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  1. I really don't understand why ANYONE, famous or not, tolerates this. The first time someone told me that I needed permission from 5 people to go to the freaking dentist would be the last time anyone saw me.
  2. I am an orthodox (little o) Christian and I agree that there will be more people in heaven than some think. Why? Because Jesus said in John 10:16: I have other sheep that are not of this fold. I must bring them in as well, and they will listen to My voice. Then there will be one flock and one shepherd Some argue that this just means Gentiles, but I think that is presumptuous. He also says in Exodus: And the LORD said to Moses, “This very thing that you have spoken I will do; for you have found favor in my sight, and I know you by name.†Moses said, “I pray thee, show me th
  3. Your definition is unreasonably narrow and is actually only a part of the actual meaning. Here is a better and more complete one: blackmail (ˈblækˌmeɪl) n 1. (Law) the act of attempting to obtain money by intimidation, as by threats to disclose discreditable information 2. the exertion of pressure or threats, esp unfairly, in an attempt to influence someone's actions vb (tr) 3. (Law) to exact or attempt to exact (money or anything of value) from (a person) by threats or intimidation; extort 4. to attempt to influence the actions of (a person), esp by unfair pressure or
  4. Well, good for you, and I'm glad you feel free to donate. I'll call it stealing if it isn't voluntary because one feels hassled or threatened enough to have to do it. I'm sure you saw the other poster respond that being lectured and threatened for not giving or giving enough (as has happened) is not a voluntary situation. Donation matching is manipulative, at best. If a corporation really wanted to donate, it would just do so, without all that nonsense to pressure other people. Pressuring the little guy to donate or you won't donate is blackmail. Your donor could have j
  5. I would be interested in seeing how anyone determined that specific percentage, but I agree that it should be a box out of the way. So many give online today that passing the plate would really not matter.
  6. That's called blackmail. This little minion won't play. I didn't even play back when United Way used to pressure everyone in the office to give. I was making a few thousand a year. Under heavy pressure, I would donate a single 5 or 10 dollar bill, so they could claim their "100% participation rate" and get off my back. They didn't like this, and I would not budge. United Way wants to steal directly from your paycheck via automatic withdrawal all year long (at least in those days) because it adds up to more money you don't see, so maybe you won't realize how much they are tak
  7. I think it is disingenuous and have a negative reaction. Hey, company, if you want to donate, just do it. Don't pressure others to do it or you won't do it. This is why I ignore all this nonsense and donate where I believe God would have me donate.
  8. I know they don't believe in (nonmythological) Jesus, but simply some conversant knowledge of biblical matters as all used to have in society would have raised questions about tight top-down control. Maybe fewer would get involved and have to escape.
  9. Catholicism is not a cult and it most definitely does not control you. I have some pretty up-close and personal experience there for many years, though I am not Catholic. I take issue with a couple teachings, most particularly the "Mary is the co-redemptrix with Christ" thing, but the lack of control and micromanagement would suggest that it isn't a cult, even if you knew nothing else about it.
  10. Appointment, not appoint. Sorry I know, but if we had the widespread biblical literacy once expected of a literate society, they would have this basic knowledge to support any uneasiness they felt, and I can't imagine they didn't, when being controlled like this. I mean, come ON. Five approvals to go to the eye doctor? How does anyone think this is remotely normal?
  11. I just saw most of an episode for the first time last night. I find it hard to wrap my head around the fact that people don't know that top-down tight control by leadership of people is not of God. Jesus Himself said that those who would be great among you will be your servant (NOT your master). And to freaking PAY for all this: Jesus said, freely you have received, freely give (not charge them as much as possible). I'd last about 5 minutes in that gig. It was gratifying to hear about this woman that just slipped out the back door of a Walmart where she had an eye doctor appoint
  12. Mack's Pillow Soft silicone earplugs work better, I think. I break one in half and use each half, pushing it in a little to block sound (but not hard or deep).
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