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[#] Tue Apr 11 2023 12:17:19 EDT from Nurb432

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So the Dalai Lama Apologizes and that makes it all better.  ya. 

 

And people wonder why i dislike organized religions and think they are a scam..  Not that im a fan of 'faith' in general as you all know, but that is a personal choice and i do believe in freedom. However I do think organized religions are evil, created to prey on the believers. )



[#] Tue Apr 11 2023 12:34:44 EDT from darknetuser

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2023-04-11 12:17 from Nurb432
So the Dalai Lama Apologizes and that makes it all better.  ya. 

What did he apologize for?

[#] Tue Apr 11 2023 13:32:11 EDT from Nurb432

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I hate to repeat it.. its disgusting.

He kissed a young boy on the mouth, stuck out his tongue and told the kid to suck it.

Tue Apr 11 2023 12:34:44 PM EDT from darknetuser
2023-04-11 12:17 from Nurb432
So the Dalai Lama Apologizes and that makes it all better.  ya. 

What did he apologize for?

 



[#] Tue Apr 11 2023 14:21:59 EDT from LoanShark

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yeah, I don't talk about it much here but I'm an atheist so, no great love for any religious leaders, but, I *had* previously thought that the Dalai Lama was one of the good ones. or at least one of the less worse ones.

so this was hugely disappointing.

[#] Wed Apr 12 2023 09:51:05 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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He kissed a young boy on the mouth, stuck out his tongue and told the
kid to suck it.

I wonder if he's vying for a development deal with Disney.

[#] Wed Jul 12 2023 17:07:48 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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Here's an excellent article describing why atheism is a religion.
[ https://creation.com/atheism-a-religion ]

I make these points all the time. Atheism, at least militant atheism, is absolutely not the same thing as absence of religion.

[#] Wed Jul 12 2023 18:43:13 EDT from Nurb432

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Putting aside for a moment i'm a legally ordained minister in the church of the flying spaghetti monster, i would qualify as 'absence of religion'. But then again, i dont qualify as militant. 

Wed Jul 12 2023 05:07:48 PM EDT from IGnatius T Foobar Subject: Atheism IS a religion

Here's an excellent article describing why atheism is a religion.
[ https://creation.com/atheism-a-religion ]

I make these points all the time. Atheism, at least militant atheism, is absolutely not the same thing as absence of religion.

 



[#] Thu Jul 13 2023 05:54:19 EDT from nonservator

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One of the best things about legalization of marijuana is that fewer people now treat it like a religion. When they get together, they get high, and then they do and talk about other things, instead of spending all their time talking about getting high and how great it is and what the best way is to get high.



[#] Thu Jul 13 2023 07:58:04 EDT from Nurb432

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When i grew up in the 80s, we didnt do that. Not that i participated in the weed being passed around ( really, i had bronchitis since i was born and i like to be able to breathe so never even had an interest in it. When you are 5 and cant breathe short of leaning over the kitchen counter and drinking yellow goo, its some scary stuff you never forget ) but everyone just sat around and blabbed about 'stuff'.  Even if it was acid night or a drinking night. Was never about 'the stuff' it was about 'stuff'

Perhaps we were different? 

Thu Jul 13 2023 05:54:19 AM EDT from nonservator Subject: Re: Atheism IS a religion

One of the best things about legalization of marijuana is that fewer people now treat it like a religion. When they get together, they get high, and then they do and talk about other things, instead of spending all their time talking about getting high and how great it is and what the best way is to get high.



 



[#] Thu Jul 13 2023 14:56:44 EDT from nonservator

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I too grew up in the 80s, and it not only took me a long time to find exceptions to that rule, I continued to run into them even more in the 90s, and to a lesser extent up until medical legalization started to take hold in more than one state.



[#] Thu Jul 13 2023 17:12:27 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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Putting aside for a moment i'm a legally ordained minister in the
church of the flying spaghetti monster, i would qualify as 'absence
of religion'. But then again, i dont qualify as militant. 

Absence of religion would be "I don't really care"

A position of "There is absolutely no possibility God exists and I will torment anyone who disagrees with me" is very much a religion.

That's sort of the point. Militant atheists are some of the most religious people out there. Worse, the people who follow the religion of Militant Atheism believe (incorrectly) that they lay the sole claim to Science.

[#] Fri Jul 14 2023 16:18:33 EDT from Nurb432

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Ultimately that is me. 

Tho, i do feel "church" should be paying tax like the rest of us. I know why they dont, but those days are gone.   I was going to register my house as FSM church. Use the system.

Thu Jul 13 2023 05:12:27 PM EDT from IGnatius T Foobar Subject: Re: Atheism IS a religion
Absence of religion would be "I don't really care"


 



[#] Fri Jul 14 2023 17:52:49 EDT from LadySerenaKitty

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To have your house counted as a church, you need a third party religious organization to have that address as an official church location.

With Pastafarianism, you can have your address ordained for $59.  You even get a Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster ID card as part of the Ordination Package.

 

Wow, the bar to become tax-exempt for religious purposes as really come down, almost to ant level.



[#] Fri Jul 14 2023 18:59:06 EDT from Nurb432

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Right. I am ordained by them, but not my house. Have been for many years. I actually carry the card with me daily.  Why i have no freaking clue, but i do :)

I got one of the new coins that came out with the new format certs and cards ( got one of them too for the hell of it )

 

Fri Jul 14 2023 05:52:49 PM EDT from LadySerenaKitty

To have your house counted as a church, you need a third party religious organization to have that address as an official church location.

With Pastafarianism, you can have your address ordained for $59.  You even get a Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster ID card as part of the Ordination Package.

 

Wow, the bar to become tax-exempt for religious purposes as really come down, almost to ant level.



 



[#] Fri Jul 14 2023 19:02:35 EDT from Nurb432

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Oh and forgot in the winter i wear a small gold broach thingie. i wear it on my fleece hoodie where the lining is almost the same color, so that only people in the know would even notice. 

I have had 3 people notice and give me the normal greeting over the years.  ( either yarrr or ra-man )



[#] Fri Jul 14 2023 20:25:20 EDT from nonservator

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I completely get why so many kids now are LARPing faith until they make it.



[#] Sat Jul 22 2023 09:55:03 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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If they eventually get there, then mission accomplished.

[#] Sun Sep 10 2023 19:26:20 EDT from Nurb432

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So on my walk with one of the dogs tonight, our local fire truck went by.  On the back it has a sign ' in god we trust'.

Really? You mean you trust the god that let upwards of 10 million die in the holocaust? ( perhaps 1/2 of that devote followers ) . Or got a burr and flooded the entire planet, perhaps killing billions of humans and trillions of animals? Or countless other mass events..

The one that allowed my young cat to get an incurable infection and die at 4?  And a few personal stories i wont repeat here.

That god?

ya. No thanks.



[#] Sun Sep 10 2023 22:05:56 EDT from LadySerenaKitty

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What Nurb said are just the claw of the iceberg into why I don't do religiosity.



[#] Mon Sep 11 2023 07:13:52 EDT from nonservator

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Asked, and answered.



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