Gavin Collins

  • PopeBeanie replied to the topic Group logo of HumanismEmotional Blackmail in the forum Humanism 9 months, 1 week ago

    Forgive me for assuming the possibilities, but two things come to mind when I hear that kind of story. One is that old age often brings with it various forms of mental deterioration where one loses a sense of recent memories and relies more on past memories in daily conversation. The other is a fear and obsession of one’s own impending death.

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  • Davis,

    Your Mother sounds pretty convinced and firm in her non-belief.  I doubt she could be “blackmailed” into belief,  but her friend is a mess.

    Did she know your Mom was a non-believer, then just out of nowhere get concerned that your Mom was going to Hell?  That would make no sense if she was firmly convinced in her beliefs.

  • _Robert_ replied to the topic Group logo of HumanismEmotional Blackmail in the forum Humanism 9 months, 1 week ago

    She isn’t mentally ill. Depressed, perhaps. I wouldn’t blame someone who honestly believes in hell for being terrified of a friend burning for eternity. Any caring person who honestly believed in this shit would be terribly upset about it. Hell is the most grotesque religious concept ever devised. It is what makes Christianity and…

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  • Davis replied to the topic Group logo of HumanismEmotional Blackmail in the forum Humanism 9 months, 1 week ago

    She isn’t mentally ill. Depressed, perhaps. I wouldn’t blame someone who honestly believes in hell for being terrified of a friend burning for eternity. Any caring person who honestly believed in this shit would be terribly upset about it. Hell is the most grotesque religious concept ever devised. It is what makes Christianity and Islam two of the…[Read more]

  • It sounds like the lady might be mentally ill in some way, maybe clinically depressed.

  • Davis started the topic Group logo of HumanismEmotional Blackmail in the forum Humanism 9 months, 1 week ago

    My mother only has one religious friend who has been fairly tame with her religiousness in general (as she lives in a very secular society). She brings up God in passing (like “I will pray for this person”) but that is it and there was no attempt to convert anyone. The other day she calls up my mother and is in tears and inconsolable. She was…[Read more]

  • Reg,

    I shed no tears whatsoever for the decline of the Christian Right and only regret that it hasn’t happened faster in my own community.  I can’t count the numbers of times people come into the store giving out bible tracts and wearing T-Shirts with thoughtless scriptures like: “Iron sharpens Iron” from Proverbs 27:17.  (Uh, no.  It’s ha…[Read more]

  • I am actually very afraid for this country. The few crazy assholes are ruining it for the rest of us with their conspiracy theories and lies. They may be smaller in numbers but as long as these fringe extremists types exist in the intensity and propensity to violence, our country isn’t safe. Remember…how many men did it take to ram a plane int…[Read more]

  • The reality is not that the Evangelicals are being attacked but that they are imploding. Their ranks are not being repopulated by their children because the younger generation sees that conservative beliefs are either to some degree racist, homophobic or anti-LGBTQ. They are too educated and have a much less insular view of the world than their…[Read more]

  • The following is an opinion piece from today’s New York Times by Michelle Goldberg.

    The presidency of George W. Bush may have been the high point of the modern Christian right’s influence in America. White evangelicals were the largest religious faction in the country. “They had a president who claimed to be one of their own, he had a tes…[Read more]

  • I’ll try not to settle too much on Tucker Carlson as a barometer of who to watch until the mid-term and 2023 elections, but hey, imo, he represents to a significant degree the most dangerous Americans. In this case, fallout and tribalism wrt humanity’s covid saga, including whacko conspiracism will last a long…[Read more]

  • From The Atlantic, IDEAS: Tucker Carlson, Unmasked

    Excerpt:

    Although Carlson makes a lot of ridiculous claims in a short period in this clip, it is his comments about children that are most disturbing. After complaining that mask mandates imposed by the state are equivalent to living in North Korea, Carlson executes two athletic rhetorical…

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  • Davis replied to the topic Group logo of HumanismInteresting question: in the forum Humanism 1 year, 1 month ago

    I think we just need to dig a bit deeper. Its not a dead issue, after all. If we just use our skulls a little more we can figure this out.
    That’s the spirit. Maybe we have a ghost of a chance at resolving this yet.

    Or we can just give up and bite the dust. Perhaps this discussion is on its last legs.

  • Davis replied to the topic Group logo of HumanismInteresting question: in the forum Humanism 1 year, 1 month ago

    But most norms aren’t random

    Uhhh. Yes. A lot of them are. I mean…come on Simon, in parts of the world they lob off pieces of little children’s genitals. Want a less extreme example? To be presentable in an office in western countries a man has to wear an uncomfortable pointless cloth noose around their neck and in Southern Europe a woman has t…[Read more]

  • Kristina replied to the topic Group logo of HumanismInteresting question: in the forum Humanism 1 year, 1 month ago

    I think we just need to dig a bit deeper. Its not a dead issue, after all. If we just use our skulls a little more we can figure this out.

    That’s the spirit. Maybe we have a ghost of a chance at resolving this yet.

  • _Robert_ replied to the topic Group logo of HumanismInteresting question: in the forum Humanism 1 year, 1 month ago

    I think we just need to dig a bit deeper. Its not a dead issue, after all. If we just use our skulls a little more we can figure this out.

  • Ivy replied to the topic Group logo of HumanismInteresting question: in the forum Humanism 1 year, 1 month ago

    Cemeteries really are like parks, and a lot of them actually make it that way because they really want people to come visit, not stay away.… And if the families not there that day they wouldn’t even know so what difference would it make? I guess I’m interested to understand all the philosophies behind it, I don’t understand all that but I’m jus…[Read more]

  • Ivy replied to the topic Group logo of HumanismInteresting question: in the forum Humanism 1 year, 1 month ago

    I think what is sadder is where nobody goes to visit a grave whether they’re a stranger or not…

  • People can dislike the breaking of norms just because they are norms.  I guess it’s because groups are run using norms, and to break a norm threatens to rupture their moral order.

    But most norms aren’t random, they have connection to things like benefit and harm, and respect.  This one is a case of respect.  Some people will dislike it, even if…[Read more]

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