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Understood, while I don't really talk much about atheism here, it is nice to socialize with atheists. I think, for the most part, they tend to be more analytical. Though I'll have to admit that there is a HUGE variety of people, some nicer, some more liberal, some more intelligent, some more thoughtful than others. But, of course, other than non-belief in fairy tales, there is not much more that atheists have in common, generally speaking.
As for Dallas (re your Boise comment), it has gotten quite liberal here. Dallas County has been Democrat for some time, and in the last Mayoral election we had an openly gay candidate. He lost only by a little bit. There have been several gay members on the city council in the past, and many on there now are openly gay friendly. In fact, I've heard that most plan on appearing in the upcoming gay pride parade, though I never attend stuff like that. I'm not really into the gay scene. We also have a lesbian Sheriff, though the Republicans are always trying to unseat her.
The Mormon element has been dragging us down for years.
All religions drag us down, slow us down, and turn back the clock.
...than ever set foot in Arkansas again...
Never been, but I can't say I've ever wanted to go either. People tell me I'd like Seattle, but I've never been there either. If I could move somewhere it might be there, Boston, Portland, or perhaps Berkley.
Soup, again, sorry for such a slow response time. Sapporo is nice, but I still think Tsing Tao is better. But what a person likes is highly subjective, so my advice is for people to always eat or drink what they like. :)
Asahii Black isn't everywhere here, just in certain kinds of stores. It's about $14 a 6-pk.
I can't remember if I've tried Samual Smiths or not, same for Old Speckled Hen and Boddingtons.
What's TMJ? How could the jaw become dislocated like that without any force?
Of course, the xtian English guy is just a hypocrite and fascist, like they all are.
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This probably should not have shocked me as much as it did (especially since I am in Texas). I actually thought my coworkers were playing a joke on me because they know I am an atheist. Sadly, this was no joke. This actually happened.
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No Jason Torpy it is you that should be banned for promoting atheism, a belief that has no foundation in reality and zero proof behind it. The letter was a mockery of your atheist beliefs. I request to the board here that they remove Jason for his unverifiable beliefs in atheism for which he has no proof other than his arrogance. The letter was a mockery of atheism. Atheism is stupid and it should be mocked and it…