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[#] Mon Sep 01 2014 06:02:12 EDT from the_mgt @ Uncensored

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There is no such thing as a fake religion.

[#] Mon Sep 01 2014 08:18:54 EDT from fleeb @ Uncensored

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In that they're all fake?

[#] Mon Sep 01 2014 15:44:14 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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There is no such thing as a fake religion.

Technically they're all fake except for one.

However, when people speak of "fake religion" what they usually seem to mean is "parody religion."

There are some religions which were established by those who were either truly enlightened or at least had a sincere belief that they were truly enlightened (Hindu, Buddhism, and the Judeo-Christian tradition, to name a few).

There are some which were manufactured with a specific intent to place into effect someone's agenda by making people think they were following a genuine religion (such as Islam, Scientology, and militant atheism).

Finally, there are some which were truly manufactured as a joke -- these are the ones I believe people are referring to when the term "fake religion" is being used. Examples are Subgenius and Discordianism. For the time being I'm going to leave out things like Pastafarianism and Invisible Pink Unicorn, because those were created with a specific agenda to make a mockery of other religions.

The only thing of which we can be certain is that Richard Dawkins does not exist.

[#] Mon Sep 01 2014 18:57:10 EDT from vince-q @ Cascade Lodge BBS

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It was said by Blaise Pascal that the only logical choice is to believe in the existence of God.

1. if you believe in God, then you die and find out that there is no God, you lost nothing (except for the 'minor inconveniences' imposed on your life by your particular religious belief system).
2. on the other hand, if you do NOT believe in God and die to find out that God does exist, you lost everything.

Therefore, belief in God is a no-loss choice. You give up 'minor inconveniences' during life for possible eternal happiness.

In Philosophy (and some areas of Mathematics, which some consider so akin to Philosophy as to border on Magick), this is known as Pascal's Wager.

So endeth the Lesson.

[#] Mon Sep 01 2014 22:09:02 EDT from Sig @ Uncensored

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So endeth the Lesson.

So long as the God that exists is compatible with the one you believe in.

[#] Mon Sep 01 2014 23:27:04 EDT from vince-q @ Uncensored

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So long as the God that exists is compatible with the one you believe


To quote Connor McLeod, "There can be only One!"

[#] Tue Sep 02 2014 00:13:41 EDT from ax25 @ Uncensored

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I have started re-watching Barney Miller.  They play it here on a network called MeTV over the air for free.  I program out the religious low power TV stations as they have bad audio for the most part :-)

[#] Tue Sep 02 2014 08:39:01 EDT from fleeb @ Uncensored

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Discordianism. For the time being I'm going to leave out things like

Pastafarianism and Invisible Pink Unicorn, because those were created

with a specific agenda to make a mockery of other religions.

Hm... yes and no.

There's a bit of mockery, to be sure, but that wasn't the specific agenda for Pastafarianism. Pastafarianism, from what I've read, seeks to show logical fallacies inherent in certain beliefs by presenting equivalent notions that are obviously absurd. That is, in Pastafarianism, what they purport to believe is logically equivalent to what certain other religions believe, but with different words to help expose the logical fallacies.

That said, most people don't like having that kind of thing directed towards something in which they hold strong beliefs.

[#] Tue Sep 02 2014 09:10:42 EDT from vince-q @ Uncensored

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And just think. For all these years I thought *astafarianism was nothing more than a (not so) thinly disguised excuse to smoke weed....

[#] Tue Sep 02 2014 14:15:43 EDT from the_mgt @ Uncensored

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Where there is a believer or a denouncer, there is a religion. Saying "this religions is fake/a parody" still shows you are concerned enough with the topic to feel threatened/disturbed/whatever and you can't take a joke. "Death to the king" still talks about the king and therefore recognizes him as king.

The problem with Pascal's wager is, that you might actually believe in the wrong god. I know that christians tend to think there is only one (well, this god is a trinity and then there is this devil guy), but what if it is actually Yog Sothoth and you believed in JHVH all your live?

It might actually be even worse, Hell Law states, that Hell only exists for those who believe in it. Furthermore, the lowest rungs in hell are reserved for those who only believed in Hell out of fear of going there, if they did not believe in it.

Thus spoke the mgt!

[#] Tue Sep 02 2014 14:47:42 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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I don't accept Pascal's wager because I'm a C programmer.

I believe in God because it's pretty darn obvious that He exists.

[#] Thu Sep 11 2014 10:18:24 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Rosie Hitler O'Donnell is returning to "The View"

I think every non-insane person can agree that the studio of this show, during a taping, would be an ideal target for terrorists to obliterate today.

[#] Thu Sep 11 2014 10:19:16 EDT from fleeb @ Uncensored

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I love the irony of people considering her the 'Queen of Nice'.

That just makes me smile inside.

[#] Sat Sep 13 2014 18:13:38 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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The accounts I have heard from a couple of people who met her in person are that she is anything *but* "nice"

And now that "Teh View" has her on, the six-pack of bossy bitches is complete.
The only thing that would put it over the top is if they added Sheryl Sandberg herself.

The only way I'd watch is if I was guaranteed that I'd get to see Sarah Palin beat the crap out of all six of them.

[#] Sun Sep 14 2014 13:27:45 EDT from fleeb @ Uncensored

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I'd watch to see them eat each other with marmalade.

[#] Mon Sep 15 2014 00:19:46 EDT from ax25 @ Uncensored

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Would not watch.

[#] Mon Sep 29 2014 15:19:47 EDT from fleeb @ Uncensored

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Oh, huh... another Simpsons character died recently.

I remember when they killed off Ned Flander's wife. I saw no mention of that in the article I read on the topic.

[#] Tue Sep 30 2014 14:21:19 EDT from Shazam @ Uncensored

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Oh did that air already? My kids were talking about it, trying to guess who would die. I guess I'll be hearing more about it from them today, then.
I'm going through the latest season of Family Guy, as far as I got, it looks like they permanently killed a character too. A way to boost ratings, I guess.

[#] Tue Sep 30 2014 16:12:23 EDT from fleeb @ Uncensored

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The character was Jewish.

The Family Guy did not permanently kill off one of their characters. They brought him back with a time machine.

The Simpsons is unique in permanently killing off characters and not in any way bringing them back.

Then there's South Park's Kenny. Heh.

[#] Tue Sep 30 2014 18:12:52 EDT from Shazam @ Uncensored

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Ah, I just saw the episode that they brought him back.
Star Trek, TNG permanently killed a woman in the first or second season who was one of the regulars, so I wouldn't say unique as such, but of course it is rarely done.

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