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Justin Parris
Justin Parris
5 years ago

Nothing wrong with the post you linked, but Matthew Inman’s humor has been ruined for me ever since his outrageously terrible comic on “how not to suck at your religion”.

Ellen of Tassie
Ellen of Tassie
5 years ago
Reply to  Justin Parris

Justin – I just read it. It’s a shocker. So, too, his “You’re not going to believe what I’m about to tell you”. http://theoatmeal.com/comics/believe He uses research from the ‘Brain & Creativity Institute’ where he says people were given counter arguments to strongly held beliefs while having their brains scanned. Trouble is, if his examples are real examples, they were given statements that were counter to their beliefs, but no argument whatsoever to support those statements. For those interested, here’s the link the the religion one: http://theoatmeal.com/comics/religion But, yeh, language is wonderful. Especially English because it’s such an impure, mixed… Read more »

Justin Parris
Justin Parris
5 years ago

It seems a fairly common thing for people who grew up without any religious influence at all to think of religion as this extra thing, separate and in addition to morality. He’s clearly never, even for a moment, considered the ramifications of what it would mean to genuinely believe the Bible. You could just as sensibly make a comic about how not to suck at boat evacuation. I can see it now. “If you believe the boat is sinking, the best thing to do is to keep it to yourself. Don’t bother the other people on the boat by telling… Read more »

Jill Smith
Jill Smith
5 years ago
Reply to  Justin Parris

His thinking is pretty sophomoric. He seems to be saying that if you have to believe in a fairy tale, at least you should choose a nice one. One that makes no outlandish truth claims, nor sets any moral standards with which he might disagree. It’s not just that he seems incapable of wondering if any religious belief might be true; he also can’t imagine that other people, deep down, hold their beliefs because they think they are true.

I liked this reply from Bad Catholic: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/badcatholic/2012/07/how-to-suck-at-your-religion.html

Justin Parris
Justin Parris
5 years ago
Reply to  Jill Smith

I read this article some years ago. Glad that I can now find it again.

Read the headline today “Catholic Bishop denies Dick Durbin communion for his abortion views” and thought of you Jill.

Jill Smith
Jill Smith
5 years ago
Reply to  Justin Parris

Do you have a link for that, Justin?

Jill Smith
Jill Smith
5 years ago
Reply to  Justin Parris

I found it. It looks as if his vote not to ban late term abortion and then appearing to gloat about it on a talk show was the proverbial last straw for his bishop. They have him on “obstinately persevering in manifest grave sin”.

Ginny
Ginny
5 years ago

“THOUGH IT IS PROBABLY JUST A DRIVEWAY”

…that someone has to plow..

paulm01
paulm01
5 years ago
Reply to  Ginny

Plowing therapy…good for the mind and soul! (Until you get stuck, usually furthest from the house, which is when we thank God for insulated Carhartts and dead-animal fur hats.)

[Edit: “…fur hat” was a nod to the far nord CapN]

Jill Smith
Jill Smith
5 years ago
Reply to  paulm01

Paul, is it your dear lady who has actually–let me get a grip on myself– met Martha Pullen?

paulm01
paulm01
5 years ago
Reply to  Jill Smith

If you mean the heirloom embroidery Martha Pullen (thx to Google for the assist), then, no…my wife knits, felts, and sews, which includes fixing my gear on her 45 year-old “portable” bombproof sewing machine.

Jill Smith
Jill Smith
5 years ago
Reply to  paulm01

Wow. I keep thinking that a new machine will transform me into Martha. I have a new one that does everything except provide life support in the event of a cardiac arrest. I can theoretically take a picture off the internet (Doug’s, for example) and program my machine to embroider it onto pillow slips while I sip lemonade two rooms away. I say theoretically because in three months I have not mastered how to thread it! People like your wife have my deepest admiration. I can, however, felt. I have only done this accidentally when I’ve heedless tossed a woolen… Read more »

Nat
Nat
5 years ago
Reply to  Jill Smith

Jill,

It’s me. Nat in Kentucky. Linda and Martha have been friends for possibly 40 years.

Jill Smith
Jill Smith
5 years ago
Reply to  Nat

I stand in awe of both of them.

Jill Smith
Jill Smith
5 years ago
Reply to  Ginny

Not if it were in Southern California! Where the gentle winds whisper in the palm trees, where the bougainvillea glows crimson in the mellow twilight…Where the birdsong at sunset is muted by the thwacka-thwacka of police choppers hovering overhead.

paulm01
paulm01
5 years ago
Reply to  Jill Smith

So poetic, so serene….and let’s not forgot the whir of drones running rooftop capturing “the moment.”

(Btw, nicely done with “thwacka-thwacka”)

Ian Miller
Ian Miller
5 years ago

That socialism comment makes me so happy.

JP Stewart
JP Stewart
5 years ago
Reply to  Ian Miller

Yeah, with socialism, they always say “this time it’s different” or “that’s not real socialism.” Bernie Sanders was the most recent example. I even saw a tweet from a U.S. based socialist group claiming Venezuela isn’t really socialist because they still use prices. In a real socialist society, everybody gets their “fair share” of everything with no pricing structure. Try to imagine that one…prices have been with us since people traded livestock in the book of Genesis. And today, you can’t “get” anything without swapping some amount of dollars, Euros, Yen or even gold,oil or bitcoin.

Justin Parris
Justin Parris
5 years ago
Reply to  JP Stewart

(paraphrased, from memory)

“I really wish leftist solutions worked because they’re the easiest and simplest solutions you can imagine.”

-Ben Shapiro

Sure. Let’s not have prices. That sounds sensible and easily incorporated into real life.

The Commenter Formerly Known As fp
The Commenter Formerly Known As fp
5 years ago
Reply to  JP Stewart

In a real socialist society, everybody gets their “fair share” of everything with no pricing structure.

In other words, nothing has value. And if nothing has value, then nobody wants it. And if nobody wants it, then nobody will produce it.

Problem solved!

Clayton
Clayton
5 years ago

What if the name of the letter Q is spelled “queue”?