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Who's Giving Up Pipe Smoking for Lent?

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  1. hfearly

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    The traditional purpose of Lent is the preparation of the believer—through prayer, penance, repentance, almsgiving, and self-denial. Its institutional purpose is heightened in the annual commemoration of Holy Week, marking the death and resurrection of Jesus, which recalls the events of the Passion of Christ on Good Friday, which then culminates in the celebration on Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.
    During Lent, many of the faithful commit to fasting or giving up certain types of luxuries as a form of penitence

    Any fellow Christians who decided to refrain from smoking a pipe for the duration of Lent?

    Suffering from a serious case of "EPARD", also known as the Estate Pipe Acquisition and Restoration Disorder.
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    I have in the past. This year it ia reading other than work and worship.

    "You have to be a man first before you're a gentleman. "

    John Wayne
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    While it was the go to self-denial for me (I still can quit on a dime), I'll give up other killers like fatty foods this year.

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    Being a non-believer has its perks every once and a while, much respect to those who do of course

    "The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time."
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    I don't do lent, but kudos to those who chose things that are hard to give up.

    As long as I got a pipe full of baccy and a nose full of snuff, I'm a happy camper
    Cigarettes are an addiction, cigars are a hobby, pipes are a religion
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    OH not the pipe, maybe cookies

    John
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    As a good Catholic boy I am giving up aromatics for lent.

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    @mustanggt. lol. Isnt that a little like giving up Teeth Drilling for lent in your case?

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    Ok you caught me. I hate aros so I'm not really giving up anything. But hey I got caught up in the moment man.

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    I did not see any ashes on any of my employees foreheads today, so no. (not to disrespect those with Values I respect & love). But do what feels good to you.

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    My wife says I shouldn't make my penance her penance.

    - Write if you get work.

    - Hang by your thumbs.
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    As a good Baptist, I don't have to give up anything for Lent. Bwahahahaha.

    I'm so awesome, I make myself jealous of myself.
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    Since I'm ADD/OCD and can't sit still... I'm using that time I engage to spend it in Prayer / Reflection while I sit still and focus upon the great sacrifice that was made for me.

    http://www.catholicscomehome.org

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    my dad suggested this to me today
    but I only smoke maybe twice a week now so it wouldnt be that big of a thing to give up
    ill give up soda

    You can buy education, but wisdom is a gift from God.
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    My wife asked me a few days ago what I was going to give up, and I said that I would give up sacrifice this year. Unfortunately that didn't fly.

    I had seriously thought about giving up smoking for Lent, but I thought better of it because I didn't think I'd be able to pull it off. I gave up my daily Tootsie Roll Pop instead. Don't laugh, it's been a longtime habit and I had a tough time of it today, and it was only the first day.

    Since you have to die anyway, you might as well die from something you like.
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    Not Catholic so nope, respect to those who do give something meaningful up though.

    Eagles may soar, but weasels don't get sucked into jet engines.
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    My church does not follow lent. But I did give up the pipe during that period two years ago. We believe the work on the cross finished the job, so it is not necessary to do more. But if sacrifice helps you appreciate the true sacrifice, then great.

    Winton

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    I am giving up Lane aromatics for lent

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    +100 Winton

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    for what?

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    uhh nope ^_^ giving up chocolate

    Smoke your pipe and be silent; there's only wind and smoke in the world. ~Irish Proverb
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    I am a practicing Catholic, involved in my Parish management (Finance Council). However, I separate Man's Law from God's Law in my own mind. I personally do not feel that giving up the pipe for Lent will make me a better person spiritually. Therefore, I will give-up Lent in favor of the pipe! I mean absolutely no disrespect. I just see it a bit differently. Dedicating myself to service to others is a far greater sacrifice for me and benefits those I am helping who suffer from their particular disabilities. The pipe remains my personal reward and refuge. I do honestly practice what I am preaching in this post and I do it the year around.
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    I don't practice Catholicism, but if I did....I think I'd probably be ok with giving up my favorite tobacco for lent, but pipe smoking completely? I'd have to think long and hard on that one.

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    I am a practicing Catholic, involved in my Parish management (Finance Council). However, I separate Man's Law from God's Law in my own mind. I personally do not feel that giving up the pipe for Lent will make me a better person spiritually. Therefore, I will give-up Lent in favor of the pipe! I mean absolutely no disrespect. I just see it a bit differently. Dedicating myself to service to others is a far greater sacrifice for me and benefits those I am helping who suffer from their particular disabilities. The pipe remains my personal reward and refuge. I do honestly practice what I am preaching in this post and I do it the year around.

    Good post, captainbob.
    I am on the Protestant side of the fence and most of us do not practice Lent. I do second your opinion in separating "Man's Law from God's Law". Anyway, I am already on a diet for health considerations and quitting my pipe would push me over the edge!

    “Apples for walking, and a pipe for sitting.”
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    I figured I would make the ultimate sacrifice I"m gonna throw my name in the hat for POPE, I figured I can"t chase the women any more, would like to know how it feels to wear a dress, I like hats and he"s got the prettiest ones, I"m gonna cut out all that kissing my ring, not manly, and get that fellow in Sicily Amorelli to make me a pope pipe, lots of perks. And I like the saying GO MY SON. The old cajun

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    You're a riot, Bradley

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    Bradley for Pope!!! You've got my vote!
    You can wear your patented smoking shorts instead of that funny hat!

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    I figured I can"t chase the women any more,

    Well, you can still chase 'em, you just need to pick the slower ones in the pack if you want to actually catch one.

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    I'm a practicing, knee bending Episcopalian - one of the tightest derivatives of the Catholic faith - and am involved in my parish: Head Usher, Lay Reader and Endowment Board. Lent is that time of deep mourning in our respective churches were we commemorate the death of Christ and his resurrection. Giving up something special we enjoy just serves as a reminder of what Christ gave up for us. This year, I'll give up bread and just about anything made with flour. To me, that's a pretty small price to pay for the next six weeks.

    I'll try to attend an extra mass or a stations of the cross or even read the Bible every week. But being inconvenienced is my trigger.

    Of course, YMMV.

    As to a new Pope, Bradley would do well. He's experienced in living and he has a true heart. What more would any church or faith want in a leader?

    Fnord

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    I'm Lutheran by the way.

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    Peanut butter. I eat it right out of the jar as a snack and a dessert. I'm not Catholic and I do not attend any services, but I have respectfully observed Lent for several years.

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    Peanut butter. I eat it right out of the jar as a snack and a dessert. I'm not Catholic and I do not attend any services, but I have respectfully observed Lent for several years.

    I know what you mean. Whe I was working with an all-arab team I participated in Ramadan, as it didnt feel right to be stuffing my mouth when they were sitting there all miserable and hungry, and Im not a Muslim. Right around that tome I was also moving and I can tell you all in all it gave me really new appreciation of food and sacrifice, I was pretty impressed how they do it. Makes Lent appear like a walk in the park.

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    If someone would make me a Cardinal, I'd vote for Bradley in a New York heartbeat and for all the right reasons, especially the fact that he's not chasing women anymore, an important attribute for prospective Popes.

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    Another vote for Bradley ! Lol . I haven't had much time for posting on the forum , but , I had to respond to this one . Kuddo's to all of you who do lent . It's flu/pneumonia season so I Already give up my life this time of year .

    "A pipe is the fountain of contemplation, the source of pleasure, the companion of the wise; and the man who smokes, thinks like a philosopher and acts like a Samaritan."
    -Edward George Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton
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    I am Methodist so we do practice Lent. I give up giving stuff up for Lent every year.

    On Ash Wednesday, I smoked Black House all day. (BTW.. my hat is off to those who do practice Lent.)

    Jason

    Oh yeah.. my pastor wants to get a pipe

    "The cosmos is also within us. We're made of star-stuff. We are a way for the cosmos to know itself." - Carl Sagan
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    Doesn't smoke billow up through the vatican when they choose a new pope. Maybe that could be Bradley, huffin on his new Rad Davis.

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    Thank the Lord for PipesMagazine without which our lives could not be so enriched by the wit and wisdom of Pope Bradley the old cajun.

    I was raised Catholic but not active in the church now. Giving up pipes for Lent is a tough one. I'm really into pipes now. I'm sure that at the time Jesus was really into life too and he gave it up for much longer than several weeks. Lots of food for thought there.

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    Thought this thread would be an appropriate place to post this...for anyone who may not have seen it before. Written in 1970 by a Seminary student, Arthur D. Yunker.

    Toward a Theology of Pipe Smoking

    http://markneal.files.wordpress.com/2010/01/theology_of_pipesmoking_part_1_of_2.pdf

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    Thank the Lord for PipesMagazine without which our lives could not be so enriched by the wit and wisdom of Pope Bradley the old cajun.

    Amen to that brother.

    Jason

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    Hmm that is kind of strong, maybe I will only use matches and give up lighters.

    “There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of
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    http://markneal.files.wordpress.com/2010/01/theology_of_pipesmoking_part_1_of_2.pdf

    I loved page 25: "The ethical pipesmoker will not smoke aromatic tobacco".

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    I loved page 25: "The ethical pipesmoker will not smoke aromatic tobacco".

    I can say amen to that. But I suspect there are those among us who will stray from the pure doctrine on this point.

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    I'm already in the middle of dieting, hitting the gym, and due to work and kids have only had time to smoke one (literally just one) pipe in the past three weeks. Hence why I haven't been posting much here.

    I think I've given up enough

    Mike
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    After spending 90 minutes in mass last night,after having to park 600 yards from the Church, I decided to give up watching football.

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    Im giving up lint for lent.. no disrespect to anyone here I just wear a lot of black...wait I'm not even catholic... ARG! You may have won the battle lint! But not the war!

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    Bradley...hahaha...and I bet as pope you could get someone to sew a pipe holder on your skivvies.

    I know what I need, smoke, I can't recall the last time I tasted it....Gandalf in the mines of Moria.

    "we shall have to share pipes, as good friends must at a pinch'....'I keep a treasure or two near my skin, as precious as rings to me. Here's one: my old wooden pipe. And here's another an unused one...He held up a small pipe with a wide flattened bowl, and handed it to Gimli. 'Does that settle the score between us', said Merry. 'Most noble hobbit, it leaves me deep in your debt."
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    I was trying to figure out what to give up for lent, but the Pope set the bar pretty high......

    Al

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    That pic of Papa Bradley made my day! Excellent work, hfearly!

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    That pic of Papa Bradley made my day! Excellent work, hfearly!

    +1

    I was trying to figure out what to give up for lent, but the Pope set the bar pretty high......

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    Love the pict of Pope Bradley I.

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    Picture reminds me of the documentary " Religulous"...(Religion and ridiculous together) when they say, " the higher up you are in your religion, the sillier the costume you wear)

    Luckily I discovered rational thinking and reversed the brainwashing I received as a Catholic youth. Like Pope John Paul said, "The concept of Hell has served the church well through the years, but it's time to put it to rest" Lent is so silly.....You are beaten silly every week with the concept that you are an awful sinner and have to go tell your sins to another human being who somehow is a lot closer to God that you will ever be, and has the ability to know exactly how many specific prayers you need to say to get absolution. But don't forget to put some extra money in the plate too, as that will help keep you out of Hell as well. Religion takes in 3.83 Billion every year here, they keep 98.6% of it for themselves(yeah, you do the math, doesn't leave much for Mission work does it?), they pay absolutely zero taxes, and they always need a little more.

    Talking snakes, a flood that rose the entire water surface 29,001 ft (it had to cover Mt. Everest you know), 8 people gathering up over 2 Million species and putting them on a boat only 1/2 the size of the Titanic, I could go on and on, but all the Sheeple believe every word of it. Everyone thinks that the other religions people beleive in on Earth are delusional, it just keeps dividing us a global family, Century after Century.

    Now lets all get together and put Religion right along with Politics as two subjects that need to be BANNED from Pipes Magazine. Religion is a Cancer that afflicts the world, as more people have been killed over it that any other reason so far. There are political and religious forums on the Internet for these discussions. To the Original Poster, sorry, I couldn't help myself, forgive me as I've sinned again.

    Where's a Moderater when you need him? Let's shut this puppy down ( it is just a matter of time for this to happen anyway).

    P.S. Dont' forget to read Psalm 137.9 today

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    Does a culture based on separation and competition, of scientific sophistication and mideval religion, offer happiness even as it ravishes the Earth that sustains it?
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    Allright Hobie, you now owe us at least a dozen acts of contrition!

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    I'm not sure an anti-religious screed is called for here, as the O.P. simply asked if anyone was giving up pipe-smoking for Lent.

    Luckily I discovered rational thinking

    So did I, and I consequently joined the church you left.

    But: I will agree with you on the merits of Penzance every day of the week.

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    Catholic bashing. That is what was missing. I knew this post was strangely respectful.

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    What's Lent? Lol

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    I'm with jbbaldwin

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    Hmmm Lent you say? Fortunately enough, my religious path does not require me to sacrifice anything at any prescribed time of year. Though I may occasionally find myself making sacrifices as acts of charity.(IE:Rather than eating out at work I eat ramen and donate the extra budget to a food shelter.) However this is not a tenant of faith so much as I feel that I need to do something to put some extra goodwill out into the universe. I feel that my giving up my pipes for any period of time would be counter to this, as I am a slave to nicotine. I would do more damage to people than good for anyone while going through withdrawals. Unless someone feels like giving up a straightjacket for lent and wants to let me borrow it

    PS:Hobie I am not sure why you feel this thread should be closed, I must say, while I am not a member of anything even closely resembling an Abrahamic faith, I see nothing even remotely offensive or inflammatory concerning this thread which has been up now for nearly a week without incident or blatant bashing of any faith. Nor is it bashing a lack of faith. The question was simply put as to weather any other pipe smokers believe that giving up pipe smoking was an acceptable activity in observance of a ritual, in essence it would be similar to myself asking if anyone new of a good tobacco to mix in with a set of herbs to use in the creation of a sacred prayer tobacco.

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    +1 josh

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    I have decided to give up Christianty for lent. LOL. Since I'm a pagan Lent in of no importance to me. But I respect those who honor their beliefs.

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    "I am Methodist so we do practice Lent. I give up giving stuff up for Lent every year."

    How I love deep philosophical machinations!

    As an observant Jew, I wish all the best to my Christian brothers, no matter what their approach to Lent may be.
    As an avid pipe smoker, I was in a dilemma concerning the Shabbat (Sabbath), which is a day to be truly enjoyed, but on which there is a Biblical injunction against causing a fire to burn (Exodus 35:3) - which would seemingly forbid any kind of smoking.
    But as the saying goes - "Where there's a will, there's a way." And so, the flameless, coil butane lighter neatly circumvents the ancient commandment, which was obviously given since starting a fire involved some measure of creative work.

    May the spirit live on in all of us!

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    Hobie. Where did you get your facts? There are 1.1 billion Catholics, 1.6 billion Muslims, about 500 million Protestants and many other millions of other religions in the world. So if only half gave $2 a year it would be more than 3.83 billion dollars. I think the fleecing is WAYYY higher than that.

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    @hobie .... that was rude. Just rude.

    To the OP : I will try to cut down on the pipe for Lent. For us Eastern Orthdox though, Lent starts next month since our Pascha/ Easter is on 5th May due to the differences in calculating Paschal date in the East and the West .

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    I would actually think smoking more pipe would be perfect for lent. Lent isnt simply about "giving up" but rather filling the void created by giving something up. If a person gives up snacks then he should pray, talk to God or read some scriptures whenever his body reminds him he is hungry. If someone has given up caffeine, he should do the same, or maybe think of something good to do for someone when he gets his withdrawal pains. Being as pipe is a very meditative activity, I would think such a time as that spent with the pipe would be perfect for such activities. We have a hard enough time slowing down in our culture today that we dont always sit and meditate during such a meditative activity as the pipe.

    So for lent, dont just give up; fill up! Fill up the bowl, fill up your spirit, and fill up the life of someone you can serve! But thats just my take. I'm an Army Chaplain, a Pentecostal who went to a conservative baptist seminary, who married a methodist, and attends catholic mass. I do lent, and as other practices, I look to why and try to make it applicable with purpose beyond simply "we do it because we just do".

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    As for the anti-catholic/ anti-religion sentiment that was expressed by one member: Applicable and informed faith is as rational as it gets. Anti-faith sentiment justified by a false sense of ration and reason, due to a personal and irrational intolerance for faith is simply sad and heart breaking. It reflects a deeply rooted pain within the heart expressed through confused hatred. I hope you find healing.

    "The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him." - G. K. Chesterton
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    On a serious note I was just haveing a little fun, I am not a practicing Catholic anymore haven"t been for years, married a Methodist and raised my children in that faith, my daughter converted to the catholic faith in her teens, I admire people of strong faith, what I practice for Lent is what I"ve practiced all my life is giveing, helping,and trying to be a good man. The old cajun

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    So for lent, dont just give up; fill up! Fill up the bowl, fill up your spirit, and fill up the life of someone you can serve! But thats just my take.

    Pastor, that is pretty good advice to follow all year, not just during Lent. If everyone aspired to that kind of service, the world would be a whole lot better place.

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    Joshremy, thanks. I especially like "finding the why in what we do". God certainly doesn't demand empty actions, but rather faith and thankfulness overflows into deliberate actions done with purpose because of what He did for us.

    Lent always seems to sneak up on me, so thank you for the reminder! I think I'll hold onto the pipe this year.

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    joshremy, that was a good quick sermon to read. Thanks!

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    As for the anti-catholic/ anti-religion sentiment that was expressed by one member: Applicable and informed faith is as rational as it gets. Anti-faith sentiment justified by a false sense of ration and reason, due to a personal and irrational intolerance for faith is simply sad and heart breaking. It reflects a deeply rooted pain within the heart expressed through confused hatred. I hope you find healing.

    And this is why religious threads are rarely allowed on any forum. If I respond to this quote disagreeing with it, suddenly I'm hateful and intolerant of others. Yet, as usual, the religious get a free pass...

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    Well, this and several other threads currently seem to indicate many are on their man-periods now.

    Belittling me, and others, for believing is pretty childish and makes the whole argument about wanting to be let alone null.

    If you want an example of intolerant behavior and belittling believers of any kind you have only to look at the implications of the following quote.

    Luckily I discovered rational thinking...

    The asking of a simple question about whether anybody is giving up pipe smoking for Lent is not a religious attack against you and the world. Sorry but you've become a bit oversensitive if you believe it is. The above quote however was worded to attack.

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