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View Diary: "Clash over Christmas"? Or "Clash in Fallujah"? (127 comments)

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  •  This stuff seems to be flaring up a lot this year. (none)
    A friend of mine works at a psychiatric rehabilitation center where they do a bunch of holiday events for their clients.  She's been having big struggles with other staffers who have insisted on extremely Christian (in fact, charismatic Christian) prayers and music.  She gave them some examples of non-denominational blessings they could use and they agreed that those had nice things to say but completely refused, and had prayers that invoked the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, and they not only sang Christmas carols but played non-seasonal hymns, and so on.  And they basically complained to her supervisor that she was being difficult for wanting to avoid explicit Christianity (she's Christian herself).  
    •  I think it is all (none)
      about fear, and retreat into comforting mythology and soothing group dynamics as a means to avoid scary, painful, sad reality...and to avoid taking direct responsibility for actions, for votes, and for support of blatantly stupid and inhuman leaders.

      Rather than face up and fess up, people are retreating into their psychological bunkers.

      The only way to ensure a free press is to own one

      by RedDan on Thu Dec 23, 2004 at 10:35:11 PM PST

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    •  it's all about intolerance (none)
      and being totally, absolutely, sure that you're right and every body else is wrong. That everybody else is going to hell, so their opinion doesn't count anyway.

      My opinion is that when they die they're all going to be met by Jesus, Moses, Abraham, Buddha, Mohammed, and the Great Spirit, and ALL of them have to agree to let them into heaven.

      And some people will have offended ALL of them.

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