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Robert Cat
Low probability events occur
12:16 PM on 01/27/2013
Why is this blatent ad for a book here disguised as an article?
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LintLass
"When you can balance a tackhammer on your head...
01:20 PM on 01/27/2013
If that's all you see there, drive on, I guess.
02:06 PM on 01/27/2013
You're right. there is also a lot of clear self-congratulation, accompanied by tacit condemnation of her grandfather for his faith.

Yawn.
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Robert Cat
Low probability events occur
02:19 PM on 01/27/2013
That's what it is. She's pushing her book, or didn't you notice that?
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BannedInBoston
Everyone is entitled to my opinion.
08:14 PM on 01/27/2013
Did you actually read it?...
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Robert Cat
Low probability events occur
01:08 PM on 01/28/2013
Yeah, it's a plug for her memoir.
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TheRealThang
Boycott Florida
12:02 PM on 01/27/2013
i don't think he felt silenced by you, you have no reason to feel guilty he was obviously proud of you and of your book - and he introduced you to his friends without shame. My guess is he left this world knowing he made it a better place by teaching you right, which was so evident in your love, admiration, and support of him in his last days.
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Carvajal
11:43 AM on 01/27/2013
Totally agree.. religion gets always on the way to self realization.
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Tom Berndt
08:31 PM on 01/27/2013
If faith gets in the way of selfish satisfaction, of selfish denial of the goodness of family, then great! Once Rome was converted to Christianity, marriage and family life flourished. Homosexuality was dispersed.
10:49 AM on 01/28/2013
"Once Rome was converted to Christianity, marriage and family life flourished. Homosexuality was dispersed."
Where is your evidence for this.
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Wildkitty
He who opens a school door, closes a prison.
11:39 AM on 01/27/2013
What an absolutely marvelous essay!

There are many reasons for us - who DO NOT deny our love of neighbor and an undying need to help when when the time is right, but who DO question today's religious community.

I became an atheist and formed my own 'religion' at an early age. It began (when I was still a child) when a Catholic Bishop called my sister and me 'Bastards' because my non-practicing Catholic dad had married outside the church, to the time the local 'Reverend' watched (and laughed) when my mother tripped and dropped the groceries whe was carrying (but didn't help her pick them up), to the time my father in law asked for 'last rights' after being bed-ridden for more than 6 months- and was DENIED because he hadn't been to 'confession' within the last 3 months.

At first I thought it was the 'people who represented religion' who were at fault, but as I got older I realized that today's religions are cruel and divisive - expecially to those whose voice is 'muffled'. .

My religion is this: ------ "Respect the mountains, valleys, plains, streams, rivers, lakes and oceans and EVERYTHING that lives on and in them." That thought, along with the 'Golden Rule' will always keep me content with myself when I look into the mirror!
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phal4875
The world is run by cats; we just feed them.
01:18 PM on 01/27/2013
Fanned, Wildkitty. I might argue that agnosticism makes a bit more sense than atheism. It is difficult to argue that the universe could not have been created by some entity. I certainly do not know whether it was created by someone or something, but I cannot say that it definitely was not. Even Christopher Hitchens agreed with that during one of his last interviews on TV.
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Wildkitty
He who opens a school door, closes a prison.
02:47 PM on 01/27/2013
Thanks, phal!

I choose the word Atheist because no one seems to be able to agree on who/what holds this universe together - but science (and expecially Astronomy and Cosmology) is constantly coming up with new and different planets, stars - and even new distant universes.

I tend to believe that in the great expanse of 'nothingness' out there we are not alone and one day - when you and I are long gone - we (from earth and from 'somewhere else') will meet - and more questions can be answered.

I miss Chris Hitchens. To me, he made a lot of sense WITHOUT being as demeaning towards the religious community as the religious community is towards Atheists! I refuse to believe that ANY God would choose to be as mean spirited and violent as the God of the Old Testament. And, to me - most 'Christians' forget that there even is a New Testament which teaches a totally different message!

Be well!
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Wildkitty
He who opens a school door, closes a prison.
06:57 PM on 01/27/2013
Just going overmy old activityto see if I missed anything and happened upon your bio- whichI missed originally.

With that in mind, I HAVE to fan you (which I should have done in the firstplace) because on that point we DO NOT have any daylight between us!

=^.,.^=
02:10 PM on 01/27/2013
I know doctors who are jerks; does that make medicine rubbish?

I know math teachers who are evil and malicious; does that mean that 2 x 2 does not, in fact, = 4?

Are you really so wonderful and gracious, with never an ugly moment, that we should take every single thing youe ever say or do to be proof of the validity of what you say you believe?
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Wildkitty
He who opens a school door, closes a prison.
03:47 PM on 01/27/2013
And YOU just proved that 'nastiness' is NOT limited to the non-believers!!
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10:05 PM on 01/27/2013
What u say may b correct for the individual, but at the level of an organized religion I expect their doctrine to b consistent. If u preach love then u need to love not love some and hate others.