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I love Facebook. If your attitude is one of condescension toward Facebook in general, move on there is nothing to see here. I love seeing pictures, quotes, odd stories, it is like being at a state fair.
But there are times when people get on my nerves. You can guess which ones. The flag waving, Bible toting, apple pie eating, sanctimonious conservatives who assume that their view of the world is universal.

I have only unfriended two people- angry, hateful, racist screeds. But on occasion I hide a post- even some from good friends. I am going to start posting those here, just so Kossacks can shake their fists at the sky.

I hate civil religion. I am a Christian. But the God I serve is international, multicultural. He would not be pleased to see America become a theocracy.

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  •  One of my recent favorites (8+ / 0-)

    was an acquaintance who first posted a long pro-gun rant and how we were all safer than people in other countries since we have access to firearms, and then immediately afterward posted a comment about how food dye was really dangerous and how the government should not let additives in our food.

    Now I'm not a big fan of food additives, but here in reality-land, looking at the number of deaths from each per year, it is pretty clear which of these things is actually more dangerous.

  •  State Fair or carival sideshow? (2+ / 0-)
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    Steven D, SchuyH

    "Remember, Republican economic policies quadrupled the debt before I took office and doubled it after I left. We simply can't afford to double-down on trickle-down." Bill Clinton

    by irate on Wed May 01, 2013 at 10:50:44 AM PDT

  •  Good one (3+ / 0-)

    I fully expect to see that at least once, possibly more, in my feed next time I log on. And it will likely be accompanied by the "share if you agree - and I know which friends do" type of urging/threat.

    “Texas is a so-called red state, but you’ve got 10 million Democrats here in Texas. And …, there are a whole lot of people here in Texas who need us, and who need us to fight for them.” President Obama

    by Catte Nappe on Wed May 01, 2013 at 11:08:07 AM PDT

  •  I had to attend a religious military funeral (3+ / 0-)
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    milkbone, SchuyH, mystique mist

    Oh - BTW - it wasn't a combat death - not that it should be different anyway - but just to put the proper context - It was actually my SO's father who had served in Vietnam and passed from natural causes.  

    Anyhow It was really hard for me because I really respected the departed and I do respect the people that join the military and to protect us.    I think that the problem is that the actual activities of the military as controlled do not achieve that goal but I think a lot of people enter with that goal as their foundation.

    But I digress.

    Sure, this was just a single preacher, a single funeral but I felt like the message was most likely pretty common in these things -

    American soldiers protecting us in the name of god and the dead soldiers arrive in heaven with a special "E-ticket" for having performed this task.

    As an Aetheist it made me queasy but I can imagine if I were a moderate Christian it might make me even a little bit more queasy but it was put out there as fact at this funeral and the "Amen"s were loud and clear.


    FYI - the bluedog thing is about my dog ... I'm a liberal left winger and proud of it.

    by bluedogsd on Wed May 01, 2013 at 11:12:41 AM PDT

  •  Well said.... (1+ / 0-)
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  •  I find myself deleting this stuff more and more. (3+ / 0-)

    It continues to amaze me how many of my "friends" on Facebook believe the right wing conspiracies about the"government" confiscating guns and the President being a "muslim socialist dictator."  I don't mind the Christianity stuff so much but I routinely "hide" gun stuff, and stuff that disrespectful of the President.  It's their right to say it and believe it, but i don't want to be painted with their paranoid crazy brush.  

  •  Where (1+ / 0-)
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    is the picture of Uncle Sam kneeling on a prayer rug for the National Day of Prayer?

  •  Who does stained glass of (2+ / 0-)
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    Box of Rain, SchuyH

    naked women's butts?

    I want to go to that church.

    Done with politics for the night? Have a nice glass of wine with Palate Press: The online wine magazine.

    by dhonig on Wed May 01, 2013 at 11:50:58 AM PDT

  •  Winsor McCay (3+ / 0-)
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    SchuyH, pragmaticidealist, vickijean

    Though I'm basically an atheist I rather like the illustration.  The art is by the great Winsor McCay, auteur of the seminal American comic strip Little Nemo and one of the fathers of animated film.

    I haven' my five minutes or so of Google searching...tracked down the original source of this particular image.

    Though I can assure you the text was all added later...much later.  It probably doesn't infringe on copyright since that likely long ago expired.

    It reminds me of the tale of Lincoln, was asked by a clergyman to pray that God be on the Union side.

    Lincoln's response: "I would rather pray that we are on God's side."

    The artwork itself is humble, almost plaintive.  Sam looks like a man praying for guidance...or perhaps giving thanks at the end of WW1?  Just a thought.

    His work frequently suggests a liberal sensibility and I doubt that McKay would have been pleased by it's hijacking for a jingoistic, self-righteous "national day of prayer."

    "I don't give them Hell. I just tell the truth about them and they think it's Hell."

    by Notthemayor on Wed May 01, 2013 at 12:37:37 PM PDT

  •  And a Happy Annuit Coeptis Too! (2+ / 0-)
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    The other day a Facebook friend posted a graphic about the inscription "In God We Trust" on the dollar bill and how it was put there not by our Founding Fathers but rather as a "Take That" to the Commies during the Cold War.  There followed some remarks in the comments about our National Motto and how "E Plurubs Unum" is a more lauditory one, etc.

    Then another mutual friend, A libertarian who likes throwing out these contrarian remarks on my friends posts -- I imagine he thinks he's playing Devil's Advocate to keep us Liberal Flakes honest, but he usually just comes off as a jerk -- posted this:

    What about the motto on the Great Seal of the USA (on back of one dollar bill)? Annuit Coeptis, which according to the State Department means "Annuit Coeptis (He [God] has favored our undertakings) "
    I suppose I should have responded, if I really felt I needed to, "What About It?"  Does he think that the Great Seal ought to be removed too? (He might; he's a cheerful Agnostic)  Does he think we're being hypocritical for objecting to the one monetary motto and not the other?  (Maybe, but then he should say so instead of just poking the discussion with a sharp stick and sitting back smugly like a troll).  Does he think we are impious for objecting to "In God We Trust"? (Doubtful; Religion is not one of his vices).

    For better or worse, this is how I did respond:

    (shrug) I wasn't aware of that one. Yes, it's a religious motto, but not as In Your Face as "In God We Trust"; It doesn't tell me what I'm supposed to do; ("WE trust in God! If you don't, then YOU'RE not one of us!!!"). It does not explicitly mention the Deity. And it has seniority, since the Great Seal really was designed in 1782 but "IGWT" wasn't ossified into our currency until much later. Perhaps strongest in it's favor, it's an appropriate motto because that's how America has always acted. We don't always in a neccessarily godly manner, but by damn sure we always believe that God is 100% behind everything we do. Like the old saying goes, "The Good Lord looks after Fools, Drunks and the United States of America." Hmm... maybe THAT should be our national motto...

    "All the World's a Stage and Everyone's a Critic." -- Mervyn Alquist

    by quarkstomper on Wed May 01, 2013 at 01:49:22 PM PDT

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