Most of the Catholic priests I dealt with were pretty decent, really. I think the more imperious, overbearing attitude comes from those further up in the church hierarchy.
I had a couple who I talked to who said flat-out that…"
"... not that we'll ever actually get rid of it. There will always be a certain percentage of people who are gullible enough to get sucked into whatever the current religion is, and there will always be a certain percentage for whom the…"
"What the hell is even the point of daily mass? Weird. I mean there was other stuff one or two other days of the week, aside from mass on Sunday, but daily seems ridiculous.
14 is right around the age I came out of the closet as a…"
"Yeah, I have a couple of friends who are weird like that. I have one friend who is just as anti-religious as I am, but she loves going to Catholic mass, for some reason. When she went on vacation around Europe, she went to at least a…"
"And hell, for that matter, tell us what your hypothesis is. What mechanism have you discovered, which you think is absent from the current synthesis of the theory of natural selection? I've never seen you express an inkling of an…"
"Or come up with something to say that is worth listening to. I just took a glance at your latest blog post, and it's borderline incoherent. I can't even figure out what you're getting at with your mountain metaphor, and…"
"I'm waiting for someone with an actual lab, running actual experiments, to turn up something, rather than you making absurd claims. When you keep coming at us with deliberately provocative claims about natural selection being…"
"No, they can lose. They can get primaried, if they don't sufficiently play to the most extreme elements of the Republican base. We saw that in 2012, when a huge number of mainline Republican congressmen got primaried by Tea Party…"
"Have you ever watched a Republican presidential-primary debate? The audience reactions are freaking unreal.
The fact that over half of the nominees from 2012 are Young-Earth Creationists tells you how far gone this country is. The two…"
"Reminds me of the recent push (since the 70's or so) with the most bat-shit insane, fundamentalist Christians taking over the political process. Sometime a few decades back, someone should have told them to go away and let the adults talk…"
"Are you talking about the expansion prior to the Planck epoch? Given how rapidly the expansion would have experienced quantum fluctuations, I don't know how far back you would have to be isolating your sample time period, in order to…"
Hi Joseph. I've only been in North Dakota for a little over three months. I was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. So I don't know too much about what's going on here. NYC was by far the worst in terms of religion. So I am really glad to have gotten out of there. I plan to move to Washington in the future. I miss living near the coast but I also wanted to be closer to nature. It is also easier for me to talk to people online, not that I don't talk to people in person I just prefer to listen and converse through writing.
I made my escape from evangelical fundamentalism years ago. I've rejected the pat answers as vacant platitudes espoused by the intellectually weak and morally lazy since I was little more than a child. I am searching for answers but not from an all-knowing/all-loving god or any theist who claims to have them, all of them, without errancy.It took a small epiphany recently for me to realize that most of the people in my life are simply horrible human beings. And every one of them is a Christian. I have spent my entire life biting my tongue, not offending and trying to respect the opinions of the faithful and their right to express their belief as they chose. I finally realized that not one of them had ever offered me the same respect. I stopped biting my tongue and cut ties--mercilessly and irrevocably and I am happier for it. In a nutshell, I'm searching for reason and reasonable people. I know they're out there!
Hi Joseph, Tampa is much better than other areas of the south that i have lived before (Georgia, North Carolina and Mississippi). However, I work in a rural area north of Tampa (Pasco and Hernando counties) for a non profit organization that includes long prayer sessions at every meeting and I have zero co-workers that are non-believers. This area feels more like Georgia than Florida.
lol I have plenty of Catholics on both sides Irish and Italian but the other denominations are very eager to talk about their god and I can only argue to an extent with my family there's that whole respect for people like my grandmother so I pretty much just have to deal otherwise I'd have no problem returning the favor of arguing what I believe
Yes, it is something like that. Communications is huge. It includes diverse fields like journalism, broadcasting, cinema, advertising, public relations, social media, media activism, social change and development, political communication, crisis an conflict communication, social movements as well. It draws from a lot of different fields.
I am just studying social change with a focus on gender.