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GUEST,Mrrzy 11 Feb 05 - 10:47 AM
GUEST,Mingulay at work 11 Feb 05 - 10:53 AM
GUEST,MMario 11 Feb 05 - 10:55 AM
gnu 11 Feb 05 - 10:58 AM
gnu 11 Feb 05 - 11:00 AM
GUEST,MMario 11 Feb 05 - 11:06 AM
wysiwyg 11 Feb 05 - 11:12 AM
Joe Offer 11 Feb 05 - 11:34 AM
SINSULL 11 Feb 05 - 11:45 AM
GUEST,Mrrzy 11 Feb 05 - 12:39 PM
GUEST,MMario 11 Feb 05 - 12:46 PM
robomatic 11 Feb 05 - 12:50 PM
Mooh 11 Feb 05 - 12:52 PM
TheBigPinkLad 11 Feb 05 - 01:04 PM
PoppaGator 11 Feb 05 - 01:23 PM
McGrath of Harlow 11 Feb 05 - 01:31 PM
Liz the Squeak 11 Feb 05 - 02:02 PM
LilyFestre 11 Feb 05 - 02:42 PM
Jerry Rasmussen 11 Feb 05 - 04:20 PM
42 12 Feb 05 - 08:57 AM
GUEST 12 Feb 05 - 09:25 AM
GUEST 12 Feb 05 - 10:45 AM
PoppaGator 12 Feb 05 - 11:17 AM
Jerry Rasmussen 12 Feb 05 - 11:29 AM
GUEST 12 Feb 05 - 11:37 AM
Joe Offer 12 Feb 05 - 01:29 PM
GUEST 12 Feb 05 - 01:31 PM
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Jerry Rasmussen 12 Feb 05 - 04:14 PM
GUEST 12 Feb 05 - 04:19 PM
Ebbie 12 Feb 05 - 09:51 PM
Teresa 13 Feb 05 - 03:50 AM
GUEST 13 Feb 05 - 10:21 AM
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Subject: BS: Giving up religion for Lent...
From: GUEST,Mrrzy
Date: 11 Feb 05 - 10:47 AM

What about you?


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Subject: RE: BS: Giving up religion for Lent...
From: GUEST,Mingulay at work
Date: 11 Feb 05 - 10:53 AM

I've lent mine out anyway. Forgotten who has it now but quite happy without it.


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Subject: RE: BS: Giving up religion for Lent...
From: GUEST,MMario
Date: 11 Feb 05 - 10:55 AM

Mrrzy - It disappoints me that you would post such an obvious troll


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Subject: RE: BS: Giving up religion for Lent...
From: gnu
Date: 11 Feb 05 - 10:58 AM

I gave up whining and complaining and it's really pissing me off.


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Subject: RE: BS: Giving up religion for Lent...
From: gnu
Date: 11 Feb 05 - 11:00 AM

Wait... MMario. Is troll a noun or verb ? Or both ? Or, have you given up grammar for lent?


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Subject: RE: BS: Giving up religion for Lent...
From: GUEST,MMario
Date: 11 Feb 05 - 11:06 AM

in the internet sense it can be a verb or a noun. As a noun it can refer to the person doing the posting and/or the post.


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Subject: RE: BS: Giving up religion for Lent...
From: wysiwyg
Date: 11 Feb 05 - 11:12 AM

I do find it a bit disheartening that as two anti-religion threads finally seem about ready to fall off the page as most folks realize there's no point posting what they really feel, here's a new one to renew the uproar.

I would doubt that was Mrrzy's intention-- but I do think if people expect Xians to maintain a fragile peace over religion around here, it's asking too much to have these threads constantly going on, especially during a holy season. I think we see them during those times because the publicity about them renews the old hurts people have suffered at the hands of religion. But the effect is that those who are busy sincerely observing these seasons aren't around Mudcat much to offer any real information in response to the paranoia generated by the threads.

I know that for me, it makes Mudcat a really unpleasant place to be. I contribute less and less as time goes on, musically.

The net effect is that people are proselytizing for anti-religion-- in a forum where good people who didn't proselytize at all have been intimidated into saying nothing at all about a hugely important part of their personal experiences.

Again I don't think that was Mrrzy's intent. But when is enough, enough?

~Susan


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Subject: RE: BS: Giving up religion for Lent...
From: Joe Offer
Date: 11 Feb 05 - 11:34 AM

I do volunteer work every Friday at a women's center in Sacramento. I suppose it discriminates, because it caters only to women and children of all creeds and no creed. It's run by Catholic nuns, so there must be something wrong with it - even though they never preach.

Then there's the only major soup kitchen in Sacramento - run by Catholics (but staffed by all sorts of Christians and non-Christians).

Or the network that has a monopoly of all the food lockers in Sacramento - founded by Immaculate Conception Parish but staffed by the entire community.

Is this what I'm supposed to give up for Lent?

-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: BS: Giving up religion for Lent...
From: SINSULL
Date: 11 Feb 05 - 11:45 AM

Time for my family Lent story.
Brother John hated mashed potatoes. In fact, he hated everything but hot dogs. So comes Ash Wednesday and Mom serves him a mighty helping of mashed potatoes. He, with reverent smugness announces "I have given up mashed potatoes for Lent." He was only about seven. Nice try.


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Subject: RE: BS: Giving up religion for Lent...
From: GUEST,Mrrzy
Date: 11 Feb 05 - 12:39 PM

I actually wonder what people are giving up for Lent!


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Subject: RE: BS: Giving up religion for Lent...
From: GUEST,MMario
Date: 11 Feb 05 - 12:46 PM

sorry if I read you wrong Mrzzy.

I usually try to express my penitence not by giving up - but by giving more...


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Subject: RE: BS: Giving up religion for Lent...
From: robomatic
Date: 11 Feb 05 - 12:50 PM

I thought it was kinda cute. If you're giving up religion, you might be giving up contentious religious threads as well, but opening the door to those who have NOT.


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Subject: RE: BS: Giving up religion for Lent...
From: Mooh
Date: 11 Feb 05 - 12:52 PM

Can't give up trolling 'cause that's my favourite technique for catching trout. Can't give up religion 'cause then I mightn't believe in trolling. Thought maybe I'd give up stupidity, but as you can see, that ain't likely!

One year Ash Wednesday fell on my birthday, and my mother gave me the best present ever, she quit smoking.

Peace, Mooh.


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Subject: RE: BS: Giving up religion for Lent...
From: TheBigPinkLad
Date: 11 Feb 05 - 01:04 PM

The net effect is that people are proselytizing for anti-religion-- in a forum where good people who didn't proselytize at all have been intimidated into saying nothing at all about a hugely important part of their personal experiences.

Hmmm. This is exactly the opposite of what I see in this forum. There are many threads (I suspect deliberate) posted by religionists that, like the sentiment expressed above, aim to emasculate those whose views are -- at least -- equally important. 'Good people' implies a collorary 'bad people.' I would suggest such disrespect is a top contender for Lentern surrender.


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Subject: RE: BS: Giving up religion for Lent...
From: PoppaGator
Date: 11 Feb 05 - 01:23 PM

I thought the initial post of this thread was pretty witty ~ too bad so many found it offensive.

I understand, however; there has been a distasteful glut of anti-religion proselytizing hereabouts of late. Perhaps I've been guilty of a bit of this myself, and if so, I apologize. I'm more of a believer than an agnostic, but I'm quite skeptical in regard to "organized religion" and, indeed, in regard to establishments of every kind.

I think it would be a better world if the pre-Lenten season of Carnival were observed as widely as Lent itself. People need to let go and enjoy themselves just about as much as they need to discipline and deny themselves, and the ancient wisdom was to observe a period of overindulgence immediately prior to the season of penitence. All in moderation, of course ~ ;^)

This year was a bad deal for those of us who observe Carnival. Thanks to the phases of the moon or whatever, Easter (and therefore Lent, and therefore Mardi Gras) fall on much earlier dates than usual, causing Carnival season to last only 38 days ~ shorter than the 40 days of Lent. What a gyp!


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Subject: RE: BS: Giving up religion for Lent...
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 11 Feb 05 - 01:31 PM

Surely, strictly speaking, Carnival season just lasts one day, anyway - Shrove Tuesday, Mardi Gras, call it what you will.


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Subject: RE: BS: Giving up religion for Lent...
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 11 Feb 05 - 02:02 PM

I gave up sermons for lent one year... went and played in the creche instead.. .much more fun and I learnt a lot from the children (like never have more than you can hold down at once in the same room).

Given up staying at home this year.

LTS


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Subject: RE: BS: Giving up religion for Lent...
From: LilyFestre
Date: 11 Feb 05 - 02:42 PM

Hmmm..you are wondering what people are giving up for Lent? My priest has said that is personal and really nothing to share with others.....

Michelle


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Subject: RE: BS: Giving up religion for Lent...
From: Jerry Rasmussen
Date: 11 Feb 05 - 04:20 PM

How about religious threads? That's what I intend to do..


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Subject: RE: BS: Giving up religion for Lent...
From: 42
Date: 12 Feb 05 - 08:57 AM

As a somewhat ingenuous 18 year old university student home for Easter dinner I charmed my entire family...aunts, uncles, grandparents etc with my proclamation that I had given up celibacy for Lent.

Needless to say, it didn't get the response in that situation that it had received at the Absinthe Pub the night before.

The 'man' of the moment was a trifle embarassed as well.

Makes a great story though.
j
or maybe you had to be there


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Subject: RE: BS: Giving up religion for Lent...
From: GUEST
Date: 12 Feb 05 - 09:25 AM

I think one of the main reasons for the anti-religious who post vehemently is because we're fed up with being pressured, pressured by religious lawmakers, religious fanatics, religious broadcasters, etc. I was walking through my market town today and there was a man in the main square waving his Bible and shouting his beliefs at us. They're there regularly and I shouted at him for the first time;"Leave us alone!"
I think that's all we ask...leave us alone. keep your religion in your churches and your houses but respect our lack of belief.I'm sure I'm not the only one who feels this pressure from faiths. Maybe we should start picketing churches!


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Subject: RE: BS: Giving up religion for Lent...
From: GUEST
Date: 12 Feb 05 - 10:45 AM

I agree Guest 9:25. Howard Dean, during his campaign, referred to the "in your face" attitudes of the right wing religionists being the problem too--even referred to the politicians that cherry picked from the Bible to "prove" their self-righteous, anti-Christian message was godly and pious and most of all "right", as "preacher politicians".

This sort of dirty religion is what is being shoved down throats in the US, and as justification for the dismantling of the US social welfare system, the environmental protection system, the infrastructure system--all to direct the US tax dollars away from services that benefit ALL taxpayers, to the bloated bottom lines of the military industrial complex, big energy, banking and credit, and pharmeceutical conglomerates. And they do it by crying "wolf" over terrorism that doesn't actually threaten our freedom one iota.

Phony religion and phony religious values are the charlatans of our day, who direct the diversions.

Unfortunately, ignoring them only makes the situtation worsen, not improve, for the citizens of the world. Everywhere the religious fundamentalists have made inroads in the past twenty years, have been in places where progress was being made to raise the standard of living of ALL citizens of this planet, not just the global wealthy elites, as has been the case throughout human history. That is why this battle is so fierce. We are literally fighting for our lives against the people who willingly snuff us all out without a second thought, to keep what they have got control of right now, which is nearly everything we need to survive.


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Subject: RE: BS: Giving up religion for Lent...
From: PoppaGator
Date: 12 Feb 05 - 11:17 AM

To the two previous GUESTS: Amen! (If you don't find that word offensive...) I sympathize with our many inoffensively and genuinely religious brethern, but you're right: That loud minority of in-your-face, bring-on-Armageddon fanatics is not only distasteful but dangerous, and ignoring them won't make them go away.

To McGrath: Carnival season ~ in communities where it is observed ~ actually extends from Twelfth Night (a fixed date, January 6) through Shrove/Fat Tuesday (a moveable feast). The earliest possible date for Mardi Gras Day is February 5 and the latest is in early March, so the length of Carnival season can vary from barely one month to two full months.

When the season is as short as this year's, scheduling of various social events tightens up a bit, and folks have less time to recover from the Christmas/New-Year holidays, shift gears, and start working on their costumes, etc.


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Subject: RE: BS: Giving up religion for Lent...
From: Jerry Rasmussen
Date: 12 Feb 05 - 11:29 AM

Hey, Guest:

I really am trying to stay away from religious threads, because I don't see anyone listening. Just everyone talking. I just want you to know that as a sincere Christian, I am not only listening to what you've said in the last two posts (if you're both the same person) but that I share your concern for what the religious right is doing.
I'm not convinced that Bush and the power structure is driven by the religious right, because I think they are driven by greed and the thirst for power. But, I think they are using the religious right as dupes for their own selfish purposes. I am very sympathetic to the concerns that you express, because I am equally concerned.

It's not the teachings of Christ that are the problem though, (from my perspective.) Christ was very outspoken about "rendering unto Caesar what is due to Caeser, and rendering unto God what is due to God." Christ was a bitter disappointment to those who looked to him as a means for overthrowing the Roman power structure and inserting them into power. Christ was very much for the separation of church and state.

I just want you to know that if anything, I am even more incensed than you are with how the religious right is stupidly being used to promote greed and power... kinda reverse Robin Hoods... take from the poor and give to the rich. It infuriates me because it is so hypocritical and contrary to the teachings of Christ. I can comfortably walk hand in hand with those who are fighting against the use of the religious right to deny people their rights.

After all, Christ threw the Pharisees out of the temple. Too bad he can't stop by Washington for a few days...

Jerry


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Subject: RE: BS: Giving up religion for Lent...
From: GUEST
Date: 12 Feb 05 - 11:37 AM

No, we aren't the same guests. I don't agree that the Republicans are merely taking advantage of the religious right. The two most recent mass movements within Republican circles aren't just in bed together, they are married for life--and I don't believe it is a marriage of convenience. I believe it is a marriage of the minds. I know many greedy, mean, ruthless Christians. In the US, those people are all either Republicans or independents who never vote for Democrats, but would support a Ross Perot.

Religion is very much at the center of what the problems our nation and our world faces. The Christians have fucked things up so badly, they no longer deserve any power, anywhere in the world, whatsoever.

IMNSHO.


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Subject: RE: BS: Giving up religion for Lent...
From: Joe Offer
Date: 12 Feb 05 - 01:29 PM

I despise religious fundamentalism. I disagree with Pope John Paul II as vehemently as I disagree with George W. Bush. I do not wish to allow these people to take permanent control of Christianity, of the Catholic Church, or of the United States.

That being said, what's wrong with my being a Christian, a Roman Catholic, or an American? All three of these things are an integral part of who I am - but in the minds of a good number of people here, I can only be acceptable to them if I deny my Christian, Catholic, and American heritage.

I'm sorry, but that makes me very angry.

-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: BS: Giving up religion for Lent...
From: GUEST
Date: 12 Feb 05 - 01:31 PM

They already do control Christianity Joe, so I think you are a day late and a dollar short on that one.

If you are so appalled by those who control and use Christianity to their own ends, rather than in service of the flock's true needs, then it is your duty to leave those institutions, and find a different way of doing the work.

Nobody said it was going to be easy, destroying evil.


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Subject: RE: BS: Giving up religion for Lent...
From: GUEST
Date: 12 Feb 05 - 03:01 PM

As guest one here (market town bible punchers) I agree with so much said above. I have no quarrel with the teachings of Christ, in fact if they were lived by we'd be in a much better world. Those who follow the true way are a threat to no one, in fact some are my true friends. It's political religion that is the enemy, be it Moslem, Christian, Jewish, whatever. It's the "we are right, you are wrong" school.It's the superstition, the deliberately encouraged ignorance, the return to the dark ages from the age of enlightenment that is the curse of our time. Those of us opposed to these elements need some sort of rallying point for our opposition. It is a war now, a war of ideas, and if the enlightened lose it there will be only chaos and more bloodshed. the Taliban mentality is loose in America as it is loose in Afghanistan.We in Europe must stand up as it begins to get its grip here as Blair, another religious fundamentalist at heart, encourages more faith schools, including those funded from the States which will teach "Creationism", the theory of those truly blind to the reality of our common earth history.


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Subject: RE: BS: Giving up religion for Lent...
From: Jerry Rasmussen
Date: 12 Feb 05 - 04:14 PM

Glad you can make the distinction between true livers of Christ's teaching and those who use Christianity for power and profit.

Perhaps there's hope..

That's a rare point of conciliation and encouragement for Christians like Joe Offer, me, and many others who have remained silent too long.

Jerry


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Subject: RE: BS: Giving up religion for Lent...
From: GUEST
Date: 12 Feb 05 - 04:19 PM

Instead of preaching to us Jerry, how about you work on your fellow Christians for a change? Mudcat isn't the place that needs your preaching, so why do you insist on doing it, even when you have been told it isn't welcomed by the majority of people here?

That's what I can't understand. Your politics are as liberal as anyone else's here, so why not just keep the discussion to politics, and leave YOUR religion out of it, rather than try and shove it down our throats?


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Subject: RE: BS: Giving up religion for Lent...
From: Ebbie
Date: 12 Feb 05 - 09:51 PM

I see no shoving-down-throats activity here, unless it is coming from the non-religion side. I like the consistency of the views expressed by people like Joe Offer and Jerry Rasmussen, people who are living their beliefs, people who have a clear idea of what they believe. Their views harm no one, offend no thinking person, and if we allow it, calm the stormy seas of anger that are so much a large part of some posters.

It isn't 'preaching', per se. I can listen as I wish or I can argue a point or I can go away in peace. I like knowing there are people like Joe and Jerry out there in the world. I even like being aware that if there are two people like that out there that I know, it means that there are many more out there whom I have not yet met. Thank you, Joe and Jerry.


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Subject: RE: BS: Giving up religion for Lent...
From: Teresa
Date: 13 Feb 05 - 03:50 AM

I second what Ebbie says.

I'm not a christian, but that doesn't mean I should criticize Christians for being who they are.

I admit I had some very scary experiences with the fundamentalists when I was a child, including having the devil exorcised from me because of my blindness. But that is not the fault of Christianity as a whole; it is a product of the sort of person(s) who would do such things, whatever kind of closed-mindedness they practice. I think it is very wrong to generalize about Americans, Christians, Muslims, Republicans, Democrats, communists, etc. based on one's experience with a few people of a particular "designation." I believe that is known as prejudice, and I hope I stay as far away from that kind of thinking as possible.

Teresa


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Subject: RE: BS: Giving up religion for Lent...
From: GUEST
Date: 13 Feb 05 - 10:21 AM

Why not give up Lent for Lent?


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Subject: RE: BS: Giving up religion for Lent...
From: EagleWing
Date: 13 Feb 05 - 12:13 PM

"I was walking through my market town today and there was a man in the main square waving his Bible and shouting his beliefs at us."

Just one! As I walk through my market town each day I see and hear materialism from all directions. I hear all sorts of views, religious, anti-religious, agnostic etc. Posters preach the power of the all-powerful gods - money & sex. But let one man wave a Bible and air Christian views and suddenly everyone gets upset.

I didn't hear your particular preacher. His views may conflict with mine but his is only one voice in a society in which all other voices are accepted but his.

Frank L.


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Subject: RE: BS: Giving up religion for Lent...
From: EagleWing
Date: 13 Feb 05 - 12:19 PM

Joe said "That being said, what's wrong with my being a Christian, a Roman Catholic, or an American? All three of these things are an integral part of who I am - but in the minds of our a good number of people here, I can only be acceptable to them if I deny my Christian, Catholic, and American heritage.
I'm sorry, but that makes me very angry."

Substitute Baptist and English and I am in total agreement with Joe's point.
There are many bad "Christians" but there are many good ones. Mother Teresa, Martin Luther King - are they the folk who f'd up the world so that Christians have no right to a say?

Frank L


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Subject: RE: BS: Giving up religion for Lent...
From: EagleWing
Date: 13 Feb 05 - 12:28 PM

GUEST says "They already do control Christianity Joe, so I think you are a day late and a dollar short on that one.
If you are so appalled by those who control and use Christianity to their own ends, rather than in service of the flock's true needs, then it is your duty to leave those institutions, and find a different way of doing the work.
Nobody said it was going to be easy, destroying evil."

Firstly, they only control a section of the Church. Neither of them have any influence over non-Catholic Churches outside of the US. If we are to leave all institutions which are capable of corruption we will have to leave the earth altogether. As soon as anyone sets about destroying evil, someone - possibly GUEST - will accuse them of fundamentalism anyway. It takes _some_ kind of belief to make people try to fight evil. Since fundamentalism is the name given to anyone who tries to bring their beliefs out of their churches and homes such people will be branded. Sooner or later some politician will start using their message to get a bit of power and the whole corruption thing starts again. Some of us prefer to fight corruption from within rather than complain about it from without.

Frank L.


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Subject: RE: BS: Giving up religion for Lent...
From: EagleWing
Date: 13 Feb 05 - 12:34 PM

GUEST (is this the same one or a different GUEST?) says "Instead of preaching to us Jerry, how about you work on your fellow Christians for a change? Mudcat isn't the place that needs your preaching, so why do you insist on doing it, even when you have been told it isn't welcomed by the majority of people here?
That's what I can't understand. Your politics are as liberal as anyone else's here, so why not just keep the discussion to politics, and leave YOUR religion out of it, rather than try and shove it down our throats?"

Hold hard, there, GUEST. Jerry is simply and quietly answering points made on a thread that has the heading "Giving up religion for Lent". What right do you have for insisting on not bringing religion into such a thread? I haven't seen much evidence of Jerry preaching or suggesting that he is more right than others. I ave seen plenty of evidence - in the post I quoted - that you, GUEST, are certainly bigoted and narrow minded believing that you have a right to shut others up because you disagree with them.

Frank L.


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Subject: RE: BS: Giving up religion for Lent...
From: GUEST
Date: 13 Feb 05 - 02:17 PM

It's no good calling us guests bigots, it advances nothing. If we descend to that level we just call you bigot back.
A belief is essentially an unproven and unprovable thing, as is unbelief. All I ask is that religion is kept out of politics, schools, and the lives of others who choose not to follow faith. Freedom should mean what it says, individual choice. If, for instance, homosexuality is considered by those of faith to be "sinful" whatever that is, then they need not practice it, But why do so many get so hot under the collar about those who do? Leave them alone! They're doing you no harm. Preaching freedom and living freedom appear to be very different things.After all isn't it part of your general belief that we were given free will by your god? If you believe that then you must allow people to exercise it. Surely that's all part of your god's plan?


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Subject: RE: BS: Giving up religion for Lent...
From: Joe Offer
Date: 13 Feb 05 - 11:13 PM

Now, if we open our minds and listen to each other, we might find we have more in common than we think. I'm a Roman Catholic. I don't want to see prayer or religious practices in government institutions or schools because I don't like the idea of government-controlled religion. If religious belief is a function of government, it takes all that's good out of religious belief.

I'm sure most of us believe the same thing - but perhaps for different reasons. Many of us believe in social justice and peace and an end to poverty - there may be differences in our thinking supporting those goals, but the goals are still the same. If we can forget our differences and work together and value each other, we may be able to achieve some of those goals.

Otherwise, George W. Bush will rule the world.

-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: BS: Giving up religion for Lent...
From: GUEST
Date: 13 Feb 05 - 11:17 PM

Joe, George W. Bush already does rule the world.

I agree, we should agree to work together on common causes we share. So why can't that be done without the religionists insisting on making us all hold hands and pray?


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Subject: RE: BS: Giving up religion for Lent...
From: Joe Offer
Date: 14 Feb 05 - 12:19 AM

I hadn't thought of that. Yes, I have held hands at a peace or civil rights rally and prayed. Sometimes, the prayer hasn't been as inclusive as it should have been, and then I've felt uncomfortable - I really hate to see anybody excluded.

There is one problem in removing religious expression from the peace movement and civil rights and anti-poverty movements. It really bothers the right-wingers that there are religious people who oppose George W. Bush. The visible presence of clergy in the peace and civil rights movements has been especially powerful and effective.

Some clergymen can pray without excluding people. Martin Luther King, Jr., was certainly religious - but I don't think his prayer was such that people felt excluded. Same with Jesse Jackson.
Dan & Phil Berrigan were both priests when they first became involved in the peace movement, and Dan is still a Jesuit priest. Their prayers are even more inclusive than those of King and Jackson.

But can you picture Martin Luther King or Jesse Jackson speaking without religious references? Were they unsuitable civil rights leaders because of that?
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: BS: Giving up religion for Lent...
From: Teresa
Date: 14 Feb 05 - 03:16 AM

The peace and human rights movement includes people of all walks of life who share a common goal. The religious in that group do not condemn the non-religious. Why should anyone condemn anyone else?

I have no problem with sharing a prayer with others. I am not part of an organized religion, but I am comfortable in my relationship with the Great Spirit, the gods, God, or whatever I might call It/Him/Her. I feel no need to defend my belief. So I have my moment of silence along with the prayer. I don't think that prayer is harmful in any way.

I don't like the sorts of fundamentalists--Communists, atheists, Christians, Buddhists, (yes, there are some) Muslims, humanists, pagans who insist to me that I am on the wrong path and their path is the only right one. I try to keep company with people of any of the above persuasions and many other walks of life who are open-minded and willing to listen/teach/learn. It is not a Christian/non-Christian thing for me ... it is a much deeper distinction in some ways, or rather, a much more fundamental one.

Teresa


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Subject: RE: BS: Giving up religion for Lent...
From: EagleWing
Date: 14 Feb 05 - 06:14 AM

"It's no good calling us guests bigots, it advances nothing. If we descend to that level we just call you bigot back."

The only reason I used the word bigot is because the post I was replying to showed every sign of bigotry. When I post something as bigotted as that feel free to call me a bigot. However, I believe in the right for someone to speak about their religion on a thread which is about religion. The post I was answering (from GUEST) tried to deny that right.

BTW. Why is it that people wishing to post these attacks hide behind the word GUEST? It is at least possible to identify which GUEST by using a consistent nickname.

Frank L.


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Subject: RE: BS: Giving up religion for Lent...
From: GUEST,Mrr
Date: 14 Feb 05 - 08:47 AM

Well, THIS thread sure got hijacked in an interesting direction!


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Subject: RE: BS: Giving up religion for Lent...
From: Jerry Rasmussen
Date: 14 Feb 05 - 09:44 AM

I find it amazingly hypocritical for people who start anti-religious threads to complain when someone speaks up for what they believe. I'd be perfectly happy to strike a deal with those who are regularly attacking Christians. If you stop posting threads attacking people who I love (and that includes Atheists... not just Christians) I will never start a thread about my faith.

The funny thing is, I don't really have a problem with people starting threads attacking the hypocrisy they see in some/many (but definitely not all) churches. If you've been hurt, go right ahead and express you anger. You have every right to do so. But, if you tar and feather ALL Christians, don't be surprised if people express their disagreement with your generalities. I speak not so much for myself, because I am not trying to make friends with people who consider all Christians self-righteous judgmental idiots. I speak for all the wonderful people I know who are Christians.... just as I speak out in defense of Atheists and Agnostics, and people who don't find church a spiritual experience.

Now, you want to start a thread criticizing Atheists and Agnostics? I'll be right there, speaking out on behalf of all the loving, moral people I know (including family members.) I will defend Bill D just as much as I will Joe Offer.

And if you start a thread judging others, don't expect me to always remain silent. WHOEVER you judge.

Jerry


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Subject: RE: BS: Giving up religion for Lent...
From: GUEST
Date: 14 Feb 05 - 10:38 AM

You know, I wouldn't even have a problem with the religionists having their threads, if they would just post something that exhibits some critical thinking about religion, instead of posting prayers and diatribes about how they don't need to think because they are believers and therefore, just need "faith".

And of course, the fact that they can't stay out of the threads that are discussing religion critically and intellectually, by non-believers. They insist upon coming into these sorts of threads and whining about how we're all so mean to the Christians.

That gets pretty damn tiresome. Like I've said many, many times before here at Mudcat--there is much less tolerance for secularists, especially secular discussions about religion and believers, than it is intolerant towards the religionists. It seems to me a day hasn't gone by since 9/11 in this place that somebody isn't trying to shove some aspect of "Christianity" down our throats in some way.

And the problem here is exclusively with Christians. There are no other members of other religions who are so vociferous in their claims to need to "defend" their faith here at Mudcat from bigots.

What a crock that is.


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Subject: RE: BS: Giving up religion for Lent...
From: EagleWing
Date: 14 Feb 05 - 10:44 AM

"You know, I wouldn't even have a problem with the religionists having their threads, if they would just post something that exhibits some critical thinking about religion, instead of posting prayers and diatribes about how they don't need to think because they are believers and therefore, just need "faith"."

GUEST (another anonymous Guest) It shouldn't be necessary to remind you that this thread was not started by a "religionist" (whatever that may be) but is an Anti-religion thread. Moreover, if you actually read what people have posted you would realise how inaccurate the above statement is in other ways.

Frank L.


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Subject: RE: BS: Giving up religion for Lent...
From: GUEST
Date: 14 Feb 05 - 10:44 AM

This is, after all, a secular forum isn't it? Or is this place, like punkfolkrocker suggested, a forum about religious folk music?


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Subject: RE: BS: Giving up religion for Lent...
From: Jerry Rasmussen
Date: 14 Feb 05 - 10:48 AM

Seen any anti-Buddhist threads recently, any anti-Muslim threads? Even any anti-wiccan threads?

And who are these Christians who say they don't need to think? I sure don't want to meet them. That isn't to say that there aren't many Christians who don't do a lot of thinking. Or non-Christians for that matter. The unexamined life is not worth living... that applies to all of us.

Discussions are not attacks and counter-attacks. I'd be very happy to discuss my faith in a non-inflamatory way, showing equal respect for those who don't believe it... including you "Guest." Just not in this kind of a forum. This is not a "religious" website and doesn't lend itself to any sort of "thoughtful" communication. As far as I'm concerned, I'd be a lot happier if religion wasn't discussed on here at all. Not that it ever is "discussed", anyway.

I'd love to give it a rest and talk about the things we all enjoy.

Jerry


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Subject: RE: BS: Giving up religion for Lent...
From: GUEST
Date: 14 Feb 05 - 10:55 AM

It doesn't matter Jerry. This isn't a Christian forum, is it? So if people who aren't Christians want to discuss religion, jokingly, sarcastically or anything else, they should have the right to do that without being harrassed.

If you are offended by those of us who are secularists, then maybe you should start your own folk music forum for Christians, and censor people and contributions like the poster who started this thread. Which I consider to be tongue in cheek, and ironic humor.

The point is, you are much more interested in discussing your religion, than almost any other subject, when I look at your BS posting history Jerry. Why is that?

Seems to me there is a core group of Christians who are battling for control of the BS section, and justifying their attacks on anyone who speaks critically about religion, or jokingly about religion, etc. as if there were a need for Mudcat Crusade to Defend the Faith.

Get over yourselves!


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