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I grew up in a fundamentalist homeā€¦ at ten I was baptized into the Seventh-Day-Adventist church. In my early twenties I was baptized into the Assemblies of church, and then in my later twenties I became a member of the Foursquare denomination. The one thing all of those groups have in common is that they are terrified of ME!

Because of my gayness, according to fundamentalists, I can:
~ Single-handedly incur the wrath of to bring down civilizations.
~ Cause earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, flooding and famine.
~ And apparently my powers are growing as I'm creating bigger hurricanes.
~ Just by being gay I can destroy straight marriages and obliterate the institution of marriage altogether.

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Hiking at Mt Rainier last weekend, a marmot rock party included!
Benthoven comments on Aug 18, 2018:
I used to live in the shadow of that mountain. I could see it from just about everywhere I went. I loved that mountain...
Newt Gingrich: Democrats better be ‘careful about the demons they’re unleashing’ Conservative ...
Benthoven comments on Aug 18, 2018:
S'okay, we got Sam and Dean Winchester on the case.
Religious affiliations of superheroes and other comic book characters... I posted this in a ...
Benthoven comments on Aug 18, 2018:
Fascinating.
When I was in high school my biology teacher was about to retire and he was so scared that his ...
Benthoven comments on Aug 18, 2018:
It's amazing when "telling the truth" can carry such heavy consequences.
I have a tremendous fear that a religious fanatic will gain access to a weapon of mass destruction ...
Benthoven comments on Aug 18, 2018:
It a very real possibility, so we all hope that those assigned to protect us are on their toes. As to the Fundamentalists... I don't know what to do about them. You can't reason with them, they don't do facts, and violence is the only language they know (or want to know). But if help is going to come, it's going to come through us, so we need to be looking for ways to protect all of us...
Enjoy your Saturday.
Benthoven comments on Aug 18, 2018:
Or as I like to call it, "Stupid-Thirty."
August 18: Dream Diary
Benthoven comments on Aug 18, 2018:
Last night was a strange one. I was a vampire, in the hospital to have my blood replaced, but they could only do it after midnight.
Only 22 more points to go until I reach level 6... then I will likely be stuck there as it takes so ...
Benthoven comments on Aug 17, 2018:
I've been stuck on level 7 for almost a year.
After Trump is gone, and things settle down, the US should fund massive PTSD therapy. We are all ...
Benthoven comments on Aug 16, 2018:
I know I will definitely need it.
Atheists, we're so terrible! lol atheist gods secular Religious wacko’s should all require a ...
Benthoven comments on Aug 16, 2018:
Alas, this particular letter isn't what it appears to be. https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/stomp-out-atheists/
We recently lost my oldest brother B at 59 yrs old. He was non-religious as were his kids. His kids ...
Benthoven comments on Aug 16, 2018:
That's the irony of religion... I cannot see beyond its own blindness and therefore assumes that everyone else is as blind as they are.
Real factor
Benthoven comments on Aug 16, 2018:
Oh science... It's such a party pooper.
I feel a little bit like Larry the Cable Guy --- I don't care who you are, that there is funny.
Benthoven comments on Aug 16, 2018:
Took me a minute... but then... I'm Twix white! ;)
Hahahahaha. So accurate!
Benthoven comments on Aug 16, 2018:
The ability to think like a Conservative.
Naughty Jesus
Benthoven comments on Aug 16, 2018:
Yes Please!
Exactly how i feel right now!! LOL good morning!
Benthoven comments on Aug 14, 2018:
Usually there's Vodka involved.
Ok. Something that's bugging me a little. I don't understand why all these dudes, old dudes keep ...
Benthoven comments on Aug 14, 2018:
So now I'm confused. Occasionally, I'll want to read more about a person after they've posted something. I'm taking it that this is not cool. I'm pretty sure I've not been to this page... but now I've got to purposefully avoid it.
I love these under shorts !
Benthoven comments on Aug 14, 2018:
Intriguing.
Fortune cookie wisdom...
Benthoven comments on Aug 14, 2018:
Ain't nothing to forgive if you can't remember.
So wrong. But funny.
Benthoven comments on Aug 14, 2018:
No more water-to-wine for that guy.
Another fine, upstanding republican. "In an email sent to Florida news outlets, Miami University ...
Benthoven comments on Aug 14, 2018:
I thought NOT having an education was the pride of most Republicans. What's got them changing their minds now?
Math scholars
Benthoven comments on Aug 14, 2018:
Oh man... I didn't study for this post.
Just was posting something on Facebook! But was in mode and wrote Vote True, Vote Blue! Sounds good,...
Benthoven comments on Aug 11, 2018:
And we got lots of them.
What would you do, and would you confess?
Benthoven comments on Aug 11, 2018:
I thought that was privileged information.
I found this article really interesting and thought I would share for those interested in the ...
Benthoven comments on Aug 9, 2018:
I've posted this before, but it's fascinating... It's a scientific look at dreaming with Michio Kaku. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h7eYt4ZmkR8 This article is the same thing, but it sometimes help to see it written out. https://bigthink.com/think-tank/this-is-your-brain-on-dreams-with-michio-kaku
If life is a journey, I think my bus is late.
Benthoven comments on Aug 9, 2018:
Knowing my luck, when my ship comes in, I'll be at the airport.
I woke up before the birds this morning. Went out and screamed at them for a change.
Benthoven comments on Aug 9, 2018:
Just be careful. They're spot-on poop aim when they want to be.
Do they know the meaning of the word unconditional?
Benthoven comments on Aug 9, 2018:
The farce is strong with this one.
A wise woman told me once that she has room for GOD in her life, but only when she thinks of GOD as ...
Benthoven comments on Aug 9, 2018:
Scooby Doo: Let go let dog...
Do ever think to yourself, Self, I wish there was a site where there was no discussion of religion ...
Benthoven comments on Aug 9, 2018:
Well, the name "Agnostic.com" suggest that it's tied to thoughts and ideas about reality or spirituality. Neil DeGrasse Tyson has a great Facebook page where that's exactly what people do, get together and talk science. It's pretty interesting. Its nice to see that there are some pretty smart people out there.
THE AFTERLIFE SALAD BAR IS OPEN! All religions offer their believers an afterlife. Eternal life...
Benthoven comments on Aug 9, 2018:
Actually, Christianity does make some references to reincarnation. John the Baptist was thought to be Elijah... In John 9, the story of the blind man coming to Jesus to be healed, his apostles ask: "Who sinned, the man or his parents that he was born blind..." suggesting he was suffering for some past wrongs. Again, in the book of John, Jesus talks about his 'father's house' and many mansions. This COULD be a reference to the idea of various "astral planes" sometimes taught in the more extreme religions such as Zoroastrianism. Hell, Jesus himself is an 'incarnation' of God. Plato believed in an immortal soul that frequently incarnated, so those ideas were not new to the early Christians. What has likely happened is that at some point before the New Testament was canonized during the Second Council of Trullan of 692 the books were scrubbed to remove all traces of the idea.
Is there reasons for being vegan?
Benthoven comments on Aug 9, 2018:
Probably not.
I doubt if anyone here is surprised ...
Benthoven comments on Aug 9, 2018:
Did I mention that it's 198 feet of steel?
Another in vogue p/c term is “people of color” that I find abhorrent, as it is used to denigrate...
Benthoven comments on Aug 9, 2018:
So you're a troll?
Every time I go out to the parking lot behind my office I feel like I'm being stared at.
Benthoven comments on Aug 9, 2018:
Even gawked at a little.
Your first car . . .
Benthoven comments on Aug 9, 2018:
My first car was an Acura Integra LS... I LOOOOOOOOVED that car. I had for almost a decade before I bought my Honda CRV.
Oh, I'd NEVER do that!!!
Benthoven comments on Aug 9, 2018:
Shop at Wal*Mart!
Tribune Media calls off its merger with Sinclair Group. This is enough to make many of us stand up ...
Benthoven comments on Aug 9, 2018:
Not to mention breathe a sigh of relief.
Happy bubble bath day
Benthoven comments on Aug 9, 2018:
They're way more fun if you have someone to share them with. ;)
I want one of these "Joe Manganiello"s. He is light speed sexy, and a GIGANTIC NERD, seen here, ...
Benthoven comments on Aug 9, 2018:
Since light speed is a measure of distance, does "light speed sexy" mean "far out sexy"? ;)
Interesting start to my day. Not my building. No one was hurt, apparently. I'm sure all my FB ...
Benthoven comments on Aug 9, 2018:
My brother-in-law, a marine, was working a flight from Stewart Air Force Base, New York, to Cherry Point, North Carolina, then to California, and finally to Yuma... His friend and co worker had been trying to get a spot on that plane... At first there wasn't an opening... Then a seat opened up, but his wife had to go out of town and he couldn't get baby sitting. Finally, at the last minute, it was looking like he could make it. But then they had to make room for more cargo... So he could not make the flight. That was Monday morning, 10 July, 2017. At five in the afternoon, that KC-130 blew apart over Mississippi and all sixteen men, 15 Marines and one Navy (including my brother-in-law) were lost to history. I tell that story often, because it intrigues me. I remember him standing in my sister's kitchen talking shortly after the accident saying, "It should have been me..." But my only response was, "No it shouldn't have. You tried... something kept you off that plane." I don't call it god, I don't call it providence... I don't even call it coincidence... I don't know what it was, but he's still among us... and I'm grateful. I miss the hell out of Brendan, but when I see him I'm grateful for his family that he's still with them. And I give thanks... to what I do not know. I just generically call it the "universe." Even while I'd like to kick the Universe's ass for what it did to Brendan.
Why do these road cones have crosses?
Benthoven comments on Aug 9, 2018:
Maybe God opened a new construction business.
Just another random post
Benthoven comments on Aug 9, 2018:
I especially love the sound they make while I'm chasing the ice cream truck.
In thinking about another post about being on a date that's going really well, "what do you do?" My ...
Benthoven comments on Aug 7, 2018:
Maybe there wasn't a point... One of the things I've noticed is that sometimes life just happens... In this case, you got to see it ahead of time... I think that things are happening all the time, but that doesn't mean we have much say in that.
My office assistants at work today. My work is so challenging.
Benthoven comments on Aug 7, 2018:
The commute must be insane.
Hello all! Noob here. Tips? Pointers? Thank you Site looks interesting.
Benthoven comments on Aug 7, 2018:
Do know what kind of pointers you're looking for, but these are nice. ;)
This site is still up. [landoverbaptist.org]
Benthoven comments on Aug 7, 2018:
That's where Mrs. Betty Bowers got her start... I love her.
Proud moment!
Benthoven comments on Aug 7, 2018:
I have a few evangelical friends, and when the debate comes up, I tell them that they're atheist too. Yes, they SAY they believe in God, but their actions betray them. If they truly believed in God, they wouldn't act that way.
I feel like a dust mote struggling to stay aloft while being batted back and forth. I feel like I ...
Benthoven comments on Aug 7, 2018:
I heard the preacher pray, "Lord, without you we are but dust..." and I wondered... "Is that all I am, butt dust?" Is there a cure for that?
What is everyone's thought on this? After reading this article, it shows very interestingly that ...
Benthoven comments on Aug 7, 2018:
The "God" thing is complicated. We've been steeped in as a species for tens of thousands of years (and even more), and so it has become ubiquitous in our way of thinking. It's like water to a fish. I suspect that until we find another "story" to replace the ones having been told since we became conscious, we'll be playing god for generations yet to come.
What right does the atty general have to take on a job of increasing christian values within our ...
Benthoven comments on Aug 7, 2018:
Personally, I think 'Christian values' is an oxymoron.
Let's give him a choice...
Benthoven comments on Aug 7, 2018:
Unless the KFC gets him first.
For the last 400 years, I have been King of the Planet Tzartush. Ok, I'm not the King...and the ...
Benthoven comments on Aug 7, 2018:
That's okay, in my mind I'm my college weight and dating the belle of the ball.
This explains it. Lol.
Benthoven comments on Aug 7, 2018:
Just so you know, I wholeheartedly believe in Thor... I worship his holy hammer.
Finding myself highly amused by the randomness of others posts, and they're relivence to this sites ...
Benthoven comments on Aug 7, 2018:
If you think about it, that's all life is... a series of random events that work out to make something bigger.
I am a member of a minority group. Probably the most hated and feared of all minority groups by ...
Benthoven comments on Aug 7, 2018:
Imagine being a gay, black, female, atheist with a Ph.D. in law enforcement.
It only takes common sense to see how crazy certain things are.
Benthoven comments on Aug 6, 2018:
Ah, common sense... would that it were more common.
This is a good one
Benthoven comments on Aug 6, 2018:
I once had a Christian tell me that the term sin simply meant 'missing the mark.' So I asked him... "Is it a sinn to miss a mark you're not aiming at? Because it seems that you and I have totally different bullseyes."
Does anyone have the answer?
Benthoven comments on Aug 6, 2018:
I've been in a long-going battle with the University of Washington Student Loan Department. They won't loan me any students.
For the week ahead
Benthoven comments on Aug 6, 2018:
And if that doesn't work, but on your headphones and lose yourself in your favorite music.
His noodly goodness
Benthoven comments on Aug 6, 2018:
Prove to me that Santa doesn't exist... In fact, we have more evidence for Santa than we do God.
Pew pew .....pew pew pew! ratatat tat tat tat tat tat tat tat cure for road rage....
Benthoven comments on Aug 6, 2018:
I saw a video on YouTube where a guy changed his horn to sound like a train horn... It really worked.
Does being an atheist automatically mean you are a liberal? If not what do you identify with?
Benthoven comments on Aug 6, 2018:
I don't think it makes you 'liberal,' but I do think it's going to make you more fact-based. After all, the reason people become atheists is they can no longer justify a belief that seems to have no data to back it up. I've met Conservative atheists, but that was years ago. Today's Conservative has abandoned facts and data, joined conspiracy theory, and supports fascism and the destruction of the America our Founding Fathers built. I think they call themselves atheists in an effort to pretend they have some cred... but when questioned at any level, it suddenly becomes obvious they're no more atheist than Franklin Graham.
Just a thought, people. When you hear, your friend knows a girl named "Dusty", don't automatically ...
Benthoven comments on Aug 6, 2018:
Or maybe, the only boy that could ever reach her, was the son of a preacher man.
Barnes & Noble says sales of books related to anxiety are soaring. Here's why
Benthoven comments on Aug 6, 2018:
I totally get it. These are truly anxious times, and the guy in charge is doing everything within his power to make things worse for us.
So in another thread here the notion of needing someone was given a rough battering in favor of ...
Benthoven comments on Aug 6, 2018:
I can't speak for the other post, but I see this thing in our culture where we don't need anybody. I hear people say, "I just need to love me..." But I don't think it can work that way. I think we learn to love others by loving ourselves, and we learn to love ourselves by loving others. I know it's a crazy generality, but I think that inside of that are ways of bonding ourselves to each other in healthy ways. We need each other on just about every level. We need a military looking out for our best interest, we need regulators making sure our food is safe, we need distributors getting our dinner to the grocery store. We need friends who can see into our blind spots and helps us become better people. As to beating someone up because they value independence, that may very well be the reason they feel they need that independence. We should be good to each other, even when we disagree.
Overused religious words.... GO...
Benthoven comments on Aug 6, 2018:
Patriot; Thoughts and prayers; I didn't say it, God said it; All thing happen for a reason;
OK, Follow me on this... It's 2 A.D. (Or C.E. - your choice) in Israel. Mary Carpenter ...
Benthoven comments on Aug 6, 2018:
Herod the Great died in 4 B.C.E., in Jericoh, and for the last year was in extreme pain and pretty much lost his mind. So the "Massacre of the Innocents" would have had to have taken place in either 6 or 5... since Herod had boys two and under killed. Only Matthew and Luke put Jesus in Bethlehem, and only Matthew sends his family to Egypt. Mark has him born in Galilee, and John skips right over his birth... As to the claims of the Galilean peasant, it's important to understand that he never made any of those claims. The earliest of the Gospels were written after the destruction of the Temple, meaning that Paul had already canvased the Mediterranean with his Hellenized "Christ" based on a guy he knew nothing about.
Flying Spaghetti Monster car.
Benthoven comments on Aug 6, 2018:
That takes tacky to a whole other level.
Give me one song. Make it count. Go!?
Benthoven comments on Aug 4, 2018:
Sorry, one more. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y-1D5N7Bzrk
Interesting quote. Thoughts?
Benthoven comments on Aug 4, 2018:
When people say to me, "I know what I saw," I usually just say, "No! You know what your brain told you you saw."
Give me one song. Make it count. Go!?
Benthoven comments on Aug 4, 2018:
In my humble opinion, this is one of the best versions of this song I've ever heard. "Sweet Child O' Mine" - New Orleans Style Guns N' Roses Cover ft. Miche Braden https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kJ3BAF_15yQ
God mother/father
Benthoven comments on Aug 4, 2018:
I know people who take that role very seriously. My best friend considered asking me to be his kid's godfather, but I wasn't sure I should.... They take the role seriously, and so did I. I more worried about getting caught up in family stuff if anything were to happen. In the end I'm just Uncle Ben... but it's a pretty cool title.
Why did you join this website? Not just what you are looking for. I want a deeper background and ...
Benthoven comments on Aug 4, 2018:
I had two Facebook friends. I felt I could at least get two friends here too... Now I have four friends. ;)
Hope Everyone is Having a Fantastic Day!
Benthoven comments on Aug 4, 2018:
There ain't no stretch like a cat stretch.
Happy Saturday!
Benthoven comments on Aug 4, 2018:
I did a sit up once...
Democrats Who Smear WikiLeaks Are Assisting Trump’s War On The Press [caitlinjohnstone.com] ...
Benthoven comments on Aug 4, 2018:
I don't see it that way at all. I think she's making an emotional ploy, and I don't see a lot of actual data. She clearly has an axe to grind, and grind it she does, but rather than make herself sympathetic, she kind of reminds us of why we hate Wikileaks in the first place.
I do not believe in God, but I believe we should treat life as a precious gift. By inference then, ...
Benthoven comments on Aug 4, 2018:
I hear people say that often, "life is a gift..." But I don't necessarily agree. The insanity, the craziness, the agony, the suffering... these are not gifts. My life was chosen for me. I had no input. But now that I'm hear, I'm left dealing with the morass that comes with life, knowing that there's but one way out... and that also is not a choice for me. Those I love are leaving me way before their time. Those who do great good in the world seem to die young, while those who do great evil live extraordinary long lives. Innocent children are born and subjected to monstrous abusive parents... Of all creatures on earth, it's not the "creature" that life pushes on, it's the species. Life pays little attention to the individual. I do not see the gift. Life has this need to propagate itself, and nothing more.
My Shaman stone I got 2 days ago. Last night I used Reiki on it to clean out energy from all who ...
Benthoven comments on Aug 4, 2018:
Okay... but where's the punchline?
Do you read "fiction" or "non fiction" or maybe "historical fiction"? When I was younger I read ...
Benthoven comments on Aug 4, 2018:
I like reading sciency books... Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Steven Pinker, Brian Greene... That stuff fascinates me.
And one for the ladies !
Benthoven comments on Aug 2, 2018:
Or...
Much ado about...
Benthoven comments on Aug 2, 2018:
They keep telling me that "nothing is impossible," but I've been doing it all my life.
Just curious how many people on here consider themselves 100% either liberal Democrat or ...
Benthoven comments on Aug 2, 2018:
I've said often: "The reason I hate Republicans is they force me to vote for Democrats." I'm comfortable calling myself "Liberal," but that doesn't make me a Democrat. I also like the term progressive, though there are aspects of that which don't necessarily define my philosophy either. But I will say this: "The Republican Party as it has become today, holds almost nothing for me." They've abandoned reason, embraced conspiracy, turned reality into "fake news" and vilified education and knowledge. That frightens me... It kind of reminds me of another time in history when religion had this much power... They call it the Dark Ages.
What is your absolute favorite TV show of all time?
Benthoven comments on Aug 2, 2018:
It used to be M*A*S*H, and I still love it a lot, but I'm inclined to say that maybe Supernatural has eked up there close to the top spot.
Importance of Religion/Lack Thereof in Daily Life?
Benthoven comments on Aug 2, 2018:
Most of those things are running through our culture, and are the bulk of our subconscious reasoning, so they're there in ways we'll never really know. They're pervasive throughout our civil and legal strictures. The parts that we actually 'talk about,' are really just the ten percent that we're aware of. That number may change as we go, but we've been marinating in this stuff for tens of thousands of years.
One choice! IF THERE'S ONE thing in your life that you could change what would it be?
Benthoven comments on Aug 2, 2018:
I spent fifteen years of my life in various forms of reparative therapy, trying to be straight so I didn't piss off God. That was at a time when I was cute and guys actually wanted to have sex with me... That's not the case anymore. I feel like I'd like to go back to that time and make the most out of it.
People will respect you if you respect them? True or false?
Benthoven comments on Aug 2, 2018:
People will do what they're going to do and we have less influence on that than we think. The trick is, that we try to act respectfully, because it's the right thing to do, and become masterfully adept at dealing with others who simply won't care about how they treat others.
So when I was about 7 yrs old. I was in Sunday school. (Raised Methodist) A girl in my Sunday school...
Benthoven comments on Aug 2, 2018:
Do you think Mary ever yelled at Jesus: "Close the damn door, were you born in a barn?"
Most people checking me out here are older dudes. That'd be awesome if I liked geriatric penises,...
Benthoven comments on Aug 2, 2018:
Since it's posted in Silly, Random & Fun, I'll withhold judgment, but as an old penis... wait a minute, that came out wrong... as an old prick... Nope, that ain't right either... as an old pecker... I'm getting totes confused here... All I can say is I wish I looked as good when I was two thousand years old as Jesus apparently does. Have you seen those abs?
Well shit. I needed to stop at the store to get milk on my way home, but the only ID I had on me was...
Benthoven comments on Aug 2, 2018:
Ever since the Post Office stopped putting up their 'Most Wanted' posters, I have no way of identifying myself anymore.
You can find anything on the internet with Google. Yesterday I discovered rare footage of Houdini ...
Benthoven comments on Aug 2, 2018:
I hate it when I did that. I once locked my keys in my car and then it started pouring down rain... and the seats were soaked because the top was down.
Whoever named Newfoundland just wasn’t even trying.
Benthoven comments on Aug 2, 2018:
Maybe they were trying to score more points in Words with Friends.
Found this on Facebook. I commented that on the dating site I am on, these guys would be undateable ...
Benthoven comments on Aug 2, 2018:
It's amazing how quickly the word "Trump" will end any sexual arousal whatsoever.
I don’t know where to put this so, here ya go. ...
Benthoven comments on Aug 2, 2018:
Who's a good boy? ... Who's a good boy... ?
A Math Theory for Why People Hallucinate | Quanta Magazine
Benthoven comments on Aug 2, 2018:
Cool.
What's the last book you read that you really enjoyed? I just finished "Dear Hamilton", loved it.
Benthoven comments on Aug 2, 2018:
One Nation Under God: How Corporate America Invented Christian America https://www.amazon.com/One-Nation-Under-God-Corporate-ebook/dp/B00PWX7R56/
Why do popular religions namely Christians believe Evil judges Evil...such as Satan influencing and ...
Benthoven comments on Aug 2, 2018:
Think of evil like Donald Trump... He's mean, petty, vindictive, spiteful, viscous, belligerent... and his best friend today becomes his enemy tomorrow over something that stronger people wouldn't even worry about. Evil is egocentric, and considers "others" as means to get what it wants. To that end, evil doesn't even care about evil.
Just because someone has achieved senior citizen status does not grant one the right to go ...
Benthoven comments on Aug 2, 2018:
I always say, "I've earned the right to be childish... " But seriously, when someone tells me they've "earned the right" to do anything, I ask them if the organization that gave them the right was accredited. Do they still have their diploma or certificate... and I'm going to need to see credentials. And I'm not sure online diplomas count.
The President Says " Koch Brothers Are A Joke"
Benthoven comments on Jul 31, 2018:
There's probably something to that.
Is Your Spirit Animal a Wolf? Do You Have One?
Benthoven comments on Jul 31, 2018:
I don't know what my spirit animal is, but I think it's rabid.

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