“Don't hate the religion addict, hate the disgusting religion addiction lifestyle. As soon as a baptist leaves their nasty lifestyle, and becomes a nice, loving person instead, all is forgiven, instantly!”
“There is a process of distillation, where rational and loving people dessert the church of hate, so those remaining are even more rabidly hate filled. When the money dries up, the preachers will change their tune.”
Kiddy Kat on May 30, 2014 at 21:00:11
“so you think Southern Baptists are a church of hate? huh. i admit, i don't like the religion as is practiced, but i wouldn't call them a church of hate.”
den1953 on May 30, 2014 at 10:52:04
“Well going to church is like dining at a Chinese establishment, the more you sin the more you pay, pick a sin from the menu!”
fwspokane on May 30, 2014 at 02:25:04
“We got your message of hate. Good luck with that.”
“However I have noticed that "christians" seem to feel that Jeebus is A-OK with them bending the truth, and in fact, alot of them seem to feel that Jeebus demands it, if the truth doesn't support their religious side of an argument.”
John H25 on May 29, 2014 at 15:40:24
“And from God's written word is there any contradictory statements (In regards to creation). God is identified as the creator throughout the bible. In fact, if you read further in God's word, the bible never begs or pleads for anyone to acknowledge God's existence. Basically the word of God just asserts God's existence, and leaves it up to the reader to determine for him or herself if they will acknowledge or deny His existence.
Christ, in the gospels, also never pleaded or begged anyone to believe in God's existence. I, as with many other christians, don't plead or beg anyone to acknowledge God's existence. We plainly give you the truth of God's word so you can make up your own mind.”
“If it is "pre-natal" then it is before birth occurs, so would still qualify as "born that way".”
ElTerremoto on May 29, 2014 at 16:36:01
“Good question, hard to answer. Since there is no way to (ethically) randomize and carry out a study to answer that question in a more definitive manner, much of the research has been observational and the conclusions debatable.
One could make the argument that there is a definitive link between pre-natal hormone exposure and determination of sexuality. Exposure to A (certain levels of hormones pre-natally) causes B (being gay). That would mean you are correct and we could say definitively that a person is "born that way".
However, someone could just as easily argue that the pre-natal hormone exposure only increased the likelihood that other post-natal environmental factors would be more relevant in determining sexuality. Exposure to A (certain levels of hormones pre-natally) increases the likelihood of B (being gay). In this case it would be difficult to make an argument for "born that way".
As an aside, my only issue was the phrasing of the Gallup poll. I think "born that way" versus "environment" is a terrible question. The question should be "is being gay a choice?". It isn't. I can personally attest to that.
Gallup's focus seems to be on why people are gay (which is a question for science that is ongoing) when it seems to me their intention was to ask whether or not people though it was a choice versus something innate and immutable (which, unfortunately, is a political question).”
“There is a book called "Gone with the Wind". Researchers have determined that there really WAS a city called Atlanta Georgia, and Savannah Georgia. And there really were slaves, and plantations. And, to top it off, there really WAS a civil war. Therefore, Scarlet O'Hara really really existed, and "Gone with the Wind" is a true book, inspired by god, in every line. There is no chance that Scarlet is a fictional character, in a somewhat historical setting. Rhett Butler also is undeniably true too! Because the book has evidence that supports its "historicity"!!! I believe!!!
By the way, there is no external corroborating evidence, from the same time period, that supports the "story" told in the new testament.”
dela5150 on May 29, 2014 at 18:10:56
“Interesting understanding of Gone with the Wind. Unfortunately, I don’t feel there are many literary or historical scholars who share this belief.
“…there is no external corroborating evidence…”
- ::yawn:: …been there, done that. There is.”
“There is no credible evidence. The bible does not count as credible evidence.”
dela5150 on May 28, 2014 at 17:12:01
“Despite all available evidence that supports the historicity of the New Testament, can you provide any sound reasoning/evidence as to why the documents of the New Testament "do not count as credible evidence"?”
“Evangelicals supporting abolition, never happened. They supported slavery. Quakers supported abolition. This is just rewriting embarrassing and shameful history (again) on the part of evangelicals.”
KimSchroeder on May 27, 2014 at 11:12:08
“Believe what you want. If you are looking for absolute 100% support no it did not happen. A lot of southern Evangelicals were slave owners. However, there was a very strong movement that included a few converted slave traffickers who felt a call. It is much easier to prove acceptance of gays and gay marriage than to prove the Bible calls slavery wrong. However, the case for its abolition was made and some consider Quakers a part of the christian revival movement.
I am not saying they are perfect or that i even agree with them at all. I was an evangelical and attended divinity school. I know full well the hypocrisy that lives in those circles, but that does not mean all are hypocritical.
I'm encouraged by this message and the others who are starting to speak up.”
“Wow, everything you say actually applies to you. We all know that religion addicts are way sensitive about the fact that there are thousands of contradictory religions, and that science has disproven them all, so the addicts have serious doubts, and get super hysterical when an atheist is in the room. Cuz it whips up their doubts about their fairy tales.”
John H25 on May 23, 2014 at 16:30:59
“I could be in a room with 100 atheists, and I wouldn't feel the slightest discomfort, or be uncomfortable in any way, shape, or form. The reason is because I used to be an atheist myself, and my heart goes out to them. I could easily relate to them on an equal level.”
May 23, 2014 at 14:18:36
“Oddly, wheat has been a major staple of western diets for about 7000 years. So, why would it cause sudden increase in diabetes in last 50 years?”
David4FreePress on May 23, 2014 at 15:36:31
“Hi Try, According to the book Wheat Belly and others, wheat has been hypridized during the last 50 years to increase yield, meaning more gluten, which is addicting. Bread is also now loaded with sugar under different names to make it even more appealing. The general increase in sugar is also related to diabetes, but dietary sugar is easier to control without the addiction of gluten. The gluten addiction would also be amplified because it seems to be related to depression, which would make people eat more. So I think that the addiction is the key, and many people feel strong food cravings when they try to cut out gluten.”
“I am 59, and my husband is 47. We have been together for 23 years. We have always considered ourselves to be married in reality, if not legally. We are actually legally married now, as of last August, when we went to Vermont and did the deed.
My mom and dad were together til death, and likewise for my husband's mom and dad. So, we actually did have role models for long lasting marriages, growing up. We are able to generalize that fairly easily, from our parents' straight marriages, to our own situation.”
“Reporting on this story is an example of "free expression" and "freedom of speech". But you know that, right?
These are simple facts. This was a woman devoted to helping the poor. The church found out she was gay, and fired her. If that sounds like the church is a villain, well, then there you go.”
ajcii on May 16, 2014 at 13:37:18
“If that were true, it isn't a story. NB I never wrote anything about no right to write what HP wanted...I asked why. Any answer? Even your statement of facts is in error.”
“Gay people do not owe their advancement to religious people. I was there, 41 years ago, in the new Gay Student Union at U VA, and I can tell you, we never had any religious people come around to help us. Gay people pretty much worked alone, with no allies except a few close friends, for decades. With ever increasing hostility from churches. Think Fred Phelps. Finally some thoughtful people and progressive churches started to come around. But the single biggest evil monster still fighting to end our human rights, lives, etc. is the churches that are peopled with the hate flock.”
“The party back then that was the "hate" party were called "democrats". Now, the party that is the "hate" party is called "republicans". The democratic party repudiated this hate stuff eons ago. The republicans picked it up to win elections, starting with the "southern strategy". The current people who are in the democratic party, would never have joined the party back then, that was called the "democratic" party. But, you realize all of this, right?”
skelnav88 on May 17, 2014 at 17:21:57
“You are really funny. Do youself a favor and don't give up your day job, though. The demers are still the party of hate. That is proved every day by people like obama, reid, holder, pelosi and all the others that are trying to mold this country into their own image. Oh, and your "thought" that the current people would not have joined the demers back then is laughable. But, you keep believing that if that helps you sleep at night while they go about trying to destroy this country. When you wake up, don't ask for help. It will probably be too late.”
“Actually, I think the pastors know in their hearts that being gay is not a choice. However, that is an inconvenient fact, when you want to justify bigotry. So, like christians and religious everywhere, they lie. When it is convenient to lie, to justify their religion.”