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MTV Request for Input [28 Apr 2009|08:35am]

Hello religion. As the maintainer of this community, I was recently contacted by the program "MTV True Life" regarding gathering information about young people who are at odds with their parents' religions. There may be some opportunity here for you to get on the show (which I must admit I've never seen) if you are interested and have a good story re: religious conflict in your family.

Here is the info, for any who are interested:


We are interested in finding young people who have decided to convert to
another religion than what they were raised. Normally, when we post on
message boards people think we are spam and don't take us seriously. I
was wondering if you would be willing to spread the post on your board.

We are looking for young people, 16-25, who are at odds with their
parents over the topic of religion. Ideally we are looking for someone
in the process of converting to any religion, and their parents don't

Our main goal of the show is to have resolution between them and their
parents, and parents must be willing to participate with the show. If
someone is interested or want to know more about it, they can email
Parents@mtvnmix.com. They should include their name, age, location,
recent photo, and phone number to contact them.

Thank you again, and feel free to contact me with any questions or
concerns. You can learn more about the True Life series at


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Prayer [11 Dec 2008|12:04pm]

I've been thinking about this word. I'm wondering how you all define it? What does it mean to you?

I look forward to reading your responses.

Thank you.

x-posted to freetobelieve
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an amazing book i need to recommend - Ace of Spades by David Matthews [12 Apr 2009|06:45pm]

this is my first posting. hello! my name is sarah, and i'm half black half jewish. my mother is jewish.

A friend of mine recommended a book called 'Ace of Spades' by David Matthews (you can find it here: http://tr.im/iGsu), and I love it so much. I'm half way through it and I can't believe how great this book is. It's so funny and personable. There are moments where I have to put the book down and just burst out laughing. But wow, is it well written! David Matthews is poetic with his words. Truly astounding.

Here's a brief description from The New Yorker:
The son of a Zionist white mother and a Malcolm X-admiring black father, Matthews, in this memoir, is a boy without a race in a city, Baltimore, that requires him to choose one. The story of racial pinball is not entirely unfamiliar: the black kids reject him as too light-skinned, the whites as too broad-nosed. But Matthews displays improvisational verve—blacks are "burnished" and "browned butter," and whites are anything from "alabaster" to "a puffy marshmallow in Baltimore’s steaming cup of cocoa"—and narrates with the vigor of a movie script. Indeed, it is on television that, as a child, he finds the clarity he yearns for. "I was a living contradiction of elements that shouldn’t have been," he writes at one point, whereas on TV "everything was black, or white, and a lot like life."

Really, i can't recommend this book more! I love it! Have you read it?

here's the author, david matthews:
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Real Vampires On FOX News' Hannity's America - Video (Religious Tie-In) [08 Dec 2008|02:01am]

FOX News Channel's Hannity's America (Beyond Belief) segment from December 7, 2008 on real vampires with Michelle Belanger & Anshar Seraphim is available for viewing either on YouTube or at the link below in a single-page format.

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Operation Holiday Card [02 Nov 2008|02:29pm]


Operation Holiday Card is up and running again this year!  This is a wonderful program that distributes Christmas, Hanukkah, and holiday cards with short personal messages to troops deployed overseas during the holiday season.  This program was a huge success last year collecting over 16,000 cards.

            I am asking people to write a note to an unknown service member inside your card, seal it, and send it to the address below.  Cards can be for Christmas, Hanukkah (please write this on the back of your envelope), or general Season’s Greetings.  Your words of support mean so much to these men and women.  Remember each card you send is another service member touched.   

            This program works because individuals take this initiative to spread the word and collect cards with in their lives.  Please pass the word about this project to everyone you know.  Feel free to post it in your journals, other communities, promote it in your workplace, or your place of worship.  One woman from my church last year collected 200 cards in her workplace. How many cards can you collect?  Cards can be sent to:


Operation Holiday Card
226 Albany Ave  

Shreveport, LA 71105


            This year’s deadline will be Dec. 3, all cards must be received in Louisiana by that time.  The cards will need plenty of time to get overseas.  I thank you for your support of this wonderful project.  There is so much support for our troops as they spend the holidays away from their families.

            Please look at our new website http://sites.google.com/site/operationholidaycard/Home for more information.  If you have any questions please feel free to e-mail me at operationholidaycard@gmail.com


Thank you and God Bless you,

Operation Holiday Card


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I guess the Ten Commandments weren't the only things that were stoned. [06 Mar 2008|09:55am]

[ mood | amused ]

Was Moses high on psychedelic drugs?

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[30 Jan 2008|11:13pm]

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[21 Dec 2007|02:33pm]

Is God a Taoist?
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Atheist Michael Newdow PWNs Fox News' Neil Cavuto over Mike Huckabee "Floating Cross" Ad? [20 Dec 2007|09:26am]

(crossposted to liberal)

As nice as it was to see Fox News host Neil Cavuto even question the recent political ad from Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee in which the image of a cross floats behind the head of the former Baptist Minister as he talks about Jesus, I quickly found it was all just an opportunity to invite on atheist Michael Newdow and strawman Newdow's arguments as you can see in my latest 3 minute 9 second YouTube video at:

Atheist Newdow PWNs Fox News' Cavuto over Huckabee Cross Ad?

After showing the clips and my analysis, I ask:

Am I right that atheist Michael Newdow PWNed Fox News' Neil Cavuto by presenting an argument Cavuto repeatedly could not address?

And, on the bigger question:

Was Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee wrong to use a cross and the name of Jesus for political purposes as he did in that recent political ad?

As always, I appreciate all feedback :-)
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divinities [20 Dec 2007|10:02am]

Ludwig Feuerbach said, "God is man writ large." If your religion's God(s) was/were a man, how would you breifly characterize him/them?

Also, as a feminist has taken specific note of the gender in "God is man writ large," I find it interesting that the Greeks and Norse pagans have fate in the hands of women (the Moirai and Norns respectively). What do you make of this?
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Operation Holiday Card Complete!!!! [14 Dec 2007|03:38pm]


Dear Friends,

Operation Holiday cards was an amazing success this year. Last year we collected 1,500 cards and set a goal of 2,000 cards for this year. This year we collected over 16,000 cards! We were drowning in cards, but it was wonderful! The cards were sent to Balad Air Base in Baghdad on Monday and Tuesday. It took 16 boxes. Thank you for helping to make Operation Holiday Card such a huge success.



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Gnosticism- Gnostic Radio [12 Dec 2007|08:54am]

If you are like me and enjoy listening to audio a times as well as reading.. You might enjoy these too. I found a website called Gnostic Radio.

Some of my favorites..Collapse )
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Off The Island. [30 Nov 2007|03:41pm]

owl_clan has been removed from this community.

I am exceedingly tolerant of most absurdity, but that had gone on long enough.

For the time being, posts to religion will need to be approved by the moderator before being posted. I will require only that they are on-topic to the stated goals in this community's profile. Feel free to object to this policy in the comments.
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Important Survey That Should Be Completed... In Case You Overlooked Before [23 Nov 2007|04:32pm]

How many of you have started the survey(s), not finished them, or had stopped because of the deadline?  Please realize that even though many questions indeed relate to vampirism and/or energy work or Not Applicable your responses from a demographic,  religious/spiritual/magick/belief, energy manipulation, paranormal experience, etc. perspective are VERY important.

In the last week alone we have received several surveys despite the deadline being Oct. 31st.  We have no intention of changing this deadline but if for some reason you have not completed the surveys (at least the VEWRS - part 1) and wish to submit them please do so as soon as you can.  We can't keep tacking on surveys once we start back entering data so please get your surveys into us ASAP!

Download VEWRS & AVEWRS Surveys At:  http://www.suscitatio.com

Submit Completed Surveys At:  response@suscitatio.com

These surveys are applicable in part or whole to all those who identify with energy work or manipulation, vampirism (psychic/sanguine), psionics, otherkin, therianthropy, awakenings, etc. - please take the time to complete at least the VEWRS and submit to us ASAP!
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Operation Holiday Card Update [20 Nov 2007|12:32pm]


Dear Friends,


Operation Holiday Card is well under way.  With two weeks left in the collection I have collected 586 cards.  This number may seem small but I know of many people who are planning on sending in cards in the next two weeks.  Holiday cards have been coming in from all over the country; from schools, workplaces, scout troops, and individuals.  What a wonderful “Thank You” to the troops overseas.


As I celebrate Thanksgiving on Thursday, I am thankful that my family is together this year.  There are so many families separated by deployments this time of year.  What a better way to say Thank You than to sign a box of Holiday cards as a family after your meal.  Could your family sign a box of cards?  Multiple cards can be sent together in a larger envelope to save postage.  Please send your cards to:


Operation Holiday Card
6658 Youree Dr   Suite 180

Shreveport, LA


Please remember the cards must be RECEIVED in Louisiana by Dec. 5, so they can make it to Baghdad in time for Christmas.


Thank you for your support of the troops!

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Human and Spirit Ecology [19 Nov 2007|12:36am]


Human and Spirit Ecology:
Shamanic Cognition and a Movement Towards a Broader Vision of the Sacred System of Life

Copyright © 2007 by Robin Artisson


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Alcohol, Baptists, and Cana, oh my! [13 Nov 2007|07:22am]

While researching the reasons why my Baptist coworker isn't allowed to drink alcohol, I stumbled upon the concept of two wines in the Baptist faith: one being newly crushed, and thus unfermented, and one being the alcoholic kind we sell in stores today. I went back, trying to apply the concept of this unfermented wine to older stories. For the most part, it worked. But eventually, I came upon an impasse: the Wedding at Cana. The 'punchline', as it were, is that one typically serves the good wine first, so that once people are nice and buzzed (and thus their tastebuds are slightly less discerning) you give them the lesser wine, and they're less likely to notice. This concept doesn't fly with non-alcoholic wine, as it's the alcohol that allows for the lesser wine to be served second.

This would mean (as far as I can tell) that both Jesus and Mary were involved in alcoholic wine, if not to the point of full intoxication, then at least to a point beyond refreshment. And there were no moral warnings against intoxication here, so obviously this part didn't disturb them.

How can I stay in the Baptist mindset and make this grok? I'm having difficulty, and hoping you guys can help me.
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Long Feast of the Einherjar: Long Live the Fighters! [12 Nov 2007|05:29pm]


Here's a little article I wrote about honoring our heroes, and the fighters of the modern day, in keeping with the spirit of our Einherjar feast, held this time of year by most Asatru groups.


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Three Questions [11 Nov 2007|03:44pm]

Please answer the questions as honestly as possible:

Milbert, a 49 years old unmarried man, was shopping one day; however, while paying the cashier, he seemed to go crazy and killed the cashier -- a mother of two young children. Milbert was soon after arrested. Before trial, Milbert was given a brain scan and it was discovered that he had a tumour on his amygdala. One week later, Milbert was given brain surgery and the tumour was removed. After Milbert recovered from the surgery, he was put on trial. Several doctors testified that Milbert would be unlikely to lose control now that the tumour was removed; however, the judge still sentenced Milbert to a long jail term. Was the judge correct? Why or why not?

Dr. Froop is a 38 year old research scientist. He was working on a formula to cure cancer, and he was sure he found the answer. He only had to do a small amount of research; however, the company that was funding his project cut him off for a different project to create a new bubblegum cola. Dr. Froop was positive that with just a bit more research he could provide the world with the cure for cancer. Dr. Froop decided to forge some data and release the project to scientific journals in the hope that he would be able to gain new funding and then prove his theory correct. Unfortunately, his forged data was discovered, and he was fired from his job and arrested for fraud. Other scientists are still unsure if his theory is correct or not. Should Dr. Froop have forged the data? Why or why not?

Karl has decided that he wants to sacrifice himself to help the human race. He has heard that a few scientific studies are being held back due to the unethical nature of performing on human subjects. Karl seeks out and finds Dr. Eve Eel, a prestigious researcher, and requests that she conduct experiments on him that normally would not be conducted on others. At first, Dr. Eve Eel is hesitant and suspects that something may be psychologically wrong with Karl; however, after many psychological examinations it is determined that there is nothing abnormal with him. Karl gives his signed consent for the experiments after the doctor makes the study as transparent to as possible and provides him with all necessary information. If the experiments are conducted, Dr. Eve Eel may cause Karl to suffer through pain and perhaps even death while also risking her own imprisonment. Given that Karl consents, the experiments are conducted in an ethical manner, and that the studies may benefit the human race should Dr. Eve Eel proceed?
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Operation Holiday Card [01 Nov 2007|09:18am]


Dear Friends,


            Believe it or not the Holiday season is upon us.  With Halloween over the stores are filled with Christmas decorations.  Last year with my husband deployed in Kuwait I started Operation Holiday Card to collect Christmas, Hanukkah, and holiday cards for troops overseas during this season.  It was huge success last year.  I started the project with a goal of collecting 200 cards to send to one base in Kuwait.  The response was amazing.  When the collection was over I had over 1500 cards sent to Ali Al Salem Air Base in Kuwait and Balad Air Base in Baghdad, Iraq.  The cards were passed out to the troops at dinner on Christmas Day.  As each person signed in at the mess hall they were handed a Holiday card.  The cards were read, passed around the tables among friends, and many were eventually hung on the wall for all to see.

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