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Whoa! Didn’t Quite Expect That – Guess I Should Have

On Jun 8th, I shared a post on Facebook.  It drew attention I hadn’t really anticipated.  Then I decided to answer the attention.  Then I decided it was, perhaps, worth a post to get some of your responses.
Below is the post.
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June 6 at 5:14pm · 
Comments
xxxxxxxx: Well 7 of 9 supreme court justices don’t agree. Plus all the things listed people are refusing to sell, not make. Finally they have just showed the intolerance that groups have for people with religious beliefs. The very thing they rail against. WHY would you even consider forcing and giving your hard earned money to someone who doesn’t approve of your lifestyle, there were surely other bakers who would have been happy to take the couples money. So whose being the a#%h@*”?

Scott L Vannatter
Scott L Vannatter You know, the only reason I posted this was because so many people use their religious beliefs to belittle and tell people why they are wrong. I have friends who are LBGT. Not all of them are great people. But, notwithstanding the fact that they have their own prejudices, most of them are pretty tolerant of an awful lot. Not all religious people are bad either. Not all of them stand behind their prejudices 100% either. I have friends on both sides of the fence. I like those people, not because they can’t stand something, but because they are just nice people. xxxxxxx, I have to admit I didn’t fully understand all you said. I didn’t go and look up any of the “facts” you stated. All of those may be right. There is some evidence of intolerance for people with religious beliefs who have prejudices toward others who don’t share their beliefs. I also don’t know who created this as far as I don’t know her as a person. What I do know is that the LBGT has to tolerate a lot more prejudice, in general, than pretty much any religion (perhaps, other than Muslim). I am not siding with anyone here. I found it Funny and a finger pointing at most groups we have. I think the key words are “hides his bigotry behind religion.” Not all religious people do this. However, there are those who are truly afraid of anyone who disagrees with their religious beliefs. My spiritual beliefs are very open and I am happy with that. If you are happy with your own religious beliefs, wonderful. I wouldn’t try to change yours. I believe in allowing each person the freedom to follow their heart and soul as long as they don’t forcefully tread on someone else’s right. Thanks for commenting. 
Would love to hear your comments,
Namaste,
Scott
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Introducing…Scott Vannatter MC…

I have been giving thought, no, not to running a circus, but I have been thinking about beginning a discussion group in my home.  I can say it on here.  I may get the same type of “OMG”s as in RL, but I can handle them better.  And, those “no”s aren’t necessarily stopping me; I just don’t want to hear them right now.  I understand beginning a group in your home invites crime; it also offers serenity and a peaceful controlling atmosphere.  Anyway, I have been thinking about it since I was ordained into the “Universal Life Church”.  Yeah, I know, $25 and ten minutes and anyone can do it.  Not the point.  Since then I had started thinking about starting a church.  Then, I thought that would kinda undo what I really wanted.  I simply wanted a couple hours a week where people, like me, could go and share their thoughts on the “Power of Attraction” and God and life, in general.  A non-judgmental, quiet time without much disagreement and more discussion.  I thought a meeting with no money involved, a little prep on my part, and a few interested people might just work.  I have been hearing how so many people do follow God because religion gets in the way.  I want a spiritual atmosphere where people are accepted and can feel free to talk to be available.

Anyway, saying all this just so it was out in the universe instead of just in my head.  Any comments, good or otherwise are fine.  I would like suggestions and thoughts from all of you.

Namaste,

Scott

To Calm Your Heart and Soul

I have said for a long time now that I do not follow a church as such.  I am very spiritual and believe deeply in God, but my beliefs do not, necessarily, agree with the church.  However, they do overlap.  Here, I will leave you with one such instance and may it bless you and help you through your day(s).

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

— Psalm 23:1-6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Translation: 

 

 

God is my caretaker – I have everything I need.

He helps me to rest and relax and stay healthy. He keeps me calm and quiet.

He lifts my heart and soul when I have exhausted it.

He helps to guide me in the ways that are best for me and blesses me.

Even when I stray and go somewhere or do something I shouldn’t, I don’t have to ever be afraid because he never leaves my side. His guideance is always there and I can rest easy.

He gives me food and joy and happiness even when those who don’t like me or my lifestyle are right there threatening me. He lays His hands on me and I know I have everything I could ever truly need or want.

He will always be by my side as long as I live, and when I die my soul will go and be with Him for all eternity.

Scott L Vannatter – 1/18/2017 14:17

Namaste,

Scott

Religion – A Repost

This is a repost of An Opinionated Man’s from 4/22/15 “Why the Word of God Hurts”.

I have gone public with my belief or lack of belief in organized religions.  This article says a lot of it very well.

http://aopinionatedman.com/2015/04/22/why-the-word-of-god-hurts/

Namaste,

Scott

 

10 Reasons to Probably Stop Dating the Woman You are Seeing – Rated PG13

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I just finished reading “11 Signs You Should Call It Quits with the Guy You are Dating”  by Bad Chi.  Click the title to read the post.  It’s good.  It’s funny and informative, and really true.  It got me thinking that, perhaps, I should write one about women.  Guys, whether you are dating someone or thinking about it, doesn’t matter, you have some basic guidelines you should follow.  I am talking here about dating with the intention to go long-term.  This is not an article for the “get in her pants” group.  You guys, you will get what you deserve.  You just don’t know it yet.

1)  She really really cares about your motorcycle and/or sports car. Now, I know that many of you guys have these items specifically to get this woman.  But, think about this, dating her for any good length of time, is going be based ON THIS, NOT ON YOU.  Unless you are really shallow (then you deserve her), go somewhere else.

2)  She asks what you do for a living or how much money you make within the first 15 minutes.  Again, this means she is really really concerned about wealth, not necessarily you.

3)  She knocks down more than 3 drinks at your first date.  ’nuff said.

4)  She brings up church, religion, and/or the Bible more than 5 times in the first hour you talk.  Really?  It’s fine to be religious, but a zealot like this is going to be difficult to live up to.  It goes the same if she tries to save your soul in the first hour or so.

5)  Her pictures online show her with many animals in the pictures (or she continually talks about what an animal lover she is).  Now, nothing wrong with pets.  You may even like a lot of them, too.  Just remember that if this is basically all she shows or talks about, your future may be mostly about dealing with animals, not dating her.

6)  When asked about her desires or goals she talks about world peace.  Umm, yeah.  not going there…

7)  She wants to jump in the sack right away and doesn’t seem to worry about protection.  Again, I know this seems to go contrary to what most guys seem to want, but think about this:  if she is that quick to make it and doesn’t care about protection – you are sleeping with every guy she has…

8)  She talks about your future life together after marriage – on the first couple of dates – RUN! – that is all.

9)  She discusses her 4 or more marriages with you – There might be a good reason and you may still end up dating her, but really watch this one – she could be just a person who likes to try on a marriage or one who lives on the settlements of a good divorce.

10)  She seems absolutely perfect, absolutely.  Nope, dig deep, or run.  No one is that perfect.  Yeah, I suppose it happens, but be smart and don’t wait for the “I do” to find out you really shouldn’t because she isn’t.

That’s  my initial take on it guys.  Ladies, you can read “Only Bad Chi’s” article and/or you can switch a little of what I said above to make it fit your needs.  Guys who exhibit the above traits probably aren’t so hot either.

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Namaste,

Scott

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