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I took the personality type test on a whim. I am type ESTJ-T and it says my role is sentinel. My strategy is social engagement.

In my youth I studied to be a Pentecostal minister. It's the worst thing I ever did and it haunted me for years because I dropped away from it until I realized that gods are imaginary. For the first time I have real freedom now.

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My atheist family was appalled when I converted to Catholicism – but it’s given me great peace |...
DenoPenno comments on Jan 8, 2020:
I do not need religion. I got into it because my parents found it and they were so lost. They put it on me and wanted me to be a preacher. It was all misguided and caused me a lot of pain. Finally I woke up.
Iran approves bill labeling US military as terrorist organization - JURIST - News - Legal News & ...
DenoPenno comments on Jan 8, 2020:
It's a shame but we have to have that war to unite America for Trump in 2020. The damage he is doing can be passed off that he is "thinking of America first" but his supporters are too dumb to see what he uniting. He has now destroyed over 8 years of foreign policy.
Hi. I’m new and am curious. Does anyone else feel they have to pretend to believe in God in order...
DenoPenno comments on Jan 8, 2020:
It is that way in my workplace as well and here is how I handle the pretense. To start with I do not talk religion. When it does come up and gets to that level I tell everyone that I used to be religious and I studied to be a Pentecostal preacher, however, I am no longer religious. That usually ends it all. When it fails and some idiot asks me why I no longer believe I will correct them by saying "you are putting words in my mouth, as I said I am no longer religious." Since none of these people are twice or more a week church people who cannot wait for the church house doors to open, this usually does the trick. The bottom line is that they are people just like you, and this applies to most people. I also live and work in small town areas. I currently have no social life but you should not allow others to limit yours.
The Nightmare Stage of Trump’s Rule Is Here Unstable and impeached, the president pushes the ...
DenoPenno comments on Jan 7, 2020:
Trump has killed an Iranian general on Iraqi soil and says it was a needed action for our safety. Next we see Iran replacing this slain general with another that Soleimani himself had trained. Is there any difference? Different man, same objectives. On the American side of this we see the Trump base pushing the fact that Trump is protecting us and he really believes "America first." What I see is a distraction from impeachment and beating the drum of false patriotism for the 2020 re-election. Trump is ready to trade American lives for votes. Watch the news objectively and you will learn that 8 years and more of foreign policy has been removed. Things are getting worse now because of this. Trump and his handlers think they have done a good job but the man should never have been POTUS. We are in the grip of a terrorist regime and nobody sees a way out. I expect stupid replies to my words talking about everybody else and everything else to try and defend Trump. That is not how it is done. You cannot defend your friend by talking about other people. You cannot defend your wife by talking about other women. If you see what has happened here you cannot defend Trump by talking anything in the past. Some go so far as to say that my words show my hypocrisy. In what way? In the past someone told me that "I am hiding behind my military service." WTF. How in the hell do you do that?
It's Tuesday! For what in your life do you feel most grateful? My people. No question. My ...
DenoPenno comments on Jan 7, 2020:
I am grateful for being alive. I am also grateful that at age 18 I wanted to get away from my parents and I joined the U. S. Army. It is that experience and many things learned there that molded me and changed my opinions in many ways. Without the military I would probably have remained a prejudiced prick.
Tracie and Jen from the Atheist Experience in Austin. []
DenoPenno comments on Jan 7, 2020:
I watch this show but these days neither Tracie or Jen are a part of it. Some big blowup with LGBTQ or something like that. I think it's a shame. I liked these two women a lot and they added balance to the show.
Let’s not use words like “whacky” and “bizarre” in describing the religious beliefs of ...
DenoPenno comments on Jan 7, 2020:
Yes, but it was all a setup because god is the one that put that tree there. Then that light bearer guy. He just knew that a woman could not resist a talking snake.
Mailed to my daughter journals I wrote about her. An excerpt.
DenoPenno comments on Jan 6, 2020:
Have you tried being published? You write well and you also like hiking. Maybe a combo of the two of these could get you some articles.
God is that "thing" that, to the best of your knowledge, is at the top of your hierarchy of values....
DenoPenno comments on Jan 6, 2020:
I have no hierarchy of values. I watch our laws and society and then decide on my own what is correct. I can say that the world is scary and so are a great amount of the people that live here.
When someone says "There is no god" they're idiots! At that point it's up to then to prove that ...
DenoPenno comments on Jan 6, 2020:
You are exactly correct. It is the one making the claim who must provide the proof.
How unwise to be a Christian. I mean aren't they atheists to all the gods of other religions that ...
DenoPenno comments on Jan 6, 2020:
All the denominations think they are the right one and believers have no problems with that. I find it amusing. As for hell, that is the place god created for you if you do not believe in him. Wonderful isn't he?
A close friend of mine goes back and forth between extreme antithiesm and Pascal's Wager. ...
DenoPenno comments on Jan 6, 2020:
And you are correct. This perfect god of the bible wanted to get humans started on the earth through a process called incest. If you believe Adam and Eve it could be no other way. Then he decided to destroy us because of sin. WTF is that? Later, through Noah and sons god once again would try to populate earth through incest once again. The apologists try to hide this and explain it away differently. Then you have this all knowing perfect god trying to send you to a hell that he created just for you if you do not believe in him. These are two of the reasons I do not want to be singing his praises forever and ever.
Should creationism be taught in schools? Here is how one science teacher answered that question: ...
DenoPenno comments on Jan 6, 2020:
I agree with this post but it does not mean I think creation should be taught in the classroom. I'm speaking here in a similar way as to what would happen if you teach religion in the classroom. Evangelicals want religion taught their way in claiming we are a Christian Nation. The reality of teaching religion in the classroom would be a brief mention of all religions. Being educated is not a religious matter.
"If I were not an atheist, I would believe in a God who would choose to save people on the basis of ...
DenoPenno comments on Jan 5, 2020:
As an atheist I no longer believe in possibilities of a god trying to save anyone. Save you from what? Enough study on this shows that this god is trying to save you from what he will do to you if you do not believe in him.
A good read... []
DenoPenno comments on Jan 5, 2020:
Faith fails because it is believing what you know is not so. Apologists all have unsupported facts which means none of it is really a fact.
Would u marry a theist?
DenoPenno comments on Jan 5, 2020:
Been there, done that. The last one I married had a grandfather who was a bishop in Legio Maria in Kenya.
You don't have to scratch very far below the surface of the Soleimani assassination to get a whiff ...
DenoPenno comments on Jan 5, 2020:
I think the likelihood of all that you posted is "of course." The problem here is that so many of us would fall in line supporting a war with Iran and think that we were "being American." Reverse this situation and have Iran assassinating one of our military men the way we just did theirs and we would call it "an act of war." I think Donnie has bit off more than he can chew. At best this is an impeachment diversion and plays to a re-election tactic. Now Americans in general are more targeted traveling abroad and Donnie might get surprises at his golf course. What do we do- have the military protect them? Rose McGowan tweeted correctly on this and she is a Republican.
[] Terry Gilliam of Monty Python is calling Me Too out and is getting called out for ...
DenoPenno comments on Jan 4, 2020:
I read the article in Yahoo and he was trying to be logical in some ways but it just came out as dumb to me. He is also tired as a white man of being blamed for everything. Somehow I don't take race and blame for something as going together in the first place.
I live in a religious area, Alabama. Today I went hiking with a nice group in the Sipsey Wilderness....
DenoPenno comments on Jan 4, 2020:
I'm not sure I wold readily admit that I did abortions. There is so much un-truth about the procedure and women's health in general that the mere word "abortion" has poisoned so many people. Let me throw in the line of a Republican anti abortion person that I went to school with. He asks "do you know how many abortions some of these women have had" and he asks it in anger. IDK and neither does he or anyone else.
To what extent do you let reason or logic make your decisions for you? To what extent do you allow ...
DenoPenno comments on Jan 4, 2020:
I force myself to look at the situation but we are not guided by the things that we think we are. You might have a certain food in mind all day, then go home and fix something else. Tis is not logical and it is not common sense.
A hillbilly guide to Les Miserable and other French classics. We have to ask if you are less ...
DenoPenno comments on Jan 4, 2020:
I know is is pronounced "lay mez-ehrab" but we have to pretend the hillbilly didn't know that.
Don't abbreviate 2020. It's for your own good.
DenoPenno comments on Jan 4, 2020:
This is nice to know. These days I write only one check a month and that is because I refuse to pay a buck to allow that payment on my debit card. :)
Burt Reynolds 1936-2018 Born Burton Leon Reynolds Jr. in Lansing, Michigan. Started out acting on ...
DenoPenno comments on Jan 4, 2020:
Is it Bret Aregano? I remember when he was that blacksmith guy on Guntote.
Omnicide - who is responsible - a new ethic for our times... []
DenoPenno comments on Jan 4, 2020:
Ultimately we are responsible. Once you consider how politics plays a part the blame has to go on those who are greedy enough to extract wealth without caring about our planet. They spend large sums of money to continue holding that position. The only recourse is that the rest of us become a voice of activism to right this wrong - or we just ignore it all and remain silent.
Am I wrong?
DenoPenno comments on Jan 4, 2020:
Sounds good to me but they will likely start an argument with you on this. It is the nature of the religious. They always want to tell you what god said or what god is going to do.
Live near Philly enjoy searching for answers in spiritual realms including existential and non ...
DenoPenno comments on Jan 4, 2020:
What is non dimensional contact?
Anti-Vax For Jesus: Conservative Christian Lawmaker Calls Vaccines ‘Sorcery’ | Michael Stone
DenoPenno comments on Jan 3, 2020:
Jesus can cure it if he wants to. Does he want to? Did you give enough money? Wait. You are not cured. Maybe you had some hidden sin in your life. Let's all confess our sins to each other.
I was listening to One of Richard Dawkins books and it surprised me when he said that on his scale ...
DenoPenno comments on Jan 3, 2020:
The god argument is fifty fifty. Neither side can prove or disprove a god. If you make a solid claim you also have the burden of proof. Surprise! Neither side can prove.
Religion in the workplace
DenoPenno comments on Jan 3, 2020:
In my workplace religion sometimes come up one way or another. My remarks back to them are that earlier in my life I studied to be a Pentecostal preacher. Today I am no longer religious. Usually they leave me alone at that. If not, I tell them they are trying to put words in my mouth and go back to the above again.
I note that some of my colleagues on this site seem to be concerned with the "godness" , ...
DenoPenno comments on Jan 3, 2020:
Why must there be a beginning? What if the universe has always existed in one form or another? I'm using your words above and I do not see conscious force driving anything. Yes, there is constant creation and destruction.
How do you stop swearing?
DenoPenno comments on Jan 3, 2020:
I swear like a sailor most of the time.
Happy Thursday! Back to reality time. Today's question is: When did you last sing to yourself? To ...
DenoPenno comments on Jan 2, 2020:
I use imagination and the songs are all there right inside my head.
Courage could be contagious in the Senate [] We can hope
DenoPenno comments on Jan 2, 2020:
The Senate needs courage to break with the Orange Clown.
Michael Bloomberg.. He was republican as as mayor and now democrat as president candidate? Please ...
DenoPenno comments on Jan 2, 2020:
He has been back and forth on political party platforms. I'm not even sure he is wanting to win. He says he is putting large sums of money into this to try and divert people away from Trump. Either this will be true, or it might end up just being the opposite. It is a wait and see.
When I saw Trump on stage making fun of an handicapped person I couldn’t believe it. It was just ...
DenoPenno comments on Jan 2, 2020:
I fully agree. Trump on stage mocking that handicapped reporter would have just about ended it all for anyone else running. Why not end it for Trump?
“I’m not perfect, I’m just forgiven” is the most enabling statement ever made! Christians...
DenoPenno comments on Jan 2, 2020:
I agree with every word there, David. The "just forgiven" angle is a license to continue doing as you want. It teaches you nothing. Over the years I have developed a word for church. I call it "crutch" and it appears that is exactly what it is.
Franklin Graham Reminds Jimmy Carter That God Kills Gays | Michael Stone
DenoPenno comments on Jan 2, 2020:
Maybe Graham thinks that Carter is gay. Life is amazing. Fallwell used to think that cartoon characters were gay.
Hello fellow Humanists, What are you looking forward to accomplishing, participating, or simply ...
DenoPenno comments on Jan 2, 2020:
What am I looking forward to in 2020? Fist of all, these are only numbers. What changed? Around my place some neighbor fired off a noise cannon just after midnight when 2020 was officially here. Why? The older I get the more I try to figure this all out. When I was younger I was a part of it. Today I wonder why. For New Years resolutions I'm going to try and not eat as much and maybe conserve air by just breathing half as much. I have this theory that older people eat more because deep down inside of them they realize that time to eat is running out.
Does god exist?
DenoPenno comments on Jan 2, 2020:
Only if you believe the bible and other scriptural writings and accept them as evidence. Otherwise there is no proof of gods of any kind.
After watching several YouTube videos of Christopher Hitchens, I have now concluded that it is a ...
DenoPenno comments on Dec 31, 2019:
Yes, condoms are far more worse than AIDS. Everyone must know this by now. Also in Africa the belief is that you can be cured of AIDS and HIV if you have unprotected sex with a young virgin. To hold these beliefs in any form is to be engaged in genocide.
A GOP legislator in Washington called for a 51st state led by a military Christian government
DenoPenno comments on Dec 31, 2019:
How exactly would we have a military Christian government? Fascism is not my thing and it is not desirable.
What gave you joy in 2019?
DenoPenno comments on Dec 31, 2019:
My 2019 joy was in being alive and learning more about computers, working on my own 3 units, and updating constantly. I have learned that all is on the Internet if you know how to look and I continue to watch TV and movies as well as news from all over the world. Other than the above I work a few short hours daily and then come home to hide behind closed doors until time to leave the next time. I'm off work New Years Day and am having a few drinks as I write this.
I was raised on the narcotizing and stupefying cool-aid of racism, broader ethnocentrism, religion, ...
DenoPenno comments on Dec 31, 2019:
I agree with your every word and it took a while for me to see the errors of my youth. So many today still want to drink the cool-aid. They do not think we deserve better or that we should do better. The solution for so many is to deny anything that would help us all so they only want to help the few. Deny anything to do with a women's movement. Deny anything to do with LGBTQ people. Deny any program that would help us all as a society and make things better for all. Let's give all the benefits to the top 1 percent and just be happy. That's not for me and it should not be for you. The problem is that you have to attack them or they will never see the vision.
This post does not pretend to represent a scientific analysis; it's just a conversation starter. ...
DenoPenno comments on Dec 31, 2019:
Do I have depression? Yes. Most people in the modern world today would have. I deal with it in my own way without harming anyone and I cannot exactly tell you what it feels like. This is because we are all different. The principals that I live by are those that work for me without harming anyone else. My reality may not be your reality. I can tell you exactly how I feel and even if we agree we may not be saying the same thing. This is the nature of reality.
Are you truely agnostic or an athiest in hiding? We havent even fully explored our own planet, yet ...
DenoPenno comments on Dec 31, 2019:
Believe it all your way if you like. I am an agnostic atheist.
Who has noticed in the last day or so there has been a resurgence of Islam bashing. Nothing new ...
DenoPenno comments on Dec 31, 2019:
This is because Trump blames Iran for what is happening in Iraq at our embassy. Rather than an increase of Islam bashing it appears to me as a resurgence.
The hospital clerk asked my religion before a medical procedure. I told jokingly her to put atheist...
DenoPenno comments on Dec 31, 2019:
In that case the answer is yes. This is because they are asking for a religion and you are saying you do not have one.
What are some of the things you can think of that were originally answered by religion that have ...
DenoPenno comments on Dec 31, 2019:
The virgin birth was always a beauty. From time to time there was even "scientific" articles to prove that it was possible. Of course, in my time I have heard grownups in discussion about how it was impossible for a woman to have puppies despite what the National Enquirer article said. Thunder is actually bowling going on in heaven. This was back when bowling was more popular.
Everybody wants something different. We're all in the same boat (or plane as in this editorial). ...
DenoPenno comments on Dec 30, 2019:
I see the point but with Donald Trump there is no best to hope for. He is not POTUS material, period. As for your airplane pilot, I have never wondered about them in any way when I was on a plane.
Well, I don't know why the posts about the Telegraph article [] were taken down, but ...
DenoPenno comments on Dec 30, 2019:
Clickbait is a means of payment for someone somewhere and it appears to also boost the popularity of a belief or idea. Scratch that last part and go back to payment. This is what it is all about.
Prayer Doesn't Heal People—At Least I Hope Not
DenoPenno comments on Dec 30, 2019:
Prayer works on you and not the other person. Sometimes prayer makes you very unreasonable and it also is not logical.
What am I saying?
DenoPenno comments on Dec 30, 2019:
It is 100 percent true that truth is in the eyes of the beholder. I have others tell me all the time what I have just said but it is not what I said at all. Go backwards in your own mind and look for things you believed just a short time ago that you do not believe today. They are there and you can find them if you are honest with yourself.
I deleted my level 7 profile and started again because data had been copied to a test website and ...
DenoPenno comments on Dec 30, 2019:
A lot of this is because your information is public. More so now than it ever has been. As for I believe it is related to this site. If you look at it you might find the same members. A test website? I'm sure there are all kinds of websites. I have this same user name in Facebook and I do it for a reason. I'm a political activist and both parties believe I am friendly to them and support them. Let them believe what they will. When you post it on the Internet you no longer own it and do not have control of it.
I am so sick of the cess pool in the house, Senate. and Whitehouse. I seem to recall hearing about ...
DenoPenno comments on Dec 29, 2019:
I don't send a dime to either party. Charity begins at home.
lately I'm beginning to think they should change an IQ test from measuring how intelligent someone ...
DenoPenno comments on Dec 29, 2019:
I fully agree. My religious friend is still trying to view world events through his knowledge of the book of Revelation. Sorry. America and Britian are not in there. Neither is Russia.
PA GOP Wants Death Certificate, Burial For Fertilized Eggs That Don’t Implant
DenoPenno comments on Dec 29, 2019:
I agree with your every word. If we want to go with this kind of GOP nonsense then we need to do the same thing every time a male ejaculates. This is nothing more than wanting a death certificate for a miscarriage. Best thing the ladies can do on this one is keep their mouths shut if they miscarry unless they are in hospital at the time.
Man who made 27,000 crosses for shooting victims is retiring
DenoPenno comments on Dec 28, 2019:
Crosses have been given too much power in our mythical religious world. I would not want one, wear one, or be buried with one.
How do you answer "How are you today?"
DenoPenno comments on Dec 28, 2019:
I agree with you. People that ask how you are really do not want to know. They simply want to appear as friendly and professional. I've taken to a smile and the answer that says "I could be better but then I could be worse." :)
[] thoughts?
DenoPenno comments on Dec 28, 2019:
I unblock the site and it still does not let me view and wants me to subscribe.
Why do Christians get threatened and terrified by Atheists? (Not all but some). If you're 100% ...
DenoPenno comments on Dec 28, 2019:
I think that deep down they all know it is BS. I read once of a believer killing his friend who was an atheist. To me this smacks of "how dare you tell me that my parents and grandparents were wrong about god." Non-belief upsets the apple cart. I want to believe. I was once on another site where the girl in question always thought it would be so nice if a god existed just like it said in the bible. She also wanted so badly to be married. When she quit the site she admitted she had went back to religion again and was marrying a believe. As for validity of Genesis I am always amazed that god wanted to destroy the people because of sin. What sort of sin is not stated but everyone thinks it was sexual. How could this be when god wanted to use incest to populate the earth - TWICE. This gets worse when apologists try to use the timeframe allowed to explain it was not incest and yet it is because of sin that we do not live so long today.
Satan and I in Florida . We had great x , and back to work for both of us . He was given to me by ...
DenoPenno comments on Dec 28, 2019:
Nice pic of you and the bat. :)
Ben Johnson 1919-1996 Born in Foraker, Oklahoma. Was a rancher and rodeo cowboy before starting ...
DenoPenno comments on Dec 28, 2019:
I always liked Ben Johnson. He gave a solid and believable performance.
Even though I am an atheist, I recognize that we have had great theologians, whose thoughts are ...
DenoPenno comments on Dec 28, 2019:
What is the word of god? Why would I think that one person has it when another person does not?
I hear from my brother frequently about how concerned he is I'm going to hell. He means it in a nice...
DenoPenno comments on Dec 27, 2019:
People fall for this because of indoctrination. People worried about an unknown part of you going to be burning forever in an unknown place need to back off and get a grip. When couples split because of this and one cries so much you see the big tears, there is usually a minister somewhere agging it on because his congregation once was both of you and he sees now that 1 is better than none. This would be about the money unless that minister is exceptionally stupid. Take that situation back to just you and your brother it shows that your brother remains indoctrinated.
I was having a conversation with a Christian friend about free will. My friend tried explaining that...
DenoPenno comments on Dec 27, 2019:
The big "free will argument" comes about because it is so important that you want to worship god of your own free will. I always heard that god could have robots or angels worship him but with humans it is their choice to do so. This is free will.This is why even the angels are looking into this area of humanity. Once you study enough the big question becomes who in their right mind would want to worship this ignorant tribal god? Why would anyone want to worship anything? On the other hand the murderer has free will to murder you just as you have free will to be murdered. There are no gods in that equation.
If you think it is the right thing to "respect other's beliefs", please tell me why? Is there a ...
DenoPenno comments on Dec 27, 2019:
I do not respect other people's beliefs. Some beliefs are crazy as shit!
How do my fellow Atheists deal with depression?
DenoPenno comments on Dec 27, 2019:
I'm probably more depressed now than I was before. I take no meds for it, but just live with it. Nothing is real. We have the god myth and cartoon characters sell us insurance and other products and things. Movies make up entire histories of make believe situations they think we are so enamored with and they just keep going. The world you thought you knew is no longer there at all. Demands of logic and evidence show this as fact. Anxiety comes in and you cannot sleep more than 2 hours at a time but refuse to take meds for it because you have to know what is going on. I just deal with it and refuse to give in to demands of this new idiotic world. Therapy might help but most likely a therapist today would even recommend god. It's all a catch 22.
Merry Christmas Donny trump... I got you a basket of peaches... ! Come pick them up!
DenoPenno comments on Dec 26, 2019:
That bastard certainly is not a peach. LOL
Always the same states proving why the only acceptable solution is removal of all guns from ...
DenoPenno comments on Dec 26, 2019:
If they are in politics with these views they are shooting themselves in the head. Besides, I'm not sure you can remove all guns from civilians hands even if you want to.
The Importance and Relevance of Endorsements in Presidential Candidates Joe BIden has the most ...
DenoPenno comments on Dec 26, 2019:
What I see out of the enter mess is the biggest bunch of disappointment that I've ever seen in my life. I'm talking about both parties here but the Trumpers are just ignorant. One wanted to argue with me today that Obama was babied because he is a black man. I pointed out that Obama is no longer in power and Mitch McConnell said early on that he would do everything he could to see that Obama was a one term president. So much for coddling and babying.
Make them believe in something young, then they have a chance of controlling them as adults. By then...
DenoPenno comments on Dec 26, 2019:
I believe that children figure it out about Jesus also. The problem is that due to conditioning they keep on playing that same old game. They know it but still play it. Part of this is because there is no Church of Santa where they refresh it all week to week.
UPDATE if you read my post about my major Dilemma... Thanks to everyone for their views, ...
DenoPenno comments on Dec 26, 2019:
Even that Rascal Paul said that the believer in a relationship might influence the non-believer in the end and that this was a reason to stay together. Oh, well. Everyone cherry picks the bible.
In a couple of my Amazon books I mention the danger of a self-fulfilling prophesy. Hitler, for ...
DenoPenno comments on Dec 26, 2019:
In Evangelical Christianity it is widely believed that Gog and Magog as mentioned in the bible is Russia. I'm here today to tell you that your bible says nothing of Russia, and it also says nothing of the USA.
Merry Christmas and a happy new year
DenoPenno comments on Dec 25, 2019:
Thanks. U2.
Study finds that children raised without religion show more empathy - anyone surprised? ...
DenoPenno comments on Dec 25, 2019:
I would not be surprised because a believer would have less empathy due to the fact that they can be "forgiven." Keep in mind that they have something that we do not.
Be Christ-like...
DenoPenno comments on Dec 25, 2019:
Nice meme but to be "Christ-like" is to be dead.
There are individuals who believe that being spiritual and religious are not the same thing. I think...
DenoPenno comments on Dec 25, 2019:
I've had people tell me that I am "spiritual" but this can mean anything that you want it to mean. Usually it is a copout for believing in your own way. This means religion and spiritual are concurrent.
How Migrant Children in Federal Custody Will Spend Christmas | Time
DenoPenno comments on Dec 25, 2019:
This is because the Trump policy at our borders is mostly decided by Stephen Miller and it fits the white nationalist/white supremacist agenda.
I love how inventive humans are. They have a story for every occasion. Its really remarkable. From ...
DenoPenno comments on Dec 25, 2019:
Just think. Christmas became the birthday of Jesus in the 4th century. It took that long and the Catholic Church decided that. Merry Christmas.
Logic is not a common thing in the minds of religious zealots... How can a 'good' omniscient, ...
DenoPenno comments on Dec 25, 2019:
I agree with your every word, girl.
Are you a "Season's Greetings" or "Happy Holidays" person? Either way, best wishes to you and thanks...
DenoPenno comments on Dec 25, 2019:
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. Season's Greetings. You know Fox Noise claimed that all the secular people were trying to take Happy Holidays away but now I here that Donald Trump brought it back. Where did it go?
Married to a JW
DenoPenno comments on Dec 24, 2019:
I have had Witness friends and my grandpa was a Baptist turned JW, but he never went to meetings. Much of the "worldly" religions today damn the hell out of this group and the main reason is that they do not believe in a soul. When you are dead you are dead.This is why the Evangelicals damn them because Evangelicals do believe in a soul. They think they die physically and then are instantly someplace else. I see your plight but do not know what to tell you. If your wife will stick with you just remain so that your daughter has the both of you. Will she do that? Will the group try to split you apart? If I did this and was in your place the biggest bother I would have is hearing the word "Jehovah" way, way too many times. Good luck.
Maybe adding appeal to secularism, rather than talking stink on religion, is a more productive ...
DenoPenno comments on Dec 24, 2019:
They want to believe. To me, clapping and singing is not worshiping a god. What it really is is being a part of your chosen community. The honest believer knows this and still wants to tell you all the wonderful things his god is doing. My form of enlightenment to them is bringing out how many biblical things contradict each other. One such example is how mankind was sinful and god wanted to destroy them, so he did so by water and them wanted to re-populate the earth by incest a second time around. Such is the wisdom of god.
This was 5 years ago but that cutie is my daughter. Playing Jesus in the nativity of her gay dads ...
DenoPenno comments on Dec 24, 2019:
Nice baby pic. A sweetie.
Do you approve capital punishment? If so, why? Do you NOT approve captial punishment? If so, why? ...
DenoPenno comments on Dec 23, 2019:
Here is what I know about capital punishment. If you put the person to death that killed those innocent people it is certain that the killer will never kill again. If you believe the killer can be rehabilitated you are probably mistaken. It is not a perfect system and yes, mistakes can be made. Most of them today come from cops or prosecutors who want to make a name for themselves.
It's all about DEATH, every one of the major religions are at their core - death cults. They can ...
DenoPenno comments on Dec 23, 2019:
Yes, it is all about death. Everything is so much better at or after death. Ideas of "rapture" come from the belief that in the "end times" your god will make sure that you do not have to go through all the stuff that everyone else goes through. So much nonsense coming from an insane book that almost did not make it into the bible. Yet, they believe it and tell you how wonderful it will be to be in heaven with god forever. It's all garbage. Some have now changed it to where god is the big spark and we are the little sparks. When your life is over you might get lucky and be sitting around the big spark forever. Please spare me. I do not want any part of this.
I know it is a bit late since it is the 23 of Dec today but is anyone taking advantage of the Sam ...
DenoPenno comments on Dec 23, 2019:
Sounds good but I do not deal with aps and deliberately do not have the phone for it. I can and will check Sam Harris out on You Tube which I play on a desktop computer. All of my interests and managed on a desktop computer and this is how I keep myself from becoming part of todays madness. I continue to watch TV and news from all over the world. i can literally watch anything that I want to.
Your in-person community?
DenoPenno comments on Dec 23, 2019:
Mostly none, but if you belong to something that would be a good reason to believe in it or support it.
How do you deal with Holiday family gatherings?
DenoPenno comments on Dec 23, 2019:
I live alone so gifts do not enter the picture. Even my children know not to buy gifts for me. I tell them to buy for their children instead. Normally we have a holiday dinner at one of the daughter's homes. This year it appears that is not going to happen because of stupidity and one's work schedule. I might stay home alone OR maybe I could look for a homeless person less fortunate and try and surprise them by buying them dinner.
65th Birthday Musings... Eternal Optimist Yep. That's me. Do I believe in Christian ideology? ...
DenoPenno comments on Dec 23, 2019:
Happy Birthday.
Have you ever thought about why religions think they need to sacrifice a goat, a lamb, a virgin or a...
DenoPenno comments on Dec 23, 2019:
I told a couple of door knockers that they could just sacrifice a goat for me and one of them spoke up quickly to say that didn't work any longer. He was serious. In the OT things were burned and sacrificed to god and it was even said of burned offerings that "god liked the smell." Is this where hell came from? The best I can say is that Jesus became the sacrifice in order to fully explain his death. Ignore the sarcasm. I studied to be a preacher but those Christians just keep on making it up.
How long would be long enough? If you were in reasonable good health and mental fitness how long ...
DenoPenno comments on Dec 23, 2019:
I'm already a dinosaur. I hate what we have become socially so I avoid it. I'm talking about living every moment on an expensive phone that has become your everything and your very self. It is common to see people all in one room and texting each other. This is not me or my way of life. I know it is not 1960 anymore but I'm not so sure I want to stick around and see how this all turns out. Finding a female who can agree with this and live with me would work out well but my record so far is only about 12 years at a time.
I haven't been here in a long time, i started here when the site was just starting up and made a few...
DenoPenno comments on Dec 23, 2019:
How is the site doing? Stick around and investigate.
I have quite a dilemma. (I realize the overall category that this site falls under, but I think I ...
DenoPenno comments on Dec 23, 2019:
I would run like crazy. It does appear even by the buybull that you two are unequally joked.
Is 'god' an impersonal force of nature, a 'universal consciousness' similar in quality to other ...
DenoPenno comments on Dec 23, 2019:
The basics on god is that god is myth. Thousands of years ago the god idea explained things to a lot of people. Today it is nonsense.
DenoPenno comments on Dec 22, 2019:
That last one will do it every time.
No one teaches a newborn human to breath. No one teaches them to cry, to suckle, to eat, sleep, or ...
DenoPenno comments on Dec 22, 2019:
It cracks me up that adults think a child might not eat and therefore starve. Sorry. It just does not happen when there is food to eat, even if that child does not eat to suit you. Also, I do understand potty training to degrees but some people ac like the child may not crap unless taught to do so. This is why so many adults strain like crazy to do something that comes naturally. Stop putting a time on this bowel activity and jut live your life. You may end up healthier.
Afterlife thoughts... Do you believe in an afterlife? Even if you do not believe in the Jesus and...
DenoPenno comments on Dec 22, 2019:
The words might be in your head. I hear words especially if I am tired. No one is talking to me. They are just words like having something on in the background. We do so many repetitious things and often do have way too much on in the background for comfort, and even some to be able to sleep. You are hearing what you want to hear. Years ago my musician friend and I heard words coming out of his analog guitar amplifier. Very faint but they proved to be coming from the local radio station. Some people hear words due to dental work. Some people just want to hear something. Is there an afterlife? IDK and neither does anyone else. My belief in ghosts and the supernatural went out the door with my belief in gods.
exile in happy valley: Dennis Kucinich, Tulsi Gabbard and the Slow Death of the Democratic Delusion
DenoPenno comments on Dec 21, 2019:
The way Trump is handling things is a true disaster and I really do mean that. Then we have to look beyond politics and go into the greed that made you think it was perfectly OK to have a second mortgage on your home. How was that ever going to work out? The powers that be want your money. If they cannot play nice and get it, they will try other ways.
I just read a post elsewhere that said, Don't let bad politics interfere with good friendships. ...
DenoPenno comments on Dec 21, 2019:
Honest and good politics was on its way out for sometime, then it died fully in 2015. Trump supporters that I know want the craziest things and one in my family recently told me that the Dems "laughed at god." I laugh at his orange ass too. They seem to have a problem with America having "open borders" but forget that we have always (and still do) have them. This is because Trump is so great at getting things done. A recent thing his supporters have come back with is that they have to get rid of Obamacare. These people are insane. I'm not a Dem but I am no longer friends with some of them. I can't overlook the bullshit. Then I read recently where a woman ran down a 14 year old girl with her car because the girl was Hispanic. People won't even admit that Trump has caused this to happen, but they should lock that bitch up and throw away the key.


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