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  • History of Islam Book Recommendations

    05/04/2016 12:53:27 PM PDT · 32 of 35
    Luna to All
    Looks like my Amazon list got a little longer! LOL!

    I ordered a few that you Freepers have recommended and I printed out the list of titles in this thread for future reference.

    Thanks so much, all!

    Someday the curse of Islam will be gone. See tagline.

  • History of Islam Book Recommendations

    05/04/2016 7:52:39 AM PDT · 14 of 35
    Luna to MarchonDC09122009
    I'm like many others who said "Everything I needed to know about Islam I learned on 9/11."

    With the "refugees" surging into Europe and other parts of the world, I feel a strong need to know more about Islam's history, since I believe this refugee surge is more like an invasion.

    It angers me.

  • History of Islam Book Recommendations

    05/04/2016 7:20:08 AM PDT · 7 of 35
    Luna to All

    Awesome! Thanks so much, everyone! Looks like I’ll be making a trip to Amazon today. :)

  • History of Islam Book Recommendations

    05/04/2016 7:05:08 AM PDT · 1 of 35
    We live in such a politically correct world, and since Muslims are being coddled all over the world, I'm sure history books abound that give a softer view of the religion of "peace."

    Are there any books that you would recommend for just factual history of Islam?

    Thanks so much!!

  • Is it possible to be a HAPPY spinster?

    06/04/2015 4:41:37 PM PDT · 28 of 36
    Luna to AlmaKing

    I have two corn snakes, so I don’t think the 42 cats would work. Bad combination. LOL!!!

  • Is it possible to be a HAPPY spinster?

    06/04/2015 4:36:12 PM PDT · 27 of 36
    Luna to BJ1
    I'm 42 and have never been married. Just haven't met the right guy. I'm happy being single. As the years have passed, my Pro list of being single has gotten longer than the Con list.

    I think God wants us to be happy, whether we're married or single, have children, or don't have children. He gave me the gift of life, so why should I spend it being miserable and pining for something that may never happen? Sure, I feel lonely sometimes, but then I count my blessings and I remember that I have been greatly blessed.

    That's my two cents. Now I'm off to once again claim sole ownership of the remote control!

  • Should climate change be added to the civil rights agenda?

    08/30/2013 4:13:44 PM PDT · 11 of 23
    Luna to Oldeconomybuyer
    The hurricane that leveled New Orleans showed that severe weather in low-income neighborhoods and communities of colour is a matter of life and death

    The author may as well have added "but if those hurricanes went after those greedy rich white folks, well, we wouldn't care. In fact, they'd deserve it. Social justice!"

  • Study: 'Toxic Perfectionism' Major Part of LDS Women's Depression

    02/15/2013 9:51:06 AM PST · 21 of 168
    Luna to aMorePerfectUnion
    Perhaps I am rogue. :) I'm also pretty strong-minded with plenty of opinions!! :)

    Perhaps the newly minted mormonic male gods can divvy up the females who are unattached among themselves?

    Okay. I admit it. I thought that comment was funny. I don't spend much time thinking about all those details of the afterlife. I'm just trying to get through this one and enjoy it. :)

    You and I won't agree on Mormon doctrine. And that's okay. I enjoy a good religious discussion, especially one where all parties are respectful, even when they disagree. I don't usually get involved in Mormon threads because they get pretty heated. But I appreciate your responses. They're non-judgemental and very level-headed.

    God bless.

  • Study: 'Toxic Perfectionism' Major Part of LDS Women's Depression

    02/15/2013 9:28:07 AM PST · 19 of 168
    Luna to colorcountry
    Wow. I can't imagine what that must have been like for you.

    I have a question for you in all sincerity and without any judgement attached.

    What was it that made you think or feel that you needed to do all those things in order to feel Godly, or as you wrote "show how successful, good and Godly we were"?

    This topic intrigues me greatly. Probably because I've never experienced the pressure and I don't understand where it comes from. Every person's life experience is unique, so every person's story is valuable.

  • Study: 'Toxic Perfectionism' Major Part of LDS Women's Depression

    02/15/2013 8:44:33 AM PST · 15 of 168
    Luna to aMorePerfectUnion
    That's funny that you mentioned the borg. You actually have a point. There is a part of Mormon culture (which I differentiate from Mormom doctrine) that we all have to be the same, we all have to be perfect women. However, that's an attitude I steer away from. I refuse to get caught up in it. Our journey on this earth is a very individual one. Salvation is individual, not collective. We're not the borg.

    I'm a never-been-married LDS woman pushing 40. My chances of getting married probably aren't that great. Do I feel as though I can't get into the highest level of Heaven because I don't have a husband? Nope! Why? Because I have hope in Christ. He is the Way.

    I've never felt pressue by my male leaders to be perfect, to get married, to go to the temple, to pay more than just tithing, to do this, to do that. I've turned down a calling before and didn't get in trouble for it.

    I just want LDS women to know that they don't have to put the pressure on themselves. Do the best you can with what you have and leave the rest to God. Everybody's "best" is going to be different.

    obedience at every turn

    God wants men and women both to obey His commandments. We're His children and He wants all of us to return back to Him. I think that God has a special place in His heart for His daughters. I think it pains Him to see these women push themselves into depression when it doesn't have to be that way.

  • Study: 'Toxic Perfectionism' Major Part of LDS Women's Depression

    02/15/2013 7:32:31 AM PST · 13 of 168
    Luna to married21

    Great story. And so true! Despair and Disouragement. Satan’s two best tools.

  • Study: 'Toxic Perfectionism' Major Part of LDS Women's Depression

    02/15/2013 7:29:23 AM PST · 12 of 168
    Luna to aMorePerfectUnion
    ““In the LDS Church it’s like, ‘I feel depressed,’ and it’s like, ‘Oh you must not be righteous, maybe you should go serve somebody and then you would be,’” Lindsay (name changed) said. She told Doty how feeling judged by others contributed to her depression. Lindsay, age 32, also said, “It’s just something we do to ourselves, that’s not coming down from the prophet, it’s not coming down from God. That’s just us comparing ourselves to each other and having that perfect standard.”

    This is her perception, that others are judging her. My question to her would be: So what if other people are judging you? Why are you so concerned about what other people think when you have no control over what other people think?

    These women put the pressure on themselves, which is wrong. She admits that it's something she does to herself, which means she chooses to continue in her negative thought patterns. She chooses to continue to participate in the stupid, useless, and destructive Compare Myself to Others game rather than let go of whatever issues she's hanging onto.

  • Study: 'Toxic Perfectionism' Major Part of LDS Women's Depression

    02/14/2013 4:19:05 PM PST · 7 of 168
    Luna to fattigermaster
    This is interesting. And sad.

    I'm a Mormon, have been my whole life. I have NEVER understood this kind of depression and guilt among LDS women. I know it exists among a lot of women of my faith. I've heard women say stuff like "I feel like I'm not doing enough. I could have done more." It makes me want to grab them by the shoulders and say:

    "Stop it! God does NOT expect you to be perfect. He knows it's impossible for ANY human to be perfect. Only one person was perfect, Jesus Christ. Do the best you can, but don't beat yourself up when you screw up. We all screw up. Accept it. Accept the grace that Jesus provides to make up for our imperfections and mistakes. That's what He's there for."

    This kind of depression and guilt is a trap they allow themselves to fall into, nothing more. I wish more LDS women would see it for what it is and realize that God loves ALL of us, despite our failings. That's why He gave his Son. That brings me joy. So why are these women so miserable? I think they forget those simple words of John 3:16.

    Just my two cents.

  • San Diego top cop boasts 'we broke the NRA' as some chiefs aim for gun control

    01/17/2013 2:34:55 PM PST · 24 of 43
    Luna to Altariel
    On the flip side, Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu, whose district suffered through the mass shooting that wounded Rep. Gabby Giffords a couple of years ago in Tucson, Ariz

    Whoever wrote this article doesn't know Arizona very well. Tucson is in Pima County. Pima County has that idiot Dupnik as County Sheriff who blamed the right for the shooting of Gabrielle Giffords.

  • EPA Celebrates 'Children Health Month,' Encourages Recruiting Students for 'Energy Patrols'

    10/05/2012 2:27:21 PM PDT · 14 of 39
    Luna to twistedwrench
    Disgusting display of indoctrination.

    Spare the Air? What kind of crap is that?

    "Okay, class, you're only allowed to breathe for 4.5 hours today. We must spare the air for future generations."

  • Atheists: Obama Administration Out Of Line To Pray For Rain

    07/20/2012 5:12:18 PM PDT · 4 of 10
    Luna to NYer
    An atheist was taking a walk through the woods one day contentedly admiring all of what he liked to call the accident which creation had created.

    "What majestic trees"! "What powerful rivers"! "What beautiful animals!" he said to himself.

    As he was walking along the side of a river, he heard a rustling in the bushes behind him. Turning he looked and saw a 9-foot grizzly bear aggressively charging toward him which set the man to running as fast as he could up the path.

    As he was running he couldn't help but look over his shoulder, but to his dismay he saw that the bear was closing in on him. He tried to run even faster. Scared, tears came to his eyes. Looking again over his shoulder he saw that the bear was dangerously closer now. His heart was frantically pumping but he kept running looking for a place to hide when "bang", he tripped and fell to the ground. Trying to roll over to pick himself up he realized his fate for the bear was right on top of him. The bear having caught up to him raised his right paw high into the air readying himself to strike the man when at that moment the Atheist cried out:

    "Oh my God"!

    Time stopped. The bear froze. The forest became silent. Even the river stopped moving.

    As a bright light shone upon the man, a voice came out of the sky: "You deny my existence for all of these years; you teach others I don't exist; and you even credit creation to a cosmic accident. Do you expect me to help you out of this predicament? Am I now to count you as a believer?"

    The atheist looked directly into the light and said, "It would be hypocritical that I ask to become a Christian after all these years of denying You, but perhaps you could show mercy on me and have the bear be a Christian?"

    "Hmmmm. A Christian bear? Very Well" said the voice.

    The light went out. The river began to run again. The sounds of the forest resumed once more.

    And then the bear dropped his right paw, brought both paws together,.bowed his head and spoke:

    "Lord, for this food which I am about to receive, I am truly thankful. Amen."

    Seriously, a big Thank You to anyone who prays to God for the things this land needs. Who cares who's offended by it. I've never understood why athiests are offended by something they don't even believe in.

  • Malloy pickets with striking nursing home workers

    07/11/2012 4:06:53 PM PDT · 4 of 5
    Luna to matt04
    Eddy Goutier of Bridgeport said he makes $450 a week, but the company was demanding he begin contributing $500 a month for his health coverage.

    "They also are raising the co-pay and taking away holiday and vacation," he said. "They are taking a lot from us."

    Boo hoo. Be thankful you're still a functioning human and not in some nursing home being taken care of by other union workers who think just like you do.

  • Florida teen who lost arm in attack wants alligator's head

    07/10/2012 2:28:09 PM PDT · 11 of 27
    Luna to DefeatCorruption
    Hoping he loses HIS sh*t-for-brains head this time around.There are too many stupid people inhabiting this planet and frankly we could stand to lose a few.

    What about the mean-spirited people? Could we stand to lose a few of those?

  • Obama defends HHS mandate: ‘not fair’ that Catholics won’t fund birth control

    07/10/2012 1:41:25 PM PDT · 16 of 23
    Luna to NYer
    she suddenly is gonna have to bear the burden and the cost of that. And that’s not fair,” Obama stated.

    Oh, the HORROR!! Having to pay for her own stuff? That is too cruel! That's inhumane!

    Obama ought to raise taxes on those making more than $250,000 so that Julia can get her free stuff. Oh, wait...

  • Obama: Americans are ‘penalized’ by ‘so-called individual mandate,’ not taxed

    07/06/2012 2:52:20 PM PDT · 24 of 39
    Luna to TurboZamboni

    Brilliant! That is awesome. Thanks! That's a keeper.

  • Obama: Americans are ‘penalized’ by ‘so-called individual mandate,’ not taxed

    07/06/2012 2:36:41 PM PDT · 15 of 39
    Luna to markomalley
    "You have to take responsibility, and if you don’t, you’re going to be penalized for it, and that’s the right thing to do.”

    "So eat your peas, little peons!! 'Cause if you don't, you'll be penalized."

    By saying that the individual mandate is necessary because failure to get health insurance harms society

    Makes me think of the Borg Collective. Forget the Borg Queen. We have the Borg King.

    "You will be assimilated into Obamacare or you'll be penalized."

    Anyone good with photoshop who could maybe make a pic of Obama as the Borg King?

  • Is It Too Late To Save America?

    07/06/2012 10:16:35 AM PDT · 43 of 76
    Luna to no-to-illegals
    Thanks & ditto!

    I'm optimistic about our chances in November. I refuse to get on the negative nancy train. Too many people having pity parties and not enough remembering just how much we have to be grateful for, and how much this country is worth fighting for.

  • Is It Too Late To Save America?

    07/06/2012 7:48:46 AM PDT · 25 of 76
    Luna to IbJensen
    Buck up, people! This is not the end. Pessimism, hopelessness, and negativity never won any war, and make no mistake, we are at war. Are you guys just going to lie down and give up?

    In the immortal words of one of the world’s greatest men, Winston Churchill:

    “What is our policy? I will say; “It is to wage war...with all our might and with all the strength that God can give us. You ask, What is our aim? I can answer with one word: Victory—victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory however long and hard the road may be; for without victory there is no survival.”

    “We shall not flag or fail. We shall go on to the end…we shall never surrender.”

    “Hitler [Obama] knows that he will have to break us in this island [country] or lose the war. If we can stand up to him, all Europe [United States] may be free and life of the world may move forward into broad, sunlit uplands. But if we fall, then the whole world, including the United States, including all that we have known and cared for, will sink into the abyss of a new Dark Age made more sinister, and perhaps more protracted, by the lights of perverted science. Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duties, and so bear ourselves that, if the British Empire and its Commonwealth [United States] lasts for a thousand years, men will still say, “This was their finest hour!”

    “Never, never, never give up."

  • What would the first line of YOUR opus be? (Vanity)

    07/03/2012 3:39:23 PM PDT · 117 of 162
    Luna to Random_User_250
    I’ll see you on the other side.

    The dark side of the moon?

  • What would the first line of YOUR opus be? (Vanity)

    07/03/2012 1:46:42 PM PDT · 64 of 162
    Luna to Political Junkie Too


  • What would the first line of YOUR opus be? (Vanity)

    07/03/2012 1:41:37 PM PDT · 61 of 162
    Luna to All

    LOL!! These are great opus lines, everyone! Thanks! :)

  • What would the first line of YOUR opus be? (Vanity)

    07/03/2012 1:29:58 PM PDT · 52 of 162
    Luna to HerrBlucher

    LOL! The more drama the better!

  • What would the first line of YOUR opus be? (Vanity)

    07/03/2012 1:22:50 PM PDT · 43 of 162
    Luna to RobertClark

    Amen. That describes our day perfectly. Gotta love Dickens!

  • What would the first line of YOUR opus be? (Vanity)

    07/03/2012 1:18:44 PM PDT · 36 of 162
    Luna to Luna

    “My real name is R-725123512 and my mother ship has finally arrived to take me back home, so I must bid adieu to this place called Free Republic because it causes me the most horrendous allergies,” someone might write as an opus.

  • What would the first line of YOUR opus be? (Vanity)

    07/03/2012 1:09:25 PM PDT · 31 of 162
    Luna to Kirkwood

    LOL! Good one!

  • What would the first line of YOUR opus be? (Vanity)

    07/03/2012 1:07:06 PM PDT · 26 of 162
    Luna to Lando Lincoln
    It was the best of times. It was the worst of times.


    Also: It is a far far better thing I do than I have ever done. It is a far far better rest I go to than I have ever known.

  • What would the first line of YOUR opus be? (Vanity)

    07/03/2012 12:49:57 PM PDT · 1 of 162
    The first thing a good opus needs is that beginning line. The Opus Headline. Perhaps we can all come up with some real doozies in an effort to assist those who might be contemplating an opus in the future. After all, opus people, you have to consider your audience. You don’t want to bore them. “I am leaving Free Republic. Good bye,” is a headline that just doesn’t do it. It doesn’t excite us. It doesn’t pull us in. Go out in a wild, blaze of glory of hugh (yes, I meant hugh) proportions! Come up with something clever! Something amazing! Something that will get you a high score!

    I kinda like this (picture Khan): “…from Hell's heart, I stab at thee! For hate's sake, I spit my last breath at thee!”

    Now that’s dramatic! That shows feeling!

    So, Freepers, what would be the first line your opus (if you ever decide to write one)?

    Disclaimer: this is for purely entertainment purposes to get away from the doom and gloom of the news for a while, and should not in any way be construed as a real opus.

  • MSNBC host wonders aloud why Obama campaign won’t release post-Obamacare ruling fundraising

    06/29/2012 4:47:34 PM PDT · 8 of 17
    Luna to 2ndDivisionVet
    I'm sure Obama has raised at least $5.00. Maybe even $6.00. His campaign is probably trying to decide how many zeroes to add to that $6.00 to make the amount sound believable.

    "Let's see...should we add 6 zeroes or 7? $60 million sounds believable. Yeah. We'll tell everyone we raised $60 million!"

  • They're lying about Obamacare [Another amusing email from nobama]

    06/29/2012 2:46:50 PM PDT · 14 of 19
    Luna to upchuck
    First, this isn't about government


  • Is It Wrong for Parents to Avenge Their Children?

    06/21/2012 2:08:26 PM PDT · 32 of 56

    It’s one thing to kill someone in self-defense or in defense of another while the victim is being raped, beaten, or what have you, as in the case of the little girl. It’s something else entirely to plan to kill the person who victimized your child and carry out that plan. That’s cold-blooded murder as far as I’m concerned and those who do that should go to jail. What would happen to society if every parent went around getting vengeance? I thought vengeance belonged to God.

  • Boehner, Cantor Announce House Fast & Furious Contempt Vote Next Week

    06/20/2012 1:58:18 PM PDT · 26 of 94
    Luna to JRandomFreeper
    Who gave 'em testosterone?

    Their wives threatened to put them in the dog house permanently?

  • Climate engineering to 'cure' global warming could turn sunny blue skies WHITE

    06/07/2012 3:34:23 PM PDT · 18 of 33
    Luna to Teflonic
    What a stupid idea!

    I often wonder what God thinks of all this "man made global warming-climate change-we must act now" silliness. Does He ever do the face palm and say "Oh, brother"? Roll His eyes? Or does He laugh?

  • Nevada Mormons for Mitt (faithful voting habits, overwhelming loyalty should help him to victory)

    02/02/2012 8:16:36 AM PST · 7 of 15
    Luna to Chainmail
    I would like to help my fellow Mormons throughout the U.S. by saying:

    Romney being a Mormon is a STUPID reason to vote for him. He's a freakin' liberal, people! Look beyond his religion and focus on his record for crying out loud. Do you really want another liberal in the White House? Wake up!

  • Ottawa police smash car window to get baby out

    07/16/2011 2:40:37 PM PDT · 15 of 43
    Luna to Clive
    This kind of thing shows just how careless, thoughtless and cruel some parents can be.

    I say restrain (i.e. tied up) the offending parents in the vehicle with the windows rolled up, the engine turned off, no access to liquids and leave them alone in the hot car for an hour and see how they like it.

    Children are so precious and it breaks my heart to see them treated so badly.

  • Presbyterians, Change Hearts & Minds, Begin Ordaining Gays

    07/09/2011 9:04:30 PM PDT · 29 of 100
    Luna to Cronos
    From the article:

    “I, along with many others who love Scripture, believe that the same-sex behaviors that are condemned in Scripture were abusive, exploitative, or part of idol worship—not the committed, loving relationships that we’re talking about today… [We] take our position not in spite of Scripture, but because of it.”

    Unbelievable. God condemned homosexual behavior period. I don't remember reading about exceptions in the Bible. I must have missed those verses. Maybe God made an exception for adultery, too. After all, some cheaters are in loving committed relationships with the cheatees. That must make it okay!

  • NY motorcyclist dies on ride protesting helmet law

    07/08/2011 10:46:49 PM PDT · 7 of 46
    Luna to Paleo Conservative
    Irony strikes again!

    Hope he gets to ride a motorcycle in Heaven.

  • Fierce, fashionable Vikings filed their teeth and ironed their clothes

    07/08/2011 12:15:08 PM PDT · 19 of 37
    Luna to frithguild

    What a silly title. Love the dramatic pose. And that mini skirt is faaaaaabulous!

  • Radical gay-sensitivity training at USDA may become government-wide program

    06/29/2011 3:02:22 PM PDT · 11 of 40
    Luna to NYer
    I think this kind of training would have the opposite effect of what they intend. I think it will make straight people dislike gays and the gay lifestyle even more. And that's not going to help anybody, straight or gay.

    Then again, I suspect this training has very little to do with "tolerance" and everything to do with someone telling others what to think. It's all about control, really.

  • Bennet Urges DOJ To Review Voter ID Laws

    06/29/2011 2:33:11 PM PDT · 11 of 36
    Luna to mdittmar
    Studies have shown that as high as 11 percent of eligible voters nationwide do not have a government-issued ID. This percentage is higher among seniors, racial minorities, low-income voters and students.

    Boo freakin hoo! So go to the DMV and pay a small fee to get one. Looked up the ID fee for my state. It's a whopping $12. And those over 65 or on SSI can get the fee waived. Oh, the horror! The expense! What a horrible burden it is to get a photo ID card!

  • Is the 'UFO Mothership Over London' Video Real?

    06/29/2011 2:15:30 PM PDT · 17 of 28
    Luna to Sprite518
    Very interesting. Unexplained things are always fascinating.

    Maybe God has a collection of remote controlled toys and likes to play with them now and then?

  • Obama: GOP Has No "Proactive Vision Of How To Move Forward" (video)

    06/28/2011 11:02:25 PM PDT · 29 of 48
    Luna to i88schwartz
    we've had to dig ourselves out of a hole that was created by their polices

    Everything is still Bush's fault, Obama? Too much of a wuss to admit your own policies (and those of the Pelosi-Reid gang) are the cause of our current mess? You lie about millions of of jobs created and crow about how much you've done to save the economy. If all your narcissism and lies left your body, you'd be the size of a microbe.

  • Diaz, Lone Democrat Who Voted 'No' on Gay Marriage Bill, Reflects on Defeat

    06/28/2011 10:49:32 PM PDT · 4 of 12
    Luna to Cronos
    Good for Diaz.

    The comments in the article were an interesting read. Such vile anger against a man who stands up for God's laws.

    It's fascinating to see the wide chasm that is growing between those who believe in God's laws and stand up for them and those who try to fight them or change them. God drew a line in the sand in the very beginning, and we're seeing who is choosing what side of the line to stand on.

    "Choose ye this day whom ye will serve..."

    Diaz made the right choice.

  • Father of population control movement supports sex-selective abortion, mass sterilization

    06/28/2011 4:08:39 PM PDT · 7 of 65
    Luna to wagglebee

    All these proponents of population control and killing the unborn are alive. How ironic. Elitist, evil POS’s, the whole lot of them.

  • Homosexuals and "The Boston Globe" are shocked and angry that....

    06/28/2011 2:23:23 PM PDT · 21 of 48
    Luna to NYer
    The church’s position runs so counter to the growing acceptance of same-sex relationships

    I found this sentence particularly interesting. The writer notes that it's the church that's running counter, rather than the sin running counter to the church's teachings. It's as though he's suggesting that the church is somehow in the wrong for not caving to a changing society.

    And anyone who thinks that God should change His moral laws just because society changes its attitudes about those laws is a fool. God is not mocked.

  • Al Gore’s Reproductive Footprint

    06/27/2011 6:05:17 PM PDT · 13 of 15
    Luna to A_Former_Democrat
    Well if Algor and these others would jump in the ocean, I would agree with that.

    Wouldn't that cause food poisoning amongst the shark population? Liberals are full of toxins.