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Polls / Re: Pucillo poll
« on: April 03, 2015, 08:57:31 AM »
Thanks, mspart, and thanks, Brycemus, too. And to be perfectly fair to you, i never considered the possibility of a spiritual objection, but assumed that the poll  only referred to the question of the kid's safety.

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Polls / Re: Pucillo poll
« on: April 02, 2015, 02:55:49 PM »
This question implies the common misconception that all gays are pedophiles. I would no more object to a gay male coach than I would to a straight female coach, as either would be just as likely to molest my son. I would have no objection to either.

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Off-Topic / Re: Finally Science is Cool
« on: July 25, 2014, 07:53:09 AM »
This was a fabulous series. My wife and I watched it every week and then bought the DVD. The show on global warming is a must see.

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Off-Topic / Re: Last Word
« on: July 19, 2014, 03:43:26 PM »
Hey, ms. I was away on vacation for awhile and I've made a few comments on Sparky's atheism thread. It wouldn't be the web without the Spider.

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Off-Topic / Re: Last Word
« on: July 19, 2014, 01:46:21 PM »
Surely she knows that they're too young to get it . . . and I'll stop calling you Shirley.

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Off-Topic / Re: Word Crimes
« on: July 19, 2014, 06:23:01 AM »
I have many grammar pet peeves, but one very common one that everyone commits is using "that" instead of "who" when referring to a person. Example: Bob is the person that is responsible.

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Off-Topic / Re: Coach Sparky's atheism thread.
« on: July 14, 2014, 05:23:17 PM »
Bozak and Spider, FTW

Is that a dyslexic WTF?

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Off-Topic / Re: Coach Sparky's atheism thread.
« on: July 14, 2014, 05:22:01 PM »
Well it's good to see that while I've been off the board nothing has changed. Since I am an atheist and that seems to be what this thread is supposed to be about, I'd like to express my opinion. While I BELIEVE that a supreme being does not exist and everything that we as humans perceive can be explained by scientific investigation, I do not KNOW if I am right or wrong and really, no one KNOWS if God exists or not. In all the discussions I have witnessed or participated in regarding religion, no one has ever convinced anyone to change their mind. This is because the existence of God cannot be proved or disproved. It is a matter of faith. I would love to find that I am wrong and that when I die I will be reunited with deceased loved ones, but I simply can't believe this. Since no one returns from the dead (near-death experiences notwithstanding), we will never know the "truth." I am not offended by those who believe differently than I do. I am only offended by those who tell me that I am wrong or by those who want to control my live via legislation based on their religious beliefs.That's about it, and I hope I haven't offended anyone or participated in any personal attacks.
For what it's worth, Spider, and I could be wrong, but I think your views sound much closer to being an agnostic, versus an atheist.  I've lived most of my life oscillating between these two beliefs, and yours sound like an agnostic to me.

The difference?  An atheist absolutely does not believe in higher powers, heaven or hell, satan, etc, whereas an agnostic doesn't believe that there is any concrete evidence either way to form a valid opinion on whether such things exist or not.  The latter sounds closer to your views.

Ban, I have often wondered which category I fall into, and usually just say I'm an atheist because people understand that better. Probably, the truth is that I'm an atheist who really believes that he is right, but allows for the possibility that he may be wrong. If that makes me an agnostic, so be it, but it seems that I'm straddling that line.

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Off-Topic / Re: Coach Sparky's atheism thread.
« on: July 14, 2014, 03:54:43 PM »
Well it's good to see that while I've been off the board nothing has changed. Since I am an atheist and that seems to be what this thread is supposed to be about, I'd like to express my opinion. While I BELIEVE that a supreme being does not exist and everything that we as humans perceive can be explained by scientific investigation, I do not KNOW if I am right or wrong and really, no one KNOWS if God exists or not. In all the discussions I have witnessed or participated in regarding religion, no one has ever convinced anyone to change their mind. This is because the existence of God cannot be proved or disproved. It is a matter of faith. I would love to find that I am wrong and that when I die I will be reunited with deceased loved ones, but I simply can't believe this. Since no one returns from the dead (near-death experiences notwithstanding), we will never know the "truth." I am not offended by those who believe differently than I do. I am only offended by those who tell me that I am wrong or by those who want to control my live via legislation based on their religious beliefs.That's about it, and I hope I haven't offended anyone or participated in any personal attacks.

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International / Re: FAITH AND WRESTLING - the book and promo video
« on: July 09, 2014, 02:46:54 PM »
I'm not saying I don't agree, I'm saying I know of message boards who allow advertisers to put threads to sell things, where others wouldn't be afforded the same opportunity.

I think Rule #3 is an indication that that isn't the case here, especially considering the religious nature of the book.


But, as Bryce points out, no one seems to care about camps or clinics when they are posted.  I'm not saying I disagree in regards to if it violates a rule or not, I'm saying Ray knows about it and has chosen to leave it.  I'm not over-riding that decision.  Why people keep posting about it and keeping it at the top of the page interests me as much as why it was allowed in the first place.

Understood. Maybe there should be a special section on the forum (maybe there is and I don't know about it) where information about camps, products, books, equipment and such could be posted. A fee for posting there would not be out of line. At any rate, as I said, my main objection about the book is not the advertising of it but the religious content.

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International / Re: FAITH AND WRESTLING - the book and promo video
« on: July 09, 2014, 02:30:02 PM »
Sorry, the "Good Article" post.

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International / Re: FAITH AND WRESTLING - the book and promo video
« on: July 09, 2014, 02:28:44 PM »
there was a lot more to the thread that was closed out than just the topic that caused it to get the boot

I for one will be glad to see no more allowed threads that talk about content from the pay side of Flo, Herkcy's annual plug for tournament pick'em site, and garagelogic asking for money for his charity website (as well as all the other calls to donate).  Woo Hoo bring it on.  Axe one Axe all

The thread I'm referring to just had one post, which was a link to an article about a Christian prayer before a public triathlon. It's the "Great Article" thread under the General heading. Are we talking about the same one?

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International / Re: FAITH AND WRESTLING - the book and promo video
« on: July 09, 2014, 02:22:24 PM »

Plus, the content of the book is, in fact, another reason why the thread comes into question.  There has been debate over whether religion/atheism/etc. is now a banned topic because it falls under the now banned/defunct politics or evolution board topic range.

This is what prompted my initial post on the subject. A post by coachsparky involving religion and sports was closed out, yet this topic remains.

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International / Re: FAITH AND WRESTLING - the book and promo video
« on: July 09, 2014, 01:59:34 PM »
I'm not saying I don't agree, I'm saying I know of message boards who allow advertisers to put threads to sell things, where others wouldn't be afforded the same opportunity.

I think Rule #3 is an indication that that isn't the case here, especially considering the religious nature of the book.

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International / Re: FAITH AND WRESTLING - the book and promo video
« on: July 09, 2014, 12:27:25 PM »
MetsFan for moderator!

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