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Comment by sk8eycat on January 13, 2013 at 9:54pm

OH!  I love Atheist Cat!  That's so true!

g'nite. (I think.  It's bloody cold out, and our house isn't well-insulated.)

Thanks everyone...

Comment by Steph S. on January 13, 2013 at 8:20pm

Ian and bookkover those are great lols!

Thanks for all the laughs.

Comment by Steph S. on January 13, 2013 at 8:19pm

Comment by sk8eycat on January 13, 2013 at 4:43pm

Well, to get semi-serious for a bit, he IS supposed to have told his disciples to eat his body and drink his blood.  Erkle!

And...his only purpose was to be a human sacrifice to appease his father/self.  I have long thought that the figure in the manger should be a minature realistic, bloody crucufix.  Maybe that would make some people wonder about what they are really celebrating.  (The only other realistic figure in the manger should be a model of the sun.  Almost all of xian mythology was taken from various sun-god religions...12 disciples=12 signs of the Zodiac, etc.)

"Oh, shut up, Felane!  Get down off your hobby-horse."

PS: If anyone wants to see where our legal system and many xian rites and beliefs originated, I highly recommend Colleen McCullough's "Masters of Rome" series of novels.  They are fiction as far as the dialog and feelings of the characters are concerned, but she researched the history of the Roman Republic for 13 years (!!!) beforeshe began to write.  They are also very thick books, but once you begin reading, you can't put them down. (The books that come after the assassination of Julius Caesar didn't interest me as much as the first 5...or 6.  I've forgotten.  Heh!)  I re-read them about once a year because I always come across something I missed in earlier readings.

PPS: I hated The Thorn Birds

Who helped kill the Republic?  The hyper-conservatives...people who insisted that things should be done the way they always had been, even though Rome was no longer a small city-state.  I grind my teeth when I read certain parts of the books because I see the parallels to our time and predicaments.

Comment by booklover on January 13, 2013 at 3:59pm

Ha Ha Felaine!  I never thought about the eating baby jesus being communion! The dog looks fine. lol

Comment by sk8eycat on January 13, 2013 at 3:36pm

That's strange; the video played perfectly for me...on this old DELL that keeps hanging when I want to go to another web site, or Paste something in  here myself.

Anyway, I love it!  The spooky-sounding voice and sick drawings.  Heh!

I also love the dog who "Ate Baby Jesus."  Well, that's what communion IS, isn't it?  (I hope it wasn't plastic, or something else that had to be removed surgically.)

Comment by booklover on January 13, 2013 at 3:13pm

Yeah Carl, it's just all in black.

Cute picture Ian! lol

Comment by Ian Mason on January 13, 2013 at 11:38am

Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 13, 2013 at 10:11am

Melinda, does the video show up all black?  Sometimes videos on here are just blank, black boxes.  It gets corrected when I refresh the page.  Anybody else been having that problem?  I've been wondering if it's a problem I'm having with Mozillia, but perhaps it's this site? 

Comment by booklover on January 13, 2013 at 8:48am

 

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