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Am I alone in wondering this?
paul1967 comments on Dec 14, 2017:
Religion is irrational especially with everything we know but there are plenty of irrational intelligent people who just close their eyes to the obvious conclusion and accept their indoctrination
Eric Trump shocked people use foul language when talking about his father.
paul1967 comments on Dec 14, 2017:
That's freaking hilarious.
THE IMPERIAL PRESIDENCY?
paul1967 comments on Dec 14, 2017:
No, if anything it doesn't have enough
Bible Kill Count
paul1967 comments on Dec 14, 2017:
Satan in the Bible is a much better and just character than is God. There's no doubt about it. . If he'll were real what would it be like? I guess it would be really hot and dark and painful and everlasting.
If religion wasn't here, what would atheists bitch about?
paul1967 comments on Dec 13, 2017:
Trump
Belief. Knowledge. Agnosticism. - YouTube
paul1967 comments on Dec 13, 2017:
I love Christina Rad, I guess it's possible to be an agnostic theist, but that's a bizarre statement. I have no knowledge of the existence of God, yet I believe anyway. I guess you could do that, but it's hard to wrap my mind around it.
Would you move into a clothing optional community?
paul1967 comments on Dec 13, 2017:
I can't stand clothes on myself, but strangely I prefer everyone else wear them. I've been to one nude beach a long time ago and I found the experience liberating but disturbing at the same time. It sounds terrible I know, but that's my honest answer.
A Tax letter to trump and the republicans: AN OPEN LETTER TO MY REPRESENTATIVES IN THE US CONGRESS ...
paul1967 comments on Dec 13, 2017:
Well said and I support you for taking the time and effort to write that.
Who started this crazy crap that you need something on your head some shit just doesn't make any ...
paul1967 comments on Dec 13, 2017:
Non-theist would never be able to agree on any specific hat, that's both what makes us great and keeps us from being a united power which is why we are slow to grow. If not for the internet we would still be spread out and unorganized. (My opinion of course)
Religions have inspired believers to create wondrous works of art. From beautiful buildings, hymns, ...
paul1967 comments on Dec 13, 2017:
I agree with both @JayJackson and @JohnnyThorazine. I would also add that artist go where the money is, so all the great art you speak of is only associated with Christianity because the Church had the money to pay the artist.
A question for agnostics
paul1967 comments on Dec 13, 2017:
Technically, an agnostic is an atheist. These two words respond to slightly different questions. Knowledge vs. belief. An agnostic is an individual who claims, the knowledge of the subject of God is unanswerable, but they lack any confidence in the claim. An Atheist is someone who doesn't believe in a God. The distinction is the Atheist isn't addressing an application of knowledge nor are they saying that a God is not possible. It's that they're unconvinced one does.
What is true moral fiber to you and what does it mean to have it.
paul1967 comments on Dec 13, 2017:
For me, having moral fiber is not doing unto others as you would have them do unto you. It's reflecting on the well being of others and what is in the best interest of others with the willingness to sacrifice to achieve that for them.
You get to create a national holiday for non-believers, what would it be?
paul1967 comments on Dec 13, 2017:
Skeptics Day: A day of reason and rational thought. December 14th which is incidentally my birthday lol. It would recognize any person willing to set aside their irrational beliefs and learn how and why evidence is necessary and why faith is a destructive influence on humanity.
What makes a god, a God?
paul1967 comments on Dec 13, 2017:
What makes a God a God is the willingness to forsake your rational mind to gain comfort.
A friend on FB just posted this picture and it translates to "my LORD is an expert when science ...
paul1967 comments on Dec 13, 2017:
This might not make you laugh but I do public debates for evolution and the science of Geology, and I happen to be in seeing my doctor. I asked him a question about evolution, and his response was and I quote, "Well you know Paul, evolution is just a scientific theory" I channeled Richard Dawkins and said "Just a scientific theory? Just?!" "It's just a theory like that diploma on your wall is just a piece of paper" I fired him as my primary physician later that day.
Is Marriage a Christian Creation?
paul1967 comments on Dec 13, 2017:
Here is an interesting article that might help you with that answer. https://yesterday.uktv.co.uk/article/brief-history-marriage/
How many of you believe that God, Jesus, Allah, Buhdda, Shiva and all the rest of them are just ...
paul1967 comments on Dec 13, 2017:
I'm unconvinced that any of these characters did what the stories claimed they did, and I am uncertain they ever existed in the first place. I'm unable to reach any conclusions on whether or not they lived, but I am as close as one can get to an absolute certainty that any of them are from a supernatural realm outside of time or space or are themselves supernatural after death.
How Cutting Corporate Taxes Helps the Little Guy
paul1967 comments on Dec 13, 2017:
I'm fairly ignorant about how corporations get taxed. I lack the proper education to speak on this subject but my gut says small corporations should be taxed the same as lower-income people are, based on how much revenue they are able to produce.
Who like Christmas music?
paul1967 comments on Dec 13, 2017:
I like some Christmas music but working in retail as I do I usually want to blow my brains out by the end of December.
What’s some good atheist books that you recommend?
paul1967 comments on Dec 13, 2017:
I'm a big fan of Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, and Sam Harris books but hands down the best book on God is, God: The Failed Hypothesis: by Victor J. Stenger. Stenger lays out the evidence from cosmology, particle physics and quantum mechanics showing that the universe appears exactly as it should if there is no creator. It's written so that laypeople can learn something, but it's not so technical that the reader is distracted by scientific explanations way above their heads. He kept it simple enough that you will understand it, but challenging enough to keep you interested.
People always want to know what tragic thing could have happened to me to make me an atheist. The ...
paul1967 comments on Dec 13, 2017:
VictoriaNotes nailed it. I can't add anything more to what she said.
“Chemtrails contaminate my chakras”
paul1967 comments on Dec 13, 2017:
Pull my finger, babe (Only the 40+ people will get that one, it's a fart joke)
Is mankind inherently good, or born evil?
paul1967 comments on Dec 13, 2017:
Infants are outside of any concept of good and evil. The question, is humanity inherently evil is a complicated question, one which requires a proper definition which I've never seen, nor can I devise one. My gut says evolution needs us to be both self-serving and generous and some people lean one way or the other to varying degrees.
For a group of people that insist they aren't willing to take the chance that God may not be real, ...
paul1967 comments on Dec 13, 2017:
Trump said it best."I could stand in the middle of 5th avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn't lose voters." These words are as accurate as any words ever spoken and it's substantial evidence that suggests just how broken our society has become. It's not just them it's us too. We (American's) don't listen anymore to the other side. I'm as guilty of this as I believe everyone else is. When a conservative speaks all I hear is unsupported dogma. I hear Fox News, I hear Rush Limbaugh, I hear Bill O'Reilly, I hear anti-environment, I hear God. I shut down and conclude this person is a brainwashed idiot. I don't have an answer to this problem I just see it getting worse.
xmas trees
paul1967 comments on Dec 13, 2017:
I love Christmas, I'm just not interested in hauling a dead tree into my house decorating it's dead corpse with lights and colored bulbs and tinsel. However, if I'm ever with someone who feels different I would have no problem doing that for them.
If you could bring a fictional character to life, who would it be and why?
paul1967 comments on Dec 12, 2017:
This won't sound very manly but Winnie the Pooh. I don't know why but I love that guy.
What does your in-laws think about you being agnostic?
paul1967 comments on Dec 12, 2017:
My mother in law is a diehard baptist Christian, and she loves me. It won't sound like it the way I describe it, but she does. Anytime she comes over to visit the first thing she does is call out to me by saying, "where is that devil son-in-law of mine" She gives me a big hug and kiss on the cheek, and when my mother-in-law leaves she says come give a kiss goodbye devil boy. She then hits me lightly on the leg with her cane, saying "tell the devil I'll be coming for him and you too. We say our goodbye, and we never discuss her beliefs.
Chat Issues: I can read messages from others but my replies are not posting. I sent an email to one...
paul1967 comments on Dec 11, 2017:
No, I didn't get it either. I haven't received an email in a very long time an I'm used to getting several from friends just wanting to chat.
What colors do you like for Agnostic.com's T-shirt?
paul1967 comments on Dec 9, 2017:
Black or Dark grey would be great
belief?
paul1967 comments on Dec 8, 2017:
I haven't yet read anyone elses response but I'm sure it was pointed out to you that atheism is a rejection of the claim that God is real. It isn't a rejection of the possibility that a God could exist. An Atheist just hasn't been convinced that this claim is supported by any evidence
Future technology
paul1967 comments on Dec 8, 2017:
That was a no brainier for me. Interstellar travel
Would the military disobey Trump if he decides to start a nuclear war on North Korea?
paul1967 comments on Dec 8, 2017:
No, our military is too well trained to allow decent to get in the way of duty no matter how stupid the president is
Epic Nativity Scene -- O Come All Ye Random Action Figures
paul1967 comments on Dec 8, 2017:
That is hilarious
How superstitious is it that office buildings and cruise ships don't have a 13th floor?
paul1967 comments on Dec 6, 2017:
It's 100% superstitious and silly beyond belief.
Should gambling be legal in the U.S.?
paul1967 comments on Dec 4, 2017:
Gambling is legal in the US at the federal level. States can choose to make it illegal if the choose to but that's usually based on voter input. I think I would say I like the system we have in place where the population of a given state chooses whether or not to make it illegal.
What's your favorite comedy movie?
paul1967 comments on Dec 3, 2017:
I'm about to age myself here but 1979's Monty Python's "Life of Brian" is my favorite comedy ever. I watched this on the big screen and laughed so hard I thought I might pass out.
I was watching tv earlier and saw a story about the Island if Eigg in Scotland and I was ...
paul1967 comments on Dec 1, 2017:
I saw that 60 minutes a few days ago. I don't think I would, I enjoy my electric life too much. I enjoy waking up at 3am and not having to go outside to poop in the outhouse. I like getting in my car and driving wherever and whenever I feel like it. It's the little conveniences that I would miss the most.
How would you end racism in the US?
paul1967 comments on Dec 1, 2017:
I can't imagine a world with out racism. I'm a very liberal person and I try my best to be non-judgemental but there is no doubt about it, I'm a racists and so is everybody reading this. This is in a real sense who we are and we need to recognize it in ourselves to even begin to change it.
Face It: Some people like makeup. Others don't. You?
paul1967 comments on Nov 30, 2017:
I like it in moderation and skillfully applied. I just don't like it when I kiss someone and I come away wearing the makeup.
It's very hard to find a girl with brain, why ? I'm disappointed !
paul1967 comments on Nov 27, 2017:
I can't image how you came to that conclusion. I see the opposite in many cases. However, I think intelligence and maturity are very different things. If you're saying one gender is more intelligent and more mature than another, I'm forced to assume you bring into that statement a great deal of personal bias.
Sorry, Creationists: Scientists Witness New Species Develop in Two Generations – Friendly Atheist
paul1967 comments on Nov 26, 2017:
I'm extremely skeptical of the conclusions in this article. I'll need more time to investigate their claims but from a quick glance, it seems as what they're saying is simply the result of two separate breeds creating offspring that resulted in a mutt bird being classified as a new species. I'm too tired at the moment to delve too far into the research but I will.
Happy Thanksgiving fellow heathens
paul1967 comments on Nov 23, 2017:
Happy Thanksgiving!
Veteran's Day Atheists
paul1967 comments on Nov 11, 2017:
I'm never going to be able to say I'm 100% convinced there is no personal God, yet I find the idea of one rather silly. I can't speak for an impersonal deity but even if such thing we're to exist, it wouldn't impact my life or affect my chances of an afterlife based on behavior here on Earth.
Women and Misogyny
paul1967 comments on Oct 31, 2017:
I have not researched this, but I have seen it happen. I'm speculating here but could it be a leftover function of female social evolution, where the hierarchal advancement of one female meant the other women would be left behind or devalued?
What are you for Halloween? I'm a Pikachu!
paul1967 comments on Oct 31, 2017:
I love your Pikachu costume. I was a lizard with a pink wig wearing boots and smoking a cigarette. Boy, it's just too bad I can't upload any proof of that lol. No for real I was an old man wearing a baseball cap opening my front door handing out Snicker bars and Three Musketeers Bars (In other words I was myself.)
What is truth?
paul1967 comments on Oct 31, 2017:
What is a truth? For most of us, it's our minds accepting and rejecting information based on things we already believe, and most of our foundations that make up our beliefs are dictated to us at a young age. Some people are open to being challenged and open to, reevaluation of long-held beliefs when new information is presented, while others will rationalize away anything that threatens warmly held beliefs. What is, truth is a good question but I would also like to understand why people believe things are true when all the facts available to us show that it is not.
I would like to know what position atheists take on the prolife movement.
paul1967 comments on Oct 30, 2017:
Choice always
Have you ever had any supernatural experiences?
paul1967 comments on Oct 25, 2017:
Nobody has to my knowledge. Here is the real issue. We live in the natural world, and if there is a realm of reality that is above our existence or in a different realm of existence then it isn't apart of this reality, and therefore it doesn't exist here. If these hypothetical realities sometimes merge or open a window allowing us to sense another realm, that then instantly becomes testable. If it can be seen, felt, smelled or heard, energy is being released here in the natural world. To my knowledge, we have never detected this energy in any reliable, repeatable way. Does this mean it doesn't exist? No, but just like the God question, I'm not accepting the proposition that it does until such time as I'm given reason to believe it. When you come across an event that you can't explain, STOP! That's your answer I saw something I can't explain. Don't add it was a ghost, or Bigfoot or an alien from another world. You just got done saying I don't know what it was, why would you add anything to that statement. When you do you're saying I don't know what it was but it was this. That's exactly how we got to God. We see lighting we don't know what it is, it is God.
Democracy has never worked well but it's more dysfunctional than ever these days.
paul1967 comments on Oct 25, 2017:
We are splitting in half. We were a country more in the center at one time but the right keeps moving further and further right and the left keeps moving further and further left. I'm one of those hanging on the far left edge because I don't want the scale to tip so far right that we become unfeeling egomaniacal, xenophobic, it's all about me and screw the world and the environment.
How long have you identified as a non-theist?
paul1967 comments on Oct 25, 2017:
All my adult life. I was 8 when I understood my family didn't believe, what all other families did believe and I was proud of that distinction. It was unquestionably isolating at times, but I made it through better for having survived it.
What's your sensitivity projection while reading posts
paul1967 comments on Oct 24, 2017:
Honestly, I have never considered it. I'm such a lousy reader that most of the time I'm contemplating what the post is trying to convey to me. I'm sure I do it but I never internally considered is this the tone or could it be different? I'll practice doing that for now on
Blaming God. The last person to publicly blame God for his fate was Job; IIRC although he lost ...
paul1967 comments on Oct 24, 2017:
I have discussed this concept with other theists who claim I really do believe but accused me of being mad at God and blaming God for not giving me a better life. I reply in patient responses. My life isn't without regret but of those things I regret in life all are my doing. God doesn't exist for me to blame nor would I if he did. When I have wronged someone, it's my job to atone for that not through a God but through actions like an apology to that individual that I have hurt. These are things secular people do, and Christians sometimes fail to understand.
Do you actively represent Atheists (in person or on the web)?
paul1967 comments on Oct 24, 2017:
I debate publically in churches and online. There are a surprising number of pastors, minister and fathers wanting to discuss any number of subjects. I started by mailing out flyers years ago thinking I wouldn't get any to respond but I get calls all the time. They invite me to debate anything from evolution to the age of the Earth and of course morality which is my least preferred topic, but all of it no matter what subject is brought up goes to morality and how Atheist cope with having no foundation for morality. Which we do, it's just ours is societal and it evolves.
I am watching a TV series on Netflix called "The Good Place". It's not only funny, it is also very ...
paul1967 comments on Oct 24, 2017:
Yeah, I enjoy the show too. I don't want to talk too much about it because anything you say specifically will ruin it for anyone who wants to check it out, but it is very funny.
Athiest and death
paul1967 comments on Oct 23, 2017:
The answer to question #2 first with several answers: 1) Give your body to science. 2) Make it clear in your will how you want your body to be handled at the time of death and make sure the executor of the will is someone you trust. 3) You're dead you won't exist in any real sense, let your family members do what they will with your body, especially if you love them and as your last gift to them you make them feel more comforted by your passing. Answer #1 I just lost my father about four months ago, he was the man that saved me from indoctrination, and we hadn't spoken more than a handful of times in his last 15 years of his life. I missed any chance of saying goodbye. What is most important is what you do before their passing, make that count as best you can. Once the go, you morn and move on. Don't get too bent out of shape over the good intentions of your theist relative pretending he's in a better place.
I was recently asked by an old friend who knew me as a devoted Christian, what happened? "You had ...
paul1967 comments on Oct 22, 2017:
Wow that's a big and difficult program to delete. I think it's more closely related to a virus because programs delete and they're gone but a virus can be deleted and come back. It take more effort for the end user to get rid of. Congrats on pushing delete.
I wouldn't be surprised if this question has been brought up here before, but does anyone care about...
paul1967 comments on Oct 22, 2017:
I'll say whichever comes to mind. I don't look at Christmas as a Christian Holiday. It is, in fact, going against God to celebrate Christmas the way we do. Jeremiah 10:1-5 "1 Hear the word which the LORD speaks to you, O house of Israel. 2 Thus says the LORD: Do not learn the way of the Gentiles; do not be dismayed at the signs of heaven, for the Gentiles are dismayed at them. 3 For the customs of the peoples are futile; for one cuts a tree from the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe. 4 They decorate it with silver and gold; they fasten it with nails and hammers so that it will not topple. 5 They are upright, like a palm tree, and they cannot speak; they must be carried because they cannot go by themselves. Do not be afraid of them, for they cannot do evil, nor can they do any good.”
Do you believe in Bigfoot?
paul1967 comments on Oct 22, 2017:
I believe in big feet but not bigfoot, well unless a person lost a leg then yes he might be called Bigfoot. As far as hairy gorilla-like men living in North America, I've seen a few of those myself but they were all homosapien.
Why do some atheist still use religious terms?
paul1967 comments on Oct 22, 2017:
Not to be tactless, but I try to avoid saying things like bless you when someone sneezes, but I have said OH GOD! while climaxing after great sex. I find that to be just an idiom and not at all religious.
Best place to live?
paul1967 comments on Oct 22, 2017:
Well, best is relative. If you're super rich I would say Malibu CA.
Why are religious people on this site? What is their intention?
paul1967 comments on Oct 21, 2017:
I met one who showed interest in meeting me, the picture was of a young girl in her 20s. First 20 something is not what I want second I'm not looking to get back into another relationship with a theist if at all possible.
Who was raised as an atheist?
paul1967 comments on Oct 21, 2017:
I was. My mother was Catholic but my Father won the battle over how I was raised. I was the Atheist kid in the neighborhood. It wasn't always fun but I dealt with it.
Can science and religion realistically be reconciled?
paul1967 comments on Oct 21, 2017:
I used to say they were two separate things, but I discovered they are the same in the initial approach. They both ask the same questions, but here is the divide, science won't answer with here is the answer until the evidence is in and when evidence is inconclusive or not available the answer is we don't know. Religions will always insert God to all answers unknown, and when the answer becomes known, they fight back and deny for a while and then move the goal post again.
Have you ever been fired for being an atheist?
paul1967 comments on Oct 20, 2017:
I was not fired, but I was passed over for promotion when I was clearly the more experienced candidate, and my track record was considerably better than Christian who got the job. When I asked my boss why I was passed up, he said it had to do with the fact that I didn't have kids. When I pointed out Allen (the guy who got the promotion) didn't have kids either all he said was "Well there you go" which meant nothing other than we're done get out of my office.
What do you think of the term "Spiritual but not religious" ?
paul1967 comments on Oct 20, 2017:
I have no issue with it anymore than I have with saying I'm religious or nonreligious. It's a label identifying what you feel best represents reality. I don't share that view with you but I have no problem with you holding that as a truth
Will you support the existence of an " Atheistic country" ?
paul1967 comments on Oct 20, 2017:
Nope. I would fight and be willing to die fighting to prevent any law that imposes restrictions on thought even if I agree with those thoughts. Anyone voting yes really needs to rethink there position on this. This is a gift waiting to bite you in the ass.
If you could nominate an Atheist to lead our nation, who would that be and why. Would gender or ...
paul1967 comments on Oct 20, 2017:
Christopher Hitchens would make a great president when he was alive obviously.
Do believers intentionally act stupid when talking with an atheist, to anger them, so they can pull ...
paul1967 comments on Oct 20, 2017:
It's programming, not stupidity. I have a lot of very religious friends, many of them are considerably smarter than the average Atheist and more educated. Trust me when I say it's not an act. They have a way of blocking out certain aspects of reality. I call it zombie brain because they act like that part of their mind has been eaten away, and they want to eat that part of my brain out. The anger card is just another taught mechanism they use to justify why I don't believe.
Has anyone else helped a person leave religion or god belief?
paul1967 comments on Oct 20, 2017:
My mother and sister. It took forever but both are Atheists now.
What is an Atheist/Agnostic quote that you like?
paul1967 comments on Oct 20, 2017:
I'm picking two tops: Mark Twain: “I do not fear death. I had been dead for billions and billions of years before I was born, and had not suffered the slightest inconvenience from it.” Neil deGrasse Tyson: "Once upon a time, people identified the god Neptune as the source of storms at sea. Today we call these storms hurricanes. The only people who still call hurricanes acts of God are the people who write insurance forms."
Any conspiracy theorists here?
paul1967 comments on Oct 20, 2017:
Oh God, that I don't believe in, I hope not lol. I would rather talk to a mob of crazy Christians than one more person who believes Nubaru is on its way here. Or flat Earthers, give me a break. Really you believe the Earth is flat? Try laying on your belly the next time you're at the beach watching the sunset. as soon as it disappears stand up and watch it set again. Flat Earth debunked right there.
Does anyone know someone that was an Atheist or Agnostic and then became Christian?
paul1967 comments on Oct 20, 2017:
Yeah, ever Christian I talk to says " I used to be an Atheist...." I'm sure some have, but 90% of Christians that claim to have been an atheist, were just not uber religious but still believed in God, I suspect. I have a hard time seeing someone who sees the issues of being a believer saying well even though I know these problems with the Bible being chalk full of immoral crap, full of unscientific nonsense, and full of contradictions, then turning around and saying but I see the light, and I believe.
Appeals Court Says Giant Christian Cross in Bladensburg, MD is Illegal – Friendly Atheist
paul1967 comments on Oct 20, 2017:
It is a clear issue of church-state separation.
How do people react when you refer to their beliefs as a mythology?
paul1967 comments on Oct 20, 2017:
Most responses show that it would be insulting but that's because most people don't know what the word myth means. It doesn't refer to whether something is true or false. A myth is a traditional story consisting of events that are ostensibly historical, though often supernatural, explaining the origins of a cultural practice or natural phenomenon. The word "myth" is derived from the Greek word mythos, which simply means "story". Mythology can refer either to the study of myths or to a body or collection of myths. Myth can mean 'sacred story', 'traditional narrative' or 'tale of the gods'. A myth can also be a story to explain why something exists. Human cultures' mythologies usually include a cosmogonical or creation myth, concerning the origins of the world, or how the world came to exist. The active beings in myths are generally gods and goddesses, heroes and heroines, or animals and plants. Most myths are set in a timeless past before recorded time or beginning of the critical history. A myth can be a story involving symbols that are capable of multiple meanings. A myth is a sacred narrative because it holds religious or spiritual significance for those who tell it. Myths also contribute to and express a culture's systems of thought and values, such as the myth of gremlins invented by aircraft technicians during World War II to avoid apportioning blame. Myths are often, stories that are currently understood as being exaggerated or fictitious.
Dear God, I know you are very busy: your inbox must be quite full of prayers. Luckily you do the ...
paul1967 comments on Oct 20, 2017:
That's hilarious. Did you write that or did you pull it off of a website? Either way it was well written
My experience shows me that religious people use their religion to provide "floor values" and others...
paul1967 comments on Oct 20, 2017:
The sad thing is that the people you describe as holding "ceiling values" are more true to their Christian faith than the others. The Westboro Baptist Church stands on solid ground within their religious interpretations.
What is Humanism to you?
paul1967 comments on Oct 20, 2017:
Humanism is placing more importance on the well being of people and recognizing that a deity can't or hasn't interact due to it not existing or not caring. We approach problems with the intent to develop rational solutions grounded in evidence, not superstition.
Do you think Muslims will outnumber Christians?
paul1967 comments on Oct 20, 2017:
It certainly looks like it. Something I read says it has less to do with converting people and more to do with birth rates.
Are you attracted to the bad boys or naughty girls?
paul1967 comments on Oct 20, 2017:
I've been with both nice girls and naughty. Neither works for me a little of both is what I look for
Do you ever get used to loss?
paul1967 comments on Oct 20, 2017:
I can't speak for getting used to loss, but I've gotten used to depression. I was so used to it I didn't even know I was depressed until my situation change.
What US political party do you align with?
paul1967 comments on Oct 19, 2017:
I vote for the best candidate unless I have no information and then I vote Dem.
What strikes you with awe? What inspires you? Is there anything that you experience fairly often ...
paul1967 comments on Oct 19, 2017:
My awe is waking up before sunrise pushing my boat out onto the lake with my fishing pole, laying down on my back looking up at the stars as the boat gently sways. I think I feel big looking out on the vastness knowing that billions of years ago my atoms were spread out for endless lightyears and came together to form me, and after me, they will spread out again to form an almost endless number of other things.
As an agnostic or theist, do you fear death? If so, why?
paul1967 comments on Oct 19, 2017:
I fear, dying far more than death. I accept that my mind will stop and everything that I am is to be left behind in a pile of chemicals returning to the Earth.
Evangelicals in Government
paul1967 comments on Oct 19, 2017:
I fully agree with Paul628 on this. We have the numbers to stop it but we also can suffer from apathy and a lack of enthusiasm. We divide ourselves when our representative loses we give up or refuse to back the winner. Republicans don't suffer from this divide as often as we do.
What is your Heaven?
paul1967 comments on Oct 19, 2017:
My Heaven will not come in my lifetime, but it would be a day when humanity realizes that there is no need to pray or worship an invisible man in the sky, when borders drop around the world and when the resources of Earth are protected. My Heaven will include a world where (taking from Martin Luther King Jr.) we are judged on the content of our character and not by the color of our skin. My heaven is a world where education and the pursuit of happiness is the worlds credo. My Heaven is a dream that if not realized will leave us divided and vulnerable to annihilation. My afterlife is in the knowledge that humankind is my kin and as long as humanity exists the part I played in it will always be there
Ever get calls from scammers?
paul1967 comments on Oct 19, 2017:
I get more scammers on dating sites. Not this one but plenty on all the other ones
What is your opinion on male circumcision?
paul1967 comments on Oct 19, 2017:
The bigger issue for me is doing it to children. Let them do it if they want. People think it's more sanitary, well that's what soap is for.
Do you object to the term "RELIGITARDS" or do you think it appropriate?
paul1967 comments on Oct 19, 2017:
Well first off it's not a respectful thing to say. I'll mock your beliefs in a heartbeat if you bring them to me. What I won't do is mock you. Or in this case them. There is nothing gained by insulting a person ever. There is plenty gained by demonstrating why someone's beliefs are irrational. I can't think of usefulness in injuring anyone on a personal level.
Do you believe in ghosts or similar paranormal entities?
paul1967 comments on Oct 19, 2017:
To my knowledge, no scientific evidence has supported ghosts. From a purely gut level, I find the idea of ghosts rather silly. I can't image an existence without a brain, heart, and why are ghosts always wearing clothes. Is there a ghost GAP or TJGhost store where they get their clothes?
What are your thoughts on "Pantheism"
paul1967 comments on Oct 19, 2017:
If someone says I'm a Pantheist, I think there's a person that has rejected organized religion but doesn't want to give him/herself over to rational thought. A Pantheist is an agnostic who labels the universe as a God not recognizing the baggage brought on by doing that. I think calling the Universe God is silly when the word Universe describes it just fine.
Does "have a blessed day" bother you?
paul1967 comments on Oct 19, 2017:
It's a device Christians use to communicate to another person, I'm trustworthy because I follow Christ. Which is a load of crap because I instantly trust them less. However, I take as a saying and it doesn't bother me
Marriage equality
paul1967 comments on Oct 19, 2017:
It's an easy yes. I should have clicked, Not Informed Enough On The Issue Need More Time To Research because I don't know the definition of marriage equality in Australia, but here in the US, it's an easy yes.
Would you call yourself a sci-fi/fantasy fan?
paul1967 comments on Oct 19, 2017:
I enjoy some Sci-Fi - The original & next Gen Star Trek, Stargate, Star Wars. In that order.
I am Secular Pro-Life. Here are my secular arguments to which I'd like you to respond.
paul1967 comments on Oct 18, 2017:
I'm pro-choice. A woman has the right to control her body. If that means ending a life inside her body, then that's within her rights. When science has a solution where that life can be safely removed from her body and allowed to develop naturally outside of her womb, I will support the right to life.
Should public nudity be legal?
paul1967 comments on Oct 18, 2017:
There is nothing wrong with nudity, but I for one am thankful for clothes. Should it be illegal to be nude in public? No, I guess not, but I won't be investing energy trying to reverse it.
Okay, this is about lgbt identity, but also about religiosity. I am gay. Though intellectually I ...
paul1967 comments on Oct 18, 2017:
Honestly, it would surprise me more if they didn't. You need to understand that saying "I'm religious" does not in any way mean they support Christianity or Islam. They may believe in an afterlife or ghosts, or they may believe in Jesus and ignore the parts they don't like. Almost all Christians do that. They pick what they want and ignore the rest. That's why Christianity still exists. If Christians had to believe the entirety of their book very few of them could or would do it, I suspect.
On a scale from 1-8 how much of a militant atheist are you?
paul1967 comments on Oct 18, 2017:
I could have selected multiple categories. 2-6 fit me. This really isn't a scale of how militant I am it's what parameters match my idea of what atheism is to me and what I'm willing to do.
I call my weed 'The Quran', as burning that shit will get you stoned :-)
paul1967 comments on Oct 18, 2017:
I like it. I haven't smoked weed in over 30 years. I hear it's pretty powerful compared to what we had in the late 70's and 80's.
Bumping Uglies
paul1967 comments on Oct 18, 2017:
I smoke, and it's the most idiotic habit anyone can develop, but I enjoy it so much. It's my escape from anxiety. I'm working hard to stop.
A water bearer in India had two large pots, each hung on each end of a pole which he carried across ...
paul1967 comments on Oct 18, 2017:
That story was very uplifting and it made me think.