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Old August 22nd, 2010, 03:30 AM   #1
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Default Greetings!

Hi all. I was quite delighted to find this place, first by its humorous uptake, and then even moreso upon the realization that this is the first step towards something bigger, despite it being done jokingly!

To me CoG represents that encouragement that people actually start confronting themselves to their hypocrisy and a greater revealing of the intolerances of the faux-religious practices out there.
Let me elaborate..
Many people that claim themselves to a religion or another, are just those that are easily manipulated by simple word of mouth, don't actually know what is in their holy book of choice (to understand the Bible for example, takes knowledge of archaic literary style, adeptness at etymology, and knowledge of what potentially could be warped through translation between specific languages. Case in point, it takes years of hard study and research to make the claim you know whats in the book and what it is about and yet many will just wave it around as a free pass to be dipshits), and are oblivious to the fact that they are intolorant when they get suckered into participating in pushy evangelism.

Whereas someone that truly adheres to a belief, will realize it is just a belief, and what is more important than that belief is the moral aspects of related teachings. They're entitled to keep their practices alive, because those rituals and customs are usually part of a culture. Unfortunately their methods of teaching seem to be inherently flawed as many seem to pick up the message that their religion is ultimate truth and will fight their heart out for conformity rather than love.

Heres a personal experience of mine. A mormon (I not once ever made it my business) coworker/friend of mine had once invited me over to hang out, play some video games or something. It was a bait and switch. He also invited 2 of his church compatriots to come and "save my soul."
In their excitement and haste to do such a thing, they neglected to offer me a simple courtesy as a human being, which is to ask, "Would you be interested in hearing or talking about why we believe that you should take serious consideration into joining our faith?"
In which I would have responded, "No, I would not." and saved everybody their time.
This is how I figured out that what they were doing was intolerance even if it was unbeknownst by them.
I didn't say much of anything while they made on with what they rehearsed, just let them do what they were gonna do, which was try to entice me with what they are fools for and read passages to me that held some sort of "profound" meaning that they assumed that I was not already aware of. Having seen the best counterarguments to this sort of thing be nullified by the "la-la-la I'm not listening" technique, I already knew I wouldnt nearly make it close to undo-ing their brainwashing. I had to let them down, and this coworker lost all respect from me from then on.

I happen to be agnostic (which doesn't prevent me from also being a Googlist!) but I am one that cares about these issues since the world is not "right" because of them, even if all im justified in saying what is "right" is that we be consistent with whatever nonsense that is popular. Because when the majority of the world holds morals in high regard, and yet at the same time are immoral, that constitutes a high amount of hypocrisy, one of the natural enemies of sanity.

I hope that those of you here feel somewhat similarly, but even if not, I think I would enjoy company of this community anyhow!
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Old August 22nd, 2010, 04:09 AM   #2
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greetings and welcome to the COG,
i am agnostic myself and have no problem being a googlist either.

great intro post!!
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Old August 22nd, 2010, 04:17 AM   #3
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welcome, glad to see you here.

I myself am an atheist, but I dont force that on others and am fine with your inability to make a choice. :) Dont read to deep into that, i like to make fun.
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Old August 22nd, 2010, 05:08 AM   #4
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Awesome and thank you!

Don't worry, even though I haven't decided to have a sense of humor or not, your comment is acceptable to me :)
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Old August 22nd, 2010, 09:36 PM   #5
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welcome to the CoG
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