- Location: Montreal, Quebec
- Joined: February 2013
Well, I can see that cattle with no horns is "avoiding a grisly procedure in the dairy industry called “disbudding.” ' However, factory farming is very cruel to animals. So I agree with anon-a4e4, we should focus on lab grown meat, rather that on genetically changing farm animals.
There's no such thing as SIN. There are good actions and bad actions. There are lawful actions and unlawful actions. But no sin. Also, there are no gods, no angels, no demons no fairies, no goblins, no heaven and no hell. All those things were invented by humans , to control others.
So no, suicide is not a sin. It's extremely sad and totally tragic.
Santa Claus, Jesus, the gods, Harry Potter, they are all fictitious characters. Humans are very imaginative. There's only one true religion in the world: Consumer Capitalism. With over 7 billion people on the planet, we can't go back to growing our own food and raising chickens. We need consumerism. Christmas is a great festival of consumerism.
'The principal's ban also gave candy canes the ax. "Historically, the shape is a 'J' for Jesus," she wrote in her memo. 'The red is for the blood of Christ, and the white is a symbol of his resurrection. This would also include different colored candy canes."'
I think this poor woman grew up in a very strict religious home/community. Then something terrible happened to her. Maybe she was the victim of child sexual abuse, or something?
Candy canes are in the shape of a cane, a walking stick. For hundreds of years people walked around where there were no paved roads or sidewalks, so a walking stick was an everyday thing. That's all there is to it. It's not J for Jesus.
Christmas decorations and many traditions are Pagan in origin. I think it's great if people remember ancient Pagan traditions like decorating for the winter solstice. SOL INVICTUS, the unconquered sun.
William Dykeman, thinking is part of living. Because of thinking, which can lead to all kinds of things, we now know that the Earth is not flat. We now know about DNA molecules. We know that the stars are suns. Scientists are successfully learning to treat more and more cancer types.
Thinking led me to join Humanist Canada and Centre for Inquiry Canada and I met some great people.
No, that's not so, William Dykeman. Let's say gods and the afterlife do not exist.
Now we die. We will not know that we ever lived. I will not be able to say "See I was right - there's no afterlife, no gods" because I will have ceased to exist.
Yes, the Hoa Hakananai'a statue should be returned. Modern day art loans are a completely different thing from art that was taken away in Victorian times. Queen Victoria donated the statue to the London museum. But how did she get it? Presumably white explorers gave it to her. It was not their's to take.
An excellent quality replica could be displayed in London, in place of the original.
The background article is very long. However this is interesting '"..The Church wants to tread lightly and be skeptical” when examining possible cases of demonic possession, Lampert said,'
Also the article mentions that many of the 'possession' victims are sexual assault victims. I'm certain that these are cases of schizophrenia, or multiple personality disorder. In the case of the woman who calmed by bible verses, it's possible that she knew such verses from her childhood, and that calmed her, making her think of happier times.