"As I said
below, I quit being a Christian. I'm out. In the name of Christ, I refuse to be
anti-gay. I refuse to be anti-feminist. I refuse to be anti-artificial birth
control. I refuse to be anti-Democrat. I refuse to be anti-secular humanism. I
refuse to be anti-science. I refuse to be anti-life. In the name of Christ, I
quit Christianity and being Christian. Amen."
committed to Christ as always but not to being 'Christian' or to being part of
Christianity. It's simply impossible for me to 'belong' to this quarrelsome,
hostile, disputatious, and deservedly infamous group. For ten years, I've
tried. I've failed. I'm an outsider. My conscience will allow nothing else."
"...I was saying, look, when you see the persecution of gay people by the
Mormon Church or the Catholic Church, I'm not a part of this. When you see the oppression of women, I'm not part of it"
She's part of movement. People have always drifted quietly out of the Catholic Church, or as my lapsed-Catholic friend describes it, "a church of three billion lapsed members." But now Catholics are beginning to feel, like some postMormons, that leaving isn't enough -- they need to speak out about the injustice.
And good for them in general and Anne Rice in particular.
I've come to pretty much the same conclusion about religion and the hate / control / abuse of trust too. I believe every day more thoughtful people will begin to question their support for these so-called faiths that discriminate and demean gays at every opportunity.
"Life is not about waiting for the storms to pass...it's about learning how to dance in the rain!"
Life is far to short to even take others disparaging views into account in any part of the ledger of your life. If you remain angry at the LSD Church, then they are, to a degree, still in control! You are still responding to them. IMHO, step away from the source of your anger It is not about getting them back for being the bastards they are, but about you getting on with your life and being a productive individual. If you spend all day being mad, angry, controlled or even taking them into account in any way, they are still in control. Step away from the Mormon dead body. Stop smelling it, stop seeing it, and realize that you are a free person. Why and hw are you free, you are because you damned well said so.
People will grouse about the Mormon Controll Issue, then put their head down and do as they are told, go to do all that they are told to do, then gripe. If you are free as you want to be, then, go be free. If you still have those little strings controlling your arms and legs telling you where to go and what to do they are there only because YOU listen to them and do as they demand. You think they are strings from above, look a little further in the real world and you will see that a person is controlling them. You are not a puppet, be free kick guilt and other control issues out the window.
There is such mental control that people will look at the coffee / tea aisle in the store and snear. How damned stupid is that!!
Live your life, do the best that you can do in all things. Why so? Because you define yourself as a good person as you are and where you are. You are not a bad person because you skipped Sacrament. That is a controll thing from the Organisation. You will find that the further you move away from the source of the mind controll the better you life will be! :) Less guilt, less issues with the basics of life, less junk!
Recognize your greatness! It is a part of you and your goodness. :) And write the letter to quit the LDS Church. Mail it! :) I did and my life has never been better.
Brilliant post Don...re the mind control, I haven't been to church since Jan 2009 and yet I still feel self conscious just buying de-alcoholised wine in my local supermarket, because of which LDS folks might see it and question my 'appearance of evil'! I did bump into one last week, with my trolley full of cola and de-alc wine etc. You can't imagine how awkward I felt!
These are the same people that need to master the Holy and Sacred art of minding their own damned business. I am extremely independent. When people have the power, and damned strangers, to cause you to change your life, there is a problem/ You do not know what they think. They might be vegetaians and are sneering at the ground beef. :) hahahaha. People within the LDS Church have a very serious problem that I love to straignten out, only if it involves me tho. One time in visiting an old comp in beautiful Provo, I was buying a box of Lipton Tea. The lady in front of me commented on the joy og not drinking tea, smiled and acted as if I was supposed to feel honored and blessed. My response was, "Is it close to the joy that comes from minding your own damned business". Her face turned red and she was embarrassed that someone put her in her place. Don' get me wrong. I am a humble man. I love everybody, truly I do. But there is a certain nosey ass style of person that will hoist themself on the cross and nail their own hands into the wood. I have no problem in ripping their ass down if they start to bother and get professorial at me.
You have made it many years without them blessing you with their self serving advice. You did not know them 2 minutes ago and you do not know their name now truth be known. Ignore them at first. If they keep it up, put them in their place in the same fashion they are trying to put you in where they imagine you.
Buy tea, if you want to, by beer, buy wine, do as you choose as a mature adult. People only have the power you give them. Again, ...people only have the power you give them.
I am enjoying Lipton tea right this instant, and loving it! God bless ya for being your best self, and not controlled. Dominus vobiscum, et cum spiritu tuo! (joke :) hahahaha
I drink about a gallon of water, coffee and tea a day. Being "biadetic" I have to drink it un-sweet, but truly do love it and it increases the quality of my life.
Now, to the reason I am here...howdo you do these outstanding emotocons and where di I go to use them. I enjoy them. :)
whenever I receive an email from someone with an emoticon or a "picture" I like - I save it to "My Pictures" and when I want to use it here I just go to the "add an image" above here and download. As simple as that.... If I can help further don't hesitate to ask -ok?