Fellow Atheists/Agnostic Atheists - Let's Chat: Do you feel it is risky being "out" these days?

Demosthenes wrote:
Seth wrote:
Demosthenes wrote:

Pretty much. I really want to get duct tape and cover it up to say Protect Christian Values (to the exclusion of everyone else).

Although to be fair, there is a brand of duct tape called Duck Tape.

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My understanding is that due to its waterproof qualities and its use in the military to seal ammo boxes when crossing water, Duck Tape was its name there... which I think is cooler than duct tape, which is something I've never used the tape for. :lol:

Wikipedia says it originally called "duck tape" because it was originally made from duck cloth. That fell out of favor after WW2, as it was more commonly used on air ducts. The makers of Duck Tape have the name trademarked, so you'd only say "duck tape" if you were talking about that brand.

All this time I've been using it to tape ducks together. That explains why they don't seem any happier... well, I'm off to buy some scissors!

I use Gorilla Brand.

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Now I want Godzilla Tape.

imbiginjapan wrote:

Now I want Godzilla Tape.

Mecha-Godzilla Tape if you're working with metal.

Unfortunately I have no god to pray to make this happen.

There, thread back on track. Have fun!

I'm finishing up a three page paper on The War Prayer by Mark Twain. Despite growing up and living in Missouri, where Twain is a God, I had never read this. It's a really moving short story. It's no more than two pages, really.

What's sad is that it's message is just as lost on the masses today as it was then. But it really did inspire a great conversation in class.

Did you know Twain enlisted and spent a sparse 2 weeks in the war, in the Confederacy?

Yes. Do you know why he joined and only spent two weeks?

He joined a local militia in Missouri, sort of the low-end of Confederate forces, just before the Union announced that militia members would be subject to hanging and their families have their property confiscated if captured. He deserted shortly after hearing that.

From what I'm reading, the war was the complete upset of the world he'd been raised to accept, and he was a Southern sympathizer into the 1880's or so.

Dang atheists have all the fun. I want to talk about the origin of duck tape and the lesser known war history of Mark Twain too!

Nomad wrote:

Dang atheists have all the fun. I want to talk about the origin of duck tape and the lesser known war history of Mark Twain too! ;)

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Paleocon wrote:
Nomad wrote:

Dang atheists have all the fun. I want to talk about the origin of duck tape and the lesser known war history of Mark Twain too! ;)

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ruhk wrote:
Paleocon wrote:
Nomad wrote:

Dang atheists have all the fun. I want to talk about the origin of duck tape and the lesser known war history of Mark Twain too! ;)

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Now thats k'ing creepy (especially in slow-mo as my browswer loads the .gif) :s

So this past weekend we had the funeral mass for my mom. I went to catholic school, did the sacraments and all that; read the bible cover to cover a half dozen times. But I learned a whole new brand of nutty belief.

1. A funeral mass is necessary to guide a troubled soul from purgatory to heaven.
2. For added potency a rosary should be said at the end of the mass.

In discussion with my wife, it is the Neptune Society for both of us. If I can request to be dropped off near Seal Island just off the South African coast stuffed with laxatives, that would be best.

But these are the parts of canon that just took me to atheism. It's a bit like Superman comics. I can get behind fighting burglars, and uncovering Nazi smuggling rings and all that jazz. But then the ante just gets upped to a ridiculous degree that he has to stop time to prevent an invasion of alien demigods with the power to raze the western world to cinders.

Religion could just stop at-do good things, eat clean food, don't drink too much, love your spouse and do some good things to other people once in awhile.

I have seriously considered either burial at sea or donating my body to science.

But yes, I have seen probably 7 or 8 catholic relatives burials' and there's a lot going on there. Most include prayers led by a priest at the funeral home, and a full recitation of the rosary. There is always a mass, and more prayers at the cemetery afterwards; a kind of interment blessing, usually followed by the unusually pagan-seeming pouring of salt over the casket.

KingGorilla wrote:

Religion could just stop at-do good things, eat clean food, don't drink too much, love your spouse and do some good things to other people once in awhile.

But there's no money and power for the priesthood if that's all religion was about. They gotta have the universe's most feared enforcer if their protection racket is going to work.

I want an apology OG. You just made me think about the Silver Surfer.

NSMike wrote:

donating my body to science.

My wife knows that she is to donate anything and everything that she can of my organs, and the rest gets donated to science.

I don't believe in superheroes either.

Reminds me of when I discovered (via the preacher) at my grandfather's funeral that the casket is supposed to have the head of the body at a certain cardinal direction (west? east? depends on where you are probably) so that when Jesus comes back and does his necromancy thing everyone will rise facing the proper direction. I'm not sure why he couldn't just do that as part of his magic if it matters so much but rules are rules I guess.

Just for the record, there are lots of people who believe the bible that think things like purgatory, the rosary, and burial direction are not correct, and are only religious tradition.

NSMike wrote:

I have seriously considered either burial at sea or donating my body to science.

Green burial for me. Wrap me in cloth and put me in the ground to decompose. I'll count on my memory, my carbon and nitrogen, and my GWJ posts for any desired immortality.

Gravey wrote:
NSMike wrote:

I have seriously considered either burial at sea or donating my body to science.

Green burial for me. Wrap me in cloth and put me in the ground to decompose. I'll count on my memory, my carbon and nitrogen, and my GWJ posts for any desired immortality.

Also your Steam library.

McIrishJihad wrote:
Gravey wrote:
NSMike wrote:

I have seriously considered either burial at sea or donating my body to science.

Green burial for me. Wrap me in cloth and put me in the ground to decompose. I'll count on my memory, my carbon and nitrogen, and my GWJ posts for any desired immortality.

Also your Steam library.

And my Forza 5 Drivatar, forever racing in the cloud in a manner compiled from statistical probabilities gleaned from my life (or at least that part of my life relevant to Forza 5) (probably quite a bit of it).

Well, if I die before the Xbox Two comes out anyway.

mudbunny wrote:
NSMike wrote:

donating my body to science.

My wife knows that she is to eat anything and everything that she can of my organs, and the rest gets donated to science.

Fixed for proper translation from the original Canadian.

As an occultist and gamer, I think the whole thing is pretty groovy. Additional ritual participants gives a greater bonus for the soul to get past the guardian of the halls of the dead. Further bonuses for spell foci.

Gravey wrote:
McIrishJihad wrote:
Gravey wrote:
NSMike wrote:

I have seriously considered either burial at sea or donating my body to science.

Green burial for me. Wrap me in cloth and put me in the ground to decompose. I'll count on my memory, my carbon and nitrogen, and my GWJ posts for any desired immortality.

Also your Steam library.

And my Forza 5 Drivatar, forever racing in the cloud in a manner compiled from statistical probabilities gleaned from my life (or at least that part of my life relevant to Forza 5) (probably quite a bit of it).

Well, if I die before the Xbox Two comes out anyway.

I've always admired your optimism, Gravey.

I know there's no way in hell it would ever actually happen, but I've always said that I want to be cooked & served at my wake.

Should this have its own thread or is there maybe somewhere better for it already existing that I've overlooked?

CA-Bill-131 being fought by catholic church

The proposed law would lift the statute of limitations for one year for the group of alleged victims who were 26 and older and missed the previous deadline.
H.P. Lovesauce wrote:
mudbunny wrote:
NSMike wrote:

donating my body to science.

My wife knows that she is to eat with maple syrup anything and everything that she can of my organs, and the rest gets donated to science.

Fixed for proper translation from the original Canadian.

That is a bit more accurate.