haha yea well thats why im like screw this. they would never eat in a non-kosher restaurant and there are even more complicated reasons for that. well the whole point is that sabbath has a certain restful mood and feel to it and the tv would definitely offend them even if they hadn't turned it on or watched it. haha no they think loopholes like that are stupid.
don't worry about it i like to be able to talk about the bullshit in the religion i grew up with. im so sorry, catholicism is rough, especially the church services. so much time waisted with that.
haha i plan on celebrating christmas and hanukah even if i dont find a former christian. its like six times the presents.
well no kosher and sabbath aren't what i see as the "culture" of judaism. that would be the holidays other then sabbath like hanukah and things like that, that i would keep. haha well the aspects of kosher are way WAY more complicated i would need to not cook non-kosher food with the same pans they that i cook their food with or wash their plates in the same sink or dish washer and i would need a sink for milk and a sink for meat and all of the dishes and silverware would need to be washed in whats called a "mikvah" and have a preyer said on them and every food in my house would have to have a kosher symbol on the wrapper... its extremely complicated. well the problem with the weekend would be that from sundown on friday to sundown on saturday my parents wouldn't be allowed to use electricity and they would expect the same from my kids who would probably not want that.
haha well actually its not as easy for me as you might think. my family is pretty orthodox in terms of kosher and sabbath observance so there is a rift being formed between us as i am growing up that is purely because, when i have a family of my own, they wont be able to do things with me such as eat at my house or spend the weekend with my children. although my parents are surprisingly rational people and accept that there is no real reason to think that a god exists, they still insist that it gives their life some meaning and are allowing these issues to occur even though they dont have to. with a christian family, even if the parents dont approve of the child's atheism, they are at least able to have meals with them.
The Eagle Scouts for Equality are Eagle Scouts (current or former members that have received that honor) that have chosen to speak out against BSA's anti-gay position. Many have chosen, as part of their protest, to write the BSA council a letter enclosed with their Eagle Award with a request to terminate their association with the organization. Some gay scouts are writing similar letters refusing to give up their awards, telling the BSA to 'come and take it off of me'.
They have no actual association with any other group. It was started by an Atheist and mathematician, and Eagle Scout, named Samuel Bonin.
yep that's right. we just go through the church stuff, then afterwards we don't really go into discussing anything religious or whatever.
to be honest, the church I went to (in Wisconsin) was not bad at all. It was on Saturdays instead of Sundays, and it was actually a church for mainly Chinese people. If I was to go back in time and attend the church now, with the bible lessons, I would be bored to death and I would wish I could say that I don't believe any of the stuff (I probably won't say it anyways, since I'm so shy). but apart from the bible lessons (was separated into different groups, one for adults, one for little kids, like my little brother, and another for older kids), I actually enjoyed it. I liked how we got to watch movies afterwards.
but yeah, at home we rarely deal with anything religious....we go straight ahead to dinner, we don't "pray". my parents don't make us read the Bible....I don't think they have touched the Bible in our house for a long time...I wouldn't say they are atheists though, because my mom told me she doesn't know if there's a God or not, but sometimes she throws out comments about God, like she actually believes one exist. and she also believes there are good "advice" in the Bible.
It's hard finding same people out here. My Andy was the first out atheist I met and I've slowly been finding others, so it's not impossible. And nah I plan on staying here. While the people aren't the best, you can't beat country life. I love the rural environment and our tiny town.
Yeh well, let's just say it's just easier not dating. Don't know if I'd relocate in the west, especially since most of it isn't English speaking. Maybe somewhere within asia or in africa - wherever it's relatively easier and english-speaking.
I think you should especially if your going to be touring since it will allow people to 'like' you, and that tends to spread a name faster then most other ways. As for dealing with comments on facebook about religion ive not dealt with too many but i have a policy that if i am on and i see someone post a 'prayer tree' request or an inspirational nothing ill post something ether atheist or science related to balance it out.
Thanks my mom wanted us to also have her name so two of my sisters also have the same middle name. Man it must be hard to talk to your aunt! There have been many times i thought of just deleting my facebook but it helps me stay in touch with my family which is pretty spread out.
Ah, yes. The site forced me to pick a city. I live in Texas, but in a larger town. However, you are right. The constricted mindset here is quite baffling and I am very ready to leave! Hopefully soon, and somewhere far away!!!!! Haha thanks for the welcome, Joseph :-)
Dude... Just have to say after a year coming here you are always the voice of reason. Do not read more into this compliment than it says. You are more awake then most. I am not crazy, my girl friend is a psychiatrist. Well I'm not crazy unless she is too.