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    I once was blind, but now I see

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  1. It may have been asked before, but I'm too tired to look it up right now. BO, how is the United States government supposed to exist without taxes? How is it supposed to function without money? How is the country's infrastructure supposed to be upkept without taxes? Do you want corporations to do all of this? Because that is fucking terrifying. I for one do not want the novel Snow Crash to become reality. If you don't like it, why don't you just leave?
  2. So Harvey Weinstain finally decided to let Snowpiercer get an uncut realease in the US. Unforturnately, it will a limited instead of wide release.

  3. It was somewhat lengthy, can't say how long. And painful. I grew to hate going to church and youth group and FCA three times a week. I didn't like any of the people there, and was tired of all the restrictions and obligations Christianity had bound me with. I can't listen to this music because it's offensive to god. I need to convert all of my friends to Christianity. I need to read my Bible and pray every day (and enjoy it!). And so on. I tried to get it to make sense, and it wouldn't work. At first, I started wishing that I hadn't been raised in church. I would still be a Christian, but I would know what it's like to be a "regular" person. As I saw it, my faith would be stronger for it, and maybe I'd be more genuine about things with myself and others, instead of being taught to hide any deviations as you do in fundamentalist churches. After that, I wished outright that I weren't a Christian. I simply continued believing because I had been taught, and believed that it was true. And eventually I came to terms with the fact that Jehovah almost certainly didn't exist, the Bible was entirely man-made, and that I didn't have to be a Christian anymore.
  4. The fundies will continue to pull bullshit out of their asses or say the scientists are lying, and the others will continue to say that the creation myth is allegorical. Nothing new here, as far as I can see.
  5. If you don't mind living in freshman housing, you could become an RA. I don't know about your college, but some pay the housing fees for RA's.
  6. I thought it was pretty hilarious, and some friends and I had fun making live facebook posts about it. My favorite quote to come out of it: "I WANT HIS PHD TO BURN IT"
  7. And the Nye-Ham Creationism debate is a go!

    1. TrueFreedom


      That was painful, but Bill Nye kicked ass!

  8. The cover designs alone are enough to make my head hurt. I can only imagine what the content would do to it.
  9. Question everything, even your most closely-held beliefs. Don't believe what people tell you without first examining it for yourself, and don't be afraid to speak your mind and ask questions. And if you have a feeling that something isn't right (like Christianity), don't ignore it.
  10. Is officially going to Ohayocon this weekend.

  11. I like how they call him a philosopher, as if it lends some sense of authority to his statement, while their own bible condemns his field of study. Just block the guy from your news feed so you can avoid their bullshit and not have to deal with the fallout of unfriending them.
  12. The problem with that statement is that our esteemed Duck Commander very well should have been suspended. A&E has every right to terminate their association with him, just as he has every right to make ignorant, false statements about gay people. While A&E certainly knew what sort of beliefs he had, they hired him and his family to make a television show. Just because the stars of a program are fundamentalist Christians does not mean that A&E even gives an implicit endorsement of their beliefs, no more than having Tom Cruise in your film is an endorsement of Scientology. Robertson's comments, however, were likely a breach of contract with his employers, and to some people not doing anything could be thought of as endorsement of those beliefs. How else could they handle them besides suspending him? And the only people who think he's a victim seem to be butthurt Christians. In my experience, most young people think he's an idiot.
  13. Having been through the American K-12 public schooling system, I can attest that it has it's problems. Though I'd be interested in seeing what these rankings would look like if the fact that the US uses the same model of education for every student, while many other nations use tracking, sometimes from a very young age, were taken into account. Obviously this is only one factor, but I think it's and important one to consider. Culture and educational methods are certainly influential, so I'm also curious as to whether students in other countries actually have greater interest in science, math, etc, and better scientific reasoning skills, or if they simply have more factual knowledge.
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