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Bruce and Polly Sitting in A Tree

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Polly and Bruce Gerencser, Cranbrook Gardens, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, Spring 1978, two months before wedding.

Polly and I are celebrating our forty-third wedding anniversary today. Tomorrow, we plan to travel to Findlay, Ohio, and celebrate our anniversary at The Gathering, an upscale restaurant. Afterward, we will take a stroll along the Blanchard River at Riverside Park. Weather permitting, I hope to take a picture of both of us. It’s been two or three years since I have done so.

Last night, as I typically do on Wednesdays, I watched Matt Dillahunty’s show The Hang Up. At the end of the show, Matt takes what is called Super Chats from viewers. Any donation over $10 is read live on air. What follows is my $19.99 Super Chat. (Clip starts at 2:16:25 if the embed doesn’t work properly for you.)

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Thanks, Matt! And most of all, thank you, Polly, for forty-three mostly wonderful years. I love you!


Bruce Gerencser, 64, lives in rural Northwest Ohio with his wife of 43 years. He and his wife have six grown children and thirteen grandchildren. Bruce pastored Evangelical churches for twenty-five years in Ohio, Texas, and Michigan. Bruce left the ministry in 2005, and in 2008 he left Christianity. Bruce is now a humanist and an atheist.

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    Steven J Sweeney

    You done good. And you’re doing good. Keep it up. Religion has become the engine of hate and exclusion and oppression . . . oh, what am I saying? Religion has always been about those things. Let’s all look at the men behind the curtains, and strip off the aluminum hats, and get real. Not one of us has an inkling of what’s up in this gig, or the one after. When belief becomes a cudgel, it’s nothing more than abject cruelty and the deserving target of derision coupled with sadness. The saddest thing is that the religious hatred is directed at the very people who can least endure it, in modern times, and yet many of them are the ones most susceptible to the con job, because of their plight, which is because of religious people. It’s a horrible cycle.

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    Yulya Sevelova

    Hey, congratulations, to you both and Happy Anniversary , Bruce and Polly ! Go have fun and just enjoy ! We’ll be waiting for your once you’re back. Lots of great movies at the theaters, if you’re up to it. I just saw Black Widow with the erstwhile room mate. Not bad.

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    Michael Mock

    Y’all are adorable in that first picture, and adorable on the podcast. Here’s to forty-three years of you two being adorable together!

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