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2,000 year old Damascus synagogue looted and burned to the ground.

#51MephsuitPosted 4/1/2013 1:48:15 PM
This thread isn't interesting enough to deserve it.
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#52bsballa09(Topic Creator)Posted 4/1/2013 1:51:58 PM
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#53bsballa09(Topic Creator)Posted 4/1/2013 1:52:49 PM
Mephsuit posted...
This thread isn't interesting enough to deserve it.


So what you're saying is, is that your first post wasn't important.
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#54MephsuitPosted 4/1/2013 1:56:22 PM(edited)
About as important as anything else that is posted on this increasingly miserable board. But it's more interesting to me than some uninspired comment that "smashing = bad". So why come back now? Did you get a Passover pep talk from that Internet club?
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#55bsballa09(Topic Creator)Posted 4/1/2013 1:57:45 PM
Mephsuit posted...
About as important as anything else that is posted on this increasingly miserable board. But it's more interesting to me than some uninspired comment that "smashing = bad". So why come back now? Did you get a Passover pep talk from that Internet club?


Uh, I've been posting for at least 2 months now.
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#56goatthiefPosted 4/1/2013 2:03:07 PM
bsballa09 posted...
Mephsuit posted...
About as important as anything else that is posted on this increasingly miserable board. But it's more interesting to me than some uninspired comment that "smashing = bad". So why come back now? Did you get a Passover pep talk from that Internet club?


Uh, I've been posting for at least 2 months now.


"So, yesterday morning, I drove to THEIR church for this retreat. The first several hours consisted of sitting around in an all-purpose room and doing silly activites and icebreakers. There were only about 15-20 people there (ages 16-50 probably), but try as I did, I could not connect with them. I pretended to be religious, but it seemed as though their religion was all that there was to these people. While I was having my lunch of Cool Ranch Doritos (the only good part of this whole thing!), it dawned on me that I can connect better to atheists because they (we :)) are deeper people. We don't have this crap religion to fill all the voids in our personality, so we make up for it with actual purpose and being interesting. I wiped the Cool Ranch crumbs out of my beard, and, for the first time in 20 years, felt happy at church because of this realization.
Right before the end of the retreat, we had one last activity. We passed around a big plastic ball, and whoever was holding it had to talk about what he/she learned at the retreat. People spewed all this bulls*** about love and Jesus and strength, and eventually the ball made its way to me. I had tied my Geoxes tight in preparation for this moment. I stood up, gently pushed the ball away, and said, "I'm sorry, but I can no longer go on like this. I am an atheist -- a proud, intelligent, skeptical atheist. Sitting around here today and hearing all of the nonsense flow from each of your mouths has shown me that I need to start living the life I want to live. I can no longer live this charade. I am an atheist, and as much as you think you love this imaginary sky magician, your children or grandchildren will be atheists once logic reigns supreme and Christianity is wiped out. Thank you and good day, sirs."
Just as I was about to walk away, some big guy grabbed the ball and threw it right at my face. Hours and hours of MUGEN have honed my reflexes pretty well, so I was able to roll to the side and dodge the ball as flew into the kitchen doorway behind me. The woman next to me then reached out and clawed at my neck, but I spun as I was standing up and I think my ponytail whipped into her eyes because she fell back. I heard angry shouts and people coming after me as I ran into the kitchen. I saw the ball sitting on the floor and one of the stove burners still on. Knowing science, I grabbed the ball and put it on top of the burners, and as the angry mob of "good Christians" filled the kitchen, the ball popped with a gunshot-like noise long enough to daze them. I was a bit high on adrenaline at the moment, so I pumped my fist in the air and shouted "Science always wins!" before I ran out of the kitchen, into the hallway, and out the door to my car. I popped in a Megadeth CD and floored it (left some tiremarks in their parking lot) and here I am now, in a strip mall parking lot on my laptop.
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#57goatthiefPosted 4/1/2013 2:03:46 PM
bsballa09 posted...
Mephsuit posted...
About as important as anything else that is posted on this increasingly miserable board. But it's more interesting to me than some uninspired comment that "smashing = bad". So why come back now? Did you get a Passover pep talk from that Internet club?


Uh, I've been posting for at least 2 months now.



I'm afraid of what I will face when I get home. A priest has probably already contacted my family. Everyone else in my family is a devout Christian, I guess you could call them fundies. My mom and sister will be mad, but it's my dad that will be the worst. I don't doubt that he will be violent. I'm watching kenjutsu videos as I write this and I am going to stop at the woods nearby to find a nice sturdy branch, so I think I will be able to defend myself when the need arises. I'm glad that I did this, but I fear I will no longer be welcome in my home. I plan on spending the night here and going home in the morning when he will be at his weakest so I can gather my things. Thanks for listening to what was probably the most life-changing day of my life and sorry for any typos.
TL;DR: I came out as an atheist at a church retreat, only to be chased out by a violent horde and now I might not be able to return home.
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*Steals your goats*
#58bsballa09(Topic Creator)Posted 4/1/2013 2:05:05 PM
goatthief posted...
bsballa09 posted...
Mephsuit posted...
About as important as anything else that is posted on this increasingly miserable board. But it's more interesting to me than some uninspired comment that "smashing = bad". So why come back now? Did you get a Passover pep talk from that Internet club?


Uh, I've been posting for at least 2 months now.


"So, yesterday morning, I drove to THEIR church for this retreat. The first several hours consisted of sitting around in an all-purpose room and doing silly activites and icebreakers. There were only about 15-20 people there (ages 16-50 probably), but try as I did, I could not connect with them. I pretended to be religious, but it seemed as though their religion was all that there was to these people. While I was having my lunch of Cool Ranch Doritos (the only good part of this whole thing!), it dawned on me that I can connect better to atheists because they (we :)) are deeper people. We don't have this crap religion to fill all the voids in our personality, so we make up for it with actual purpose and being interesting. I wiped the Cool Ranch crumbs out of my beard, and, for the first time in 20 years, felt happy at church because of this realization.
Right before the end of the retreat, we had one last activity. We passed around a big plastic ball, and whoever was holding it had to talk about what he/she learned at the retreat. People spewed all this bulls*** about love and Jesus and strength, and eventually the ball made its way to me. I had tied my Geoxes tight in preparation for this moment. I stood up, gently pushed the ball away, and said, "I'm sorry, but I can no longer go on like this. I am an atheist -- a proud, intelligent, skeptical atheist. Sitting around here today and hearing all of the nonsense flow from each of your mouths has shown me that I need to start living the life I want to live. I can no longer live this charade. I am an atheist, and as much as you think you love this imaginary sky magician, your children or grandchildren will be atheists once logic reigns supreme and Christianity is wiped out. Thank you and good day, sirs."
Just as I was about to walk away, some big guy grabbed the ball and threw it right at my face. Hours and hours of MUGEN have honed my reflexes pretty well, so I was able to roll to the side and dodge the ball as flew into the kitchen doorway behind me. The woman next to me then reached out and clawed at my neck, but I spun as I was standing up and I think my ponytail whipped into her eyes because she fell back. I heard angry shouts and people coming after me as I ran into the kitchen. I saw the ball sitting on the floor and one of the stove burners still on. Knowing science, I grabbed the ball and put it on top of the burners, and as the angry mob of "good Christians" filled the kitchen, the ball popped with a gunshot-like noise long enough to daze them. I was a bit high on adrenaline at the moment, so I pumped my fist in the air and shouted "Science always wins!" before I ran out of the kitchen, into the hallway, and out the door to my car. I popped in a Megadeth CD and floored it (left some tiremarks in their parking lot) and here I am now, in a strip mall parking lot on my laptop.


The Megadeth CD totally killed it.
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#59B4TT3RYPosted 4/1/2013 3:05:17 PM
Ivynn posted...
bsballa09 posted...
No one here is putting life over history. I was talking about rebels and government forces. Other than that, I didn't see anyone do that.


Nobody directly said that but I think the hostility towards Orca for saying otherwise was unwarranted.


I think what was unwarranted was Orca's strawman, making the claim that anybody here values human life less than that of a building. Most of the posters previous to his comment had specifically made caveats expressing that they were not trying to downplay the importance of human life in their expression of anger towards this event. That didn't stop Orca from coming in here and misrepresenting people's opinions, or otherwise pulling out an obvious claim that nobody was arguing against otherwise.
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#60kidpokerfanPosted 4/1/2013 3:18:40 PM
I feel the need to ask... did anyone still actively use that synagogue, or was it entirely a historical site?