I’ve known Ray A for a very long time. I think we both posted on the old alt.religion.mormon forum back in the 90s. Back then I was a pretty uber-believing Mormon, and Ray was, in my view, an unnecessarily bitter ex-Mormon. I watched him battle it out with Daniel C. Peterson and other apologists, and I watched him later mellow in his attitude towards them.
I kept tabs on Ray because I sometimes worried about him. Many times I sent him encouraging emails or personal messages (wow, I sound almost as self-congratulatory as Tom Monson). Anyway, a while back we both were posting on mormondiscussions.com, and things got a little heated. I got quite a serving of Ray’s wrath (but I lived to tell about it).
I’ve known some of his story, but not really all of it. But I just read his story on his blog, and I am at a loss for words. Much of what I experienced is there, but to a much greater degree.
Frankly, how Ray survived what he’s been through is a miracle to me. I can’t comment on his blog (blocked behind my firewall), but you might take a look at it. He knows his Mormon history and doctrine, and has been through the proverbial wringer.
I think in the end, Ray and I are good friends. If you’re ever here, or I’m there, Ray, I’ll buy us a couple of beers.