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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

Tags: anti-scientific, irrational

The Bourne Again Identity (Mr. Deity)

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

There's a young man, unconscious, found tangled with the bushes which describe the edge of your property, late one evening.  Who is he?  Where did he come from?  These are the questions which confound Ward and Pam as they attempt to deal with a most…Continue

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

Where The Buffalo Roam AGAIN - Allan Savory InstituteI have followed the Justin Rhodes family for many months and each videa is unique. this one is about their adventures in Colorado, and…Continue

Tags: restore, water, soils, bison, Rhodes

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

Tags: Islam, Al Qaeda, Yasmine Mohammed, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

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Comment by Ian Mason on April 6, 2015 at 10:45pm

Joan, pronounciation is a strange world. Why don't Kansas and Arkansas rhyme? The variations of 'ough' are many and I don't know of a system for them. You could fill a volume with the quirks of English. Then there's Gaelic: Siobahn = shivawn.  Taoiseach = teasuck. Danish is a minefield for foreigners and few people ever escape, no matter how many years they live here. As far as I know, the two languages with the most logical orthographics are Italian and Norweigan.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 6, 2015 at 9:48pm

I learned something today: how to pronounce Don Bredes' name:

rhymes with "lettuce"

or bread + us. 

Comment by Randall Smith on April 6, 2015 at 8:36am

Welcome back, Deidre. Yes, I went to church for many years despite being an atheist. It was more so for my wife and kids, which I now regret. Heck, I even directed the choir and taught Sunday school as a nonbeliever! Talk about your hypocrite.

Comment by Plinius on April 6, 2015 at 1:29am

Good poem, Ian! I like it very much!

Comment by Deidre on April 5, 2015 at 1:40pm

Ian, I like your poem too...and Randall, that's interesting that your family is rather religious and you are not. Mine is too actually. My mom and dad are both religious, my dad more so. Easter can be what we wish it to be. It can be seen as a rebirth for all of humanity, not a mere religious holiday for some. 

Comment by Deidre on April 5, 2015 at 1:38pm

Hi Joan, Ian and Plinius :) Yes, Joan it is me. lol 

Ian, it still shows as Fly Girl? Hmmm...maybe because I created a new account FlyGirl for a time, and wanted to go back to using my original name. I never 'created' another new account under 'Deidre.' Hmmm...But, deidre is my real name so...anywho. lol Hope everyone here is having a nice weekend. I had agreed to go to church with my dad today for Easter, but I opted out. I no longer believe those things, but why do I feel guilty? Ugh. Time heals all things I suppose. Hugs for your, friends. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 5, 2015 at 1:24pm

I very much like that poem Ian.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on April 5, 2015 at 1:08pm

Nice poem, Ian. The "more dangerous dead than alive" line is creepy, and true! The Catholics have a saying they teach youngsters: "The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the church." (I guess that is when the seed of the church isn't being shared with underaged boys.)

Comment by Ian Mason on April 5, 2015 at 12:41pm

I don't know if I've posted this before. My poem about Easter.

A Letter Home

 

Dearest Augusta

I hope you are well.

I am not. I have been forced

to take crucifixion duty again.

Our commander hates me

even more than your father,

who also calls me weak

but I won't expose healthy

girl babies to become

food for rats.

 

This is a bad time to be

here, a religious festival.

The thieving priests,

as corrupt as ours

mint their coins, slaughter

and burn the best beasts

as always.

Blood always flows

when the Holy rule.

 

When I served on the Rhine

I heard of Gods

who favoured warriors,

granted them eternal

feasting and fighting.

Everyone else was to freeze

in the underworld.

Here there's only one

for all occasions

but he loves punishing

all of mankind, so

even one God is one

too many.

 

Holy rebels come and go,

become martyrs, more dangerous

dead than alive. They preach

Heaven in heaven

heaven on earth and

hell out of spite.

 

The moans of the dying

hanging on the crosses

tortures me beyond bearing.

Sometimes I end their sufferings

with my spear. The women

carry the corpses away

to wash and bury.

 

I wish every emperor

would join the Gods,

every priest

ascend to the clouds,

every prophet

cry alone in the wilderness

and give us mortals

our world back

to enjoy in peace.

 

Give your parents

my politest greetings,

the children, kisses.

To you I send

my love and devotion.

 

Your husband

Longinus

Comment by Randall Smith on April 5, 2015 at 7:55am

Easter (shmeaster) day. Big whoop, eh? My sister plays the organ (and directs the choir) for a local Methodist church. They broadcast it on the radio, so I'm listening to her play as I write this. Both my sisters (twins) are fairly religious, as was my mother (to some extent, my father). How I deviated is a mystery to them. Not to me.

 

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