Messages From Marilyn Burge
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Banning Occult Radio
Christmas songs: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer White Christmas Frosty the Snowman A Christmas Song, by Mel Torme' (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire) Deck the Halls Christmas Carols: O! Little Town of Bethelehem Silent Night See the difference? One group deals with Christmas as the time of Christ's birth; the other group deals with Christmas as a winter festival having to do with Santa Claus, winter feasts, and the like, with no mention being made of Christ's birth at all.

NEW LISTINGS
There's a Humanist of some note who publishes a diatribe against the celebration of Christmas in the Humanist Newsletter every year. His name is Tom Flynn. I've often been tempted to write a letter to the editor saying that Tom Flynn sounds just as fundie as those who insist that we MUST recognize the birth of the same diety. If I want to sacrifice a bird on the altar of gluttony, spend too much money trying to make myself feel

Food for thought
Forget about the dipping. That isn't the issue. FORCING religion on my child, albeit unwittingly on his part, is the issue. Coercing my child into disrobing and participating in a superstitious ritual is the issue. If my child can't get his ears pierced without parental permission, then he shouldn't be coerced and/or into tricked into participating in a superstitious ritual without my permission, or at the very least knowlege either. And he certainly shouldn't be tricked or coerced into participating

The Fact And Theory O 1/
Them's awfully big words, Kelsey, I doubt if he can follow them. Lemme try to break them down to second-grade level for you. Sometimes a piece of the genetic code is "misinterpreted" by Mother Nature. When this happens, the kid looks different than either of its parents sometimes in a significant way. When this happens, we have what can be called "a new trait." .or, if it is born, will grow up to be a fundy

Pseudo-Factualist Fol 1/
Steven Jay Gould wrote a book called "Wonderful Life." It might be worth the Factualist's time to read it and find out what SJG really thinks, and get an explanation to all this from one whose life has been devoted to the topic. The paperback edition of the book is around $15. Seems like pretty cheap tuition to me. Gould dealt with the Cambrian explosion at great length in his lecture, and I assume he discusses it at equal or

Not True Christian(tm)
Documents have come to light recently, thanks to the Freedom of Information Act, that clearly show that Japan wanted to surrender BEFORE the bombs were dropped, but Truman chose to drop them anyway. Therefore, the Japanese deaths at Hiroshima and Nagasaki were totally unnecessary, as was the genetic damage done to the survivors by the bombs.

Aids Kills
Reality check time here, Steve. We are sex machines. In fact, it can be argued that we are put on this Earth for one thing, and that is to propogage (in the naturalistic sense don't get me going about religious claptrap to the contrary). That being the case, it is most unlikely you will be able to see your plan for controlling the AIDS epidemic. So, unless you can come up with something realistic something that the average

Virgin Birth
Steve, we have been round and round about this. The gospel-writers did not know Jesus personally, let alone know his mother. And, even more important there is not one shred of evidence that any of them gave Jesus' mother a pelvic examination to determine her physical status prior to delivery of Jesus. You are grasping at straws, as were the gospel writers who misinterpreted Isaiah and included this little tidbit in their missives.

Bigot?
It is every bit as normal as left-handedness, as both embrace about 10 percent of the population.

Aids Kills
You're right. You can buy one helluva lot of fifths of your favorite for the price of a vewy few rounds of drinks. (I'll be you already knew that, though, didn't you?) They can wish all they's like, but something tells me you and I will continue to do exactly as we have been doing, whether they like it or not.

Aids Kills
Drug use has nothing to do with getting AIDS, unless you are referring to drugs that are made of blood products. Other drugs do not in any way spread AIDS. It is the use of used needles that spread the disease. If one stays away from used needles, the risk of getting AIDS from drugs, whether licit or illicit drugs, is virtually nil.

Russian Orthodoxy
I'm so honored! I just got a stolen tagline (re)stolen by the moderator of my favorite echo! <swoon>

MAYBE YOU CAN TELL ME
Hardly misleading. Both the NT and the OT were oral "history" for a long period of time prior to being "written down." For centuries after they were written down they only way to pass them from one person to another was to hand copy them. The scribes who did this work had their own agendas, their own accuracy quotient (i.e., attention span, lack of mental lapses, etc.) and their own honesty quotient. If you think for one minute that the

Morality
I have sort of a guideline that I live by (or at least try to). While it is only the "first cut" and in no way can be construed as my final decision regarding the rightness or wrongness of a potential action, it serves very well as a means to throw out the obviously flawed behavior before I have time to develop them into more clearly-defined plans. It is a very simple question. Suppose everybody in the world did this

MAYBE YOU CAN TELL ME
Hardly misleading. Both the NT and the OT were oral "history" for a long period of time prior to being "written down." For centuries after they were written down they only way to pass them from one person to another was to hand copy them. The scribes who did this work had their own agendas, their own accuracy quotient (i.e., attention span, lack of mental lapses, etc.) and their own honesty quotient. If you think for one minute that the

Aids Kills
an no Pascal's Wager. I'd know it anywhere. <yawn>

Religion of Dan
Let's put it this way: I'll take Hawking at his word a damned sight sooner than I will Swaggart. 8-)

Gotta love it!
I see. Can you say "owymoron?"

Assault on Waco #8 of 8
On (03 Jan 94) David Rice wrote to All... Number 5 was missing. Can you post it, or will I find that it is all there and you simply can't count when I get down to reading the piece?

Proof
Very poor analogy. All of this (looking around...) is here because that didn't work are, by virtue of the fact that they didn't work, gone. Just like all those organisms that didn't live long enough to breed because they didn't have sufficient survival gear, all those plants that didn't live to propagate for the same reason. Everything that doesn't fit into the environment into which it is born, dies very early in its life. Try looking at the thing through