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Old 07-11-2008, 12:53 PM
 
Location: 77059
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Though I am strongly a deist, your passive-aggression is one large reason why I gave up organized religion. The giant cross is a phallic symbol to me. You can judge what kind of person I am all you want, but it is simply a display of ''my size & power is bigger than all of yours.'' Open your eyes, mind, and then some books when you get some free time, and it may come together full-circle.

But as you say, ''God overlooks ignorance'' ... so consider yourself absolved.
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Old 07-11-2008, 12:56 PM
 
Location: Houston (Memorial) and Western NC
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Though I am strongly a deist, your passive-aggression is one large reason why I gave up organized religion. The giant cross is a phallic symbol to me. You can judge what kind of person I am all you want, but it is simply a display of ''my size & power is bigger than all of yours.'' Open your eyes, mind, and then some books when you get some free time, and it may come together full-circle.

But as you say, ''God overlooks ignorance'' ... so consider yourself absolved.

Dang these limited rep points. Sending you rep wishes instead.
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Old 07-11-2008, 12:59 PM
 
Location: 77059
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Thanks & back at ya. I tried to do the same thing for your last comment but had the same issue.
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Old 07-11-2008, 01:00 PM
 
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Default Rational thought please

Why do we get so upset and uptight about religion? Look, I can't say that if this gets built that it's on my list of things that I find awesome. It's kind of well, just strange. I myself would much rather see the money being spent on that go towards the homeless, hungry, and otherwise needy in our midst. On the other hand, as a protestant evangelical church (which I believe it is) a cornerstone of their faith is to go out in the world and preach the gospel. It's as fundamental to evangelicals as the eucharist is to Catholics (or which I am one), or as the torah is to the followers of Judaism, etc ,etc . From that perspective, talk about getting bang for your buck spreading the gospel. How many people a day drive 45 in that area? And there isn't a soul who won't see it and know what they are trying to say. Some churches build lavish sanctuaries as a sign of devotion because this is the house of God. Some have ornate decoration inside to meet that end. If you don't believe, or believe in something else, then why be upset? It's not a huge sign condemning everyone to hell. It's a cross. Granted, a really, really, BIG cross, but still just a cross. And it's in an area where a good portion of the population does consider themselves Christian. Before we jump on the Constitutional bandwagon of separation of church and state, let's remember that Amendment I states 'Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free excercise thereof' . Well, a cross that size would be a hell of a excercise of that religion, but private funds on private land..... what you gonna do. On the bright side for everyone, aren't yall glad we live in a country where we can still have this debate? For many in the world, it's not an option. God Bless America and God Bless Texas. (dramatic, patriotic music here)
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Old 07-11-2008, 01:05 PM
 
Location: Houston (Memorial) and Western NC
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Yeah yeah yeah..ok

But let's thank our lucky Texas stars it's not actually IN Houston. The Woodlands wants to be on the map as a tourist attraction,so I'm more than happy to let them have this one.
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Old 07-11-2008, 01:10 PM
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Location: San Antonio Texas
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What is wrong with a reminder for Christians or others that we are here on this earth but a short time. Kind of a dress rehearsal for the after life (if you are a believer) This world is in a mess that we have never seen before with child abuse; wars; scandals; starvation of people in Africa and other places; pornography; people only caring about themselves and what is good for them and forgetting everything right and good. So what is so wrong for a church to construct a reminder to all of us. Texas is the bible belt or am I wrong about that.

In Orange county CA there is a religious broadcast network that is more than glitzy and gaudy and people have made jokes about the building but you know what every time I drive past that gaudy building on the 405 it does make me think about religion.

whenever i've passed that gawdy building, i have thought about how churchgoers'/believers' dollars and tax-exempt profits are used to blow big $$$ for the luxury of a few privileged higher ups in those organizations.
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Old 07-11-2008, 01:14 PM
 
Location: California
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Dang these limited rep points. Sending you rep wishes instead.
OK...I give up...I'm fairly new...what are these rep. points that I have seen mentioned any # of times. Don't want to stomp all over this thread, so someone can DM instead. Thanks in advance!
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Old 07-11-2008, 01:44 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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a better reminder would be to put the million dollars per cross, into a large building to house homeless, or those good people who hit the skids, and a food bank and a clothing bank..along the freeway with a normal sized cross and maybe a nice motto for all those to see from the freeway.
Amen!
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Old 07-11-2008, 01:53 PM
 
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are there really homeless catholics out there or we're supposed to house and feed everyone?
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Old 07-11-2008, 02:01 PM
 
Location: A little suburb of Houston
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are there really homeless catholics out there or we're supposed to house and feed everyone?

Huh?
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