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  1. They are absolutely negatively obsessed with it, aren't they? Terrified. How could something that feels so good and is so much fun be bad?
  2. Margee: I do have a religion. I'm a napist. Sorry about the back, though. Back pain is among the worst. Get thee to a good physical therapist and do the exercises he or she gives you religiously. (Well, perhaps not religiously, but regularly!) (BTW, how's the weather in Halifax? It was t-shirt weather here in California today.... 61°F - 16°C )
  3. I would add that demonstrating by example that atheists are good people who share basic positive human values goes a long way toward showing others that being atheistic is not a horrible, miserable existence but can be just as rich and rewarding as any other world view.
  4. There was another article in the news today about a Methodist church in the upper midwest that is closing because of dwindling attendance. Only an average of 29 people showed up on Sundays last year. https://www.washingtonpost.com/religion/2020/01/22/church-allegedly-asked-older-members-leave-leaders-say-that-didnt-actually-happen/
  5. OK, Margee: Re. sitting on our fat asses 1. Moving our bodies: Today I loaded and unloaded office furniture into a U-Haul truck. 2. Skipping a meal a day: Missed lunch because we had to get the job done. 3. Need for stress: Was stressed because we had to get the job done by 2 p.m. And I missed my nap. Does that count?
  6. It can be tough when you have a rational self competing with an emotional self. I don't know if there is a magic wand that can wave away that conflict, but I have found that fact-based education is of major importance. The more reality-based knowledge one has, the less power the emotional self has to interfere.
  7. I would say that people eat what is available. Indigenous peoples ate what they could get. Plains Indians ate buffalo. Arctic peoples ate whale and seal meat. Central Americans probably ate lots of corn. Native Hawaiians ate a combination of fruits and meats. As to myself, I'm on the see food diet. I see food, I eat it.
  8. I'll be waiting. But please don't take too much time to figure it out. I don't have that much time left!
  9. Meanwhile we don't have easy, affordable care for the mentally ill.
  10. Just today I ended up at some vegetarian place for lunch — not by choice but by expediency. I could't figure out anything on the menu as the items all had weird names and strange ingredients. But everything was supposed to be pure, organic, gluten-free, allergy-free, and totally without any nutritional value whatsoever. So I ordered the first item on the menu and for $9 I got a tube-shaped thing wrapped in a lettuce leaf and containing some unidentifiable assortment of green and red rabbit food and which oozed out some sort of yellow goo when bitten into. Bah. As soon as I got home I grabbed a glass of milk and an extra-large chocolate chip cookie.
  11. I think that is it for more people than we might realize. Oh sure, there are lots of True Believers, but when you take a close look at the folks in the pews, it seems to me that quite a few are just mouthing the words and are eager to get on to the social hall and the free food. (I've previously reported here about attending a mass at Yorkminster in England, and how the show was so damn good that I'd go once in a while just for that. OTOH everything else I've suffered through was excruciatingly boring and not worth tolerating for even a seven course dinner with a good wine and an after-dinner cordial.)
  12. In yesterday's news was a story about seven people in Panama who were found dead after an exorcism. All but one of the victims were children. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-51144629
  13. Hope you'll stick around and contribute. It's been rather quiet lately and we could use more folks in the discussions.
  14. Hm. Very valid point, Wertbag. I think if I were filling out a form I just might put "atheist." But if I was having a discussion with a Christian, I still would avoid using the term "atheist." I agree with Florduh's post about theists getting to make the linguistic rules. It shouldn't be that way, but the reality is otherwise. My position is I feel the most effective way to communicate with someone is to use language they understand. Anyone who has studied a foreign language knows that there are elements of one language that just can't be translated easily into another. It may take a whole paragraph in the second language to explain a word or two from the first. So for me to communicate with a Christian, I want to use words in a way that fits into their perspective. Yes, it would be nice if we could educate them as to the meaning of the words as we use them, but that introduces another whole element into the conversation and, when attitudes are not that flexible, which we often see in Christians, our communications might not be received in the way we intend. So I like to meet them on their playing field. I've even used religion as a tactic. Some years ago I encountered a neighbor getting ready to dump trash in the field behind our house. He knows it's against the law. I asked him, "Are you a Christian man?" Him: "Yes." Me: "Remember, God is watching you." He didn't dump the trash.
  15. This relates to the "You're just angry at God" response we sometimes get. What a presumptuous thing to say! If we said, "You're just sucked into the myth because you are afraid of reality," they'd probably be offended and pissed. For them to say we are angry at God is no different from them to say we are angry at Santa. How can we be angry at something that doesn't exist? What we may be angry with is Christians who have abused us or pushed their religion upon us.
  16. It's raining hard with blowing winds so I've spent the afternoon on the net looking for quotes to add to my collection. Here's one I found for you, from Winnie the Pooh, the most popular character in British children's literature: “You’re braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think.” – Winnie the Pooh
  17. And I wonder why any form to be filled out would ask for religious preference anyway. Outside of a funeral home, whose business is it, anyway?
  18. Art: Yes, it is hard to start a new life when so much of who you were is wrapped up in that group. Finding new friends is always difficult. And it is hard to leave people who genuinely care about you. But sometimes that has to happen. It can be done without hurting them. "I appreciate so much everything you have done for me, but now it is time for me to move on." [Repeat as often as necessary.] The fact that you are here discussing this proves that you can do this.
  19. "Fifteen-year-old Kayla Kenney suddenly finds herself kicked out of her high school, and her family says it’s because she posed for a photo with a rainbow birthday cake." https://www.chicagotribune.com/columns/heidi-stevens/ct-heidi-stevens-girl-expelled-rainbow-cake-lgbt-john-pavlovitz-0115-20200115-mxctamkj2bebjlfsa3okbjzx4i-story.html
  20. Art: Read Myrkoos and Nontheistpilgrim's posts above again. And when you are done, read them again. Here's your script: "Friends, I thank you all for the opportunity to serve as a worship minister here. I've enjoyed making music with you during the last five years, and I want to thank you for all the love and help you have given me during that time. It is time for me now to move on to another phase of life, so Sunday the 26th will be the last Sunday I'll be able to worship with you. So I thank you again and I wish you all the best in the future." If they badger you, just repeat the above. You do NOT owe them an explanation. "Thanks for your concern, but I have decided to move on to another phase of life." Period. And don't show up after the 26th. As Nontheist writes, after you have left, you'll never hear from them again. (My wife, although not in a leadership position, recently left her church (yay!). She had many "friends" there. Guess how many called to see what happened to her? Zero.)
  21. And in our newspaper today was a story about a woman celebrating her 101st birthday at the all-you-can-eat buffet. She had fried chicken. She said she was raised on bacon. By the way, don't forget that chocolate is a vegetable. Chocolate comes from beans. Beans are a vegetable. Therefore chocolate is a vegetable.
  22. And what Wertbag writes is the reason I avoid saying I am an "atheist." I prefer to say I don't believe, or that I'm not religious. As I've written on this site before, the term "atheist" is often used as a pejorative by Christians and I don't want to give them an opening for inaccurate claims about my world view.
  23. Well, the domain name seems available. Sex-Christian.net. The no-guilt site for horny Christians. First month free with a year's membership. Only $9.95 per month, one year paid in advance. Credit cards accepted. Not sold in stores.
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