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Ignorance is Bliss: Why Religious People Seem Happier Than the 'Nones'”.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by kathy: ky Aug 9. 4 Replies

“Highly Religious Volunteer More, Lie Less, and Claim to Be Happier”~ Houston Chronicle; “Strongly Religious People are Happier than Non-Religious”  ~ Christian Daily."The study determined that 40 percent of highly religious adults—defined as those…Continue

Tags: Nones, happiness, non-religiosity, religiosity, bliss

If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?

Started by Idaho Spud. Last reply by Jonathan Simeone Aug 5. 29 Replies

Today, I heard Seth Andrews talk about the question, "If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?"  My first thought was religion, but after a few seconds I decided it would be irrational or anti-scientific thinking.  That would take…Continue

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The Bourne Again Identity (Mr. Deity)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Aug 3. 3 Replies

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Tags: mystery, Bourne, Brian Dalton, Mr. Deity

Where The Buffalo Roam AGAIN - Allan Savory Institute

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Daniel W Jul 31. 3 Replies

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Yasmine Mohammed - Confessions of an Ex-Muslim (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Jul 7. 6 Replies

Yasmine Mohammed is not your average ex-Muslim.  Not only did she get shut of Islam, she also managed to escape what was at one time the most notorious of radical Islamist organizations: Al Qaeda.  She has since documented the story of her apostasy…Continue

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Comment by Joan Denoo on December 7, 2016 at 3:03pm

Chris, attitudes, beliefs, customs, traditions, and values do change over time but the history of the black face must be remembered. In Belgium, King Leopold, and his subjects, as well and the RCC supported slavery. I am not aware of the Belgian colonial history of Spain, but I keenly aware of the Belgian colonialism of the Congo. When we forget history, we accept the attitudes that created values that supported and encouraged black slavery. I don't remember if you were part of our group when we read the Congo history and how King Leopold benefited by the enslavement of black people. 

Read or watch  Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness

http://www.pagebypagebooks.com/Joseph_Conrad/Heart_of_Darkness/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6XpS8OYy7Ms

When I visited family members in Belgium, our host bragged about the ways they gained control over the Congolese people. There were several Denoo's who participated in the slaughter and enslavement. I heard about this history from a relative and read about it when I returned home. Only one of the obscenities was to cut off the hands of wives and children of men who did not return with enough rubber substance spread on their bodies and used to transport the resource for the Belgian colonialists. 

Daniel, I am not able to find your powerful review of the book. Are you able to find and share the review with us?   

I will send this page of photos:

Belgian Congo, women and children with hands cut off. 

If mothers and fathers continue to carry on the tradition of black faced participant in the Yule season, they should know the history, face the shame of the actions condoned by the people of Belgium, and express outrage, instead of giving excuses of this being a custom, tradition, or value of present celebrations. 

I have many contacts with Congolese black people with the last name Denoo. We seek to find the link, but so far, have failed. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 7, 2016 at 12:37pm

Thanks G Cat.

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 7, 2016 at 12:34pm

Thanks Ian.  Hope the interview goes well.

Comment by Grinning Cat on December 7, 2016 at 12:33pm

Kathy and Daniel, Ruth and I are still around. Life happens... :)

Spud, I see all your symbols except for the apple logo (both on a Windows 7 desktop computer and on an Android phone).

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on December 7, 2016 at 12:29pm

Good luck, Ian.

Comment by Loren Miller on December 7, 2016 at 12:27pm

Pardon my breaking the conversation thread, but this song's been going through my head all day ... and I just had to get it OUT:



And now the sun's comin' up...

Comment by Plinius on December 7, 2016 at 12:27pm

I'll keep my fingers crossed for you, Ian!

Comment by Ian Mason on December 7, 2016 at 12:24pm

All 5, Spud.

Job interview tomorrow. It's only 8 weeks work but every little helps. It will involve getting up at 4 a.m. though.

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 7, 2016 at 12:02pm

Thanks Carl.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 7, 2016 at 11:29am

Same here, Spud.  I see all five symbols.

 

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