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  2. duderonomy

    300 "Predator Priests" / Grand Jury Report

    Fair enough. I guess my thoughts are more with the kids that are getting raped than with any widening rift between the various sects of stupid. Again my bad I guess because my OP didn't explain that.
  3. TruthSeeker0

    Christians blaming gays

    Yeah, educate, it would be great for the other side as well. "At some point in history, people have decided". Yes, thousands of years ago, the ancient Hebrews (or whatever tribe, it's rather irrelevant), who bear no relevance to the world today, how it should operate, and how people should live. Let's leave out for now that what the Bible actually states about this "sin" is far from clear in a historical context. Like it or not, you are arguing for a world where decisions about human rights should be based on ancient texts.
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  5. Sure why not? Chief political strategist maybe? Notice Trumps comment about "low IQ" during the Ohio speech? That wasn't lost on me. He's obviously been tuned into the IQ average issues among conservatives concerning the Bell Curve. He tried to down play the comment by extending it to Pelosi. But I'm pretty sure that was a quick back peddle to try and cover up the comment quickly. And anyone who's unfamiliar with this topic probably wouldn't pick up on it at all. So, yeah, that was a little telling.
  6. Blood

    Creepy

    Primitive, simplistic and superstitious is the natural state of mankind.
  7. TruthSeeker0

    Did you actually know God, before giving up?

    Ah shit, this was me in so many ways. I finally woke up and started doing, and going, and making plans. And guess what? Now I got a shitload of crap dumped on me from a fundie relative about how my "poor life choices" aka "siding with the devil", are to blame for the problems a sibling is having, you know, because I influenced them and look where it got us. It was pretty difficult not to flip the bird.
  8. RealityCheck

    Christians blaming gays

    Has it not occurred to you that someone grows up damaged not because of a person's sexual orientation but rather because they're just a lousy parent? Many here can turn that argument around you and say they're damaged because of a Christian upbringing. How would you respond to that? And my daughter? Holy shit! Do you know something I don't? Last time I checked I wasn't a father.
  9. florduh

    Creepy

    I'm frequently amazed that in the 21st Century, and in a first world country, there are so many who hold the most primitive, simplistic and superstitious view of the universe.
  10. Joshpantera

    Christians blaming gays

    Now hold your horses, Tex, Samuel has just joined to get AWAY from negative christian views about homosexuality and speak to those who have "transcended" that particular bronze age world view. Rant's isn't the same as the Den or ToT. This really isn't a place to platform a debate on the morality of homosexuality according to the bible. And more importantly, it's just plain disrespectful to our new member Samuel, who, has mods for body guards when it comes to christians trying to demean him in any way. I'm not saying that's what you were doing, I'm just saying that he's under our protection and we're not going to allow him to be abused by christians here at this site.
  11. I know, but I thought I might clarify my point for anybody interested. Christians especially are quick to disown others of their religion who worship differently. To me, all those who claim to worship Jesus are in fact Christians but those Christians aren't on board with that view because they are constantly told about apostates, end times falling away, false prophets, yada yada yada and of course that all applies to all those other fake Christians, not them. My guess is the current resurgence of the huge pedophile scandal will widen the gap between True Christians and Papists.
  12. florduh

    Did you actually know God, before giving up?

    Yes, I cringe when I hear something like, "I'll just see where the Lord leads me."
  13. duderonomy

    300 "Predator Priests" / Grand Jury Report

    Yes I understand. That's why I said sorry for using your post as a launching pad. I could have just posted without having to reply to someone to do it. Again, sorry. My response wasn't all aimed at you.
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  15. Molyneaux can always move to Washington, DC, and get rich grifting the conservative circles there. Especially since he's become a Trump sycophant. Hell, Trump would probably give Molyneaux a cabinet-level position right now.
  16. But Stefan, I thought under a libertarian utopia that the private owner class gets to do whatever it wants, which would include deleting some French-Canadian douchebag's video channel for any reason they choose. Did I misunderstand your "philosophy"? Go start your own video network. It's the free enterprise system you always whine about, remember?
  17. 1989

    Wow

    Okay, I should check my sources better and rely on my memories less. Here's the story I was referencing: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prosecution_of_Marte_Dalelv Oops. Still bad though, just not nearly as bad as I remembered it being. I probably just heard the initial report and didn't follow up. 🤐
  18. 1989

    Wow

    This reminds me of a story I read about a decade ago or so. A Swedish woman was working at a hotel in Dubai when she was offered a drink by one of her male co-workers. The drink was drugged, and she was gang raped. After she went to the police, she was arrested for having drunk the alcohol. The men weren't prosecuted because in the UAE four or five men have to corroborate a sexual offense in court. So the rapists certainly wouldn't implicate themselves and no one else was there to speak in the woman's defense. To make it worse, the government had her passport, which I guess was customary for foreigners' work VISAs, so after she got out of jail she couldn't go home. Eventually that part was worked out, she got back to Sweden, and I'll never touch foot in the UAE. In essence, things haven't changed in the Middle East, and they probably never really will.
  19. Heimir

    Did you actually know God, before giving up?

    Yeah, exactly, that is what people often assume. But it's quite the opposite: I genuinely care about people and I feel extremely bad when I meet someone who is a devout and fanatic christian. Having been there myself, I know how one gets wounded by hearing over and over again since early childhood that (s)he is sinful and evil, that only through god's grace can one be saved from an eternal torment. I know how one feels one needs to save the world. I wish people could experience the world in an open way. Yes, and make it a bit better for everyone, but not as an outsider, but as someone who just loves life. That they can love and accept themselves and others for who they are, not because they are commanded to. Christianity is full of good ideas, but the bad ones poison everything. I see so many people wasting their lives because of it, and it just fills me with sadness. What is especially frustrating is that there is so little that I can do. Not that it's impossible to convince them, that is an issue in many cases (people in general don't change their mind easily, especially not when they have been indoctrinated for decades) but not the main one for me, no, I know that leaving christianity is an awful experience and I am not sure that I wish that on other people. I have played a role in the deconversion of several people, never in a very aggressive and direct way, but still I have had my influence, and it has not always led to the best results, despite me trying to be a supportive and positive friend. One person even had to be admitted in a closed home due to psychological issues. He got out but is still recovering, I hope he will do great, but all this experience has taught me that it's often better to let people be ignorant, so that they can at least be relatively happy. Unless they are causing suffering for others, then they can expect me to give them a hard time. A challenge is when you see people who are in their twenties or early thirties and who make a lot of life decisions based on their strict faith, and you just see all the signs of an unhappy and unsuccessful life developing in front of your eyes. They can be happy now, but they postpone careers due to missionary work, sometimes endlessly until they are way behind, or unable to ever get started. They don't work on their confidence or psychological issues, but instead look for god all of the time to help them. They are extremely friendly and open all the time, but you see them struggling with all kinds of frustrations. Yeah, that person has been me. That is why it frustrates me so much I guess. This was not the direction I wanted to take this post in, but I understand myself a bit better now. Fortunately, I made it out 5 years ago and that was on time to get my life in order before I have wasted everything. But around me I see some people who are still christian and I fear that it's too late for some of them. I do wish them the best, even in their ignorance.
  20. 1989

    Creepy

    Nah, only sinners poop. It's a fallen (and frequently stinky) world.
  21. MOHO

    Creepy

    Kinda gives a new view of the term holy shit, huh @1989
  22. MOHO

    Creepy

    Holy shit! That's how some of them think. One of the asshat pastors at my old fundy place (notice I did not say "Mrs. MOHO's church) used to regularly preach that new xtians are frequently on fire for jebus until they really understand what xanity is all about. They have a tendency to fall away soon afterwards. What he meant was they find out that their new faith requires work and giving up your old life. Of course I look back on that as "No. It's because they began to actually READ the fucking book!"
  23. 1989

    Creepy

    Taken to its extremes, God watches you poop. Who needs to see that? An all knowing all loving deity, of course.
  24. Anushka

    Lame Jokes

    I invented a new word. Plagiarism!
  25. Anushka

    Creepy

    Years ago, a friend of mine who is/was an agnostic told me he doesn't believe that there is a God that watches him all the time as it sounds creepy. At that time, I was a strong Christian. Recently, I saw a (funny) video in YouTube posted by an ex-christian showing the idea of God watching your every move. Indeed, it is creepy. The likes of Joyce Meyer teaches how having even one selfish thought is wrong - but rejoice God knows your nature and chooses to forgive you. This belief that God instantly becomes aware of every single thought I have messed up my head so much while I was a strong Christian. This belief literally ruins your peace and makes you say and do weird things. I saw in an episode of Young Sheldon recently Sheldon saying to his Christian friend- 'Your religion just makes me feel worse about myself.' And the friend replies, 'That's how you know it's working.' 😄
  26. Fweethawt

    How Islam Infects

    Stupid young couple goes for suicidal bike ride... And here is the LiveLeak video [NSFW] with distant footage of the incident. https://www.liveleak.com/view?t=Tdhb_1532966403 Remember - there's no evil in the world. Just diversity...
  27. Anushka

    Wow

    https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/www.forbes.com/sites/michaelgoldstein/2018/08/14/could-a-glass-of-wine-on-an-emirates-a380-put-you-in-a-dubai-jail/amp/
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