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God as a drug: The rise of American megachurches
Posted: 25 August 2012 11:32 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 16 ]
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Mriana - 25 August 2012 11:16 AM

Where are you from, CheepnisAroma?

France

I was thinking England, but France is even better, I hear in that dept.  However, rumour has it that there are many “No go zones” in France too.  Is this true?

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Posted: 25 August 2012 11:47 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 17 ]
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Mriana - 25 August 2012 11:32 AM
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Mriana - 25 August 2012 11:16 AM

Where are you from, CheepnisAroma?

France

I was thinking England, but France is even better, I hear in that dept.  However, rumour has it that there are many “No go zones” in France too.  Is this true?

What do you mean by “no go zones”?

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Posted: 25 August 2012 01:00 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 18 ]
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I was going to ask that, too, C-A.  smile

You have to understand, C-A, that Europe is a more mature society that the U.S.A.  Too many of us here are still children looking for big daddy.  I keep hoping that we catch up with you in terms of non-theology.  It’s happening, but unfortunately, probably not in my lifetime.

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Posted: 25 August 2012 01:38 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 19 ]
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CheepnisAroma - 25 August 2012 11:47 AM
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CheepnisAroma - 25 August 2012 11:29 AM
Mriana - 25 August 2012 11:16 AM

Where are you from, CheepnisAroma?

France

I was thinking England, but France is even better, I hear in that dept.  However, rumour has it that there are many “No go zones” in France too.  Is this true?

What do you mean by “no go zones”?

Oh nothing, just some Anti-Muslim propaganda I was reading that said that France had umpteen “no go zones”.  Allegedly those are areas in which, if there is trouble and police are called, they won’t go in that area.

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Posted: 25 August 2012 01:38 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 20 ]
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Occam. - 25 August 2012 01:00 PM

I was going to ask that, too, C-A.  smile

You have to understand, C-A, that Europe is a more mature society that the U.S.A.  Too many of us here are still children looking for big daddy.  I keep hoping that we catch up with you in terms of non-theology.  It’s happening, but unfortunately, probably not in my lifetime.

Occam

I do too.

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Posted: 26 August 2012 04:08 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 21 ]
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TimB - 25 August 2012 01:37 AM

There’s nothing wrong with vaginas.  I actually got my start coming out of one.

....so did Ted Bundy, Pat Robertson, and any number of truly awful people!

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Posted: 26 August 2012 04:15 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 22 ]
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Well, I think some of the Republican legislators came out of another orifice in that area. LOL

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Posted: 26 August 2012 04:18 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 23 ]
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Occam. - 26 August 2012 04:15 PM

Well, I think some of the Republican legislators came out of another orifice in that area. LOL

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tongue laugh or at the very least, a cloaca!

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Posted: 26 August 2012 04:47 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 24 ]
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TimB - 25 August 2012 01:37 AM

There’s nothing wrong with vaginas.  I actually got my start coming out of one.

....so did Ted Bundy, Pat Robertson, and any number of truly awful people!

Perhaps not all vaginas are perfect.  But I have nothing bad to say about them.

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Posted: 26 August 2012 06:50 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 25 ]
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TimB - 26 August 2012 04:47 PM
asanta - 26 August 2012 04:08 PM
TimB - 25 August 2012 01:37 AM

There’s nothing wrong with vaginas.  I actually got my start coming out of one.

....so did Ted Bundy, Pat Robertson, and any number of truly awful people!

Perhaps not all vaginas are perfect.  But I have nothing bad to say about them.

Good move! lol!

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Posted: 27 August 2012 01:45 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 26 ]
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asanta - 26 August 2012 04:08 PM
TimB - 25 August 2012 01:37 AM

There’s nothing wrong with vaginas.  I actually got my start coming out of one.

....so did Ted Bundy, Pat Robertson, and any number of truly awful people!

But not Macduff, who was “from his mother’s womb untimely ripp’d!”

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Posted: 27 August 2012 03:28 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 27 ]
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Megachurches are to be expected, religion is “show biz” after all.

Too bad we can’t be like that.

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Posted: 27 August 2012 04:54 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 28 ]
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mid atlantic - 27 August 2012 03:28 PM

Megachurches are to be expected, religion is “show biz” after all.

Too bad we can’t be like that.

Our sales pitch isn’t as touch-feely: ‘We’re not special. We’ll all be worm food when we die. Oh… And death is the end of the game. Thanks for playing!’

Take care,

Derek

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Posted: 27 August 2012 05:53 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 29 ]
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harry canyon - 27 August 2012 04:54 PM
mid atlantic - 27 August 2012 03:28 PM

Megachurches are to be expected, religion is “show biz” after all.

Too bad we can’t be like that.

Our sales pitch isn’t as touch-feely: ‘We’re not special. We’ll all be worm food when we die. Oh… And death is the end of the game. Thanks for playing!’

Take care,

Derek

Which leads me back to the topic phrase “God as a drug”.  Drugs can be fun in helping one escape from their regular state of consciousness.  Some drugs can even induce delusions.  Drugs wear off relatively quickly, but the delusions that come with “God as a drug” tend to persist.

Perhaps the Church of Non-Theistic Humanists should include a systematized ritual of psylocibin communion.  That would draw in some devotees who require occasional delusions in their life.

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Posted: 27 August 2012 05:56 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 30 ]
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Oh Dude! I just had communion and I’m coming out of this church:
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I’ts like I’m being reborn man!

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