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I agree and I've got eleven years on ya'!
I got kicked out of my job as Church Education Director for teaching almost EXACTLY this same story. I had been elected CED of a conservative, small town, Lutheran Church because of my bible knowledge. I told my 'tween-agers' 10 - 12 (and all the older kids who snuck into my classes instead of listening to the dried up old bats in the other, older classes this story of courage and devotion to God in just this 'gettin' down and dirty' style. I saw enthusiasm, hope, energy and all the same things that Giles' story has. I got called up by the committee of elders and the old bats who kept losing their audiences to me for, of all things, HERESY! I even made the minister's sermon the next week as an example of disruptive teaching that had certainly got the attention of the pearl-clutchers, both male and female in that congregation. I did what David did (and didn't do) I didn't rail or complain, I just gathered up my marbles and my sling, so to speak, and left the congregation. My spouse stayed. I left. Their view of religion was just about as stimulating as a big ol' bowl of 'graveyard toast', a ghastly concoction of dry toast, warm milk and salt and pepper.
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2015 in Review...in Advance

meerbock Wrote: Jan 01, 2015 2:19 PM
Interesting! I've used the cat expression many times in many circumstances but never heard it qualified it by specifying that the cat be dead. A live cat is much more interesting to swing.
It is simply amazing to me to read the comments of all these 'Christians' have written to this article. Has the Taliban or ISIS set up a new branch among the Xian fundamentalist community? "Does Leelah float?" "Yes!" Burn him! He's a witch!" "Crazy!" "Dripping sinfulness and exuding EEEEEVILL!" These are the same 'loving, xian parents who kill their children more directly by refusing medical treatment because 'God will heal all, if we just believe enough. Luckily, the courts frown on that sort of thing, and these parents will apparently escape culpability for their similar actions. All of you need to bear in mind that God, who knows all, will decide if your 'righteousness' served Him or just you yourself.
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Obama Kills Day 9 on Golf Course

meerbock Wrote: Dec 29, 2014 9:43 PM
Yup. No question. Kindling a race war to justify martial law doesn't seem to be working out for the regime. Possibly because they have got American attitudes totally wrong again?
I don't think the union philosophy, setting employees against employers with a 'Let's you and him fight' methodology is a business method that does anything but enrich the union hierarchy and poison the well for ALL labor/management relations.
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Comrades Get to Torture Ransom

meerbock Wrote: Dec 27, 2014 10:01 PM
Good Lord! Mine is the 16th! Is it Astrologically possible that I might have been a union drone and brainless liberal ideologue? I must have had aspects that negated all of that. . . . for which I am and will remain eternally grateful.
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Dear GOP: Show, Don't Tell

meerbock Wrote: Dec 27, 2014 9:13 PM
He has to. He works for NRO and they are firmly and unabashedly in the GOP Establishment mainstream ideologically, editorially and most importantly, philosophically. National Review is no longer a Conservative magazine. Hasn't been for years. Just about as squishy as George Will.
The internets are in sore need of a sarcasm font. Your disclaimer at the end (mostly for those readers in Rio Linda) kind of spoil the effect.
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Assassinations? Blame Obama and Holder

meerbock Wrote: Dec 23, 2014 7:53 PM
Even my little Dremel tool won't spin that fast.
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