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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.
A graphic by Rebecca Gardner: (click to enlarge)
Responding to the Vatican's pouting:So ... the church is upset because gay and Lesbian couples may avail themselves of 21st century technology and medical services in pursuit of their own families. Meanwhile, the RCC wants to continue living in the 15th century and appears to be confused and distraught at so many not wanting to join them.More and more, the catholic church seems to be working harder to make themselves totally irrelevant to the people they think they're serving. They may just get their wish.
Bertold, on Saturday, I was following the Irish vote on the Irish Independent newspaper's website. What was fascinating was to follow the comments section on the live coverage of the election results. These are the same 'boogeyman' arguments the clergy was posting in response to the landslide against the RCC.
The clergy, and those supporting the RCC, were told in no uncertain terms that the scaremongering that was the hallmark of the "No Vote" campaign didn't work, and wouldn't work. Members of the Dáil Éireann (Ireland's legislature), have made it clear that no church will be forced to perform same sex marriage. Another strawman argument destroyed.
Although, I think my favorite comment (among many) was the quote attributed to an elderly man who was coming out of a voting booth in the rural part of the country. When asked how he voted on the referendum, his response was, "I voted for the gays. Sure, and aren't they better than that other lot."
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