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  1. I don't fully agree. Yes, their problem. But, definitely my problem too as long as this particular symbol is seen as signaling group membership in a group I want zero association with. Ignoring the reality accomplishes little.
  2. Me too. 100% me too. I used to fly the flag. Now, I don't. I want to fly it. But, it would label me as something I don't want to be labeled as. I could fly it in combo with the Rainbow Flag....but then it just becomes another politcal symbol. And.....that would not be my objective. I hope the day returns when I can comfortably fly the flag
  3. OK, I thought I had MOHO's real name on a message somewhere. And, I did just finally found it. It appears he took on a new job in the same month that he last logged in here. So, maybe the new job as something to do with his absence. I don't know. I am pretty darn confident that he is still alive and kicking. I know his employer's name, and, I could easily make a phone call to verify this. But, I would need a very good reason to do so. So, if such a reason exists, let me know. Otherwise, he gets to keep his privacy.
  4. I know what town MOHO lives in/near, and a bit of his background. Won't share on this public forum; but, I can confirm information via PM if it would help confirm their wellbeing.
  5. Yep. It is now mostly, if now nearly completely, defend what I believe, and not seek out what is true. No real point to engage, unless they are hurting those I care about with promoted ugly social norms, or laws that make those I care about "less than".
  6. I total share Fuego's experience. Zero fear of "hell", or any synonyms thereof. And, it is totally awesome!
  7. This. Christian faith that ignores these clear dictates, can it really be honest faith? Of course it can not be faith. It is everything else you mentioned instead. Our observations at the Food Bank Warehouse and at the community distribution locations clearly show that the volunteer folk working to feed the hungry and food challenged are, in order of contribution: 1. Empathetic and compassionate individuals. Overwhelmingly either secular in thought and/or behavior. 2. Corporations and non profit groups. Very impressed by the efforts made by corporations. 3. The Catholic Church and their private schools. 4. "Liberal" churches, Episcopalian, Methodist, Lutheran, Mennonites, etc.... The Evangelical/Baptist/Conservative churches are nearly non existent.
  8. Yes, this works....but at the cost of listening to reams and reams of fallacious logic, threats, and fake sympathy. I have deliberately burnt a lot of bridges lately with this method. I use it for my own benefit, as I find passive aggressive "ghosting" of others to be personal distasteful.
  9. Pure wisdom. ^^^^ Been working on fully executing this over the last several months. I've got a few bridges that need to be burned.
  10. Folks have been redirected to Reddit, Agnostic.com, and ton of varying private and open Facebook groups. So many options for folks these days. Tons of folks at these sites. https://www.reddit.com/r/exchristian/
  11. Yep. "Because god said so" Is the base definition of religious bigotry
  12. It is all forms of emotional blackmail. You are under no obligation to give in to controlling emotional blackmail. It would not be in your own mental best interest.
  13. I would of been more direct and stern in my communication if anyone made my harmless daughter, or her wife out to be "bad" / "less than". We need to stop extending religious privilege to these folks. It makes it clear in their mind that harmful ideas, like laws against our harmless LGBT citizens, or beliefs that say it moral to put harmless kind folks into some fantasy external torment world are "acceptable", when they are not. The time has come to more clearly communicated to the indoctrinated that their sick belief are no longer acceptable.
  14. Absolutely nothing. He was an agnostic. But, he put me into Sunday School as he considered it "free babysitting". He allowed the indoctrinators/programmers code my brain at an early age. I now consider all of this crap child abuse.
  15. Imposed belief sets are so overrated. I have had near zero cognitive dissonance, and even less anxiety since trashing the belief set indoctrinated into me in favor of a simple self determined mental bios based on kindness, empathy, facts, and rationality. The only dissonance I deal with is from the vast majority around me pushing their programmed belief on to me, or passively/actively against me. This does suck.
  16. Definitely! My adult anxiety disappeared. I became much more confident in my speech and social settings. And, amazingly, even my legacy church friends noticed a "positive" difference. Had more than one tell me they liked mr better "this way" (as opposed to Christ commanded meek, I guess).
  17. Not sure I understand this response. I am just talking about the math. .30 * .30 * .30 * .30 yields an error rate < .01. Of course this assumes the 30% error rate is random in nature, and not dependent on an outside factor. If we don't have a more accurate alternative, and if there is demand for a higher level of accuracy, this is one way to get there.
  18. Yes. This. If they make a claim, and if there is true freedom of speech, we should have every right to demand evidence and/or refute....without being subject to "you must respect my religious beliefs", else social/property punishment. This is a big reason why I chosen not to use my real name Facebook account for thought discussion purposes. No matter how I would phrase my thoughts, someone would put me in the asshole category. But, as time goes on, I get more and more tempted to do so.
  19. The solution for the 30% false tests is simply. Take the test four times. If you have the same result each time there is less than a 1% chance of it not being accurate.
  20. This needs to be "Leave THEIR religion".
  21. Mona, I soooo wish I could get to where you are at. Instead, every time a religious/bible category comes up on the show Jeopardy! I inevitably run the category....and get immediately upset that this crap is stuck in my head! I so wish I could delete it all.
  22. Any belief system that encourages or demands that one submit to/be less than solely based on their sex/gender is infinitely immoral. Hell no I would not tolerate this. I would beat it down. If I could not beat it down, I would run far far away. It takes indoctrination/programming/brainwashing.. the expertise of religion, to get one to the point of accepting this....or even considering it might be "ok" in a particular circumstance. Soooo glad to be far far away from the religious mindfucks.
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