Pope resigns: An atheist's reflections

Feb 11, 2013 Full story: Examiner.com 326

On Feb. 11, Joseph Aloisius Ratzinger , announced his retirement. He is the first pope in 600 years to resign from the position.

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Thinking

Shaftesbury, UK

#207 Feb 26, 2013
Especially on Fridays.

btw, I'm also married to a catholic.
Givemeliberty wrote:
I am married to a catholic and we have never been in one argument over religion or god in any way shape or form. We have bigger fish to fry and really never even discuss religion.
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Since: Mar 11

Chicago, IL

#208 Feb 26, 2013
She rarely even wants fish on Friday lol! Oh well we get along great it's never been a problem but then again she only attends church on Christmas and Easter.
Thinking wrote:
Especially on Fridays.
btw, I'm also married to a catholic.
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Thinking

Shaftesbury, UK

#209 Feb 26, 2013
My wife doesn't even attend those dates, not unless she's in her native France.

She finds the faux "ye olde English" priests over here use to be ridiculous. Apparently they use modern French in French churches.
Givemeliberty wrote:
She rarely even wants fish on Friday lol! Oh well we get along great it's never been a problem but then again she only attends church on Christmas and Easter.
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Since: Mar 11

Lexington, KY

#210 Feb 26, 2013
Sounds like a winner to me, less trips to the church the better :)
Thinking wrote:
My wife doesn't even attend those dates, not unless she's in her native France.
She finds the faux "ye olde English" priests over here use to be ridiculous. Apparently they use modern French in French churches.
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“My hand is over my crotch.”

Since: Jan 10

It's time to put it to use

#211 Feb 26, 2013
Bob of Quantum-Faith wrote:
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You are a more gracious human being that I, and I am a bit envious of you, for that.
:D
I'm afraid I'm a bit too shallow to have remained married to someone who keeps religious faith.
At least I recognize my own limitations.:)
I am gay, but I agree. I wonder how that works out for him? I would find it hard (if I was straight to have my wife telling my kids about heaven and hell) not to tell them that such stories are bullshyt and are prehistoric fairytales.

“My hand is over my crotch.”

Since: Jan 10

It's time to put it to use

#212 Feb 26, 2013
Givemeliberty wrote:
Well she is really hot :)
She never mentions religion really at all. Religion and belief never comes up one way or the other.
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I am surprised. Usually Christians try to evangelize people, especially children.
More power to you!
Siro

Seven Hills, Australia

#213 Feb 26, 2013
Thinking wrote:
Especially on Fridays.
btw, I'm also married to a catholic.
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Whats his name?
.
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Kitten?
Thinking

Shaftesbury, UK

#214 Feb 26, 2013
It's "What's", cuntface.
Siro wrote:
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Whats his name?
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Kitten?

Since: Mar 11

Lexington, KY

#215 Feb 26, 2013
We don't have children yet, will cross that bridge when we get to it. I see it as her telling the child about Jesus maybe taking the hold to church every so often. I would present the other side of the coin. She isn't very religious so I don't foresee problems but time will tell.
emperorjohn wrote:
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I am surprised. Usually Christians try to evangelize people, especially children.
More power to you!

“Quantum Junctn: Use Both Lanes”

Since: Dec 06

Tulsa, Oklahoma USofA

#216 Feb 26, 2013
Givemeliberty wrote:
Well she is really hot :)
She never mentions religion really at all. Religion and belief never comes up one way or the other.
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That's for the best-- in spite of my acerbic tone here on Topix, I really have no issues at all, with people who believe in invisible gods, but are not bent on changing the world to match their beliefs.

I have no problems with people who try to change the world for the better, though-- as in, giving equality under the law for gays, women and minorities, even if it means going a bit beyond "equal" in order to drag everyone to the central mean position.:D

But I really don't care, and am not bothered, by what people choose to think within the confines of their own imaginations.

I've run across folk, who think Jedism is a useful philosophy to live by-- and they are welcome to it.

:)

In truth, it's the busybodies, who wish to force their ugly ideas of "morality" onto everyone and anyone-- by force, if needed.

These ugly and immoral people need to be stopped.

Since: Mar 11

Lexington, KY

#217 Feb 26, 2013
Wifey not only accepts evolution it fascinates her. In her biology classes she is always coming home with little factoids about how this amino acid did this and that and on and on she goes lol!

She doesn't agree with prayer in school because she said she wouldn't want to hear a Mormon, Baptist, whatever other church's prayer as a kid in school and so prayer is best served in home, church or in a private catholic school where everyone knows and agrees to it.

She is pro choice and advocates for life saving safe sex practices to be available to all people everywhere.

Even she thinks priests should be able to get married! Lol!

We get along fine :)
Bob of Quantum-Faith wrote:
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That's for the best-- in spite of my acerbic tone here on Topix, I really have no issues at all, with people who believe in invisible gods, but are not bent on changing the world to match their beliefs.
I have no problems with people who try to change the world for the better, though-- as in, giving equality under the law for gays, women and minorities, even if it means going a bit beyond "equal" in order to drag everyone to the central mean position.:D
But I really don't care, and am not bothered, by what people choose to think within the confines of their own imaginations.
I've run across folk, who think Jedism is a useful philosophy to live by-- and they are welcome to it.
:)
In truth, it's the busybodies, who wish to force their ugly ideas of "morality" onto everyone and anyone-- by force, if needed.
These ugly and immoral people need to be stopped.

“Quantum Junctn: Use Both Lanes”

Since: Dec 06

Tulsa, Oklahoma USofA

#218 Feb 26, 2013
Givemeliberty wrote:
Wifey not only accepts evolution it fascinates her. In her biology classes she is always coming home with little factoids about how this amino acid did this and that and on and on she goes lol!
She doesn't agree with prayer in school because she said she wouldn't want to hear a Mormon, Baptist, whatever other church's prayer as a kid in school and so prayer is best served in home, church or in a private catholic school where everyone knows and agrees to it.
She is pro choice and advocates for life saving safe sex practices to be available to all people everywhere.
Even she thinks priests should be able to get married! Lol!
We get along fine :)
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You did not mention the obvious: your wife also has excellent good judgement in her choice of a mate.

:D

Since: Mar 11

Lexington, KY

#219 Feb 26, 2013
Well I really encourage her wanting to go to college on her long voyage into med school and she digs that :)

She actually gets embarrassed at religious idiots who scream evolution is a lie.
Bob of Quantum-Faith wrote:
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You did not mention the obvious: your wife also has excellent good judgement in her choice of a mate.
:D

“Quantum Junctn: Use Both Lanes”

Since: Dec 06

Tulsa, Oklahoma USofA

#220 Feb 26, 2013
Givemeliberty wrote:
Well I really encourage her wanting to go to college on her long voyage into med school and she digs that :)
She actually gets embarrassed at religious idiots who scream evolution is a lie.
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As does my brother-- he's a Methodist minister, actually.

:)

I have no real beef with him, either-- his political activity consists of trying to get equal rights for everyone, among other things. He's not interested in promoting creationism (for example), and in fact, would be opposed to that theology in any form.

I suppose not all theists are idiots.

It's a shame so few of that variety are on topix...

<eyeroll> <heh>

“My hand is over my crotch.”

Since: Jan 10

It's time to put it to use

#221 Feb 27, 2013
Givemeliberty wrote:
We don't have children yet, will cross that bridge when we get to it. I see it as her telling the child about Jesus maybe taking the hold to church every so often. I would present the other side of the coin. She isn't very religious so I don't foresee problems but time will tell.
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I hope you do have children and that you continue to be happy with your wife.

“My hand is over my crotch.”

Since: Jan 10

It's time to put it to use

#222 Feb 27, 2013
Bob of Quantum-Faith wrote:
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That's for the best-- in spite of my acerbic tone here on Topix, I really have no issues at all, with people who believe in invisible gods, but are not bent on changing the world to match their beliefs.
I have no problems with people who try to change the world for the better, though-- as in, giving equality under the law for gays, women and minorities, even if it means going a bit beyond "equal" in order to drag everyone to the central mean position.:D
But I really don't care, and am not bothered, by what people choose to think within the confines of their own imaginations.
I've run across folk, who think Jedism is a useful philosophy to live by-- and they are welcome to it.
:)
In truth, it's the busybodies, who wish to force their ugly ideas of "morality" onto everyone and anyone-- by force, if needed.
These ugly and immoral people need to be stopped.
I agree. It is those people who want to force their religion into the laws of this land and to deprive others of their rights that are the problem. Those who keep their religion to themselves are not the problem.

“Quantum Junctn: Use Both Lanes”

Since: Dec 06

Tulsa, Oklahoma USofA

#223 Feb 27, 2013
emperorjohn wrote:
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I agree. It is those people who want to force their religion into the laws of this land and to deprive others of their rights that are the problem. Those who keep their religion to themselves are not the problem.
Yes. Exactly that--

-- I >>do<< believe in freedom of religion as well as freedom from religion-- the same thing, really.

People should be free to practice as they wish, so long as said practice does not break any laws.

As always, I think the US Constitution trumps any and all religious dogma, no matter what.

:)
Lincoln

United States

#224 Mar 8, 2013
Bob of Quantum-Faith wrote:
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Yes. Exactly that--
-- I >>do<< believe in freedom of religion as well as freedom from religion-- the same thing, really.
People should be free to practice as they wish, so long as said practice does not break any laws.
As always, I think the US Constitution trumps any and all religious dogma, no matter what.
:)
Good.

Explain the First Amendment and the Establishment of Churches by the states in the first part of the 19th century.

Will take some thought

“Fortes Fortuna Juvat, ”

Since: Dec 09

Wichita. Ks.

#225 Mar 8, 2013
Thinking wrote:
Especially on Fridays.
btw, I'm also married to a catholic.
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Iím married to a pagan. We still have fundamental differences, but love trumps that.

“Quantum Junctn: Use Both Lanes”

Since: Dec 06

Tulsa, Oklahoma USofA

#226 Mar 8, 2013
Lincoln wrote:
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Good.
Explain the First Amendment and the Establishment of Churches by the states in the first part of the 19th century.
Will take some thought
You-- stalking me, once again.

You continue to act in ways that deserve zero respect.

Thanks for playing.

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