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Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 21, 2012 at 9:28am

Occasionally when I'm out to dinner with my family (who are moderate christians) my brother-in-law (a Lutheran) will initiate a prayer in a restaurant before eating.  I can't tell you how uncomfortable and mortified I feel sitting there, my head up, staring straight ahead in embarrassment.  My parents never did that in restaurants when I was growing up.  I have to give my parents a lot of credit.  Although we went to church every Sunday and the church community was a big part of our social lives, they never pushed their religion on anyone, they never flaunted it and never threatened me with it (i.e. be good or you won't go to heaven, you'll go to hell if you're bad, god is watching you, etc.)  

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 21, 2012 at 9:10am

@Idaho  I'm always using Wikipedia.  It's a great, quick reference.  In addition, I find myself sometime having to look up information at www.urbandictionary.com as well.  In fact, that's a fun site just to browse around on.  You'll get lots of laughs.  

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 21, 2012 at 8:54am

I love puns.  That's why I like the humor of Fred Allen so much.  He was a very funny man.....very dry humor and lots of puns.  (I'm 48 yrs old but grew up listening to and immersed in "old time radio.")

RE:  gay marriage.  Let's be honest.  For the people who oppose it with the excuse that is "cheapens" their marriage....they really can't give an explanation as to how and why.  It really boils down to one basic fact:  they hate gay people.  And I don't believe them when they say, "Love the sinner.  Hate the sin."  Yeah, right!!  Don't insult my intelligence.       

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 21, 2012 at 8:32am

Tony, did that peer-pressure make you guys uncomfortable?  It would have made me enough so that I would probably not eat there anymore and would tell the manager why.

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 21, 2012 at 8:27am

sk8eycat, I think you did slander parrots.  Shame on you.  Just cover your body with that shame!  Hehe.  Just Jokin'.

I've never had the opportunity to ask how same-sex marriage would damage "family values", but would like to.

Had to look-up what STFU meant.  When I was on the Life After Mormonism site for a year, I finally became familiar with what most abbreviations used by that group, but now on Atheist Nexus, there's a lot of new ones to learn.  I use Google or Wikipedia at least once a day for that purpose. :)

Comment by Tammy S on July 21, 2012 at 8:12am

My bird just gave you a dirty look sk8eycat! LOL but seriously I've asked the same thing on several occasions, I've also asserted that 'they' are the ones redefining biblical marriage with monogamy, they have no idea how to answer that....

Comment by sk8eycat on July 21, 2012 at 3:55am

Joan, I have never been able to get anyone who says that same-sex marriage will damage "family values" to explain exactly HOW that would happen.  In fact, all I have to do is ask, "How?" They stammer, stutter, and usually STFU.  Which is really all I want from them.

Parrots, all of them. 

Oooops!  I think I just slandered parrots.  Sorry.

Comment by sk8eycat on July 21, 2012 at 3:24am

OMN(errrves), Steph!  I love good (rotten) punz!  Carrion, indeed.  *snerk!*

Bennett Cerf would have loved that one.

I have heard people (snobs) claim that "puns are the lowest form of humor."  I think the opposite is true.  It takes a certain knowledge of English, and a glass of wry. The pity is that few puns translate well.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 21, 2012 at 12:40am

I refer to those generalizations such as  "same-sex marriage laws will lead to corruption of family values." To me, same-sex marriage leads to life flourishing. (an opinion, obviously, but that is my test)

"Sometimes one event does lead to harmful consequences, such as detonating a nuclear device or shooting a baby." These lead to life not flourishing. 

Banning women wearing a burka leads to life flourishing. (opinion, again)

Death penalty for blasphemy leads to life not flourishing. (opinion)

Well, I guess these are all subjective opinions, but they make better sense than bundling women up in sheets or not allowing people to speak their mind. 

I see what you mean. 

 

 

Comment by Steph S. on July 21, 2012 at 12:27am
Joan would you post your owl picture in my Birds group? We would love to enjoy your lovely picture there too.
 

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