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  1. Welcome, DLP. Your story echoes many others posted here — you are not alone. You close with feelings of guilt. But remember that guilt is something that you can control. It exists within you and you feel it only because you let it exist. Yes, it is difficult to shed — it takes a lot of work to get to the point where you no longer have those feelings. But you can do this. A useful exploration is the notion of "assertive rights." You have the right to be your own person without feeling guilty or needing to explain it to anyone. You might do a Google search for "assertive rights." I
  2. My words as well. And we'll be thinking of you in the weeks ahead.
  3. I'd say that if this is the only way he can figure out how to communicate with his people, then he's a dumbass.
  4. And THANK YOU Pantheory for providing sources for your information. Legitimate info from reliable sources is important. Too much of what we see on the net is questionable, and too many people just repeat what they hear without validating the info.
  5. It seems that there is a Christian "health insurance" program out there that avoids regulation and fails to pay claims. They claim that they are a pool of members who will cover each other's costs, but the organizations have left some people with hundreds of thousands in unpaid medical bills. Here's a link to the NYT story: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/10/health/christian-health-care-ministries.html Here's another source: https://www.ctpost.com/local/article/I-m-relying-on-prayer-Norwalk-man-owes-15098631.php If you can't get that, Google "Trinity Aliera
  6. Not too long ago I had to go to a service at a fundy church and there was a 10-year-old kid there who stood up and said he was terrified of going to hell. That's child abuse of the first order.
  7. Oh shit. We all hope she'll stay safe. And I can probably speak for everyone in saying that we all respect and appreciate the dedication of all the healthcare professionals who are carrying on at great personal risk in the face of this. Please tell her that she is appreciated.
  8. It seems that the 16 scroll fragments in the Museum Of The Bible in Washington DC are fake. Aw shucks. But then, the whole banana is fake, so what's the problem? BTW, the article says the museum is a $500 million thing. Talk about a waste of money. https://www.sciencealert.com/entire-collection-of-dead-sea-scrolls-fragments-at-us-museum-turns-out-to-be-fake?fbclid=IwAR0Yx9fa8IjEBsLxLg3Xl8BkPTJLGqmoAkzhmXSJFXyxseE9cchZLeJxj6Q
  9. I have a friend who is a master at debate. He can take any side of any issue and beat the hell out of the opposition. He loves to get the Witnesses to come inside for a chat. By the time he's done with them they are doubting their faith. And he does this so smoothly that they don't even realize they are being hosed.
  10. I'm with you. As it is said, dogs have masters; cats have staff.
  11. Here's what I do: 1. Follow enough news from reliable sources to know what you need to do, but don't consume too much of it. 2. Verify anything that sounds radical or questionable through multiple sources. 3. And, although we don't do the God thing any more, keep in mind the Serenity Prayer minus the God stuff: Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, The courage to change the things I can, And the wisdom to know the difference.
  12. Just read an article in Politico, a source I trust, about when Trump's team came in back in January of 2017, they were given a briefing by top officials on how to handle a health pandemic. The article says the Trump people in essence blew off the meeting. https://www.politico.com/news/2020/03/16/trump-inauguration-warning-scenario-pandemic-132797 Here are a couple of cogent grafs: Asked whether information about the pandemic exercise reached the president-elect, a former senior Trump administration official who attended the meeting couldn’t say for sure but noted that it wasn’
  13. And, according to the Sacramento Bee, folks are rushing to gun stores to stock up. I suppose if the virus shows up on someone's doorstep, they'd be able to blow it away with their semi-automatic rifle. https://www.sacbee.com/news/nation-world/national/article241164136.html Wifey went to the market this morning to pick up a few things that we needed. Bottled water aisle: empty. Meat and fish case: empty. Cleaning supplies aisle: empty. Bread aisle: one loaf of raisin bread, total. Two bananas in produce. Well, I've got what I need: (Do
  14. Hey, everybody.... everything is going to be OK!!! Don't worry. Here's an article from today's news: Trump declares Sunday a National Day of Prayer Hours after declaring a national emergency because of the coronavirus, President Trump suggested the nation look to God for "protection and strength." ... "No matter where you may be, I encourage you to turn towards prayer in an act of faith. Together, we will easily PREVAIL!" Trump wrote in a follow-up tweet. Oh, I feel so much better now. Don't you? __
  15. [sarcasm] But, of course, we can't do that when there is no pandemic.... After all, if you can't afford healthcare, you just aren't working hard enough. [/sarcasm] Here's an interesting article about all the "vital" regulations that are now being waived because of the virus. But the author says that if these regs can be waived now, then they weren't all that necessary in the first place. The first example is the TSA regulation on liquids — no more than 4 oz. per container. But now you can bring 12 oz. of hand sanitizer. So before, more than 4 oz. gives someone the chance to
  16. And of course what we are seeing from our government is in effect a "Medicare for all" type of response.
  17. I think part of what we are seeing is the consequence of a for-profit medical system that is geared to enriching CEOs and investors.
  18. I like that. "Words and threats." Great description.
  19. Here's another one: Jim Bakker is being sued by the Missouri a.g. over selling a Coronavirus cure: https://www.newser.com/story/288024/jim-bakker-sued-over-coronavirus-cure.html
  20. You're in the Bible belt, so I don't know what you're dealing with, but is there a way you can just let the whole issue just sort of fade away? IOW, instead of some sort of dramatic announcement, just quietly back out of discussing religion, be "too busy" to participate in stuff that has religious connections, etc.?
  21. Eventbrite says the event is ended. Perhaps they cancelled it?
  22. I was getting ready to start a new thread and found this one, so I'll add this to the nutcase ledger. You’ve got to read this. These folks are certifiable. In Redding, California, a city of about 92,000, there is a faith-healing church with a membership of 9100. (Note that 9100 members is almost ten percent of the entire city population. To be fair, the membership probably includes folks from nearby areas including the smaller city of Red Bluff, but still that's a lot of people.) And some 2,400 students from around the globe are enrolled at the church’s School of Supernatural Minis
  23. Well, I hope it works out in a satisfactory way.
  24. All the above advice is good. I'll add one more thought: I'd avoid using the term "atheist." As I've written before in these spaces, Christians use that as a pejorative, and it is sort of like waiving a red flag in front of the Christian bull. As Midniterider wrote, some Christians will see that as eating babies and worshiping Satan. So if you need to define your position, I would suggest you simply state that you no longer believe, or that you are a secularist, or whatever term you are comfortable with other than "atheist."
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