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  •  I have a great sense of humor (0+ / 0-)

    I literally have a PhD in irony.

    And I know about the Flying Spaghetti Monster, which at one level I think is hilarious.  Certainly a sublime way of exposing the shortcomings of teaching intelligent design.

    But at the time I made the above comment, I had I think four recs for a serious post in which I lamented the reality that folks around here are inclined to encourage (and recommend) anti-religious sentiment, whereas there were six recs for a satirical post about nobody knows the troubles of pastafarians.

    And this in the broader context of yet another diary in which posters are happy to stop in, declare the Bible a horrifying piece of work, and its Jewish/Muslim/Christian readers a delusional bunch.

    So I found less humor in that comment and its reccers, because I was making what for me is a very serious point:  That we have this wonderful community here -- a community of which I've been a member for more than a decade now.  And we share our time, our enthusiasms, our intelligence.  And it's a safe place for posters of every race, for gay/lesbian/transgender folks, for the old and the young.  It's very inclusive.  But there's a high likelihood that, if you're religious, you're going to be made to feel like a second-class citizen here fairly regularly.

    I wrote "case in point" because nobody responded to my comment saying, Gee, I'm sorry you feel that way!  Instead, it became yet another occasion for folks to laugh about the FSM.  And then for you to tell me to get a sense of humor.

    Binders full of fail!

    by deminva on Thu Nov 22, 2012 at 03:12:14 AM PST

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    •  To be perfectly clear, (2+ / 0-)
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      being a reader of the bible no more suggests that one is delusional than being a reader of Twilight does.

      If you find yourself hanging out after school looking for boys who sparkle, however, there may be some mockery in the offing.

      "the Agency continues to verify the non-diversion of declared material at these facilities and LOFs."

      by JesseCW on Thu Nov 22, 2012 at 04:44:58 AM PST

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      •  At least (0+ / 0-)

        You don't try to hide your anti-religious bigotry.

        Binders full of fail!

        by deminva on Thu Nov 22, 2012 at 05:20:29 AM PST

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        •  No more than I try to hide anti-geocentrist (0+ / 0-)

          "bigotry".

          People are free to believe any thing from stories about Xenu to stories about talking coyotes to stories about Yahweh.

          I'm free to laugh.

          "the Agency continues to verify the non-diversion of declared material at these facilities and LOFs."

          by JesseCW on Thu Nov 22, 2012 at 06:11:39 PM PST

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