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I know the feeling, Daniel. I became a cynic early in life, and subsequent experience has done nothing but reinforce that stance. I'm bucking for a promotion to stoic, but still working on the requisite level of detachment.
@Daniel: get out your night vision goggles; their name is legion. For starters, you have Rubio who says that if gay rights aren't stopped, Catholic teachings will be hate speech. (Duh, like they aren't already.)
Lindsay Graham would hardly need the sex change surgery either. (Charlie Pierce has dubbed him Senator Huckleberry J. Butchmeup.) As an alternative to the many Lindsays scenario, he could marry Mike Huckabee and they could live happily ever after bombing the shit out of perverts and non-Caucasians.
Well.....despite Jenner's apparent conservatism and religiosity, I guess the best outcome for all this, besides him being happy, is that he is a high profile person who may be able to influence others to live their true lives as well, and raising awareness of this important issue. Right now, Jenner is just the current step forward in the path of progress. Who knows who will be next pioneer? Perhaps it will be Lindsey Graham.
I wonder how many people knew Susan B. Anthony said that when they put her image on a coin...with IGWT on the other side. (I did.) Tee-hee!
@Pat....I like to eff-off the morons and Jeehoover's Witlesses when they come to the door, but my sister lives with me, is a JW, and will talk about their imaginary friend with anyone. That's how she became a JW in the first place....she also has Asperger's syndrome, and has never had any real friends she can call up or email just to chat. Ever. Even her Avon lady is a JW....
Amen to that, Pat!
I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do because I notice it always coincides with their own desires.--Susan B. Anthony
Felaine, you're correct in stating that the self-ordained, high school drop out, don't have a GED, all knowing interpreters of the Big Book of Jewish and Christian Fairy Tales will tell you what their imaginary friend wants.
However, I always like to 'eff' with the true believers. When they start on their BS about what the magic man in the sky wants, I ask them if they know the mind of their deity. Of course, they say no one can know. Which leads me to my next question. Then how in the f*&k do you have the gall to tell me what it wants!?
Hemant Mehta on xian criticism against Caitlyn Jenner:
**********************************************It always amazes me that self-appointed buybull interpreters just know what their imaginary friend thinks about everything.
Hear, hear! And we can often influence our natures for the better, as with people and groups moving towards a more Partnership-Culture society.
I think if a whole lot of people told their stories of leaving religion for other principles, whether rabid radicals or quiet folks, more people would hear our stories. Some would resist hearing us, or call us names, or empower the radical conservatives to put their vitriolic nature into high gear. It doesn't matter. Being vocal is what it will take for those who are non-believers to find each other and celebrate our point of view. Those who are afraid to listen to us may get a seed of an idea of what it means to be free of dogma and domination.
Living in the forest, as I do now, and observing the soils being disturbed as we take down trees to prevent fire to our buildings, I see young shoots coming up where once had been a forest. There are roses, Oregon Grape, Lupin, all kinds of wild grasses and young coniferous sprouts springing forth. They don't have to pray or hear the word of some higher power. They just live, vigorously, and with a promise to bring forth their flower or shrub or tree as is their nature.
We don't have to pay or hear the word of some higher power. We have all that we need to become who we are. No one to instruct us or coerce us into obedience. We can observe the forest regrowing into its nature just as each one of us can be a participant observer as we each develop into whatever is our nature.
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