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#53521 May 27, 2013
I was just wondering where this sewer rat called COR was and here he is online. LOL.

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#53522 May 27, 2013
"push comes to shove" - eeeks, what an unoriginal phrase and so middle classish.

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#53523 May 27, 2013
Secular could also mean unbiased or equally accepting of all faiths without making distinctions of any kind but usually it means a complete divorce from matters of faith/religion, or in other words it refers to a crass materialistic type.

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#53524 May 27, 2013
Now, where's that fanatical dunce? LOL.

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#53525 May 27, 2013
For the mathematically challenged dunce who holds a doctorate:

1 + 3 =?

LOL.

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#53526 May 27, 2013
WHO IS AN ATHEIST?

While the standard definition of an atheist is one who does not believe in God - yes, the extra-cosmic, anthropomorphic, anthropopathic, creationist deity is pure fiction - from another perspective, an atheist is a crass materialist who believes or who assumes that sentience somehow arose from insentient matter. What a shocking paradox! How naive!

(smiles)

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#53527 May 27, 2013
RELIGION:

1) Religion from the Latin "religare" means to bind, to yoke or to unite. Unite with what?- With the unregenerate passions. So, religion is all about the consciousness getting immersed with the play of the lower emotions or the baser passions.

2) Religion is based on unregenerate instincts.

3) Reason is above instincts and so it's superior to religion.

4) Intuition exceeds reason.

5) If the intuition is true, and not a delusion or a hallucination arising from the subconscient, then it is always supported by refined instinct and higher reason from below.

6) The ideal situation would be a perfect harmonization of instinct, reason and intuition for best results.

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#53529 May 27, 2013
Religion is 1% psychological fact, 99% crap.

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#53530 May 27, 2013
Science is about 15 % materialistic fact, 85% crap

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#53531 May 27, 2013
The ideal situation would be a perfect harmonization of instinct, reason and intuition for best results.

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#53532 May 27, 2013
A fact need not be a truth.

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#53533 May 27, 2013
Au revoir.
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#53534 May 27, 2013
Frijoles wrote:
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I had to chase a 40 lb coyote out of my backyard yesterday after dinner. You remember where I live? Its not exactly wooded. Its urban.
Wow - in PA we had groundhogs, possums, even a fox, of course deer, many deer - and here we had a wild turkey the other day.

Small world. My wife read that we shouldn't feed the wild turkey as they attract coyotes, evidently their only natural predator in these parts.

And if we still had a small dog, coyotes would be a bad thing.(We may get a dog again one day....a toy poodle could make a nice snack for a wild dog)
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#53535 May 27, 2013
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HughBe--- Are you really saying that Jesus was not born? Prove otherwise.
It is on you to prove he was born and lived and esp that he was the son of your god.

It is not on me to prove a negative.

And, again, your education and thinking come into question.
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#53536 May 27, 2013
Happy memorial day to all let us all take a moment of silence to remember those that made the ultimate sacrifice for all of you to continue your enslavement.
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#53537 May 27, 2013
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I like route 8 a lot. I plan on hiking a bunch in Litchfield and E Hartford via that corridor. Despite the local lore about that valley and all the fun we used to make of the people who lived there when I was a kid (hillbillies of CT).
Been reading a great book on CT geology - "The Face of CT". Did you know that you live in the red soil area of CT?(brownstone valleys with basaltic trap rock ridges, formed back in the days of the dinosaurs (Mesozoic) under a tropical climate - just like the Newark basin in NJ)
Never heard of the "hillbillies of CT" - that sounds pretty interesting. Are they still around?

Is the Newark basin related to the Delaware Water Gap? Canoed there as a Boy Scout. Also on the Housatonic in CT. Up north. Went to car races too at Lyme Rock as a teen.

A lot going on for a small state. Much for us to explore after my being away 30+ years.
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Cheshire, CT

#53538 May 27, 2013
Frijoles wrote:
Hey FR
How do you celebrate Christmas? Do you give presents? Have a tree? Eat a meal with your greater family?
Yes, we do all that and enjoy it very much.

And we have stocking hanging over the fireplace.

And I even go to church from time to time.

Also Christian weddings, funerals, confirmations etc.
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#53539 May 27, 2013
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HughBe--- I am not a Korean. It seems that YOUR greatness resided more in the mind and this was demonstrated in the war with Korea..
Can't win em all.

What is the last war Jamaica won?
HughBe wrote:
HughBe---What would happen is that you will develop a bad technique but although it is bad or not what is regarded as best practice it could still be effective..
Moron.

Who can't admit when he was wrong.

Not a gentleman but a very small, petty person.

I'm disappointed in you.
HughBe wrote:
Former--We know the cars are made by humans. We agreed on that, right?
HughBe--- I accept but I don't know. As far as I am concerned cars could be made by Martians. I have no EVIDENCE of the makers..
Thank you for showing me inside the mind of a truly muddled, confused thinker.

One of many who believes in fantasies and builds his whole way of life around them.

I believe it would suck to be you. At least for me it would.
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Cheshire, CT

#53540 May 27, 2013
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Excellent. Where did you move to?
Cheshire.

Nice quiet town.(Home invasion of a few years back notwithstanding.)

We back up on some woods.

Only an hour from mom's now vs 2 1/2 when we lived in PA.

“Legumes of the World Unite ”

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#53541 May 28, 2013
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Simplifying, Christians who celebrate Christmas do so because they are celebrating a REAL EVENT and not an imaginary events as in the case of Purim.
Hmmmmmmmmmmm
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I can answer YES to all of that.
In addition, I've been known to frequent churches as well.
And yet, I'm an atheist.
A secular Christian is one who par takes in Christian traditions for, well, traditions sake, without the underlying belief system, but I suspect Huggy knew that but chose to ignore it as it doesn't jive with his narrative.
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Yes, we do all that and enjoy it very much.
And we have stocking hanging over the fireplace.
And I even go to church from time to time.
Also Christian weddings, funerals, confirmations etc.
As you can see, you dont have to BELIEVE in the in history of the holiday in order to celebrate it meaningfully.

Whether or not these fine young men here are secular, atheist, or agnostic is not the point (I also know MANY self identified religious Christians who also dont believe the nonsense of the history).

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However, if you are interested in promoting your side point, by YOUR rules, I would label these fine young men as ethnically Christian but religiously not.

And by your SAME rules (regardless of whether I believe in these rules or not - which I don't), I would declare, that these fine young men also demonstrate that Christianity is OBVIOUSLY NOT the ONLY religion of the Christians, that there are Atheist Christians Agnostic Christians, etc etc etc....

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