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Membership Spotlight on...Ex-Jehovah's Witness, Daniel Wiebe

Wiebe and Walter Reed, aka Killah Priest at the Mythinformation II VIP After-Party. 

Daniel Wiebe has been making up for lost time.

“I think I have learned more in the last two years than I did in the previous thirty-six,” he says.

Wiebe grew up an only child in a Jehovah’s Witness family in Wisconsin. His education was filtered through the church. He now can read about philosophy and the sciences.

“I was raised with a religious education that was largely based on deconstructing the beliefs of other religions,” says Wiebe. “It’s incredibly liberating to be able to continue that process now in seeing where the beliefs I grew up with came from.”

Wiebe and David Fitzgerald at Mythinformation II VIP After-Party, Oct 2015

He says he was indoctrinated to believe Jehovah’s Witnesses was “the one and only organization that had God’s approval.”

Wiebe was baptized at 16 years old.

“It was always understood that leaving the religion after my baptism would mean leaving God, my family, and my entire social circle,” says Wiebe.

At 24, he began having doubts about his beliefs. Over the next decade he says he experienced a “growing existential panic.” He exited the religion in September 2014 knowing his beliefs were a lie.

“It was like waking up from a dream, and as the dream ended all the relationships I had in that dream ended as well,” says the now 38-year-old.

Sam Harris was helpful in his deconversion by pointing out the absurdity of religion.  Today, he is reading more scholarly literature.

“I’m like a sponge soaking up information related to comparative religious studies,” he says.

The first Mythinformation Conference brought Wiebe and his wife, Emily, to Mythicist Milwaukee.

“I looked at Emily and said, ‘These are my people,;” he says. “Becoming a member was the next logical step.”

Wiebe says the Mythinformation Conferences and Buzzed Belief debates are important to educating society.

“I am proud to support it,” he says.

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“Son of Virginia” w/ Governor Douglas Wilder

The Honorable, former Governor of Virginia, Douglas Wilder on the “Mythicist Milwaukee Show”!

Lawrence Douglas Wilder is an American politician, who served as the first African American to be elected as governor of Virginia and first African-American governor of any state since Reconstruction. Wilder served as the 66th Governor of Virginia from 1990 to 1994. When earlier elected as Lieutenant Governor, he was the first African American elected to statewide office in Virginia. His most recent political office was Mayor of Richmond, Virginia, which he held from 2005 to 2009.

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Gov. Doug Wilder has released his first-ever autobiography, Son of Virginia: A Life in America's Political Arena which can be purchased here. He joins us live to discuss his life in politics, what he has learned throughout the years. Why he feels Hilary will not win, and where he has encountered conflicts of church and state during his political career.

Long before Barack Obama, there was Douglas Wilder, the grandson of slaves who became the first African-American elected Governor in the US. 

This is the first autobiography of Lawrence Douglas Wilder, who was sworn in as Governor of Virginia in a January 1990 ceremony that changed the political face of the United States. 

His new book "Son of Virginia", details the events of the Wilder’s life to paint a portrait of the changing face of America. It’s a story of his challenges and conflict, and the struggles of the courageous people who stood up to decades of discrimination, corruption and greed.