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Comment by Sylvia on July 30, 2012 at 11:43pm

Comment by Sylvia on July 30, 2012 at 11:42pm

I am about to post a conversation from a few months ago. I will start with the first post and work my way up. Hope you all enjoy it! 

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 30, 2012 at 11:05pm

Thanks. I reworded it for me from someone. I wish I had kept track of where I found it. I would reword on sentence:

"I am also a face and a target of religious hatred as a woman and as an ATHEIST." ...

I am not a victim, nor are any of us, IMHO. 

Comment by Steph S. on July 30, 2012 at 10:51pm
Joan that was a beautiful personal statement.
Wonderful!
Comment by Joan Denoo on July 30, 2012 at 10:38pm

@ Sylvia, this is a manifesto I wrote for myself. You may get some ideas for yourself. This helped me clarify my position and face the hate mail I get on a regular basis. I also get a lot of affirmative responses as well. 

"I am one face among many before me. I am a mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, a best friend, an activist, I am 76 years old and I have participated in civil rights movements, marched, picketed, lobbied, debated, and worked for women's health and rights. 
I am also a face and a victim of religious hatred as a woman and as an ATHEIST. 
I will not concede to the Christian majority's opinion about what I should think or do as a body, a female, a human on this pale blue dot of a planet.
Religion lost the power to make me feel guilty when I was abandoned by the superstitions of religion. 
I am good without god, and I do believe in something. I believe in humanity."

Comment by Sylvia on July 30, 2012 at 7:11pm

I will see you all tomorrow! I'm out! 

Comment by Sylvia on July 30, 2012 at 6:50pm

sk8eycat and Paula, Thanks for the reply. I agree!!! I am looking at the video now!!! It's funny! 

Comment by sk8eycat on July 30, 2012 at 6:30pm

"...not everyone has been called to believe..."???!  So it's already been set up, who will go to Heaving and who will go to Hail (where all the fun people supposedly go).  What's the point of proselytizing, then?

MONEY! 

God has already decided to send you/me to hell. "But he LOVES you! And he needs MONEY!" Check out George Carlin's number about religion on You Tube, and post the link on your FB page.

******************

If anyone says to me that their imaginary fiend (yes, I spelled it correctly!) is real, just toss two words at them: "Evidence, please."  There isn't any.  The buybull is not evidence. 

The same thing goes for Jesus...The Roman era in the Middle East has been thoroughly covered by scholars and historians who lived in Jerusalem and Galilee in those times, and there is NOT ONE single comment about a miracle-working, rabble rousing, self-appointed rabbi...overturning money-changers tables,  a trial in front of Pilate, anything. Or a crucifiction (again, my deliberate spelling).

"Faith" is a cop-out.

That last post is just Pascal's Wager all over again.  Old.

If you get tired of dealing with these crazies, DUMP them!  I know they "mean well," but George Bernard Shaw said that was the worst thing you can say about a person.

PS: I tried FB 3 years ago and unsubscribed after a week.  I couldn't handle it...all the crashing bores from my past seemed to crawl out of the innertubes to pester me, and the people I really like were already in touch via e-mail.  More personal, and private.

Comment by Paula T. on July 30, 2012 at 6:24pm
Request sent, Sylvia, thanks! :) I can't wait to see the religious-type posts in the future.

You know, when people say there is a difference between religion and a relationship with christ, I never get a coherent explanation. It's all circular BS, a always. And how do you have a 'personal' relationship with a being that has never been seen? ugh!
Comment by Steph S. on July 30, 2012 at 6:20pm

I don't have FB - or I would friend you guys.

 

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