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#1100564
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Going away? Post so here!
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You haven’t seen much of me in the past year or so as it is, though I have been lurking every so often recently, but you’ll see even less of me in the next year. I’ll be going into the seminary, which includes a year-long media fast at the beginning (i.e. no computer, TV, phone, etc.).

I’ve still got a week before that happens, so maybe I’ll be able to hang out here a bit more in the meantime. Hopefully this place doesn’t go to pot again in my absence, and hopefully I’ll be back (maybe with new and exciting threads about religion and philosophy!).

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#1094799
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Religion
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TV’s Frink said:

darth_ender said:

TV’s Frink said:

Those are my only choices?

I suppose you can also choose aye, affirmative, yes, concur, negative, no, and “Suck it up, buttercup.”

Can I choose “My little buttercup has the sweetest smile”?

Only if it’s true and you’re not imposing that belief on anybody.

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#1094798
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Religion
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darth_ender said:

Well put and I agree, my friend.

That’s boring, how am I supposed to argue with people if no one disagrees with me? 😉

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#1094743
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Religion
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darth_ender said:

Separation of Church of State: what does it mean?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Separation_of_church_and_state#Friendly_and_hostile_separation

Ooh, I can’t resist giving my two cents here…

Freedom of worship is not equivalent to freedom of religion, despite the opinion of many non-religious or nominally religious people. Therefore, I firmly believe that politicians must be allowed to let their religous beliefs influence their policies, since for them, it is no different than a non-religious person allowing their political beliefs to affect their decisions.

So I think a Catholic politician, assuming they are actually Catholic (i.e. believe everything the Church teaches), would be obliged to oppose abortion, regardless of what the majority felt was right within their constituency. It would be wrong for such a politician to promise that he would vote to maintain the status quo (which in Canada is 0 laws restricting abortion). On the other hand, such a politician would be wrong to vote to impose aspects of Catholicism on the general population that are only required of Catholics, such as abstaining from work on Sunday (and these two categories sort of blend into each other, so there’s definitely a grey area).

I also think those working in any public institution, whether they be a teacher, a senator, or a civil servant, should be free to express their religious beliefs openly and freely, provided they do not actually impose such beliefs on others. The idea that religion is a private affair that ought to be left at home when one goes to work is absurd, in my opinion, and preventing people from bringing their religion into the public sphere is a violation of their religious rights, as far as I am concerned.

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#1092291
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Random Thoughts
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Mark’s Down On Your Syntax said:

Not to ignore what everyone else was commenting on but I just read some earlier posts. My heart goes out to you both, Ric and Ray. I’ve been there, I know how it feels.

Thank you. I’ve tried to think about it as positively as I can, and that helps a lot. I got to spend time with her and say goodbye to her right before I left on holidays, and we were at a very positive point in our relationship. I made a real effort to spend time with friends this year, so I was able to get to know her, and be with her about as much as I could have. If I hadn’t made that a priority, I would be feeling a lot of regret, and that would have made this that much harder to deal with.

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#1092290
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The Place to Go for Emotional Support
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Thank you Bingowings. I never thought someone so close to me would die at this age. There have always been people I know who have gone through these things, but it never really seems like it could happen to you until it does.

I keep thinking about her dreams and aspirations; how they will never come to fruition now. She was always so happy, it’s so hard to think that she can’t share her joy with the world anymore.

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#1092219
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The Place to Go for Emotional Support
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I appreciate it.

The shock has worn off now, but I don’t think the reality of it has fully sunk in yet. I’m on the other side of the country, so I guess it still feels sort of distant and not entirely real.

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#1092098
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Random Thoughts
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ray_afraid said:

A year ago today my best friend passed away. Today I’m focusing on all the great times we had. I’m lucky to have had such a good, close friend like him. For 16 years we were each others sidekick and hero. We were never shy about saying we loved one another (or shouting it across a crowded bar), and I’m very glad for that.
This is for my friend, Travis:
Madness- One Step Beyond

I feel you man. I just lost a close friend yesterday. Not my best friend, and I only got to know her really well over the past year and a bit, but damn it hurts. I’ve been spending a lot of time thinking about the good times we had in my last year of high school. It’s hard to think that there won’t be any more.

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#1092047
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The Place to Go for Emotional Support
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Thank you. Pray for her family too. I can’t imagine how painful it must be for her parents to lose their youngest child; to not have been with her in her final moments.

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#1092033
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The Place to Go for Emotional Support
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I know I haven’t been here much lately, but I need whatever emotional support I can get right now. A close friend of mine passed away very suddenly yesterday afternoon. They suspect it was an aneurysm, or maybe even a heart attack of some sort. She was an amazing person with such a beautiful personality…I really connected with her, especially in the past few months. She was selfless, always putting others before herself, and nearly always cheerful and positive. Nobody ever saw this coming. She was too young to die–we were born on the same day.

This is the first time I’ve lost someone close to me. I’m not quite sure how to handle it emotionally. I’m just grateful that I was able to spend meaninful time with her the evening before I left to go on holidays.

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