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Are Trump and the Russians in a Family Way? - TheHumanist.com
gearl comments on Jul 31, 2018:
I had forgotten about Jeff Sharlet's book "The Family" until I read this article. Scary stuff.
Seen an article that said 72% of the land in America is privately owned. Thoughts?
gearl comments on Jul 30, 2018:
Sounds about right to me.
I got into a debate with my brother about medicare for all or universal healthcare. I think we ...
gearl comments on Jul 29, 2018:
I don't know why not. A lot of other countries are doing fine with it. A very few folks at the very top could pay for it and not hurt them in the least.
Now that's an IQ!
gearl comments on Jul 29, 2018:
That's a keeper.
I am curious of people's thoughts of science here. Are you confident in science? Are there sciences ...
gearl comments on Jul 28, 2018:
I am very confident in the scientific method. When there are unanswered questions, science isn't afraid to say, we just don't know. Sometimes something is not completely validated and scientists say that current evidence points us toward this conclusion and folks jump on it because it's still under question. So what? They're working on it.
How your family responded when they learned about your atheism? How did you approach telling them?
gearl comments on Jul 28, 2018:
I was pretty agnostic when I married my wife and by the time I figured out I was in fact atheist we had an about 8 year old daughter. My wife had her go to catechism for a couple of years when my daughter decided it was nonsense and asked me what to tell her Mom. I told her to be honest and my wife just said OK. My daughter didn't take long to decide she was an atheist also and told her friends at school. As far as I know it was never a problem there even though all of her friends were very religious.
What does spiritual mean to those of you who list that as part of your identity? Not being offensive...
gearl comments on Jul 28, 2018:
I dislike the spirit in spirituality as it points to the supernatural. I prefer awe and like terms when I have a moment of bliss from a majestic view, or listening to a piece of music or considering how magnificent the universe is.
When I downloaded this app about a couple of weeks ago I definitely categorized myself as agnostic ...
gearl comments on Jul 28, 2018:
It took me about ten years.
What is the difference between faith and belief?
gearl comments on Jul 28, 2018:
Since both have multiple definitions, it's hard to say.
Just wonder.. is it really story tha JW do pedophile? is it a story of some of bad people or ...
gearl comments on Jul 28, 2018:
Of course people in all organizations are going to be pedophiles. The issue is how the particular organization handles the accusations. With the Catholic church it was slightly different because they have priests without outlet for the sexual desires but many times when things happen the results were the same because they didn’t want “reproach” or bad publicity so they swept it under the rug by moving the perpetrator to another church. Jehovah’s Witness have a Biblical rule that in order to prove the accusation the victim must have two witnesses to the attack. How often does a pedophile or a rapist attack somebody with an audience? When the victim reports the crime, in most cases, he/she is told “It is in Jehovah’s hands” and nothing is done. If the victim then makes it public he/she is then again victimized by the elders for bringing reproach on the organization and many times disfellowshipped. The victim is more often than not told not to tell the authorities. The Witnesses have a database of nothing but sexual accusations that the court in California learned about and told the organization to turn over as evidence. When they refused the court fined them $4,000 a day which they have not as yet settled and it is now in the millions. https://www.sandiegoreader.com/news/2017/aug/30/citylights-judge-orders-jehovahs-witness-release/#
How did your neigbors vote?
gearl comments on Jul 26, 2018:
I knew it was bad where I live but I didn't know it was that bad.
GOP Politician Switches Parties Over Trump Administration's 'Racism' And 'Misogyny' | HuffPost
gearl comments on Jul 26, 2018:
I'm proud of the fact that she made the switch.
In my times of depression. . . My life is falling apart. It was a year where I was truly questioning...
gearl comments on Jul 26, 2018:
That's a wonderful story. Christians have it both ways because no matter what happens if it's good it's God's will and if it's not then it's Satan or God works in mysterious ways.
"Libtards". I used to be the most progressive person I knew, but then members of my cherished ...
gearl comments on Jul 26, 2018:
Let’s start our rant by poisoning the well and then continue with false equivalency and straw men. I don’t know if you are demonizing Clinton because she dared change her mind or she didn’t. If you were a JW then you were anti-gay and when you got out you either changed you mind or you didn’t. Trump says something clearly, and it’s alleged and we’re hypocritical? Clinton didn’t wear her religion on her sleeve and bend over backward to support evangelicals like your new-found hero. The folks who support the book of Revelation as literal truth are certainly mostly not liberals. My goodness!
The comparisons are there.
gearl comments on Jul 26, 2018:
I would say that their president and their god have very similar characteristics.
Why do people on the Left have such a problem acknowledging that Western Civilization is superior to...
gearl comments on Jul 26, 2018:
Having read your original post and then your subsequent posts it would appear that the wording of the original was to stir the pot. I live in the USA and believe that the idealism of our founding fathers was instrumental in establishing what we could call Western Civilization as it exists today. As you are aware of, we, people on the left living in the USA, are not too happy with the way our government is going over the last year and a half. We certainly believe in the superiority of Western democracy and a superior way of life but we are afraid of losing it here in the USA. Having said all that, the way you word your original question just stirs the pot with us and get a rise out of us, because of current circumstances so it does seem apparent to most of us that you seem hell-bent on pissing us off more than we already are.
Unwanted Solicitors
gearl comments on Jul 26, 2018:
I discuss the Bible.
Whats defines what is right and what is wrong, in the past it was religions, traditions, culture. ...
gearl comments on Jul 26, 2018:
Reciprocity and empathy will do it.
Huge fires are burning all over the world, including the Arctic Circle. Record heat is killing ...
gearl comments on Jul 25, 2018:
I have an acquaintance with whom I can discuss the Bible, evolution or politics but if I bring up climate change its pure blasphemy. He goes berserk. It really seems to be a major issue in the evangelical community and completely binary.
I haven't talked to a friend of mine in about a year or so, so I thought I would give her a call ...
gearl comments on Jul 25, 2018:
It seems that you have already came to the same conclusion as I did when you enclose the word friend with quotes.
Facebook Stock Plummets 20% as User Growth Struggles | Fortune
gearl comments on Jul 25, 2018:
Good, maybe they might try getting their shit together and value the truth a bit more.
Alberta scientists develop memory potentially exceeding hard drive capacity 1,000-fold - Edmonton | ...
gearl comments on Jul 25, 2018:
Interesting article if true but that picture is weird. That younger guy should be a foot taller.
The lowdown on snot -- 7/25/18 
gearl comments on Jul 25, 2018:
I feel so much better now.
One of the best phrases i've ever seen...."Your God is a poor excuse for a human being." ;)
gearl comments on Jul 25, 2018:
Gene Roddenberry in a script for an episode of Star Trek had one of the Vulcans on board, in a very logical way, say, 'If this is your God, he's not very impressive. He's got so many psychological problems; he's so insecure. He demands worship every seven days. He goes out and creates faulty humans and then blames them for his own mistakes. He's a pretty poor excuse for a supreme being.” The script was submitted but turned down. It was too controversial.
Evangelicals Are Optimistic That Trump Will Bring About The Apocalypse - The Intellectualist
gearl comments on Jul 25, 2018:
I do hope it won't be a self-fulfilling prophecy. There are real crazies out there!
Not really looking for advice but I just found out my ex-husband passed away today. He was a bat sht...
gearl comments on Jul 25, 2018:
Sometimes I almost wish I could believe in Karma.
If you choose to leave the United States, what country would you prefer to live in next?
gearl comments on Jul 25, 2018:
New Zealand
Trump has fucked up so much for this country, do you think his tarriffs will be good for our farmers...
gearl comments on Jul 25, 2018:
It will and is screwing them too!
Are there more male atheists than female?
gearl comments on Jul 25, 2018:
According to Pew double: http://www.pewforum.org/religious-landscape-study/religious-family/atheist/
I'm still new here so maybe I'm not acclimated. I've seen a fair amount of hostility toward ...
gearl comments on Jul 25, 2018:
I would say that people here have vastly different backgrounds. Some were born secular and some were raised, like myself, in cults. I get along fine with many religious people but have a completely different view toward those that want me to agree with their nonsense or to make their beliefs the law of the land. Sometimes we just can’t express out feelings without a certain amount of hostility bleeding through.
Are there any Democrats out there that aren't afraid to declare yourselves?
gearl comments on Jul 25, 2018:
I, so far, I have not been afraid do declare myself a Democrat and I live in one of the reddest parts of Arizona. My acquaintances all know both my political and non-religious point of view. It hasn't caused me grief, at least as yet. I have a "Vote Democrat, We're not perfect but their Nuts", a "Fiction" with symbols, a "I'm Going to Hell in every Religion" signs in my back window and a "Make America Smart Again" Cap. If asked, I identify as a bleeding heart liberal or an atheist. Maybe people just figure I'm too old to fight, I don't know.
Animals are emotional beings too.
gearl comments on Jul 24, 2018:
I agree 100%.
Hypocrites.
gearl comments on Jul 23, 2018:
Love it!
What about an Obama 2020! movement? Michelle Obama is everything that the Trump administration is ...
gearl comments on Jul 23, 2018:
I would imagine that is the last thing she would want.
Anybody else having a problem with connecting to agnostic.com because of security issue?
gearl comments on Jul 22, 2018:
I guess it's fixed as I'm OK now.
Books on leaving Jehovah's witnesses?
gearl comments on Jul 21, 2018:
Glad you're out. I hope these links come through. For reference you might try: The Gentile Times Reconsidered by Carl Olof Jonson https://www.watchtowerlies.com/linked/the-gentile-times-reconsidered.pdf A old but good personal experience is: Visions of Glory by Barbara Grizutti Harrison https://www.watchtowerlies.com/linked/visions_of_glory_a_history_and_a_memory_of_jehovahs_witnesses_barbara_harrison_1978.pdf A newer personal experience is: The Least of God's Priorities by Bo Juel - https://www.amazon.com/Least-Gods-Priorities-Bo-Juel-ebook/dp/B016PHGKLY/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8=1532146662&sr=1-1=The+Least+of+God%27s+Priorities This is a low cost work of fiction but one that gives real food for thought and I enjoyed it: The Turning Sword by Parker Edwards - https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06VVPG8MB/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8=1 This site has a good list: https://ad1914.com/books-of-interest/
Dress Code for atheists: I remember watching a very old video taken in a bar where if memory ...
gearl comments on Jul 15, 2018:
I have "I'm going to hell in every religion" and "Fiction" with the symbols and a "Vote Democratic: We're Not Perfect but they're Nuts" stickers on the back of my car and I have a "Make America Smart Again" and a couple other caps. So far I've had quite a few people stop me and tell me they like the signs and caps but never had anybody confront me because of them. I might mention that I live in the reddest part of Arizona but I am retired and don't have to worry about losing my job. They do help me find like-minded folks that I would never have known existed otherwise. As far as the woman goes, it would depend on my mood and who I was with. I probably would have told whoever that her cross offends me but I would hope that the employee would have already seen the nonsense of the situation and we could laugh about it.
Liberalism Has Been Worth Defending
gearl comments on Jul 15, 2018:
I tend to be a lot more outspoken about being a liberal than an atheist. I am an atheist but I overwhelmingly believe in liberal policies. We constantly hear that liberals don't have a message. We have many messages such as those in the meme but too many of us are a bit chicken-shit about speaking up.
Too Many Coincidences With Fuhrer Trump?
gearl comments on Jul 15, 2018:
Sometimes I wish I did believe in prayer just so I could pray that Mueller soon nails these SOBs.
I have been working on a new tree man and here he is so far. ive just got to add some bark and play ...
gearl comments on Jul 15, 2018:
Great job.
If I go to Canada and declare that our President is killing this country, of which I am a citizen, ...
gearl comments on Jul 15, 2018:
Let me know, I'll be next in line.
What do you make of the many UFO sightings this last year? [ctvnews.ca]
gearl comments on Jul 15, 2018:
When I can't explain something, I don't automatically explain it with "God." When I see something strange in the sky I don't automatically explain it with "alien life."
So im not a believer of god or anything but what do u think about. Ghost, spirits and paranormal. ??...
gearl comments on Jul 15, 2018:
The same thing I do about god. Absolutely no evidence.
How would you have handled a situation like this? You open your home to someone you've met a few ...
gearl comments on Jul 9, 2018:
I really tried but I have had bad experiences on at least four occasions so I just quit. I'll help them out but not invite folks to live even for a short period of time. I have had things stolen several times and really stabbed in the back on another occasion. These were folks I knew for years but were down on their luck. I have to admit they were all "Christians."
Democrats ignore the left at their peril. Midwesterners aren't scared of socialism — they're ...
gearl comments on Jul 9, 2018:
People keep repeating that Democrats don't have a plan. They don't know what they want. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, is I believe, giving us a plan that we can win with but the old school are having none of it. Maybe it is time for change for the left.
Sam Harris is Wrong About Morality (It Can't Be Objective), CosmicSkeptic [youtube.com] Tho ...
gearl comments on Jul 9, 2018:
I'm hard of hearing so couldn't really hear the kid's points but from watching a whole lot of debates on morality it's usually just a matter of how people define objective. I define objective as universally accepted by the social order. Christians try to make it some rule out there in the ether written by god without really saying how that is even possible. If the video makes a better point I'm sure it will be pointed out by folks that could actually hear the "CosmicSkeptic."
Read this today. Though it was just. Stop saying. “I support Trump, but I’m not a racist.”...
gearl comments on Jul 9, 2018:
That pretty much hits the nail on the head.
Mental health screenings will now be required for a medical marijuana license in Oklahoma. Fine, but...
gearl comments on Jul 9, 2018:
The first thing I thought of was gun ownership and you already nailed that down so I also agree with you 100%.
This debate was probably the first time I saw intelligent people debating this. I wonder how many ...
gearl comments on Jul 9, 2018:
I would agree with LimitedLight that it would be good to state what the debate is about. I've watched numerous intelligence squared debates and several with the science refutes religion theme. If there is something special about that particular one give us a teaser. To answer your question after clicking, I have.
MEN: What would your reason be for asking a woman what she does for a living, upon meeting her?
gearl comments on Jul 9, 2018:
I’m sure glad I am not in the market as I would probably be someone to ask that question. It does tell a person a lot about the other person as they spend a large proportion of their time doing whatever their occupation is. I guess you could ask about hobbies or tastes in food or whatever but if something like this is a no-no I would be afraid to ask anything.
What is "promiscuous teleology" ? "The bias to read purpose and design when it does not exist ...
gearl comments on Jul 8, 2018:
Children repeat what their parents tell them.
My teenage niece is recovering from heart surgery. Great news! I unfriended my brother, though, so I...
gearl comments on Jul 8, 2018:
Just sad!
Did anyone else catch the news about the 8 Republicans that went to Russia for the 4th of July? No ...
gearl comments on Jul 8, 2018:
It's pretty obvious.
Going back to being Canadian
gearl comments on Jul 4, 2018:
Can I come with you? I promise I'll do it wherever and it does sound fun.
NO THANKS, TRUMP. We really, really need that wall between church and state/god and country. ...
gearl comments on Jul 4, 2018:
I saw a pundit today say that Trump should nominate a woman justice implying that would be enough to warrant her getting the position. I've nothing against a woman judge but certainly not one like Barrette.
Church detains Mary, Joseph and Jesus, over immigration status. I am rhetorical when I say, "I ...
gearl comments on Jul 3, 2018:
I appreciate them doing this, as to a lot of folks, their opinion means more that ours. I can join with them in fighting injustice any-day.
Our current government is pushing towards the extreme political right and has support of the ...
gearl comments on Jul 3, 2018:
For me, this is the perfect time to discuss morality when the religious try to push religion. I will soon be 75 and have never see immoral behavior in government like I'm seeing right now and the evangelical Christians are supporting this immorality like no others.
How often do you watch movies or read books that express a nuanced opinion about religion? If ...
gearl comments on Jul 1, 2018:
I enjoy movies or documentaries and read books about religion or history, up until things start becoming clearly untrue and they gain a propaganda slant, then that's it. It is hard to watch or read history without religion being present. What to me is important is if it is portrayed realistically. If I am unsure I look things up.
Are machines capable of experience?
gearl comments on Jul 1, 2018:
I see no reason why they couldn't. If silicon minds keep growing to the point where they self replicate and their intelligence grows exponentially they will be smarter than us soon and why would they not acquire consciousness?
Now everyone can be their own jesus - i'm cross. [facebook.com]
gearl comments on Jul 1, 2018:
Funny!
Jehovahs Witnesses quickly regret coming to my door
gearl comments on Jul 1, 2018:
I believe the best argument to use against JWs right now is the pedophile issue. A&E just did a segment on it in their cults program on Tuesday evenings. I would imagine that bringing something like that up would be more efficient than just yelling at them.
“I just want to say if there’s one hallmark to your presidency that I think we’re finding the ...
gearl comments on Jul 1, 2018:
There are certainly different standards for civility. Trump can say "Lock Her up", "grab em by the pussy, singles out journalists for his special ire, and I could write a page on just what I remember off the top of my head but when the owner of the Red Hen asks the spokesperson for the liar-in-chief to leave her restaurant now that's being uncivil. Democrats need to grow a backbone and I do respect the lady for having one.
I'm concerned about the current schism happening in the Democratic Party. One one side there are ...
gearl comments on Jun 30, 2018:
I don't think we have as much of a schism as you portray. The Republicans have been stacking the cards against us and we haven't been fighting back strongly. If you go back 30 years how many Republican wins for the Presidency by the popular vote do they have? I believe the answer is only once when George W won it on his second term. Clinton won twice, Gore got the popular vote then Bush then Obama twice and Clinton last time. We lose votes by the awful Electoral college and by gerrymandering. Laws need a changing. Last time I would have been more than happy to have voted for either Democrat.
I don't understand how ppl my age or any other age get away without knowing basic skills like ...
gearl comments on Jun 30, 2018:
I guess I'm an antique as I grew up having to do all those things. My daughter who turns 21 next month knows how to change tires and simple maintenance but cars are much harder to work on than they were 30 years ago. I could change transmissions and brakes and engines but now it's just not worth it. My body won't allow me to do a lot on cars but there's still a lot of general maintenance around the house l do.
I honestly don't understand how so many people escape the bonds of religion, to remain entangled in ...
gearl comments on Jun 30, 2018:
Maybe their both have as their values, utter nonsense.
Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder
gearl comments on Jun 28, 2018:
Perhaps only eyes peering out of a black void.
So I enjoy the debate with theist about God, but one thing I am getting tired of is the argument ...
gearl comments on Jun 28, 2018:
I would ask what objective is. If objective means something pretty much universally accepted then most folks would agree that murder is pretty much universally seen as an objective moral wrong. Even then there have to be nuances and we can always come up with an example that would break the rule thus proving that morals are not set in stone. The problem that I have seen is that theists try to make objective mean something that is an absolute, out in the ether, that they can’t explain, much like their invisible friend. If you could get a person to admit that any rule has grey areas that must be examined on a case by case merit then you might get somewhere, but most theists have been trained to not be rational.
Quick Name the 9 Supremes (Supreme Court). No Google allowed! I will know!
gearl comments on Jun 28, 2018:
Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Samuel Alito John Roberts Anthony Kennedy Clarence Thomas Neil Gorsuch Elena Kagan Sonia Sotomayor Stephen Breyer
I am listening to the news and see that we are now a Nation which separates children from their ...
gearl comments on Jun 19, 2018:
Yesterday I came up with an idea of what might be happening and lo and behold someone on MSNBC had the same idea. https://crooksandliars.com/2018/06/msnbc-reporter-hhs-wont-let-us-see-girls
Atheists r supposed to b humanists, but sadly we don't see eye to eye on so many world and current ...
gearl comments on Jun 18, 2018:
The only thing we all agree on is disbelief in god.
What Fuck-n Bible is Jeff Sessions Reading?
gearl comments on Jun 18, 2018:
He is using the Bible that all Christians use. Jeff Sessions quoted Romans 13: “13 Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. 3 For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and you will be commended. For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also as a matter of conscience.” Using that line of reasoning anything that the government does could be justified. People find things that justify the most immoral president ever. He could shoot someone in the middle of the street and people could justify it using that scripture. The Bible is full of contradictions and immorality just like Sessions and his boss are.
A thought on the figures in History Today, as I flipped through articles on various news sites, I...
gearl comments on Jun 14, 2018:
Great post. I grew up in the 40s and 50s and for the time my Dad was pretty non-raciest but by the standards of two years ago he would have been judged harshly. I have said things that I look back on ashamed and have tried to set them right but that is impossible. If we learn and change that is all we can do. What frightens me now is norms seem to be reversing. I too don't want to go back to those times of bigotry.
Someone told me that homosapiens haven't been around long enough to facilitate the evolution ...
gearl comments on Jun 14, 2018:
What differences? Color, shape of the nose, short, tall, thin, fat; what? There is a mother cat in the yard with two black and two white kittens. A couple have longer hair than the other two. There is more variation between those kittens than between most any two people on earth outside of some folks having physical defects and other species of animal have those too. I see more similarities than differences.
What's the worst piece of advice anyone has ever given you?
gearl comments on Jun 14, 2018:
My first wife and I had our son and she thought it would be good if we raised him in a religious home. Fifteen years later our marriage was on the rocks because of that religion and our son decided to stay in the religion. He hasn't spoken to either of us for thirty years. I remarried and had a daughter in a nonreligious home but she is a depressed and sad lady just turning 70 with nothing especially no family. That bit of advice screwed both of us but she paid for it more than I and I am sad for her.
I'm wondering about this Jesus thing, He was born and it was celebrated and they still celebrate it....
gearl comments on Jun 13, 2018:
Looking at the Bible from a skeptical point of view after having studied it for half my life I have become a mythicist. If one reads the Bible in chronological order, as it was written, he gets a completely different point of view. Paul wrote first and then Mark, Matthew and Luke with John last. Also consider that none of the Gospels were written by the people whose names the accounts bear and they were written 40-70 years after Jesus was supposedly crucified. Consider that Paul’s Jesus was a heavenly person and he never talks much about his earthly life. To the skeptic the miracles in the Gospels are fictions so we can remove them. Then the contradictions make them seem like fiction and what little is left is pretty superfluous. Much of what he said is taken from older sources such as the golden rule and what little else that remains isn’t that profound. Scholars question whether Homer, King Author, William Tell ever existed. There is just not any concrete evidence that Jesus was any more real. For those that tell me to do research, believe me, I have spent way to many hours and days on the subject.
Those of you who grew up in a fundamentalist household and had an interest in science, did your ...
gearl comments on Jun 13, 2018:
I grew up in the 1940s & 50s with a Dad that was not religious and a Mom that joined a very controlling religion but never took it as serious as they wanted. I was taught by the religion a lot of things that are similar to today's young earth creationists. I was also taught science in school. Science was looked at as separate from religion and I didn't see the attacks on science that I see every day now. The majority of folks looked favorably on the advances and discoveries that were being made. Sadly it was I that took to religion of my own accord for a time and I certainly can't blame my parents for my screw-ups. My Mother encouraged me but I believe she would have supported me if I had taken the logical path. I finally saw the shear stupidity of religion when I was nearly forty. Slow to learn.
The effects of Christian homeschooling - YouTube
gearl comments on Jun 10, 2018:
My wife is the local library manager. She tells me stories almost daily of kids coming to the library and talking about their ambitions. Some want to move up from MacDonald's to Denny's. A couple of kids she has working for her can't do the simplest math without either a calculator or their fingers. They know nothing about science. Products of home-schooling A really big problem here is the public school has lost virtually all it's competent teachers and if my daughter was ten years younger, it might have been necessary to either move or home-school her myself. Thank goodness she will graduate college next year with a STEM degree.
It is tragic, at least 8 billion people will die in the next hundred years. ??
gearl comments on Jun 10, 2018:
I'm hoping it won't be in the next hundred days.
Free speach in our country is being stifled. This CAN NOT STAND!!
gearl comments on Jun 10, 2018:
I worry about it also. A problem is it happens both on the left and right. As I always say, I'm a bleeding heart liberal but I will also speak out when some on the extreme in my party, try or do pervert free speech. Having said that, the actions of the current commander-in-shit goes so far beyond what is acceptable that all we can do is vote, speak out and hope that there are enough sane Americans left to turn the tide in November.
Please pass this everywhere! This is the truth of all religions and their violent past!
gearl comments on Jun 10, 2018:
Any of us that read history know this. It is what is happening today that we need to worry about though. If someone brings us the past, I'll argue about the past but right now today we just need to worry about not having rights taken away or being deprived from them. If folks are civil and friendly, I'm not going to start an argument about something from centuries past. If they are cantankerous and try to tell me how wonderful the Christian faith has always been, well, that's warrants a different attitude.
Do you refuse to attend religious ceremonies of family and/or friends? Do you go (and therefore ...
gearl comments on Jun 10, 2018:
It's been years since I've attended anything other than a funeral. If I were to attend a wedding it would be on a case by case decision but I can't imagine going to anything else.
Is Herr Trump a Good Role Model For Kids?
gearl comments on Jun 10, 2018:
Bill Maher ran a clip the other day of Trump's vulgarity at events but as long as he in anti-abortion he could as Giuliani said "Trump could shoot the FBI director in the Oval Office and still not be prosecuted for it." He can say or grab them by the pussy but my goodness a liberal better not quote him because that's obscene!
Looking through some old images and ran across this jewel.
gearl comments on Jun 10, 2018:
My wife is Catholic and I an atheist. My wife sent Sam to CCD for a couple of years but when she voiced the opinion that she no longer wanted to attend her mother let that be her right and never again made her go to church. It's funny now, because my wife is very proud of her daughter who is an outspoken, independent young woman and all my wife's friends seem to hold our daughter up as an example for their girls to strive for.
I once sought the god everyone chases. Eventually one does realize there is no divine answer and it ...
gearl comments on Jun 10, 2018:
I'm ashamed to say that I chased that nonsense for way too many years.
Anyone else like the movie LUCY, with Scarlet Johansson and Morgan Freeman? It's one of my ...
gearl comments on Jun 10, 2018:
One of mine also. I've watched it twice so far.
Every evening go to the hot springs looking for beaver. i got a better pic of one tonight
gearl comments on Jun 10, 2018:
I've been trying for a while too, but with little success. Congrats!
Do you fear people at your kid's school, neighbors, coworkers will find out that you don't believe ...
gearl comments on Jun 10, 2018:
I live in the reddest part of the state and have since the mid-seventies. At times I've felt that I should move elsewhere but most of the time I have fared well and been treated well. If asked I tell folks that I'm a bleeding heart liberal and a non-believer to boot. Most of my friends are religious conservatives but we persevere. We agree to disagree and move on. I've lost a few since Trump came on the scene but Oh well! I have to, of course, also accept them while not agreeing with their beliefs. If someone burns you for your beliefs they weren't worth the effort to start with. I will also say that it takes time and you shouldn't expect to make real friends overnight.
Sometimes when I see quotes like this it is so obvious and I wonder why I did not say it before I ...
gearl comments on Jun 9, 2018:
I've noticed that Sarah has been speaking out a lot more lately and with intensity instead of humor.
Yep this is true.
gearl comments on Jun 9, 2018:
I'll second that.
Can you name the next president?
gearl comments on Jun 9, 2018:
It's really early but I like Kamala Harris.
Concerned re. Evangelical Christians dividing our nation.
gearl comments on Jun 8, 2018:
They are and it's getting worse. Hopefully the nation wakes before we are so over our heads that the dictator gains enough power there is no turning back.
Arizona police officers brutally beat up an unarmed man.
gearl comments on Jun 8, 2018:
I have to go to Mesa tomorrow. I am ashamed to be a resident of anywhere where this type of conduct takes place.
Recognize what science is
gearl comments on Jun 8, 2018:
Why can't we have someone as intelligent as Neil for president rather than an orange orangutan who has zero respect for truth?
"I want to hate."
gearl comments on Jun 8, 2018:
The pure hatred and constant lies have had the effect on me that Charles describes. I don't want to end my years believing that America has fallen into the clutches of this most immoral creature and his minions in Congress.
Dear Gays: The Left Betrayed You For Islam The left has chosen to protect the feelings of Muslims ...
gearl comments on Jun 8, 2018:
Sounds like hate-mongering to me. I consider myself on the left but I certainly don't support Islam. I support a Muslim's right to believe what they want as long as that believe doesn't infringe on somebody else's beliefs and that includes their own families. If they live here they must live by our laws and if not they go to jail. There are a few extremists on the left but I would say there are more on the right. Both are intolerant. Finally I would say that the Pulse killer was probably both an Islamist and a homophobe but I will concede that there is little real evidence of what his motive was. What I am objecting to is the idea that if someone is left, he is pro-Islam or even pro-Muslim. I didn't leave gays or blacks or any other minority behind and neither did most others on the left. That is nonsense.
Take your pick, I know which book I'm choosing.
gearl comments on Jun 8, 2018:
Great quote.
I enjoy the irony that they (Republicans) want totalitarianism while claiming to be conservative ...
gearl comments on Jun 8, 2018:
I'm pretty much a die-hard liberal and agree with you on everything you listed.
Mind is blown [ideapod.com]
gearl comments on Jun 7, 2018:
A human is a bit smarter than a chimp and the chimp from a monkey and the monkey from a dog and on and on till we get to very primitive creatures that have very small brains. Does an insect's mind exist in a different dimension. At what point in the evolutionary tree does it? Come up with a way to find that link and work up. Me I think it would be a huge waste of time and resource but not much more that this "theory" because this isn't a scientific theory but simply a crazy idea , and should be given about as much credence.
I watched the documentary on HBO, about John McCaine. I never voted for him for president and ...
gearl comments on Jun 1, 2018:
I agree. I don't know what else to say.
Yes "Roseanne" should have been cancelled. So should "The View". But damn it, I'm tired of the ...
gearl comments on Jun 1, 2018:
Maybe let the viewers decide. If viewers are offended they can write letters to sponsors or just not watch. I never watched Roseanne and never would because I know what she believes. My choice. I watch Colbert and Samantha Bee and others like The View who get offensive at times and I don't want them removed. Ratings rule. I can see where inciting violence or raciest comments pass a norm though. Norms have been destroyed by this administration and hopefully some type of norm will be resurrected in the future and we can again just say: "Now that's improper."
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