Catholic Church Waging War on Women and Gays

“Pharmacists must seek to raise people's awareness so that all human beings are protected from conception to natural death, and so that medicines truly play a therapeutic role”

Pope Benedict XVI said Monday that pharmacists have a right to use conscientious objection to avoid dispensing emergency contraception or euthanasia drugs - and told them they should also inform patients of the ... via Fables of the reconstruction

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Since: Sep 09

Vanderhoof, Canada

#249079 Mar 1, 2013
PRINCIPLES

We all live in the protection of certain cowardices which we call our principles.
- More Maxims of Mark, Johnson, 1927

Mark Twain

Since: Sep 09

Vanderhoof, Canada

#249080 Mar 1, 2013
PROFANITY

The idea that no gentleman ever swears is all wrong. He can swear and still be a gentleman if he does it in a nice and benevolent and affectionate way.
- Private and Public Morals speech, 1906

Mark Twain

“The Black Mermaid”

Since: Aug 11

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#249081 Mar 1, 2013
June VanDerMark wrote:
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I haven't known any gay poets, but I'm sure there are more than we know ... as many men and women who are gay pretend they are heterosexual, until they become brave enough to be comfortable with their homosexual orientation.
:)
I wonder why the almighty RCC has never said a negative word about Michelangelo? Not that I want them to.

Since: Sep 09

Fraser Lake, Canada

#249082 Mar 2, 2013
Sherlayne wrote:
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I wonder why the almighty RCC has never said a negative word about Michelangelo? Not that I want them to.
Mark Twain also had opinions on that issue.

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MICHELANGELO

Even popularity can be overdone. In Rome, along at first, you are full of regrets that Michelangelo died; but by and by you only regret that you didn't see him do it.
- Pudd'nhead Wilson's Calendar

Mark Twain

Since: Sep 09

Fraser Lake, Canada

#249083 Mar 2, 2013
Many in religion are certain that for bad people there will be punishment in a hereafter.

I don't agree. Why punish humans for being ignorant when ignorance is all on which humans rely?

For instance ... a theologian was certain that if he killed those labeled as heretics and witches, the god would reward him for trying to overcome evil on earth. From the perspective of the theologian, the torture and killing of innocent people was not perceived as evil.

Does that theologian deserve punishment in a hereafter for believing that he was serving a god? After all, that is what he was taught as a child, and as an adult believed to be absolute truth.

If there was no ignorance, that would be fair and just. But that form of justice didn't occur.

My guess is, because of ignorance, we cause our own punishment here on earth, and much of it is caused BY religion.

If by chance life does continue in a hereafter, my guess is it will be the same type of nonsense, as ignorance is not likely to be rewarded. That would be UN just.

Since: Sep 09

Fraser Lake, Canada

#249084 Mar 2, 2013
We know that when we bring children to life that they are going to suffer ... we just don't know how much they are going to suffer. But we are quite willing to take a chance that their suffering will be less than their joy. It's rather comparable to throwing dice and hoping the dice works in our favor.

Then, when the children are born, some with debilitating diseases, and in turn are doomed to suffer excruciating pain ... we ask supposed (deep) questions about the purpose of suffering, as though there is a creator judging the scales of justice.

We are too stupid and too selfish to recognize that if we did not give birth to the children in the first place, they would NOT suffer, as they would not exist.

Yet ... those who have children often perceive those who do not have children as being selfish.

There is no cure for ignorance.

Since: Sep 09

Fraser Lake, Canada

#249085 Mar 2, 2013
Many religious groups are taught that it is a blessing to bring children to life. "Be fruitful and multiply" was one of the dogmas on which they based such foolishness.

Why a god would want humans to bring baby sinners to life, so that they could be corrected and chastized for BEING sinners, is one of those religious mysteries that are not to be questioned.

Asking questions of dogmas offends the gods ... DON'T YOU KNOW???

Sarcasm intended.

Since: Sep 09

Fraser Lake, Canada

#249086 Mar 2, 2013
We are able to assess that when we bring children to life, they will suffer emotional and physical pain ... often to the extreme.

Abortion is perceived as offending a god, while excruciating suffering of his supposed little ones from birth to death does NOT offend the god in any way whatsoever. Just the breaking of his commandments offends him ... even though according to the nincompoop theologians the god gave us free will.

Religion leaves much to be desired.

Since: Sep 09

Fraser Lake, Canada

#249087 Mar 2, 2013
PROGRESS

The so-called Christian nations are the most enlightened and progressive...but in spite of their religion, not because of it. The Church has opposed every innovation and discovery from the day of Galileo down to our own time, when the use of anesthetic in childbirth was regarded as a sin because it avoided the biblical curse pronounced against Eve. And every step in astronomy and geology ever taken has been opposed by bigotry and superstition. The Greeks surpassed us in artistic culture and in architecture five hundred years before Christian religion was born.
- Mark Twain, a Biography

Since: Sep 09

Fraser Lake, Canada

#249088 Mar 2, 2013
At least the extinction of the dinosaurs couldn't be blamed on human sin.
That catastrophe was caused by God's sin!
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To the above post, my email friend Joan Andre wrote and sent me the following ... "To play the devil's advocate, perhaps God did not sin, only intended to wipe out his own creation that he was bored with.

Sorry, but I can't help but smile at some of your notes when they are "tongue in cheek" like this. I know there is also the underlying serious note."

Since: Sep 09

Fraser Lake, Canada

#249089 Mar 2, 2013
PROGRESS

The materialities were not invented in the interest of righteousness...
- Letter to J. H. Twichell, 3/14/1905

Mark Twain

Since: Sep 09

Fraser Lake, Canada

#249090 Mar 2, 2013
PROGRESS

Isn't it odd that we should take a spasm, every now and then, and go spinning back into the dark ages once more, after having put in a world of time and money and work toiling up into the high lights of modern progress?
- Letter to Hartford Courant, 11/22/1879

Mark Twain

Since: Sep 09

Fraser Lake, Canada

#249091 Mar 2, 2013
PROMISES

To make a pledge of any kind is to declare war against nature; for a pledge is a chain that is always clanking and reminding the wearer of it that he is not a free man.
- Following the Equator

Mark Twain

Since: Sep 09

Fraser Lake, Canada

#249092 Mar 2, 2013
I remember a woman telling me many years ago that she had trouble controlling her strong urge to throw her baby down a flight of stairs.

She was living with her in laws in tight quarters in a home where privacy was basically nonexistent.

Her husband wanted sex at every turn and the springs under the mattress would squeak, allowing others in the home to know exactly when they having sex.

Her father-in-law and her husband and brother were laborers that had to get up early each morning and work hard all day.

The baby that resulted from the sex would not stop crying and crying and crying, making the woman totally unable to control the situation.

If you want to know why women kill their children, I suggest you ask them, and maybe if you don't show harsh judgment, they will tell you that they simply lost control over their emotions, and once the act was complete, it was too late to turn back.

Since: Sep 09

Fraser Lake, Canada

#249093 Mar 2, 2013
Why hate other humans for being human?

It must be thrilling, or people wouldn't do it.

Since: Sep 09

Fraser Lake, Canada

#249094 Mar 2, 2013
PROPHECY

A prophet doesn't have to have any brains. They are good to have, of course, for the ordinary exigencies of life, but they are no use in professional work. It is the restfulest vocation there is. When the spirit of prophecy comes upon you, you merely cake your intellect and lay it off in a cool place for a rest, and unship your jaw and leave it alone; it will work itself: the result is Prophecy.
- A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court

Mark Twain

Since: Sep 09

Fraser Lake, Canada

#249095 Mar 2, 2013
PROPHECY

A man who goes around with a prophecy-gun ought never to get discouraged: if he will keep up his heart and fire at everything he sees, he is bound to hit something by and by.
- Autobiography of Mark Twain (University of California Press, 2010)

Since: Sep 09

Fraser Lake, Canada

#249096 Mar 2, 2013
PROPHECY

The dreams are all right enough, but the art of interpreting is lost. 1500 yr ago they were getting to do it so badly it was considered better to depend on chicken-guts & other naturally intelligent sources of prophecy, recognizing that when guts can't prophecy, it is no use for Ezekiel to go into the business. Prophecy went out with the chicken guts.
- working notes for No. 44, The Mysterious Stranger, published in The Mysterious Stranger Manuscripts, pp. 464-463.

Mark Twain

Since: Sep 09

Fraser Lake, Canada

#249097 Mar 2, 2013
PROVIDENCE

There are many scapegoats for our sins, but the most popular is Providence.
- Notebook, 1898

Mark Twain

Since: Sep 09

Fraser Lake, Canada

#249098 Mar 2, 2013
PROVIDENCE

I never count any prospective chickens when I know that Providence knows where the nest it.
- Letter to William Dean Howells, October 15, 1883

Mark Twain

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