"The 'lacking faith' thing, which is real, is nastily condemnatory.
The 'positive thought' thing may well be true. If I remember my experiments from busines studies correctly, factory workers improved productivity when…"
"Exactly, Brandi. There was also a RC service in London that ministered to the LGBT community and friends, but was shut down earlier this year because it was sending the 'wrong' message.
Your 'own branch' already…"
"Yes, we can only speculate but I'd say they're being harrassed by ghosts and stalked by the devil and knowing they can't get an exorcism on their medical insurance policy have no choice but turn to almighty god."
"Knowledge of the bible is of little use except to argue with christians who probably havn't read it anyway. It was written by people of their day and later translated and interpreted into an absurd form of English. It is not literary, it…"
Once, I failed to get hired by a government contractor; left home a chart "all known refrigeration mechanics have and use" a temperature pressure table by DuPont. When asked, I said I would read the temperature and pressures off of my gauges. The people who knew nothing about what I said ended my interview there. Then at an Operating Engineers Interview for acceptance into that prestige training program (to learn to operate earth moving equipment- I have a tractor trailer license) I was asked "Does your mother still ware all those buttons?" ...by an African American woman interviewer.
(At 80, mom is still ethnically militant and at times confrontational.The 60's?) My answer: "Yes, but she's got a Masters of Human services Degree from Lincoln University NOW"! (I helped her achieve it, by teaching her how to save her papers and revisions to floppy disk. I build PCs.) At this point, the African American H.R. Official who co-presided over my interview barked "That will be all"!
Having honorably defended my kin, (and Country (USAF) I then concluded Self employment, Self education etc- how ever humble is BEST for someone of my intellectual capacity. The theocratic thought police Nazis who can only offer me their version of Jones Town eat my dust!
Doug, re: Another interesting view on homosexuality
I'm not in the Water Cooler group (and don't want to join another one), but to your question: The fundies don't have an explanation. They just make crap up as they go along, and accept whatever supports their confirmation bias. I didn't know about homosexuality either, but I knew I was gay all my life, even before I had a word for it. I never liked girls.
Please don't hold it against me that I'm a Yank! I did spent a couple months down in Perth, so had the opportunity to experience the hospitality of your country. Understand you were military photographer at one time or another. Good to see another foxhole atheist out there.