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Astreja last won the day on December 17 2017

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About Astreja

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  • Birthday 08/07/1957

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    Winnipeg, Canada
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    Music, writing, gardening, meadmaking, astronomy, sleight-of-hand
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    I'm a cranky and eccentric polymath who, for most of her life, has had a morbid fascination with religion and society.

    If you talk to the left hemisphere of my brain you'll get a skeptical, science-friendly humanist who periodically engages in activism -- I have broken a metatarsal bone in a five-mile protest march; yelled at a prime minister; waved gay-rights signage; and videotaped Laura Secord's cow at Portage and Main.

    If you talk to the right hemisphere, I'll cheerfully tell you that I hang out with the Æsir and Vanir; that my older sister is the Bodhisattva Guan Shi Yin; and that my guardian dragon would like another coffee and donut, please.

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  • Still have any Gods? If so, who or what?
    Humanist and agnostic polyatheist

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  1. I celebrate Easter the way it should be celebrated -- as an astronomical event, on the vernal equinox instead of some daft formula involving full moons and Sundays, and with egregious excesses of chocolate. (It's only fair, as it's My holiday anyway. How are you gentlemen!! All your Easter are belong to us.)
  2. What is it? A de facto admission that said god does crappy work and couldn't get it right the first time.
  3. Mister Endtimes, what part of "EX-Christian" is too hard for you to comprehend?
  4. William's inability to get gender right is another red flag regarding his blatant misogyny. Heaven forfend that he should be pwned by someone with XX chromosomes!
  5. Ah, yes -- Jordan "Mary Sue" River. I remember her. That was weird shit she posted.
  6. The cool thing about having worked intensely with language for over half a century (reading, writing, reciting, typing, proofreading and transcribing) is that it has given me a keen ear for nuance in the English language. I knew from William's first post that he was up to something. William is selectively taking in the information we post and mostly not bothering to read it unless he can leverage it to his advantage. (Seriously -- how else can one explain the fact that he seems to think that I'm male? At least he doesn't seem to think I'm a rabbit.) The best part of this whole debacle is that his hissy-fit is now on view for the entire Internet -- including the denizens of his forum. *evil grin*
  7. Yahweh: " Why I oughta... " Jesus: " I'm a victim of soicumstance!" Holy Spook: " Ooo, wise guy eh?" It makes sense. Too much sense.
  8. I have nothing but contempt for people who think that they're entitled to be the "leader" in a relationship, regardless of their reasons for thinking so.
  9. Oh, good -- you're actually reading and responding to our posts instead of whining about not wanting to engage in the Lion's Den. Listen up, William: Your beliefs may have helped you, but they didn't help us. You seem totally incapable of understanding what we went through. If the many fine people here were not True Christians™, then no one is. If we could lose faith, so can you. Simple as that. Don't pull that No True Scotsman shit with us. I make no apologies for my words, and I own them unconditionally. Interesting that they had the side effect of making your unpleasantness obvious to everyone reading this thread, rather than just expressing my own frustration at believers who arrogantly try to tell us what our life experiences "really" meant.
  10. If the Smithsonian is involved, the exhibits should be pretty good. And the next time I visit my brother in Maryland, I have a potential side trip! I'm a big fan of natural history museums -- the last one I saw was the Royal Tyrrell Museum in Drumheller, Alberta.
  11. The Field Museum in Chicago? I've been there -- when I was down in the States for the solar eclipse in 2017, I made a point of stopping over in Chicago to see a few museums. The Field is awesome. (Make sure you get a picture of Sue, in the main lobby.)
  12. I think what I'm striving for is to shake people out of their smugly naive "God is there for me" complacency. It comes across as a massive retconning of reality: From an Ex-C perspective, prayer isn't doing anything tangible but the still-believer is putting the hits on a pedestal and rationalizing away or ignoring the many misses.
  13. Point taken. I guess I've reached a point where particularly snotty types of evangelism bring out the worst in me, and I can no longer give that person even a whiff of a benefit of a doubt.
  14. I see only one appropriate fate for our disingenuous interlocutor. I am strongly of the opinion that Real Life™ should slap William around mercilessly and without surcease until he completely and permanently loses his faith. Then and only then will he be in a position to understand us.
  15. Part 1: I see no point in pretending to believe. I am incapable of religious faith. Part 2: Real life, as I perceive it, offers no credible evidence for any gods. The god of the Bible is on exactly the same footing as every other god described in literature and scripture -- a concept rather than a real being. Furthermore, believers are not able to consistently demonstrate that their beliefs do anything tangible and unique. Sometimes their prayers inspire them to pursue and achieve a goal, and they give the credit for their own efforts to their god. Sometimes their prayer fails utterly, leading to excuses like "God needed another angel" or "God was testing you," and they write it off as lack of faith, or some mysterious lesson, or something to do with a "fallen world." Quite frankly, if my stove operated with the same inconsistency as prayer I'd have junked it long ago.