"Gotta love this (from the article about the 60-ft cross:
"We just thought that was too ostentatious or gaudy for our size of property," Jackson said.
"Twenty acres will support a 60-foot cross. I'm not sure it would look right to…"
"How utterly awful. In addition to the the fact that a Christian cross is offensive enough as it is, they're going to illuminate it. As an amateur astronomer I am constantly telling businesses and homeowners to replace lights that shine up and…"
Regarding the Reason Rally, our flight doesn't get us into DC until later on Friday, just before 6pm. We're staying at L'Enfant. We're in D.C. for several days to visit a close high school friend and sightsee with the kids.
Let me know when you're meeting at the Jefferson Memorial, and I will do my best. If you are meeting before my flight, let me know if there are other times that work for us to get together. I have not finalized plans with my friend or confirmed tours yet.
Hope to see you there! I've been really looking forward to this for a long time. Even the kids are excited now. It went from "speeches from some people dad likes" to "Tim Minchin & Myth Busters!!!"
My trip to Ireland was very eye-opening. Being there and learning about ancient pagans and rituals, touching old relics and hearing stories, it was so fascinating to see firsthand these past cultures and human history that shaped much of modern-day religion. I was more ignorant on the topic of the Catholic vs Protestant feud than I had realized, and it is certainly disturbing to me to think that such deep-seeded hatred exists on such a superficial level. I will go back through my journal and post some highlights on my trip.
Abig thank you to those that attended the SWiFT Summer Solstice Party this past weekend. It was a lot of fun and I met some new atheists - awesome! A special shout out to Nancy and Terry for all of their efforts and for cruising us around on the pontoon party pirate boat.
Thanks for friending me, Kurt. I've been thinking that only some of SWiFT's discussions are relevant to people everywhere. And your members can easily join Hang With Friends, many have. Maybe I should only make a discussion topic that links to one of yours if it's widely relevant, instead of linking to the group as a whole. You guys deserve your privacy. What do you think?
I've been thinking, we don't need official approval. If we wanted to link informally, so our members could easily hop back and forth to look at discussions (even without posting) and have discussion spin offs on the home group, we could do that ourselves. Imagine we asked members to vote, and both groups approved. We could just each create pinned discussions with links to the other group, and have the spin-off talk there. Hey, just throwing out ideas, Kurt.