Neil deGrasse Tyson came out swinging when evangelical types complained that the TV show, Cosmos, which presents the evolution-based theory of how the universe came into being, ought have a few scenes explaining "an alternative theory," creationism. DeGrasse had a brilliant retort: “You don’t talk about the spherical Earth with NASA, and then say let’s give equal time to the flat Earthers."
Wow! Gotta give your parents credit for that. My mother fussed even when I was college age when I said I didn't want to attend church.
I think my dad was a closeted atheist; he only went to church to establish his standing in what was then a small community. Mother grew up in Oklahoma, and had fundie tendencies, but didn't make a big deal of it.
They both knew that I thought the stuff we were taught in Sunday school was candy-ass.
They have not isolated a need to worship gene any more than they have isolated a gay gene. Everyone I have read, including Harris, Dawkins, Hitchens, &c. claim that research shows only that we are god-oriented both by birth and by parental authority, a matter of nature AND nurture. That is why the anti-hereditary religion people struggle so hard. We are born wanting to believe (hard wired into the species), and then our parents either disillusion us or enslave us into whatever religion binds their reason. Now that I think about it, it seems to me that this is true of sexual orientation as well. Toward the end of his life, Freud dropped his Oedipul theory and subscribed to that of his colleague, Wilhelm Fleiss, who said that we are born essentially bisexual.
If they didn't put so much salt in the ramen seasoning I would eat it more often.
Buy plain ramen noodles, and cook them in a broth of your choice. (The problem for me is that they make even the plain noodles with MSG...heart palpitations and headaches....gah!)
Aren't you saying, buy any flavor ramen and just don't use the envelope of seasonings. Blaaaaah! I don't have problems with MSG and hear it is an actual allergy. It is the salt I dislike. The noodles by themselves are available at the Oriental Food Store here in any amount. They have a whole row of ramen goods.
No, I was saying, buy the plain noodles without the seasoning packets at all. I can get them at the local supermarkets, but we do have many Japanese and Koreans living and working here.
Armenians, Syrians, and Iranians, too.
Hear, hear! I use "amen" in that sense as well, "Absolutely!" "Truly!" "I believe it!" "What s/he said!"
(That in fact is where the word came from, Hebrew for "truth, certainty". Etymonline is great!)
No spooks needed, as far as I'm concerned.
I learned it from Christian Ferris of Corpus Christi, who must have the most misleading given name in history. He is the ring leader of our local non-believer bunch. We struggle mightily against both RCC, evangelical and Gordon Gekkoesque megachurch gullibles here. Somehow, we manage.
Of course, Christian's parents had no idea that his name would become so wildly inappropriate!
I like "spot on!" and "I hear you," or "I heard THAT, Girlfriend!"
Or sometimes just, "Girrrrrlllllfre-e-e-e-end!"
I like to yell. =8> 0