Meet FFRF’s 20,000 th Member: Ken Knighton

p3 knightonName: Ken Knighton.

Where I live: Bountiful, Utah. 

Where and when I was born: Clovis, N.M., 1952, when my father was in the Air Force.

Family: I’m the oldest of eight children, all still living. No, we’re not a polygamist group.

Education: Public schools through high school and various college courses in real estate and business.

Occupation: My wife Shirley and I own and operate K and J Auto Inc. in Bountiful. We’ve operated it for 28 years. 

How I got where I am today: I’ve read many books and Internet articles on topics of religion — Hitchens, Dawkins, Harris, Russell, Dennett and others. I’ve been a “faithful” listener to FFRF’s broadcasts and other freethinking programs.

Where I’m headed: I will continue my research into early Mormon histories and fact-finding to share and hopefully open some minds.

Person in history I admire: Christopher Hitchens, for his style, persistence and penchant for the truth.

A quotation I like: “All thinking men are atheists.” (Ernest Hemingway) 

These are a few of my favorite things: Studying early Mormon history, debunking religious dogma, snowmobiling and quiet Sundays.

These are not: Religious bigotry and dishonest bureaucrats.

My doubts about religion started: By reading and rereading The End of Faith by Sam Harris.

Before I die: A good meal, please.

Ways I promote freethought: I thought becoming the 20,000th member was a cool way to show my support for FFRF’s ongoing work in keeping religion out of our government, schools and public places.

I wish you’d have asked me: When I can co-host the radio show with Dan and Annie Laurie.

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