Originally Posted by HAMMERMILL
Maybe it's time to start a new religion.
A seperation between church and state allows it!
1)Every citizen has a right to do what they wish as long as it doesn't hurt anyone else.
Wow! Serious stuff to think about over my muesli!
I've got a few problems with organized religion.
First off, there's the fanaticism and persecution. Got to put a stop to that -- though I've got to admit that the Soviet Union and China managed a lot of fanaticism and persecution even without God ...
Then there's the problem of Evil -- you know, death, disease, earthquakes, hurricanes, that kind of stuff -- the point where the happy-clappy praise-the-Lord-in-all-his-goodness guys start to wheel out the crap about Satan and Original Sin.
I don't have a good answer to that -- if you do, feel free to PM me.
But I did hear a great Jewish joke about it the other night (for Shmessy and PFinVa).
OK. The Jews in Auschwitz decide to put God on trial. They discuss back and forth the whole day whether he is responsible for their sufferings and, in they end, they vote and find him guilty. "Right," says the rabbi, "we've found God guilty. Now let's daven Mincha
". [= evening prayers]
Finally, there is sex.
Religions control people through making them feel guilty about sex so they either go through life completely inhibited or reject religion and rebel into promiscuity.
So here is my positive suggestion.
In my new religion, it would be compulsory to have sex on your sixteenth birthday. In public. In front of all your friends and family, with videos, presents and a party -- Confirmation/First Communion/Bar Mitzvah, all rolled into one.
You can imagine the conversation:
Mrs A: And Ellie. How old would she be now? It must be time for her Banging?
Mrs B: Oh yes -- we can hardly think about anything else.
She insisted we get that dark-haired boy from Sextastic. You wouldn't believe how expensive he is, but she wouldn't have anyone else. He has a waiting list of two years but we're old clients -- his father did me -- and so he offered to squeeze Ellie in.
Mrs A: How exciting! Is she nervous?
Mrs B: Well, she pretends that she's not -- you know how teenagers are. But I think she's been practising in secret with her cousin.