hearsmanyhorses

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About hearsmanyhorses

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  • Birthday 12/01/1956

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    Nanny State, USA
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    Rocks, writing, home-brewing, gardening, fossils, macro photography. Sociology. Politics-Socialism. Feminism. Equality. Cosmology-Astronomy. Futurist. Genealogy. Being alive.
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    If love is no sin, then peaceful activity is no crime. Neither of these harms anyone else and they do not encroach upon another person's freedom or pursuit of happiness. Basic human right to happiness should not be an issue for courts to decide. If one's only contention in life concerns itself with who someone else lives with, how shallow and empty one
    's life must be!

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  • Still have any Gods? If so, who or what?
    I do what my prostate tells me to do.

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  1. Miracles in Christianity

    I say the testing is false. No community allows anything human to be consumed. I call BS on the 'study'. I have also seen priests using slight of hand to turn water into wine. So-called miracles are BS. Turning water into wine instead of healing the sick, growing back arms and legs, curing the feeble minded, those are miracles. Show me a real miracle.
  2. How deal with guilt of not returning to church?

    The longer one remains away from church the easier it is to stay away. I got over feelings of guilt once I realized I had nothing to feel guilty about. I put away childish things.
  3. Is This Possible?

    Don't fall for the Baptist no-it-alls. They want people to believe they spend most of their lives in scripture. If one were to critique the Baptist cult's doctrines, one would find they are not very biblical, meaning Baptists follow church doctrines, not scripture. I was So. Baptist for over 45 years and their doctrines were a reason why I left the church. They ignore what contradicts doctrines of salvation without works and once saved always saved, just to name a couple that don't hold up to scripture.
  4. When in the faith, I feel I lost a better education, as I was taught to go through school to pass and not trust the science of evolution. After I left home it only took an astronomy College class to get me asking questions and then after I went to seminary school for a semester, I left the religion altogether. I felt betrayed, having placed my trust in older people to tell me the truth and instead discovered it was all a grand illusion.
  5. I feel ashamed of my past Christian behaviour.

    Don't feel too badly. I supported several ministries when I was religious. I often shake my head at myself when I remember the hardship I endured because of it thinking I was suffering for the Lord's sake. When one believes one's self to be buddy with a GOD(TM), it becomes an addiction and weird behaviors occur just like an addiction.
  6. Hypocrisy? or Ignorance

    The US might have condemned the violence in word only. The US position one can follow on Twitter with Trump's daily rants. Trump incites violence.
  7. Who Goes to Hell?

    According to Jesus, Gentiles are dogs, too. If Hell is real because Jesus mentioned Hell, then are Gentiles really dogs because Jesus said they were? I argue with fundamentalists all the time. People who believe every word of the Bible is literal cannot reason rationally. I believe them to be psychopathic.
  8. I guess I asked for it.

    My wife and I deconverted within a couple years of each other. She had been a Pentecostal and I was Southern Baptist. Our son has grown up over the years a nonbeliever. Many people as couples are unable to deconvert together or stay deconverted because of stress with other members of a family or religious persecution--being constantly harassed to return to church or even due to threats. Our society is so mixed up as to include religious programming with cable television. They force it on you, the channels are thrown in for free--hundreds of channels. My point being it is getting harder to come out as atheist, even in America you have to be careful. Pick your fights with care. Family seems to take the thought of a family member leaving the church, personally. The religion teaches one must have control of their offspring or kill it. What is taught today is a watered-down version of fundamentalist Christianity barely controlled by secular laws. Even the lunatics are watered-down loons, fundamentally. I know people who leave the religion and then go back just to keep the peace. I used to think they were copping out. No guts. But I've come to believe one can be an atheist and still go to church, though I do not go. A person has to do what he or she has to do if they want to keep their marriage. My marriage of 24 years didn't last. Going to church or not won't affect whether you stay together as a couple. Couples who are die-hard Christians lead the nation in divorces. And honestly, love only lasts so long. You both have to be friends more than lovers. If you can' stand the other's presence in the same room or house, it's time to let it go. One person cannot keep a marriage going when the other wants to leave and have an adventure on their own. Is religion what keeps you together now, a belief to stay together for the sake of children or WWJD? If religion is what keeps you together now, do you think being an atheist is enough to keep a marriage together? You are beating yourself up when you answer with a critique when she asks you for one of the sermon. That's a trap! Maybe find a way to spend time as a family on Sundays visiting friends and relatives far away, or go camping or something to distract from church every week?
  9. Thinking of moving to Switzerland. I should know by next summer. In the meantime, I plan on making a couple of visits.

    1. Margee

      Margee

      I hope all goes well for you HereticZero!! Enjoy and keep us posted on how it's going! 

    2. Ann

      Ann

      Switzerland is so beautiful! Consider having a work permit or secure a job before you go to receive one...the health care alone will blow your mind when you have access.

  10. 68% of U.S. murders occur in 5% of its counties

    The writer's bias is noted here "Relying more in inferences than statistical facts, the researchers’ deduction from their study was skewed – at best – go go hand-in-hand with immigration policies promoted by Leftist politicians." He is a tool for fascist propaganda. Crime is up but it's not due to "policies promoted by Leftist politicians." Conservative fascists are to blame who would rather have sexual intercourse with a firearm than pass laws to protect the public from weapons more often used for mass murder.
  11. I want to visit Europe but not sure where to start?

     

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    2. Ann

      Ann

      What do you want to see? Ruins....Italy. Museums...Paris and be willing to wait in lines during the summer... Or if you want to see beautiful country with wine the Chianti or Tuscan regions in Italy are beautiful and the food and wine are fabulous. Beer drinker....I recommend skipping Germany and going to Belgium. Westvleteren 12 is recognized as one of the best beers in the world, and other Belgian beers are great. I think France and Italy are Europe's leaders in the culinary arts and each region takes pride in a their specialty. Plus keep in account how much you want to spend. The Euro is usually higher than the dollar and that can take a bite out of the budget. It all depends on what you enjoy seeing and doing.

    3. Ellinas

      Ellinas

      Remember that Europe is not a single entity; the countries and the experiences they offer can be very different.

      Personally, I would recommend Italian cuisine and Greek archaeology.  Greek food is simple enough and very tasty, but is very much styled along the lines of the eastern med and has some distinct non European aspects to it.  Try Spain if you want to see some fiestas in full swing.  If you like fairytale scenery, take a look at Lake Bled in Slovenia - I spent a very pleasant holiday there some years ago.  I've not been there but am told Croatia is also picturesque but choose your destination - I gather there is some rather obvious poverty off the beaten track.  Bulgaria does some good wines, if that's your thing.

      My favourite lake in Italy (so far) is Garda, where I've stayed at the northern side in Malcesine (cobbled streets, Scaliger castle).  Maggiore is also worth a visit though - I stayed in the area near the Borromean islands.  On either lake, you can easily hop onto a ferry to visit other towns around the shore, and Maggiore offers the option to visit the northern end into Switzerland either by train or ferry.

      If you are into more recent history combined with some scenery, southern Poland is a good place to start from to explore Auschwitz-Berkenau.  Be aware however - that trip is a litany of sheer horror.  It's the only time I've seen a museum guide fighting to hold back tears.  If you want to stay in a city, Krakow is worth a visit.  If you prefer a small town with easy access to plenty of walking, look at Zakopane.

      If you really want to try something different and fancy a cruise type holiday- how about the Norwegian fjords?

    4. Ann

      Ann

      Good advice Ellinas. The Italian lakes have a lot to offer. Isola Bella was worth the trip alone for me. One can definitely lose track of time on the Greek islands and when I was young, went to the running of the bulls in Pamplona. I never participated in the run (it's madness) but the Spanish know how to throw a party if you want that kind of thing. It's easier now a days, to research and figure out where you want to go. I've not been to many eastern cities or countries in Europe, but hear only good things about the area. So many places, and neat things to do. Follow your heart on where you want to go, then do tons of research. I like Rick Steves travel books and youtube channel. He gives solid advice for first timers in Euroland;)

  12. My divorce is FINAL! I get to keep my house.

     

    1. TrueFreedom

      TrueFreedom

      Congrats! Me too!

  13. Our universe has not existed for one day.

  14. Israel

    I am not enriched by the presence of Israel. It is an abomination, established by those given to superstition and by those who employed mass murder-Jews were the first to employ suicide bombing as a means of attack and murder. They continue to oppress the Palestinians. I find no merit in an Israel.
  15. In The Beginning....

    Genesis is another example of how little God understood his own creation. According to scientists, our planet was once home to several hominid species, including homo sapiens yet the Bible claims only one species were created (obviously homo sapiens). I recon The Almighty(tm) did not get the memo? Cain's wife would have come from another hominid, perhaps cross-breeding, so Jesus (Iesus-whatever his name is now) is part neanderthal and whatever else interbred or cross bred with homo sapiens. I've often believed humans were not the only ones in town, nor the only branch on their tree.