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Old 02-24-2012, 03:20 PM
 
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Old 02-25-2012, 04:25 PM
 
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In starting this thread, I hoped that people would comment on their own reactions to all the god stuff and "going home" talk. I do believe a lot of the people at the service genuinely believe this stuff, and I wonder how atheists/agnostics felt, hearing it all.
Hey, I wish it were true, and I could ignore all the logic saying that it just isn't. Reason is a curse sometimes, but it's mine.
Belief within the black church is a different beast altogether and at least has historical justification, despite the reasoning behind converting slaves to Christianity, and the problematic nature of religion in the modern world. At the very least worship within black churches highlights what few positive aspects of religion there are to be had.
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Old 02-25-2012, 11:04 PM
 
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In starting this thread, I hoped that people would comment on their own reactions to all the god stuff and "going home" talk. I do believe a lot of the people at the service genuinely believe this stuff, and I wonder how atheists/agnostics felt, hearing it all.
Hey, I wish it were true, and I could ignore all the logic saying that it just isn't. Reason is a curse sometimes, but it's mine.
I don't watch the services, so I don't care about that stuff. If they believe it, I leave it to them.

I am sad that she died. She was a talented lady. She had lots of problems though and I don't think her religion really helped her get through them.
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Old 02-25-2012, 11:09 PM
 
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I'm sorry, but I firmly disagree that people using drugs DO ASK FOR IT. They know the consequences before using, it's the mentality of "it won't ever happen to me" that gets them. I, too, have family that OD&D.

But, please people do not enable these addicts by saying they didn't want that, yes they did want it...or they would have never shot up the first time. JMHO
You have a serious misunderstanding of addiction and addictive personalities. One of the most prevalent reasons why people get addicted to drugs, and why they start abusing drugs in the first place, is due to social acceptance.

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Old 02-27-2012, 03:14 PM
 
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It's like talking about why do teenage girls have sex outside of marriage? It feels good. They want to. Drugs are fun, at least at first. Some people have the genetics or personality to get into trouble faster and longer, others not.
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Old 02-27-2012, 08:54 PM
 
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It's like talking about why do teenage girls have sex outside of marriage? It feels good. They want to. Drugs are fun, at least at first. Some people have the genetics or personality to get into trouble faster and longer, others not.
Ummm, let's not forget teenage boys.
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Old 02-29-2012, 12:19 AM
 
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It's not like she didn't play a major part in her own death. All the drugs and booze finally caught up with her.

My sympathies are with her family but she got what she asked for. What a waste of an amazing talent.
I was indifferent to her. Too much media hype on her and Michael Jackson...perhaps because of the meteoric rise and fall. Presidents who pass away (Reagan, Ford, etc.) get nowhere near the same press, and their jobs are much tougher and more significant.

When Laura Branigan passed away in 2004 from natural causes, it got a link on most homepages, but that's about it. Now she had a beautiful voice.
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Old 02-29-2012, 05:13 PM
 
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I guess I forgot about teenage boys! Largely because no one seems to view them enjoying/wanting sex as a social problem and seems to focus on girls, like seeing them as responding to peer pressure or an older boyfriend or whatever- anything but that just wanna do it (but should be using protection- because our culture says, "Don't do it, sex is dirty, save it for your husband, but look at all the vulgarity soaking our environment but don't do it" I suspect that is why there are teen pregnancies, teen sex without birth control. Just don't tell Rick Santorum, he might get sick to his stomach- he seems... queasy.)
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