Thank you for the comments a while back. I neglected my profile for a good bit ... >.< My little brother is currently exploring the concept of Atheism having left my parents house to be on his own, so I recommended this place to him. I also decided to rekindle the flame with it as well. :D Anyway, thanks for checking in and I hope all is well with you! :)
Isn't it incredible that people blindly accept and defend their delusional beliefs, despite solid irrefutable proof to the contrary? Things that you can hold in your hand, like the skull of a Neanderthal. One cockhead told me "It's a conspiracy. The skull is made out of plaster." There was very good 6 part series on ABC tv here a while back called Christianity, A History. I down loaded it with Utorrent & put it on a disk. Got the lot on one disk using DivX. One episode is called God and the Scientists. It's frustrating when idiots tell you about their irrational beliefs, but what's really worrying is that in this show, there are what appear to be clever intelligent people, with years of tertiary education behind them, and they are still believers. Why the fuck don't they use their education and intelligence, or reasoning abilities that they obviously possess, to cut through the shit?
Oh, I meant to ask before I got carried away, Is religious instruction allowed in USA schools? It is here, and I was subjected to it as a child. One session a week usually, by the other kind of minister, complete with black suit and dog collar with bible in hand. You were given the option of not attending, and doing arithmetic instead. Everyone stayed for the entertainment.
Yes. An atheist prime minister, but not the kind of minister you're referring to. I know you don't call politicians ministers in the USA. She's not very popular at present for introducing carbon tax. She's also a redhead, so one of the jokes is: What does Australia have in common with McDonalds? Both are being run by a red headed clown. The Christian lobby hate her, and tried very hard to get dirt on her. She's single. Never been married, and no kids. Has a pretend boy friend now after they spread rumours, which many believed, that she is a lesbian. Turned out to be a clean skin, but she did help out a lesbian organization years ago, but no evidence of hanky panky. That fucked them right up. Thought they had her. Australia is very homophobic. Push for gay marriage not doing too well, especially in Queensland. It's a red neck state. Interestingly, the leader of the Greens, Bob Brown is a homosexual and pushes for gay rights. I once had the honour of sitting next to him at a dinner. He's a very practical sincere realistic man, and the Greens are powerful. They prop up the current labour govt. who got in with the support of an independent. Very tenuous. They need the Greens. Re corporal punishment, any teacher who lays a finger on a child, or even unacceptable verbal, is finished. If a kid points the finger, but the teacher is innocent, he's still a marked man forever. What did you think about the govt. funded chaplains in schools? Guidelines say no preaching or converting. What? How naive are they? What does a chaplain do? Is the pope a catholic? Do used car salesmen lie? Come on. Get real. Who do they think they're fooling. The new prime minister, Julia Gillard, wouldn't like it, but doesn't want to make waves at present. Enough shit hitting the fan. We are blessed with 2 wonderful ministers, Andrews, and his mate Conroy. Both good cackos. Andrews got legislation through stopping euthanasia. You've probably heard of Dr Philip Nitshke. Exit international. Google it. Lives in USA now. Kicked out of Australia by Andrews. There's even a prison sentence for you if you only have knowledge of someone contemplating, or carrying out assisted suicide. Conroy was going to censor the internet here, like China, Iran etc, using the excuse of child pornography, but there was a leak that indicated he was going much further than that, starting with Exit International. Gillard put a stop to that immediately. His new job is rolling out the NBN. A zillion dollar fast broadband network that we don't really need. Australias food bowl, The Murray Darling basin is in a sad state, so the money would have been better spent repairing that. I wrote to Conroy pointing out that I don't want him dictating his standards to me, and I certainly will not do it to him. I will read whatever I like without his permission. This is not Communist Russia, or Nazi Germany. It's a democracy, well, we hope so. I also suggested to him that it it would be a good idea to enable the NBN (National Broadband Network) to download some food. That's what we're going to be needing. As you would expect, he didn't have the courtesy to reply. Too busy praying with Andrews I suspect.
I don't know enough about that proposed law to comment on it. I guess it's one reason that people like Michelle Bachmann don't want a dept of eductation. Federal control of schools would take away some of the local control in potentially good and bad ways.
Thanks Earther! I am well taken care of also, and there is actually nothing I would rather do than take care of my kids, even though they are almost not kids anymore!, and pets and my husband and I do take care of each other. I feel really privledged (sp?) to have been home all these years (and we are not rich, just frugal).
Hi Earther~ my "Quality of Life" Management Career is just a term I used from some other stay-at-home Mom on the internet. lol. I figured staying home, (I will probably have to get a job in the next year part-time since my youngest, whom I've homeschooled for 8 years will be going on to Community College), was benefiting us all because everything was always taken care of for everyone. I make all appt.s, take people to them (incl. my Mom), keep the house clean, the errands and chores done, I'm available to pick stuff up and bring it to my Husband or Kids on a moments notice, etc. leaving all the time my Husband isn't working or the kids aren't working or in school (my Daughter,never homeschooled is at a University), free for us all to just enjoy life and our family & pets! :)
Hi Earther! Just busy with school and everything. I am glad to hear that you were not injured during the earthquake. Moving furniture -- doesn't sound like too much fun. Were some of your classrooms destroyed?
I have never seen that park. The park is based on a Korean superstitious belief, and tells about how it became a belief among the people.
Superstition is the cognitive necessity to attribute cause to effects. This leads to a personal acceptance of an illusory event, otherwise known as superstition. Superstition doesn’t consider the real cause and effect of what happens. Patterns arise and the people ascribe significance to them.
Thanks for the link! Very educational. Hope your week goes well.
The photo you are talking about must be the jesus light switch cover. Fail just means that whoever came up with this, totally FAILED to notice that the light switch makes jesus look like he has a total boner. That was a MAJOR fail!! Does that help?? Hope you enjoyed the slide show.