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To whoever stole my children's bicycles: Let me guess: You've been taught that God isn't real, so you think you can do whatever you want.
[10/4/2006 12:00:00 AM]
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To whoever who said that nonsense. They need money and they have to eat regardless of their beliefs.
10/5/2006 8:44:00 AM
Quick, kill some Iraqis. They must have done it.
10/5/2006 9:56:29 AM
There are no Christian criminals. It's true.
10/5/2006 10:02:18 AM
And what would you say if you found out the thief went to your church?
10/5/2006 10:19:03 AM
Julian, if it weren't for what you posted today I might never have discovered Emo Phillips. Thank you so much!
10/5/2006 11:31:57 AM
I grew up in Orlando, and read Ticked Off all the time. Sadly, this is not unique at all.
10/5/2006 12:23:35 PM
Is this one of those areas in a newspaper where they get to fill up space with morons crapping on rather than doing decent journalism. I hate that shit. Opinion pages... have a purpose, I suppose, letters to the editor can serve a purpose... but just morons spilling bile? Fuck off, you bastards and write some Pulitzer worthy news.
10/5/2006 1:18:29 PM
Crazy. Are these all things that have happened to him this week, or whatever?
Because the last one on the flip side kind of baffles me.
\"My food-stamp card would not swipe at Casselberry Walgreens. A woman insisted on paying for my few items.\"
Our newswriters (ok, our newspaper contributors..) are on foodstamps now?
10/5/2006 2:24:22 PM
It wouldn't surprise me. I used to work for a newspaper, and I can tell you that the pay in journalism is appallingly low.
With regard to the original post: Yeah, this guy is just mad and foolish. I can relate to the anger; I was pretty mad when someone stole my bike once. (And, for that matter, when someone stole my CAR many years later. The bike, at least, I had been able to get back!) But assuming that whoever stole the bike had to be an atheist is just laughably stupid.
10/5/2006 2:52:39 PM
Each one is from a different person. The \"Flip Side\" is for things people want to thank other people for.
10/5/2006 4:25:54 PM
Jezebel's Evil Sister
It's a good thing that some people cling to the delusion of a real, interactive deity. For those like TO, it's safe to assume they would be committing murder and mayhem except for fear of being punished by god.
10/5/2006 5:14:03 PM
Are you saying god put lojack on your childrens bicycles?
10/5/2006 7:16:01 PM
stereom (formerly EH)
To all the fundies: let me guess: you've been brainwashed with the doctrine of hellfire and brimstone so that's the only reason you attempt to be moral.
10/5/2006 7:52:35 PM
Why doesn't \"Ticked Off\" go and look up the religious demographics of inmates in US prisons.
10/6/2006 12:07:08 AM
Jeff, that information has been supressed or not widely collected since the 70's - invasion of privacy etc...
This is an interesting article though
as is this one
10/6/2006 1:59:05 AM
Pretty Good Satan
To whomever stole my gas cap:
Let me guess, you've been taught that your imaginary firend will forgive you if you just ask him. Guess what, that invisble pixie is not the one who can forgive you, the person you actually harmed is.
10/14/2006 7:12:37 PM
Hybrid, The Vague
You've been taught that God isn't real, so you think you can do whatever you want.
10/15/2006 8:21:41 AM
I don't understand why taking the bikes was such a bad thing. Don't these people ever consider the possibility that maybe a guy was walking along the road oneday saw a nice bicycle and thought to himself \"i think i might steal a bike oneday\". What's it got to do with being taught about God. Timothy McVeigh was taught religious education when he was in primary school and im sure they taught him that God was real. look what happened to him
10/17/2006 12:54:54 PM
Whoever stole your kid's bicycle, probably isnt here and probably thinks that there is in fact, a god named god, who actualy exists. And they probably also think that because they are \"saved by the blood of the lamb\" that they can do whatever they want, and this god named god will forgive them.
10/24/2006 8:45:10 PM
My parents never indoctrinated me with God delusions.
My 4th grade teacher was a Catholic, and although it was a public school, she was rather bad about keeping her religious garbage to herself. Fortunately, she believed in the sanitized, G-rated, \"feel-good\" loving pablum type god of the edited Bible, not the hateful violent bloodthirsty god of the actual Bible, so it wasn't too bad. Thanks to her, I ended up believing in God, although I was already an imaginative writer, so I don't really remember how much I seriously believed there was a god named God. I was working on a story set in a polytheistic universe at the time...
After 4th grade, I grew out of the god delusions. By 6th grade, I was demanding evidence for God's existence. I considered religion to be something of a mental illness, and the cause of large amounts of violence and irrational behavior.
My parents tried to convince me otherwise, and by 7th grade or so, I figured religion was just some phenomenon, and was largely neutral.
Then I realized I was probably right about religion causing violence and irrational behavior, and found cases where religion and mental illness appear to be one and the same, although those weren't all cases.
Now, I'm an ignostic, and an atheist towards the character of God described by the Abrahamic religions. I wasn't taught that God isn't real, I figured it out for myself. I don't steal because stealing is wrong.
Your childrens' bikes were probably stolen by someone who believed that he could do whatever he wanted because God would forgive him, or who was taught that all humans are horrible sinners anyway and thus thought there was no point in being good.
11/20/2006 12:43:50 PM
Man Called True
You can find those bikes in the Alamo... in the basement.
11/21/2006 12:16:03 AM
Nah, we just find it easier to steal from the religious fanatics down the street because they tell their kids God's punishing them whenever something bad happens.
1/30/2008 8:36:48 PM
Face it. Your kids pawned them off for drugs.
1/17/2010 11:35:42 PM
To whoever stole my children's bicycles: Let me guess: You've been taught that jeebus will forgive you no matter what you do, so you think you can do whatever you want.
1/18/2010 1:39:06 AM
"You can pray all you want for a bicycle and God will never give you one. The trick is, you have to go out and steal one, then pray for forgiveness."_________George Carlin
(On edit; @ Julian. Hmmm, maybe Emo, after all. I love both those guys!)
1/18/2010 2:07:08 AM