[MA-SOC] A bit off topic: Confirmed, the King of Pop helped produce music for Sonic the Hedgehog 3

Alain-Christian mynamebackwards at gmail.com
Fri Dec 4 13:35:15 EST 2009


Pass. At the very least I'm spiritual. At the most I'm Taoist but that's not
a religion, it's a philosophy.

The only reason I'm not atheist is I've witnessed phenemena that can't be
explained away by science alone. But those are stories for another day.

On Fri, Dec 4, 2009 at 1:29 PM, Sean Su <sean.su at sean.su> wrote:

> Well why would the grand lord Chuthlu punish you when he made you flawed in
> the first place? Isn't that just spiteful?
>
> This is why you should join my religion, Alain. We have bingo on Tuesday.
> Plus we only have a 2.5% tithe instead of 10%. You can proudly proclaim how
> "I just saved a bunch of money on my religion by switching to Space Geico".
>
> Loving words from your mighty Miniature Giant Grand Space Popette,
> Sean Su
> Miniature Giant Grand Space Popette Extraordinaire
>
>
>
> On Fri, Dec 4, 2009 at 1:21 PM, Alain-Christian
> <mynamebackwards at gmail.com>wrote:
>
> > (This is not directed at anyone in particular.)
> >
> > I stopped going to Church ages ago. I'm agnostic. God doesn't need me to
> > prove I kinda dig 'im by going to Church on a weekly basis being bored
> out
> > of my skull and checking my watch every 5 minutes. What started out very
> > simple is now this bloated thing called mass. They (man) just keep adding
> > more more fluff as the years go on. It's like a cruel game of telephone.
> I
> > found myself going through the motions. The words lose their meaning when
> > you repeat the same prayer over and over again every week like some kinda
> > zombie robot thing. That's stupid. Prayer should be organic.
> >
> >
> >
> > On Fri, Dec 4, 2009 at 1:43 AM, Jill Sophia <viaparva at gmail.com> wrote:
> >
> > > Michael,
> > >
> > > I wholeheartedly agree that honest and accurate sex education is
> vitally
> > > important, especially for younger children.  People who think they are
> > > "protecting" their kids by avoiding the subject are actually
> endangering
> > > them, because clever pedophiles often target children who are naive and
> > > therefore easier to deceive or exploit.
> > >
> > > I gather that your evaluation of "today's churches" is based on your
> > > personal experiences in certain strict Evangelical fundamentalist
> > > congregations; and I can understand how hurt and disillusioned those
> > > experiences must have made you feel.  I know people who have had
> > similarly
> > > awful experiences with fanatical fundamentalist groups .... not only
> > > Christian, but also Jewish, Islamic, and other denominations (including
> > > some
> > > cultlike "new religions").  Militant fundamentalism of any religious or
> > > political orientation can be psychologically and often physically
> > > destructive.
> > >
> > > On the other hand, I have also known "born-again" Evangelicals,
> > Latter-Day
> > > Saints, Orthodox Jews, Traditionalist Catholics, devout Muslims, and
> > > strictly observant Jains who were/are extremely happy, well-adjusted,
> and
> > > loving people.  Ultimately, the major influence is the family and how
> > that
> > > family practices its beliefs.  In my own experience, I've come to the
> > > conclusion that parents who focus on unconditional love, empathy, and
> > > compassion -- rather than obsessive legalism -- tend to raise
> emotionally
> > > stable children, regardless of their faith or lack thereof.
> > >
> > > Religious corruption, like political corruption, is nothing new.
> >  Religious
> > > groups and political groups are comprised of human beings, many human
> > > beings
> > > are corrupt, and those corrupt humans have a nasty habit of taking
> truly
> > > precious and noble ideals and twisting them to suit their own agendas.
> >  But
> > > there ARE groups where the decent members can uphold their ideals and
> > work
> > > together to do good, despite the inevitable presence of corrupt
> members.
> > >
> > > Decent churches, synagogues, masjids, temples, ashrams, and other
> > religious
> > > communities DO exist.  Sometimes you just have to look a little harder
> to
> > > find them.
> > >
> > > Peace and blessings,
> > > Jill
> > >
> > > + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + +
> > > VOCATUS ATQUE NON VOCATUS DEUS ADERIT
> > > ("Bidden or not bidden, God is present")
> > > + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + +
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