Cowboys, Armageddon, and the Truth: How a Gay Child Was Saved from Religion

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Lethe Press, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 288 pages
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Cowboys, Armageddon, and The Truth: How a Gay Child Was Saved from Religion offers an illuminating glimpse into a child's sequestered world of abuse, homophobia, and religious extremism. Scott Terry's memoir is a compelling, poignant and occasionally humorous look into the Jehovah's Witness faith-a religion that refers to itself as The Truth-and a brave account of Terry's successful escape from a troubled past. At the age of ten, Terry had embraced the Witnesses' prediction that the world will come to an end in 1975 and was preparing for Armageddon. As an adolescent, he prayed for God to strip away his growing attraction to other young men. But by adulthood, Terry found himself no longer believing in the promised apocalypse. Through a series of adventures and misadventures, he left the Witness religion behind and became a cowboy, riding bulls in the rodeo. He overcame the hurdles of parental abuse, religious extremism, and homophobia and learned that Truth is a concept of honesty rather than false righteousness, a means to live a life openly, for Terry as a gay man."
 

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Contents

Introduction
7
Horse Trading
13
Im a Bad Kid and So Are You
24
On the Move
36
The Truth
47
The House of Fluffy
73
A Final Escape to Orland
97
Run to the Hills
119
The Epiphanies
180
Bending Morality
194
Its OverOr Just BegunDepends On How You Look At It
206
The Road to Vegas
221
Aunt Dot
232
Coming Out
248
Lots of Good Things
269
The Point of this Story
286

Sixth Grade
127
One Down One to Go
147
People in Hell Want Ice Water
150
Blow Jobs and Car Sex
163
About the Author
289
Back cover
290
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