Ugh - the midden has hit the windmill. Despite having confessed my atheism to my parents back in May, it was apparently necessary to say it again. Now, it appears they may have missed the first memo, since it's now been 2 weeks since i e-mailed them and no response yet. Part of me wants to call and have it out in an epic circus of conflicting views ... and other part wants to give up and let them rest their hopes fully on my brother. Meh, he's the favorite anyway.
Erin, I’m not the official welcome wagon, but I do spend a lot of time on A|N, so I’ll take the liberty to welcome you and tell you a little about the site.
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Again, welcome aboard. I hope you enjoy it here, as I do.
Spoken like a true introvert ( I not saying you are; I am an introvert myself ). I joined Atheist Nexus first, and have just recently joined Facebook. Sometimes I wonder if people on Facebook are just trying to get as many friends as they can. I don't need 500 friend I only need one good friend. Of the people on Facebook that I am friends with are people I like (people from work) and some real friends.
Maybe because of my age I don't find many people from High School on facebook. Of the ones I did find I only wanted to be friends with two.
Every now and then i get up on my anti-circumcision soapbox ... usually when a friend of mine spawns a new critter and (almost) always goes ahead with something i consider to be little better than child abuse. Would you ever submit your newborn daughter to have her labia trimmed, just to make it more aesthetically appealing? Of course not, it's f-ing barbaric. When i confronted one such friend about her decision (after listening to her lament the amount of blood in her newborn son's diaper) she said "I dunno, it's, like, better for them, right? Cleaner and stuff ... i think."
You should NOT be allowed to breed if you fail basic hygiene and biology. I suppose if you're a complete animal who can't be bothered to keep yourself clean by *gasp* washing all your bits and engaging in a little good grooming; if you wallow in your own filth and go into fits when presented with a bar of soap and some warm water; if you'd rather not touch those naughty bits your religion tells you to be ashamed of, then yeah, you should probably just chop 'em all off and save yourself the trouble.
Seriously, WTF is wrong with people? Unless you have a legitimate medical condition that constricts your foreskin or otherwise prompts the removal of it for actual health reasons, then LEAVE IT ALONE.
I had two Jehovas come to my door the other day ... wedged their feet right in by asking "Do you believe that Adam and Eve were REAL people?". I thought about it, considering the length of time it would take to lay out the difference between figurative reality and physical reality and how the names COULD be designated to the progenitors of the species (as a progressive collection of landmark genetic samples) without ever having actually existed in the literary context i was clearly being fed ... but then i remembered my audience and simply said "I'm an atheist, and i'm sitting down to lunch, so thanks for stopping but I don't really care." and shut the door.
Then i had lunch (tomato and turkey-bacon sandwiches).
"Alexandra, I'm going to try. I will first deal with possible communication problems.
In every attempt at communication, thoughts have to pass through several "screens" (a Zen idea), and at any of these screens errors can harm the…"