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originally posted by: 727Sky
originally posted by: musicismagic
If you've been to church recently, a new kingdom awaits you at the stairs of the church.
Yep and their tax system is more or less voluntary as long as it is around 10%.. The 10% gives you a clear conscience supposedly and makes the church and god happy if I remember correctly.. It has been over 60 ? years since I sat foot in a church as I am not a sky-fairy kinda guy...
Been to a Buddhist temple a few times for wedding etc etc.. When my wife goes to Temple I go to the Temple of Golf and the whole neighborhood knows it.. hahaha.
originally posted by: andy06shake
a reply to: yuppa
Said book also suggests, non-virgins are to be stoned(not in a good way), giving birth to a daughter makes you unclean for 66 days(poor Mary), and that no bastards may enter the church(plenty of priests about).
So its kind of open to interpretation of all sorts really, and when taken literally can be downright dangerous.
originally posted by: AdmireTheDistance
This had been around for a few years now. I've been a "citizen" basically since day one. So far it's consisted of nothing but me getting the occasional email. I am running for mayor now though. True story.
In May 2009 The Daily Telegraph published details of Öpik's parliamentary expenses claims. It showed that in 2008–2009 Öpik claimed £23,083 in second home allowances out of public funds, including various items of furniture and a £40 summons charge for non-payment of Council Tax. Öpik told the Telegraph "I am willing to pay back the £40" but did not offer to repay anything else. The Telegraph also outlined a rejected expense claim Öpik attempted to make for £2,499 for a plasma screen television, after which he bought a TV costing £750.
Öpik has been involved in the "space nation" of Asgardia where he is chairman of the Asgardian parliament.
originally posted by: TrueBrit
a reply to: SprocketUK
Whoa... now, I have not yet seen Thor: Ragnarok, which is what I assume that clip is from.
However, it must be firmly and totally understood that the comic book version of Asgard, and indeed the entire concept of the Asgardian culture depicted in the comic book and the films attached thereto, is deliberately and quite thoroughly NOT related in the slightest fashion, to the old world religion of the Norse peoples of old.
It features like names, even like likenesses, but as for the structure and how things work within the culture concerned, totally and completely different in every respect. Always has been, and always will be. It is not dispossessing the Odinic cultures of their religious narrative at all. Its a work of fiction, and this has come up time and again since Thor was first introduced to the comic book scene, resulting in the precise same discussion.
And lets face it, comic books have drawn from the religious beliefs and mythologies of countless cultures over the years, from the depictions of various characters familiar to Christians, Buddhists, those involved in maintaining ancient Greek and Roman traditions, and a whole host more. If you want an example of a serious mishmash, that draws inspiration from, without actually assuming the identity of a whole HEAP of religions at once, look at the Lucifer comics, circa 2000. Those went pretty much from pillar to post, with personifications of nearly all the Tarot cards, biblical characters, Japanese inspired figures of myth, various angels and fallen angels, elements of Irish folklore, dribs and drabs of ancient Mesopotamian here and there, splashings of occultisms from every regional school of thought on the issue, all given the comic book treatment.
Its not dispossessing anyone of anything, and in fact, I know of plenty of people who had comic books as a gateway to a deeper interest and eventual understanding (after great volumes of research), of the actual mythos and beliefs attached to the ancient Norse and Northern European beliefs, as a result of seeing comic books based thereon.
originally posted by: TrueBrit
a reply to: KansasGirl
Why are you a member here if you cannot be bothered to read a post of that length? Wasting your time by being here is your problem, but if that is really your attitude, then you are wasting everyone elses time as well, and that is not acceptable.