It seems that you are determined to press the religious aspect. What's your
I would suggest that parents have the right and responsibility concerning
the religious training of their own children.
If you don't like it, take your child out.
Smitty Two wrote:
>> I just watched "Religulous." We non-believers see all religions as
>> absolutely, completely insane. 93 % of scientists are in that camp.
>Doug Miller wrote:
> Fine --
No it's not "fine". I'm a non-believer and I don't see "all religions
as absolutely, completely insane". At the very, very least, most
religions are attempting to lead people in a moral direction. Nothing
insane about that is there?
Personally, as a non-believer, I'm sick of the little weasel scum bags
thinking they are speaking for ME. They are not, and their are plenty
of non-believers that are not so insecure that they feel any need to
Your son did a great job, and your wife too. I'm certain his
achievement of Eagle scout status will benefit him throughout life, as
it has so many before him.
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And most statistics are made up. Where does that 93% come from? Can you cite
any reputable sources?
Most of the scientists that I know feel that the beautiful logic of the
universe can only be explained by a Creator. They don't always have much
interest in organized religions but they do believe.
Hmm. "I consider myself a monothiest of the Hebrew persuasion." Sir Issac
And it's not the religion that's insane, it's some of the people who
'Course all this was settled in the 13th Century by Thomas Aquinas ("Summa
Theologica" for the Christians), Maimonides ("Guide for the Perplexed" for
the Jews), and Abu al-Walid Muhammad Ibn Rushid ("The Great Commentary" for
You really should keep up.
Chrystonacrutch! ...that's one heckuva project. Your son did an amazing
job and definitely earned his Eagle badge.
Not quite sure why my linux box wouldn't play the photobucket slideshow in
any one of my three browsers (crash or blk screen), but here's the link to
view it manually:
I figured it out. Not enough memory.
I'm running rv 22.214.171.124 w/ flash 10, but I only have 512M RAM. Last night I
was also ssh'd into a headless server with remote xwindows running when I
ran the photobucket site. No doubt just overwhelmed my RAM. I've noticed
FF and Seamonkey have become more bloated and memory hungry over the last
few years. If you run heavy client-side scripts, like slideshows or
youtube, without enough memory, FF will just crash. This morning, free of
the ssh/xwindow connect, the photobucket slide show runs just fine.
Neither. A great sage once said: "There are four things on which one should
not dwell: What came before and what will come after, what is above and what
The simple reason for this admonition is that one cannot influence the
hereafter. One can, however, do something today to make this a better world.
I never said there was "nothing." The hereafter simply doesn't influence me.
By the simple standard rules of logic, I can say that we MIGHT be closer to
world peace, a cure for cancer, or eliminating male pattern baldness had not
some really great intellects applied themselves to endeavors other than
ruminating on how many angles could dance on the head of a pin.
The New Testament says that the streets of heaven are paved with gold.
Whether they're paved with gold or whether they're paved with mud, they are
what they are and none of our piety or wit can cancel half a line. We are of
THIS world, not the world to come.
But, and this is a big "but," to the degree that any faith inspires and
comforts, any activity that promotes that faith and belief is,
intrinsically, good. Any religion that promotes charity, good works,
justice, respect, protection of the weak and chastisement for the wicked is
a good and holy road to God - even if it digresses from time to time to
contemplate angles and pins.
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