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A lawsuit too far? - last commented 12 February 2014 05:08 AM

Prejudices - last commented 28 October 2011 09:44 PM

My mother has leukemia - last commented 05 July 2011 10:21 PM

Newsflash: Hell is real !!! - last commented 20 August 2012 11:00 PM

Religion strikes again. - last commented 26 June 2011 04:12 PM

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Go to: A lawsuit too far?

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Comment 1 by Tyler Durden :

The possibly-religious songs include "Thank You for the World So Sweet," which says "Thank you God for everything," "Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep," which says "I pray the Lord my soul to keep," "Michael Row your Boat Ashore" and "He's Got the Whole World in His Hands."

Possibly-religious, hello?

We sang "He's Got the Whole World in His Hands" in my Catholic primary school for one reason, and one reason only.

"[the songs] were used appropriately to teach musical concepts," said Kathryn McCary, the school district's attorney.

Pull the other one, Kathryn, it plays Jingle Bells.

But even the die-hard atheists like Dan Dennett enjoy overtly religious songs. I've heard Dennett say that he continues to sing Christmas songs every year at Christmas time. Now I realize he's an adult and can separate the religious message from the music, but presumably he sang these songs as a kid and they might have had meaning for him at that time. So even if little kids are taught these religious songs now, that's no guarantee they will be immune to a rational mind-set later on.

Thu, 16 Aug 2012 12:49:28 UTC | #950873

Go to: Does Religion = Superstition? G-D Forbid!

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Comment 3 by Alan4discussion :

Here's why I reject the alleged distinction between "Jewish culture" and "Jewish religion" as a false dichotomy: If you understand Jewish history (a.k.a. the history of the Jewish People / Nation of Israel, which is also part of the same big picture), you will see that we're talking not about a religion over here and a culture over there, but rather a religious culture.

Clearly you are right in regard to Orthodox Jewish groups or sects, where their religion and lifestyles are deeply intertwined, but there are atheist Jews who are simply culturally and socially Jewish. There is probably a range of positions in between. Christians also range from raving fundamentalists to token adherents.

What makes an "atheist Jew" a Jew? What element of Judaism is shared by all Jews that binds them together as Jews? Until the enlightenment, it was taken for granted that Torah and Mitzvos bound Jews together as one people. Once people start to give up the Torah way of life, what is it that keeps them within Judaism (I'm asking about definitions here)

Wed, 15 Aug 2012 15:23:51 UTC | #950826

Go to: Does Religion = Superstition? G-D Forbid!

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There are people living in the religious jewish community who are what is known as "ortho-prax" meaning they outwardly keep the commandments but really don't believe in God or Torah. They usually do this because they were religious and built lives/families and THEN came to doubt. They don't want to uproot their lives, with all the turmoil that would bring, so they just keep going on with the lifestyle.

Wed, 15 Aug 2012 14:57:27 UTC | #950823

Go to: Suffering

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My mother is in the end stage of AML (lukemia). We are facing this issue right now. I am grateful that she does not appear to be suffering too much. My parents are religious and an orthodox rabbi has been consulted. So far, I don't think the rabbi's influence has resulted in any different type of treatment than if he had not been consulted.

We clearly want our mother to have a good quality of life for whatever time she has left. We have been told that even under the teachings of Judaism, we don't have to take "heroic" measures. We can do whatever is necessary to make her comfortable without extending suffering.

Anyway, this is a sensitive issue, to say the least, because one is dealing with an extreme situation which puts people under great emotional strain. There are no easy answers and I hope others are spared what I and my family are going through.

Wed, 15 Aug 2012 14:52:33 UTC | #950821

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Why would you expect the Mars landing to compete with the Olympics or anything else, for that matter. The Mars landing is just a machine landing on a distant planet. How could that possibly be more exciting or entertaining that seeing what Venus or Serena Williams is wearing on court?

Mon, 06 Aug 2012 20:28:41 UTC | #950459

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