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  1. Some months ago our newspaper started running Billy Graham's newspaper column. It's supposed to be a Q&A type thing. I usually ignore it but from time to time I look to see how sophomoric it is. I can't believe that all the questions are real; some, and their answers, are real head bangers. Here's the latest one, "Can we be good on our own, apart from God?" which is full of logical fallacies and false premises: https://www.arcamax.com/healthandspirit/religion/billygraham/s-2116013 I might add that most of the columns I have read make me want to throw up.
  2. Yay! And I'm sure Pluto will feel a lot better too.
  3. Does the password require trigger warnings?
  4. I say it's a fake sign. Google produces no Crystal Methodist Church in South Carolina. There is a town called Effingham but not one called Effing. The sign is just enough out of focus to hide the Photoshop effects. There was a church sign generator on the web a few years back through which you could make all sorts of such fake signs. Sadly, it's gone now. But it was fun while it lasted.
  5. Absolutely. You have to do what is comfortable for you. Just let the friendships die natural deaths.
  6. I'm waiting for someone to use the Colorado cake baker case this way.
  7. Geezer: I agree with Buffettphan. I don't see Pence tossing the Constitution, but I can see him and his clan forcing religious dogma upon us through incremental means. Examples include the Hobby Lobby decision and the wedding cake baker. A new case that's coming up is an Oregon construction worker who was fired because he refused to attend Bible study conducted by is employer.1 I can see a court saying that a private business can set the terms and conditions of employment any way they want. We are seeing a movement arise that is using the "freedom of religion" clause as a means for
  8. Several of us here have mentioned that Pence could be worse than Trump. Here's a recent article about a biography of Pence that raises alarm: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2018/08/23/mike-pence-book-calls-vice-president-christian-supremacist/1062696002/ "The book asserts that many of Pence’s evangelical friends believed his ultimate purpose is to establish a government based on biblical law, what they called “Christian Dominionism.”" And here's the follow-up story: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2018/08/3
  9. I worked for a state university. It takes three years to get rid of an incompetent professor hired in an permanent position. Their first year they get evaluations twice. If they are unsatisfactory, they get one year to improve. If that fails, then it takes another year for the process to move to get them out. If the person is hired on a one-year basis, it's much easier as you just don't bring them back for the next year. But even then, it's a one-year thing so you can be stuck with someone for a year.
  10. Well, if Pence becomes president, you may be right.
  11. Whew. But with the Hobby Lobby case and the cake baker case lurking in the background, I can see this going all the way and our guy losing.
  12. ^ ^ ^ Re-read TruthSeeker again. This is it. Guilt is feeling bad about how others feel, but you are NOT responsible for what other people think or feel. Be kind, respectful and honest. Do what you know is right. After that, what others think or do is their problem.
  13. When you climb those mountains, remember the words of John Muir, the American naturalist responsible for many of our national parks: “Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.” And when you take those walks and climb those mountains, include some sunrises. Get out there when it is thoroughly dark and stay until the sun is well up. Go alone. Look at the stars and watch as the sk
  14. I posted this on another thread here on this issue — The Onion's article that says no normal person is going to sign up to be a priest. Heavy on sarcasm. https://www.theonion.com/vatican-on-sex-abuse-report-listen-no-normal-person-1828426080
  15. If you go to the right church it can be quite a show. Take it for that. Enjoy the music, costumes and plot. I like big churches that have loud pipe organs that rattle the rafters.
  16. Here's a well-written piece by a Catholic who quit the church. She hasn't given up her faith, but she's done with Catholicism. https://www.salon.com/2018/08/25/i-quit-the-catholic-church-im-not-giving-up-my-faith-but-im-losing-my-religion/
  17. By the way.... here's The Onion's take on all this: https://www.theonion.com/vatican-on-sex-abuse-report-listen-no-normal-person-1828426080
  18. If you do get into a discussion and it turns to this, keep in mind that the moral aspects are really universal to all mankind. Christians are quick to say that you can't be moral without God, but there are billions of moral people on this planet that don't worship a Christian god. Do it. It works.
  19. Just read that only about 1/3 of Irish are still practicing Catholics. And the Pope's response to all this is severely lacking. Do we think much will change?
  20. Similar things are happening in Ireland. And some Irish are getting the free tickets to the Pope's visit and then planning to not attend.
  21. Well, the lesson is next time you go to one of these gigs, have a peanut butter sandwich and a couple of granola bars handy under the seat of your car.
  22. Remember that line from Hamlet: "The lady doth protest too much, methinks"? Those that protest the loudest are often the biggest offenders.
  23. Let's not forget that Bush was dominated by Dick Cheney, who had been CEO of Halliburton oil services company, which made over $39 billion on mideast wars from no-bid contracts. Cheney got $34 million from Halliburton when he stepped down to run as Bush's v.p.
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