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Easter is here

Posted by Paulo on February 20, 2012

This is the only thing I like about Easter: Cadbury Caramel Eggs. Chocolate on the outside and chewy caramel on the inside. I stopped by Walmart today on my way home from work and saw that they were there. Every year, that’s how I know Easter is right around the corner.

Cadbury Caramel Eggs: The best part of Easter


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Evidence of a rational mind

Posted by Ann on May 6, 2011

I’m not sure how to put it more succinctly than this. I read a post by John Loftus yesterday titled Osama Bin Laden was probably a good man. It was so rational, I thought I would post it here. It reaffirms the stuff I think and say, but rarely get validated. Maybe why I like reading his blog. Sometimes it feels strange to be criticized for being “too accepting” when deep in your mind you know you are really just “too rational” when it comes to people.

Osama Bin Laden was probably a good man; sincere, devout and God fearing. But all it takes to make good people do evil is religion. Keep that in mind. That is the lesson of his life. He was deluded in the same way as other believers. Some delusions cause more harm than others though, and he caused a great deal of it. The problem is he will never know he was deluded. Neither will any of the rest of them. What a waste of a life.

I would add that not all people who are religious waste their lives, but sometimes the bad people do outweighs any positive they have put into the world. And sometimes the bad can be rhetoric which influences thoughts, emotions, and behaviors of others. This can apply to nonreligious people as well.

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‘Prayer Partners’

Posted by prb3 on October 28, 2010

Now I know this may seem somewhat inappropriate of me but I simply can’t resist the urge to share this. The ‘prayer email’ I received today (included below) is a perfect example of one of the many reasons Christian missionaries drive me crazy! In an attempt to be somewhat sensitive, I’ve removed the names of the couple responsible for this prayer letter: Read the rest of this entry »

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The Rapture is nigh

Posted by Ann on May 1, 2010

When I was in middle-school my parents sent my sister and I to an all night moviethon at our church while we were on furlough from the mission field (a one year break spent in the States raising financial support). We brought our sleeping bags and the church provided the popcorn and drinks. It was a “lock-in”, meaning the doors of the church were locked and we were not allowed to leave until the next morning when our parents picked us up. For the next several hours we were subjected to what can only be described as a totally terrifying and gruesome series of movies based on the idea of The Rapture as interpreted from the book of Revelation. Read the rest of this entry »

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I hate Christmas!

Posted by Paulo on December 22, 2009

Man, I hate Christmas. I can’t express to you how much I hate it. Now you may be thinking I hate Christmas because it’s a religious holiday blah blah blah but no. I don’t care that it’s a religious holiday at all. It’s the malls. It’s the traffic. It’s the cold. It’s the screaming children at Walmart forced by their parents to go to yet another store when they are already overshopped. God. I hate fucking Christmas. The most wonderful time of the year? My ass! I’m always broke at this time of year. I don’t buy presents. I just don’t do Christmas. I tell everyone I’m Jewish. Besides, the worst things always happen to me at this time of year. I can’t go into detail about the latest incident, but let’s just say it sucks.

The best thing to do during Christmas is to drink till New Year’s and hope that it goes by quickly. Merry fucking Christmas, y’all. There… I’m done venting.

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I’m better than you.

Posted by thejest3r on September 2, 2009

The missionaryAnyone else ever look back on their childhood and realize that many parts of life were heavily influenced by a completely unjustified superiority complex? Maybe that sounds a little harsh, but recently I’ve been curious about how growing up as a missionary kid changed the way I looked at the world around me. Read the rest of this entry »

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Just when I thought I was out… they pull me back in.

Posted by Paulo on August 12, 2009

I really have a hard time dealing with run-ins with people from my parents’ missions organization. Now, as a non-religious adult who has distanced himself from that whole circle of people, I still run into them occasionally. Growing up in a relatively small missions organization, everyone knew my parents and coincidentally knew who I was. It’s always an uncomfortable feeling when you run into these people that you don’t really know and haven’t seen for years and you’re forced into conversation. Read the rest of this entry »

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