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Missouri Religious Freedom Amendment - last commented 22 March 2011 02:46 PM

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Go to: An Answer for Jehovah's Witnesses

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Several years ago I worked a 5 pm - close (sometimes 1:30 am, sometimes 4 am) shift at a gift shop outside of an Orlando theme park. So I would get home sometime between 2 and 4:30 am, but since I couldn't immediately fall asleep, I'd finally get to sleep between 3:30 and 6 am. Friday nights tended to be on the later end.

About every three weeks, the JWs would come knocking between 9 and 10 am on Saturday mornings. Unfortunately, I couldn't ignore the knocking--I had a part-time job that often involved express mail deliveries--so I would sleepily answer the door, mumble a few responses, take their Watchtower pamphlet, and go back to sleep. One Friday night shortly after Halloween I had an idea: I drew a chalk outline of a body, splattered some leftover fake blood, dropped a couple of empty shotgun shell casings at the doorstep (left by the previous owner of the house--definitely not my thing), and scattered some Watchtower pamphlets on top of the bushes.

They didn't disturb my sleep again.

Fri, 08 Jul 2011 14:43:49 UTC | #847681

Go to: Breaking Out from the Prison of Religion

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Sun, 12 Jun 2011 15:06:48 UTC | #637590

Go to: Can you share your struggle with religious family members?

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It really depends on what kind of relationship you want. If you want to be on good terms and give and receive support, you need to take it upon yourself to set the ground rules. With most of my religious friends, we have a few simple rules (I don't refer to their "imaginary friend," they don't tell me my daughter is going to burn in hell, etc.) that allow us to be social without getting angry.

I do have some acquaintances who can't separate their beliefs from the rest of their life enough to be pleasant, so I don't hold back with them--and they do their best to stay on the other side of the room. Hopefully your family won't fall into this category, but I fear they do. You need to approach this like a negotiation: It may be that you don't directly talk about your work--tell them about getting promoted, but not the sort of research you perform--while they stick to the mundane parts of their lives as well.

Good luck.

Wed, 11 May 2011 12:55:45 UTC | #625810

Go to: Tennessee antievolution bill passes the House

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Update Chattanooga Times Free Press

Watson, who graduated from UTC with a degree in biology, said he met with the professors about two weeks ago.

“I actually said, ‘OK, you guys don’t like this? Give me language you think is better.’ And they actually did,” Watson said. “So I took that and started working with that.”

Watson said he tries to “pass good legislation and sometimes that takes work.”

It looks like this may actually turn from a huge negative into a positive.

Fri, 22 Apr 2011 19:39:51 UTC | #618207

Go to: HELP With Starting A New Student Organization.

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It really does depend on your mission. If it's mainly to promote science over pseudoscience, then cutting it off after "natural world" does make some sense. If you also want to be the de facto atheist/humanist student organization, then leave it as is.

Sun, 17 Apr 2011 22:03:15 UTC | #616560

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