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#47320 - 01/24/11 09:35 PM If you were to interview a religious leader
Severed Soul Offline
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If you were to do a serious interview with a religious leader such as a Priest, Rabi, Pastor, etc. what would you ask?
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#47321 - 01/24/11 10:00 PM Re: If you were to interview a religious leader [Re: Severed Soul]
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I feel that if I were to interview a religious leader I would accidentally turn it into more of an interrogation.

I would question him about his upbringing, whether or not he keeps the same beliefs he had from childhood, and if those are his parents beliefs. Also about the effects his beliefs have on his followers and society, whether they be good or bad. I'd ask him just why it is that he believes what he does, what it is, if anything, that keeps him in his faith, and if the things that proves his faith to him he believes to be testable and falsifiable. I'd like to know just what he thinks his religion does for him personally. I think mainly I'd just be trying to get inside his head.
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#47330 - 01/25/11 03:05 AM Re: If you were to interview a religious leader [Re: Severed Soul]
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I'm planning on actually doing this, I have a camcorder and intend to start a site about my community so i can use the camcorder to do rude interviews with all kinds of people.

My question for Christians: Ok, let's say you are THERE, you see Jesus on that cross in great pain dying ever so slowly. And later that night, at 3 in the morning - the GUARDS ARE GONE!

So what do you do? Do you rescue Jesus, and deprive yourself of the salvation you believe will come if he'll just suffer more and die? Or do you stand there like a greedy shit doing nothing, letting Jesus suffer needlessly and die because you did nothing -so you can have that good shit, that everlasting life in heaven?

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#47408 - 01/26/11 06:37 PM Re: If you were to interview a religious leader [Re: myk5]
Morgan Offline
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"i can use the camcorder to do rude interviews with all kinds of people."

Why be rude? No one gains anything except you with becoming known as an asshole.

Something you should think on is why are you so wrapped up with Christian stuff? Almost every post you write deals with them in some way. If you are doing that because it is something YOU think we think or care about or want to see or think it will impress us, YOU are wrong. In general about 98% of the people on this site are over Christians and really don't care about them or spent any amount of time or energy on them.

As for your question regarding a dead jesus on the cross, it's stupid. He didn't exist. If he did, as written in the christian bible it still wouldn't matter because during that period of time he had few believers and even his mom let him hang.

Plus I guess you just want to do the same kinda of stuff that Bill Maher did with Religulous with your interviews.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0815241/

Whatever.....


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#47538 - 01/29/11 08:46 PM Re: If you were to interview a religious leader [Re: Morgan]
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Why be rude? Because if you come from expecting people to find you rude, what is eliminated is any reason to avoid humor or a challenge when an opportunity presents itself. My commitment is to the person seeing the video first and the interview subject second. I'm not going to say I'm not an asshole, because that's for everyone but me to decide. But I will not limit what I can do for my viewers for fear of being thought an asshole.

I'm an American, a nation where a man cannot be elected President without at least pretending to be Christian. And, umm, there is the topic of this thread to consider.

I was raised a Christian, and because I was raised as such, the memes endure in my subconscious. Indeed, were this not the case, Pan might be a more magically powerful metaphor than Satan.

The question I posed is only interesting when posed to a sincere Christian. I've done so already with a group of Christian cultists, and collectively they affirmed they would stand and watch Jesus die slowly and painfully as a kind of snuff porn just so they can get their salvation from the bloody human sacrifice.

It matters not if Jesus was or was not real, the belief is real. And sick is sick.

Why are you browsing this subject that bores you so much?


Edited by myk5 (01/29/11 08:55 PM)

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#47540 - 01/29/11 09:22 PM Re: If you were to interview a religious leader [Re: myk5]
XiaoGui17 Offline
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 Originally Posted By: myk5
It matters not if Jesus was or was not real...


Yeah, it's a hypothetical question. You can ask hypothetical questions about unicorns.

I really don't see a purpose to your project, but if you enjoy it, knock yourself out. You may want to watch the aforementioned Religulous. It sounds like you're the type that would appreciate it.
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#47547 - 01/30/11 12:56 AM Re: If you were to interview a religious leader [Re: XiaoGui17]
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@XiaoGi17:
Purpose to my project? To feed my ego I suppose. Other purposes include making a site that is entertaining and useful to the citizens of the small college town I live in, and thereby have someone to pitch my web design and graphic design services, and have an audience for excellent the webcomic I'm working on right now.

It's a college town and a strange town sort of town that harbors old hippies and eccentrics. Yet the local weekly 'alternative' paper kind of white washes what Ithaca is, likely because Cornell U. prefers it that way. So there is a real vacuum of media representing Ithaca as eccentric as it really is, and that's an opportunity I think. Not just to attract attention locally - the universities here graduated people all over the world. And if I can make Ithaca seem more interesting than it is, maybe cool people will move in and I'll be happier here.

Remember, the question is what I'd ask a religious leader - not what I'm up to. In the comic there is an issue of an interspecies marriage and if there's a church that will perform such a marriage does come up. I'm not writing comics about Satanists. I write about Christians because it's such a fucked up religion there's no end to dramatic narrative possibilities. Satanism is too fucking sane and well adjusted, no drama in that!

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#47550 - 01/30/11 01:55 AM Re: If you were to interview a religious leader [Re: myk5]
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I read all the posts that I want to, even the stupid ones.

So far all you seem to be doing in a roundabout way is trying to get people to read your site, and eventually pay you money for the information on it.

You seem to write a lot about christians, not because they are fucked up but because you can't get them or their memes out of your own head. You are still a prisoner to them.

Good luck with freeing yourself,

Morgan




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#47609 - 01/30/11 04:08 PM Re: If you were to interview a religious leader [Re: Morgan]
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An Islamic conference is being held in my town next month which I will be attending. Why? To learn about the second largest religion in the world, to know a potential opponent and also for business reasons. My questions will be rather technical, for instance what is God? Is it similar to the idea of Plotinus of the "One"?

@myk5

CHRISTIANS
I too am an opponent of Christianity. Unless you have a specific and realistic aim, fighting the Christians is a waste of life. I am a member of the British Secular Society, which aims to split the church from the state.

BEING RUDE
Nobody is going to give you their time so you can be rude to them.

WEBSITE PROMOTION
Attacking religion is the last thing you want to do if you are setting yourself up as a business offering services to your community. This year I will have total control over a town website, and from there I and my partners will showcase that site to promote our business services to what will be a captive audience.


Edited by mabon2010 (01/30/11 04:09 PM)
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#47685 - 01/31/11 11:25 AM Re: If you were to interview a religious leader [Re: mabon2010]
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@mabon2010

Christians - it's not so much that I'm fighting Christianity, I'm more interested in fighting unreasoned certainty and blantant ignorance.

Being Rude: I'm not stupid, I understand simply being rude in a pure sense is simply bad behavior. But I also know that what I'm up to can be very valuable to my subject, giving them free publicity and marketing. So I consider it a fair exchange that I indulge in the freedom to ask any question of them that I find sincerely interesting, even if it makes them uncomfortable.

Also, even if you believe I will be very rude at every opportunity - that reality provides its own counter. It's like those people whose every third word is the word 'fuck' - the epithet loses its meaning and potential to offend when used so much. So in theory if I am rude, and am always rude - the result is that I can't ever really be rude in a real way because it's simply who I am.

The reality is that I'm actually a nice guy, I project nice guy, I am polite - but I will ask tough questions, I will ask peculiar questions. And because I know that will offend someone - I own that it is offensive rather than pretend anyone offended is too sensitive. My claim to be rude is therefore a function of politeness rather than an objective evaluation of how I am in the world.

Website Promotion: I'm really happy to see that you have accomplished what I hope to accomplish, in your own way. You are right that attacking religion or attacking anything else is not going to win me fans. So I'm not attacking them, I'm having fun with them and it is not the same thing. What I'm up to will not be a control of the town's one website, because that 'website' (really a network of websites, magazines and a newspaper) is beholden to the powers and interests of the two prestigious universities in town to make the town seem positive, not threatening and welcoming to families of incoming freshmen.

I'm not challenging that status quo, my concept is simply that said status quo demands a counterpoint, and as that is missing I sense a vacuum I can take advantage of. And fundamentally, importantly, the project I'm up to will be great fun for me. And fun, it's very valuable to me.

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