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1  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: Atheists' Ten Commandments Revealed. on: Today at 12:06:15 pm
Christmas is a holiday for Christians. Should atheists be celebrating it?
2  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Personal news... death of a friend on: December 19, 2014, 10:41:12 am
Winter is early this year. It is difficult to sort out my feelings, with all the 'holiday stress', brutal cold on top of dealing with loss.
3  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Do you openly and aggressively support gay marriage? on: December 18, 2014, 11:46:46 am
I openly and aggresively support civil unions, but not gay marriage.

Is there a difference? Other than semantics?
Glad to hear you support the right of two people to love each other.
4  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Happy Hanukkah on: December 17, 2014, 04:57:32 pm
Not a fan of any holidays, but Hanukkah is as good as Christmas if not better.
It's a shame that it doesn't get as much attention.
5  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinions on the following issues on: December 16, 2014, 09:17:46 am
Abortion is a Women's Right..... I wouldn't call it a right.
Gay Marriage..... what do you think?
Affirmative Action .....maybe
Absolute Right to Gun Ownership..... get rid of all guns
Capital Punishment ..... generaly oppose, strongly pro-life
Prayer in Schools..... silent prayer/meditation only
Make Taxes more Progressive..... 100% support
Privatize Social Security..... depends
Government playing a stronger role in Healthcare..... support especially for mentally ill
School Vouchers ..... depends
Legalize Marijuana ..... county by county only
Stimulus Better than Market Recovery..... don't know
Expand Drilling..... don't know
Prioritize Green Energy ..... depends
Animal Rights ..... depends on what rights
Expand the power of Unions .....support
Pathway to citizenship for Illegal Immigrants .....one world government would
make us all world citizens
Protectionism in trade..... don't know
Increase military spending .... I am a pacifist
6  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: some thoughts on homosexuality on: December 16, 2014, 09:10:46 am
You're right I don't have to.
7  Forum Community / Forum Community / some thoughts on homosexuality on: December 16, 2014, 09:05:12 am
You know, I am still very uncomfortable telling people that I am homosexual.

I wonder about how others feel telling people about your feelings on the issue, and
if you are homosexual, telling others. If not, telling people your opinion on the topic.
No, not on the internet, where you are anonymous, relatively anyway, but in "real" life.

If you are pro homosexual but not yourself homosexual, does the topic make you uncomfortable?
If you think that homosexuality is wrong are you uncomfortable telling people with different views? Afraid that in stating a controversial opinion will get your face "bitten off" (figuratively speaking of course)
8  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Personal news... death of a friend on: December 15, 2014, 11:01:06 am
thanks again for the condolences
9  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Personal news... death of a friend on: December 14, 2014, 08:08:11 pm
Thanks for the kind words, of course it hasn't gotten any easier in such a short time, but at least I know what to expect, the regular routine of life which was relatively easy is now more difficult, I tend to focus on the future more than normal, wishing time would move along, which of course it will. I know it will always be something that will hard to put behind me because right now I don't want to accept it or let go, and I probably never will, but I am getting used to feeling sad a lot, missing him terribly and will get used to whatever pain will follow me into the future.

Life will always be uncertain and maybe it will be easier not to expect it to ever be any less than difficult, I have a big family and have lost quite a few of them already and can't expect to be spared further loss.
10  Forum Community / Forum Community / Personal news... death of a friend on: December 14, 2014, 04:09:59 pm
I lost my best friend 29 days ago. I am reluctant to post such a private story here, but I wanted to know how people here deal with serious adversity in their personal lives. I am still raw and life doesn't seem real right now.
When was the last time you faced such a life altering event and how did you move on?
11  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: What is your personality? on: December 11, 2014, 02:25:34 pm
I have a hard time answering most of these questions. 

This is not a good version of the test
12  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: What is your personality? on: December 11, 2014, 02:12:32 pm
and then there's also the enneagram
13  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: What is your personality? on: December 11, 2014, 02:09:30 pm
I always come out as an infp, but I always wanted to be an intj.
(or entj), although I am an N, I have no problem with an S personality:

surprise!

INTJ
Introvert(56%)  iNtuitive(38%)  Thinking(38%)  Judging(1%)
•You have moderate preference of Introversion over Extraversion (56%)
•You have moderate preference of Intuition over Sensing (38%)
•You have moderate preference of Thinking over Feeling (38%)
•You have marginal or no preference of Judging over Perceiving (1%)

I am not a J, although I have the potential to be one. I think of myself right now as an INxP or infp

I am strongly IN

ok, i took it two more times and came out intj i think that this is not a good test
14  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / A simple question on: December 11, 2014, 01:35:25 pm
I am just wondering how important the concept of hell
is to people here. I totally reject the concept, if
people are doomed, why doesn't "God" (whom I also don't
believe in), just anihilate them, as the Jehovah's
Witnesses suggest.
Anyway, if you don't believe in hell, is there any point
to religion or spirituality.
Existentialism makes more sense than traditional religion.

40 day poll, with the option to change your vote although I don't know why anyone
would want to
15  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: Opinion of the Quakers on: November 25, 2014, 02:46:47 pm
I voted freedom fighters, although if you think they are fighters you know nothing about the religion!

Oh! fr not ff, never mind! Sad
16  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: First snowfall of the year, boys and girls on: November 13, 2014, 08:39:46 pm
WTF? Sad
17  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Craziest results of this election on: November 05, 2014, 12:55:52 pm
Landrieu will likely lose in December, especially because a victory there is far less important since it won't effect the balance of power in the Senate by any significant measure, and, although I stand by my earlier prediction that she will ultimately lose, a win would be the biggest surprise of this election cycle, considering how much ground she would have to gain in one month.
18  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: 2014 US Congressional Election Results on: November 05, 2014, 09:01:18 am
I was way off on my prediction of a 50-50 Senate, of course. I only predicted Democratic victories in states that were very close, however. What, if anything, surprised you about yesterday? I think, in spite of my prediction, that things went the way the polls predicted for the most part.
19  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: Is Homosexuality a sin? on: October 27, 2014, 03:19:09 pm
If the religious conservatives are right, on the other hand, why has no person ever been able to change their orientation? People talk about being "ex gay" but they don't actually change their orientation, they only change their behaviour.

If God is Love, would God put any human being in such a stressful conundrum?
20  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: Is Homosexuality a sin? on: October 27, 2014, 03:16:18 pm
Voters for option one are more likely to be trolls, but oh well.
 

If you follow the logic that A) The Bible is innerant and B) The Bible teaches that
all homosexuals go to hell, then, in my opinion, people who believe it to be a sin
are not bigots or trolls, just people who follow what they were raised on and
don't really think about or doubt it. I don't believe any of these things, I am just
saying one should try to see things from another's point of view. I am certainly not a religious conservative, but a religious conservative could argue that calling them a bigot or troll is as unfair as it is to hate someone simply because they are homosexual, if it's ok to "play" the devil's advocate. On the other hand, if it is ok to call religious conservatives bigots, how is that any different than what Dawkins or Harris say about all Theists?
21  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: When will we know which party controls the Senate? on: October 25, 2014, 03:05:03 pm
NOTA


The Senate cannot be controlled until one party gets 60 seats. Tongue
This is the real right answer.
Which might happen in 2016.

How would that be possible?
I think it is possible, albeit unlikely, depending how this year's elections turn out
22  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: When will we know which party controls the Senate? on: October 25, 2014, 02:46:27 pm
NOTA


The Senate cannot be controlled until one party gets 60 seats. Tongue
This is the real right answer.
Which might happen in 2016.
23  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: Arbitrary Easter. on: October 25, 2014, 02:44:24 pm
By the way, I believe that the Seventh Day Adventists observe Easter on Saturday.
24  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: Arbitrary Easter. on: October 25, 2014, 02:40:48 pm
It should be in Spring, because you are not going to get rid of all the rabbits and eggs and pastel colors at this point.  It fits.

If you want to start associating dolphins and sand with Easter, however, move it to June.  

Well, I do like dolphins, but sand is another matter, it can be messy when it gets in everything.

But anyway, maybe I'll start believing in the Easter Dolphin which is as tenable as the Great Pumpkin, neither which we are supposed to discuss according the Linus of Peanuts.
25  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: Arbitrary Easter. on: October 25, 2014, 02:39:01 pm
As for having Easter in the Spring, that is ok by me, and it is usually in April. It is these occasional late March Easters that I don't enjoy.
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