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General Discussion / Re: Family or Friends
« on: August 14, 2012, 03:31:11 PM »
Nope, I don't. And even when I've gone before, I never attended with family. My family is split into two very distinct groups....either really religious or not at all....neither of which I would go to church with.

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Atheism / Re: Chick-Fil-A
« on: August 14, 2012, 02:28:47 AM »
but they also won't hire LGBT employees. They can refuse employment for them and fire current ones who they discover to be gay. This is still legal in many states and is a big part of the boycott against them.

Really?

I thought it was a national law that prevented them from discriminating based on sexual orientation. I guess that's probably hoping for too much, though.

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General Religious Discussion / Re: Why can't we all just coexist?
« on: August 09, 2012, 05:10:17 PM »
So then what do we do about that? How do we get rid of the greed and arrogance overall?

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General Discussion / Re: Gun Ownership
« on: August 06, 2012, 04:59:06 PM »
That's very interesting. I really don't think that would work well in the US.  I don't really know where I stand on gun control. I do think that guns are too easily obtained. But if guns are banned, that doesn't really affect most of the criminals. They know where to go to get what they want. There has to be some middle ground.

I think gun safety and training would be a good middle ground to start. Instead of guns being this horrible thing used by criminals....everyone who be taught how to use and respect guns.

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General Discussion / Re: Gun Ownership
« on: July 30, 2012, 06:09:19 PM »
I believe crime rates are lowest where gun ownership rates are highest. That doesn't necessarily mean there is causation between the two, but it at least demonstrates that gun ownership does not cause higher crime rates. Get some training before you purchase a firearm, and go right ahead!

Agreed.

Just check out Switzerland: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gun_politics_in_Switzerland

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General Religious Discussion / Why can't we all just coexist?
« on: July 30, 2012, 03:23:30 AM »

http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m5bryo2P5r1qj9vkco1_500.jpg

I have my beliefs...you have yours. Let's get along, ok? :)

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Atheism / Re: Chick-Fil-A
« on: July 30, 2012, 02:26:25 AM »
Hardison, yes, a lot of it is fear. Your very next line is what I would wish for, too, though....that it's okay for us to disagree, so long as we don't go around stomping on other people in the process.

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Atheism / Re: Chick-Fil-A
« on: July 29, 2012, 07:50:13 PM »
It does not offend me that they are Christian-based. They are allowed their own beliefs just as I am. It only concerns me when they are actively trying to remove that same right to having your own beliefs from other people....i.e.-putting money into groups who actively try to prevent same sex marriage rights.

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Christianity / Re: What kinds of things do you pray for?
« on: July 29, 2012, 07:48:57 PM »
I don't personally pray, but I have no issues with other people doing it. I do think it's wrong to sit around praying for frivolous things like you mentioned, though. It's one thing to pray to communicate or ask for support, etc.... it's another when you talk to him like Santa Claus...

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I like having it somewhere in the middle. I don't need very many truly "trusted" friends. I like having a couple I can rely on, though, and then beyond that, having several just "fun" friends is great so there's always someone to talk to or hang out with.

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General Discussion / Re: What motto do you live by?
« on: July 28, 2012, 03:51:52 PM »
I always live by "life always gives you a second chance, it's called tomorrow.

I don't think that's true, though. It's a great way of saying "hey, if you mess up today, then start tomorrow over fresh and try again!" At the same time.... we aren't always guaranteed a tomorrow, so best do what you can to enjoy and live out today.

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General Discussion / Re: What motto do you live by?
« on: July 26, 2012, 06:54:27 PM »
"Dress nice, smile pretty, and fake it 'til you make it."

There are a lot of mottos I live by, but that seems to be the one I'm using most often lately. It's what helps get me through various bad situations that aren't always the easiest otherwise.

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Buddhism / Re: How to focus on the breath?
« on: July 25, 2012, 03:03:09 PM »
The technique I use is to focus on breathing through my nostrils. I inhale through one the left side and exhale on the right. Doing that forces me to focus on my breathing without talking. It sounds like it's hard, but it isn't.

I do something similar, but I focus on breathing in through my nose...and exhale through my mouth. I use the same quotes of talking myself through exactly what I'm doing, how I'm doing it, where I'm doing it, etc.

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Paganism & Wicca / Re: Witchcraft
« on: July 25, 2012, 02:59:13 PM »
So what exactly do you believe then? I generally see Wiccans who either practice it or don't.....not usually someone who practices witchcraft but doesn't believe in something beyond that.

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General Religious Discussion / Re: Fear of Death or Dying
« on: July 22, 2012, 06:58:36 PM »
If my time comes tomorrow my one regret will be that it will break my mother's heart. As far as the "stress/exhaustion/pain/etc", there is plenty of that for young people to.

Oh there absolutely is! It's usually seen as more acceptable when an eldery person who has lived a long life is "ready to go" versus a young person who might commit suicide for the same exhaustion reasons.

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