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November 2, 2009

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Today’s Lunch Break was submitted by Sara G.

Lunch Break is NewsReal’s daily apolitical post. (We all need a break from this political stuff every now and then!) When commenting on Lunch Break posts do not start political debates. In fact from now on any political comments on Lunch Break posts will be deleted. You’ve got all of NewsReal’s other posts to get political, lets keep this one pure.

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20 Comments
  1. John Davidson permalink
    November 2, 2009 1:30 pm

    No meat, oooops, David, it is Monday.

    • November 2, 2009 1:35 pm

      Glad you’re back.

      • John Davidson permalink
        November 2, 2009 2:03 pm

        Me too, in one form or another, it’s the message that counts, not the name it’s written under. Together, we all must stop the threat to our freedoms.

  2. LanceThruster permalink
    November 2, 2009 3:04 pm

    Yup, when Gawd screws up, he drowns things/people that weren’t responsible for mucking things up. I’ve always found it obscene to decorate a child’s room with a Noah’s Ark theme (or have Noah’s Ark play toys) because the underlying theme most often overlooked that an all powerful entity is sociopathic enought to drown innocent puppies, kittens, babies, etc., etc., etc. And this was to weed out the troublemakers. How’d that work out; that leaving only the righteous (Noah’s family)? I guess things were smooth sailing from there on in.

    If you do not think this is a horrific action, how would you feel witness the terror and trauma drowning any of these creatures yourself? This is the god narrative people accept without outrage.

    —-

    …a God who could make good children as easily a bad, yet preferred to make bad ones; who could have made every one of them happy, yet never made a single happy one; who made them prize their bitter life, yet stingily cut it short; who gave his angels eternal happiness unearned, yet required his other children to earn it; who gave is angels painless lives, yet cursed his other children with biting miseries and maladies of mind and body; who mouths justice, and invented hell–mouths mercy, and invented hell–mouths Golden Rules and foregiveness multiplied by seventy times seven, and invented hell; who mouths morals to other people, and has none himself; who frowns upon crimes, yet commits them all; who created man without invitation, then tries to shuffle the responsibility for man’s acts upon man, instead of honorably placing it where it belongs, upon himself; and finally, with altogether divine obtuseness, invites his poor abused slave to worship him!
    – No. 44, The Mysterious Stranger
    ~ Mark Twain

  3. LanceThruster permalink
    November 2, 2009 3:06 pm

    BTW, god-smacking is not political, is it (unless you consider God or Jebus Republican)?

    • November 2, 2009 3:57 pm

      Well you’re great at following the letter of the law while ignoring the spirit. (But as an atheist I’m sure you know a lot about ignoring the spirit.)

      Starting tomorrow I’ll be amending Lunch Break so it says
      When commenting on Lunch Break posts do not start political, religious, or philosophical debates. In fact from now on any debating comments on Lunch Break posts will be deleted. You’ve got all of NewsReal’s other posts to get aggressive, lets keep this one pure.

      • LanceThruster permalink
        November 2, 2009 4:35 pm

        Thanks for the clarification, David. It’s like I always felt about the bible; God could have used a better editor. Technical manual writers know that when concepts are not readily understood from the instructions, it is more likely the fault of the writer rather than the reader.

        If “God” (whichever/whomever’s “flavor” we’re discussing here) wanted mankind to know of its existence and its plan for us all, it has failed miserably.

        Just sayin’.

        • November 2, 2009 5:06 pm

          I would encourage you not to allow your rational rejection of God the noun prevent you from coming to understand God as a verb.

          • LanceThruster permalink
            November 2, 2009 5:19 pm

            Could you use “God” as a verb in a sentence?

            As you are well aware, I’m a little slow on the uptake.

            • November 2, 2009 5:31 pm

              Mysticism is rather difficult to explain….

              Don’t think of God as something that IS. Think of God as something that IS HAPPENING.

              Don’t think of God as some person sitting on a cloud up in the sky. Think of God as the act of getting to sit on a cloud up in the sky. The intangible experience is God.

              And because “God” is intangible people have to make him tangible by making him into a person (a noun.) They have to read into the Bible in a literalist fashion instead of a metaphoric fashion.

              Am I making any sense? I need to find a blog post I did a way back on this subject…

              This post I did here is related: http://newsrealblog.com/2009/08/23/newsreal-sunday-secularist-sam-harris-says-there-is-a-core-of-truth-to-religion-that-we-should-be-interested-in/

              But not the one I’m looking for…

              • F. Swemson permalink
                November 2, 2009 7:24 pm

                🙂

                I think I’ll stay out of the fray this time David….

                • November 2, 2009 7:44 pm

                  Appreciated.

  4. Jim permalink
    November 2, 2009 4:14 pm

    LOL!! Who’d a thought Dinos were stoners?

    • LanceThruster permalink
      November 2, 2009 5:19 pm

      So was Carl Sagan. The Dinos are/were in good company.

  5. shane comeback permalink
    November 3, 2009 5:38 am

    Never get into a pissing contest with a skunk.

    • LanceThruster permalink
      November 3, 2009 10:09 am

      People never get so upset or irrational than when you challenge their deeply held belief systems.

  6. jochang permalink
    November 3, 2009 7:28 am

    Wow. Haven’t witnessed such a discussion about God since I was a student, when Jesuits taught me to question them, their religion, their vocation. Five great years convinced me that God is personal, so Amen to that, whether He/She/It can be noun, verb, blog, or anything else for that matter.

  7. Brit-El Gibson permalink
    November 3, 2009 8:21 am

    This is funny XP [forgive the smiley]

  8. Brit-El Gibson permalink
    November 3, 2009 8:22 am

    Ok what is it with some people….. they say don’t talk about politics and some people bring up religion?
    Come on! Do they really need the site guys to say it? Wow.

    • LanceThruster permalink
      November 3, 2009 9:44 am

      The cartoon itself brought up “religion” in as far as the Noah meme goes (though the flood mythology can be attributed to many, but not all, ancient cultures). There have been cataclysmic floods, but not any that drowned the entire world.

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