, Damien thought he was possessed by demons. Damien rejected their brand of Christianity until he tried to become sober. At 17, Damien became sober and again tried this god thing and became a strong Christian though not fundamentalist like his parents and much of his family. Damien was a true believer and did not doubt his Christianity. At 36, Damien entered college for psychology, was educated in science and religions, and turned atheist. Damien chose to leave god, his parents, and the other bullshit behind.

Damien is an Axiological Atheist, Antitheist, Antireligionist, Ignostic, Secularist, Humanist, Rationalist, Writer, Artist, Poet, Philosopher, Advocate, and Activist. He has a bachelor in Psychology, educated in Sociology, and is an autodidact in many other subjects. He promotes Science, Realism, Axiology, Liberty, Justice, Ethics, Anarchism, Socialism, Progressivism, Liberalism, Philosophy, Psychology, Archaeology, and Anthropology. He is an advocate for Sexual, Gender, Child, Secular, LGBTQIA+, Race, Class Rights, and Equality. Damien is also involved in advocating/activism for human rights in general but atheist and humanist as a main focus and even performing street activism for both.

Damien wishes to make a difference in others’ lives, to give back, and to bring about change in himself and others. Damien wishes to be bold in what he believes in and to match his actions with his words. Damien believes that many forms of bigotry and hate are still major problems in the world today and should be addressed thoughtfully. These issues of inequality need more than a voice of reason; they need the momentum of “action” and more action! Damien lives with his wife Shayna, with whom he has an open marriage and their two cats “Demon” and “Spirit.” Damien is a prolific writer and meme creator on Facebook with many followers, shares, and likes. In addition, he has a web page with a blog and a YouTube. Soon, Damien will published an atheist book called “The Tree of Lies and its Hidden Roots” (Exposing the Evolution of Religion and Removing the Rationale of Faith).

 

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