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Why You Can’t Debate Creationists

Posted by skiutah on Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Here’s an interesting story about a guy trying to debate evolution versus intelligent design:
My debate with an intelligent design theorist

People will believe what they believe provides them an answer they can understand.

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Utah Mom Buys All of Store’s Porn Shirt Inventory

Posted by skiutah on Wednesday, February 19, 2014

This Utah woman bought all of a store’s shirts that had a picture of a scantily clad woman on the front: Utah woman buys porn shirts

Here’s the shirt: Nicole Heartbreaker T-shirt

She just guaranteed a huge amount of free publicity for these shirts and will drive up the demand for these shirts that nobody would have paid attention to otherwise.

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Group Unveils Satan Statue Design for OK

Posted by skiutah on Monday, January 13, 2014

A religious group wants to put a statue of Satan at the Oklahoma state capital: Satan statue going to Oklahoma

Person A: My religion is correct, yours is wrong.
Person B: No, my religion is correct, yours is wrong.

The logical answer is that they’re all wrong. Humans have been arguing (and killing) like this for thousands and thousands of years…

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Medical Studies Show Marijuana Cures Cancer

Posted by skiutah on Monday, November 25, 2013

Here’s an article that documents many medical studies that show marijuana helps cure cancer: Studies that show marijuana cures cancer

I’ve never tried pot myself, but living in Colorado, I think I would try marijuana if I had some form of cancer.

By the way, for those of you that live in states where marijuana is illegal, the side effects of legalizing pot seem to be increased tax revenues and lower drug related crime rates…

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Electrick Children

Posted by skiutah on Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Here’s a movie about a Mormon girl who believes she’s become miraculously impregnated (like Mary): Electrick Children

The young girl’s parents (devout believers in Jesus) know it’s impossible for her to become miraculously impregnated.

Thus the movie highlights an ironic flaw in human nature: Intelligent people can accept as true the unbelievable while simultaneously reasoning the belief is false.

miracle_birth

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Coffee lowers suicide risk

Posted by skiutah on Sunday, September 29, 2013

Recent studies show that coffee lowers the risk of suicide:
Coffee lowers suicide rate

God put a lot of value into this bean…

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Mormon Leader Can’t Believe Beliefs

Posted by skiutah on Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Here’s a post in the Salt Lake Tribune about a Mormon leader who can’t believe what he previously believed:
Mormon Leader Leaves

This guy’s experience can be explained by understanding the I-15 Mormons. I-15 Mormons live near Interstate 15 in Utah, Idaho, and Arizona, and there are a large number of remote I-15 Mormons living in Oregon, California, and Nevada. The I-15 Mormons fall into three groups:

A) Some are not curious at all about investigating anything that would cause them to experience anything uncomfortable in regards to their religion; this is a large percentage of the I-15′ers.

B) Another percentage will investigate, but are able to believe explanations for historical LDS practices or former LDS teachings.

C) Another percentage will investigate, and discover most of the “anti-Mormon” documentation is based on historical documents and formerly sanctioned LDS publications. If their belief in Mormonism is not based on feelings from God, then these folks tend to become inactive members and/or leave Mormonism.

For people in the A and B groups, they believe something is wrong with people in the C group. Either the C people have had “their feelings hurt”, or “couldn’t keep a commandment”, or “have a mental defect”. People in the A and B groups often “feel sad” for the people in the C group and “will pray for them”.

The B group and C groups tend to argue, and can’t understand how two people looking at the same set of facts, can interpret the same set of facts so differently. While the A group doesn’t want to get involved in any debates; anything that challenges their belief isn’t worth it.

For close-knit LDS families, it’s an embarrassment to have a family member in the C group. The C’ers are often ostracized and ridiculed.

Is it possible to keep people in the C group from leaving the Mormon church? Some suggestions:

1) Don’t whitewash Mormon history. Be more transparent. When the C’ers discover facts that contradict what they were taught, they feel deceived and misled. (The B group will argue that there was no deception. From the C group perspective, the B group misses the point, and vice versa)

2) Marginalize teachings that cannot ever be believed by a fact based C person (like Black people were cursed, humanity originated in Missouri, American Indians are descendants of Jews, the Book of Abraham, Polygamy was God’s idea, Gay people choose to be gay, and so on).

The A group won’t care, they’ll believe anything, it’s easier for this group to not ask questions. This is the current base of the I-15 Mormons.

The B group will argue about the origin of former teachings for a while, but will eventually give up (because their belief is based on God-sent feelings).

The C group will not feel like they were deceived and have wasted a portion of their lives on something that can’t be what it was advertised to be.

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Red Wine Chemical Extends Life

Posted by skiutah on Thursday, June 13, 2013

Good news for red wine drinkers: Red wine chemical could let you live to 150

God works in mysterious ways…

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More health benefits of coffee

Posted by skiutah on Wednesday, May 29, 2013

According to new research, coffee makes you stronger, smarter, and less prone to cancer and diabetes: Coffee health benefits

God packed many benefits into this amazing little bean…

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Woman, know thy place

Posted by skiutah on Tuesday, March 26, 2013

This opinion was printed in the Salt Lake Tribune: Woman, know thy place

Here’s the text, this is classic:

I read “April Mormon conference may make history: women will pray” (Tribune, March 19) with great disappointment. I may be a male-chauvinist piglet to many women, yet the fundamentals of scripture are unchanging.

The Apostle Paul divinely stated in 1 Corinthians 14:34-35: “Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak. And if they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church.”

Woman was created for man; this world was made for men to lead households and prayers. Man was created in God’s image — not in a woman’s image.

American society has become so politically correct that it has spilled over to theology. Women, as well as children, may sing in church and participate in other ways.

If Brigham Young were alive today, I’m certain he would denounce women overshadowing the proper sphere of men. The sexes have different roles.

James A. Marples

Provo

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One would have to question a culture or religion that could produce such thoughts…

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