Do you feel inspired now?

March 18th, 2010 · 198 comments

At our submitter’s college dorm in Lexington, Kentucky, one of the RAs posts an inspirational quote on the bathroom door each week. When one of the residents questioned why those “thoughts/encouragements” always happened to come from the Bible, the RA responded with a new source of inspiration.

You know, the Bible isn't the only place to get inspiration quotes FYI.

related: No bread and circuses! But maybe an ice cream social?

FILED UNDER: college life · Lexington · note wars · RA


198 responses so far ↓

  • #1   QuarterRoy00 bang

    The Bible isn’t the only place to get inspirational quotes, yes.

    But it is the best place to get quotes for your Hate Group rally.

    Mar 18, 2010 at 12:52 pm   rating: 127  small thumbs up

    • #1.1   Danielle

      Wow, you’re absolutely RIGHT! That’s such an original and non judgmental thought! It’s as if you’re putting all Christians and all people who read the Bible into one mass group who ALL hate!

      Actually, I’m a kind, loving, tolerant, accepting person and I also happen to be a Christian who reads the Bible.

      You know, for someone complaining about a group of people hating, you seem to have some hatred in your own heart. If you have something to say, try to do it in a way that you don’t sound hypocritical or intolerant of an entire group of people. Isn’t that what you want Christians to do?

      Have a wonderful day!

      Mar 19, 2010 at 10:38 pm   rating: 27  small thumbs up

       
    • #1.2   FekketCantenel

      Preach it! Preach it! Yours is the one encouraging, friendly, intelligent, and really positive comment I’ve seen all day on this site (even if it starts out with sarcasm).

      I’m done! I’m so much better than this! You, me, Jesus, we’re OUT of here!

      Mar 19, 2010 at 11:09 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
    • #1.3   infant tyrone bang

      Danielle,

      Nice that you read the Bible and happen to be kind, loving, tolerant, and accepting.

      If the Bible had a chapter on logic in it, you probably would be able to use it to realize that comment #1 isn’t remotely categorizing all Christians together as unkind, unloving, intolerant, and unaccepting.

      It’s just that here in the U.S., plenty (I would bet on ‘most’, but can’t cite statistics for you) of organized and freelance haters claim Christianity as their religion. You might say they’re practicing it badly. Others might say they’re not practicing it at all. Last I heard there wasn’t an organized group of agnostics or atheists or Bahais or Sufis being investigated and tracked by the FBI and others based on their history of bombing clinics and shooting doctors in the back (Dr. David Gunn, 1993, Florida).

      If this site were based in an Islamic country, someone could make a comment similar to #1′s and just change the name of the book. But it is based here in the (according to some commenters here and many citizens at large) Christian U.S., so the Bible gets the rip.

      Keep doing most of what you’re doing, but knock it off with the fallacious victimized status and raising up of straw men. Folks ’round here are likely to duct tape that sucker to your torso and light a match or two. You’d rather be doing the lambada with Ray Bolger (StrawMan/Scarecrow).

      Mar 20, 2010 at 12:10 am   rating: 61  small thumbs up

       
    • #1.4   anglophile bang

      Some of my best friends are Christians.

      Mar 20, 2010 at 8:25 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #1.5   infant tyrone bang

      And I doubt that any of them shoot doctors, ‘glo…
      but do any of them do a red-hot lambada ?
      There’s a sock hop at the local atheist hq next week…
      It would be like a Ray of sunnyshine to find a partner
      who can help Mr. Boulger get up and strut his stuff

      Mar 20, 2010 at 10:09 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #1.6   QuarterRoy00 bang

      For the record, I was not implying all Christians are full of hate.

      I was implying that most hate groups are full of Christians.

      Mar 20, 2010 at 4:19 pm   rating: 64  small thumbs up

       
    • #1.7   Steven

      It saddens me the amount of anti-Christian discrimination on this website. You people are revealing your lack of sophistication and your extremist political views in a forum that is better off focusing on everyday humor. Think before you type! Thanks!

      Mar 20, 2010 at 11:19 pm   rating: 9  small thumbs up

       
    • #1.8   infant tyrone bang

      WTFRU?

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l_FZVD5lsAw

      Mar 20, 2010 at 11:38 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #1.9   Ann

      I love Fred from Something Positive. This story-line was great. (First link is the last in the line, here is the first.

      Mar 21, 2010 at 11:32 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #1.10   infant tyrone bang

      Thanks for the Something Positive link.
      Interesting.

      Mar 21, 2010 at 10:24 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #2   Naoyusimi

    It’s not “rude” to complain the RA is being religiocentric. Team Anti-RA!

    Mar 18, 2010 at 12:55 pm   rating: 112  small thumbs up

     
  • #3   Will

    Sorry, I agree with the person questioning the source of inspirational quotes. Being a college dorm there are many different people with many different beliefs. To constantly quote the Bible can be an affront to those of other religious persuasions. This RA needs to use a variety of sources. His response was VERY passive aggressive and quite frankly, dick-ish.

    Mar 18, 2010 at 12:57 pm   rating: 110  small thumbs up

    • #3.1   farcical aquatic ceremony

      And as a LAZY person with the religious persuasion of “other”, I’M affronted by the RA’s assumption that I WANT to “soar” and “run” and “walk”… sounds exhausting. I’d rather read a good book.

      Mar 18, 2010 at 2:45 pm   rating: 71  small thumbs up

       
    • #3.2   Na

      Eh, I dunno. A person has a right to express their beliefs and source of inspiration if they want to, and this is a very non-intrusive way to do so. You are right in that it’s not going to appeal to everyone, but who cares? You don’t have to read it if you don’t want to, and besides, there’s no one stopping anyone else from putting up their own quotes or messages.

      Mar 18, 2010 at 6:45 pm   rating: 18  small thumbs up

       
    • #3.3   The Cass

      Except as an RA he does have a responsibility to at least try to consider all his residents. By targeting his “inspirational” postings to people who believe in a christian god, he’s alienating anyone who believes something different. If I were living in that dorm, I would be offended and unwilling to go to my RA for anything. If he’s trying to inspire his residents, it would probably be more effective to use quote from popular culture anyway.

      Team Hannibal.

      Mar 18, 2010 at 8:29 pm   rating: 52  small thumbs up

       
    • #3.4   kmd

      Unless this is a privately-funded religious college or university, the RA is totally out of line posting quotes from Christian scripture. She is paid by the university to support the residents, not to proselytize.

      It is not rude to challenge privilege. Team Hannibal.

      Mar 19, 2010 at 8:33 am   rating: 39  small thumbs up

       
    • #3.5   Palomon bang

      Fail!
      A guy quotes a holy book and he’s out of line? This is hardly proselytizing. Until he or she shows favoritism in dealing with residents based on their faiths there is not a problem at all. Not even close.

      Not sharing someone’s faith does not make the believer’s expression of faith fanatical.

      Snide iconoclasm is not a daring intellectual feat either.

      The anonymous reply was not exactly rude, perhaps, but certainly thin-skinned and very PA for the lack of ownership.

      And I fail to see what privilege is being challenged here.

      The topper was witty. I like to think it was left by a third party (#5.5- JM, you’ve been cited, friend-o) but points lost for not signing it.

      Mar 19, 2010 at 7:45 pm   rating: 11  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #4   Gunderson

    That reply left me with a bad taste of Fava beans in my mouth.

    Mar 18, 2010 at 1:04 pm   rating: 39  small thumbs up

    • #4.1   farcical aquatic ceremony

      …so THAT’s why the Census hasn’t gotten to me yet!!

      Mar 18, 2010 at 1:32 pm   rating: 8  small thumbs up

       
    • #4.2   MAMARILLA2 bang

      Have a glass of good Chianti.

      Mar 18, 2010 at 1:59 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

       
    • #4.3   gladystopia

      That hyper-religious RA? Was fucking delicious.

      Mar 18, 2010 at 3:30 pm   rating: 18  small thumbs up

       
    • #4.4   pope suburban

      Really? I’d think he’d be a little bland and dry. Enough Chianti would probably do the trick, though.

      Mar 18, 2010 at 5:18 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
    • #4.5   gavin

      It’s from the film you dufus

      Mar 19, 2010 at 9:01 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #4.6   Palomon bang

      … the tedious fumbling in the back seats of cars…

      Mar 19, 2010 at 7:48 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #5   lujlp

    The RA is a moron, Hanibal Lector is a fictionl charecter and therefor never said anything.

    Mar 18, 2010 at 1:04 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

    • #5.1   JulesM

      In that case, the RA should be reprimanded for a sloppy citation. The screenwriter deserves to be credited for that gem.

      Mar 18, 2010 at 1:21 pm   rating: 13  small thumbs up

       
    • #5.2   lujlp

      Ofcourse now tht I think about it the bible is a work of ficton as wel, so perhaps the RA is keeping to his pattern

      Mar 18, 2010 at 1:23 pm   rating: 45  small thumbs up

       
    • #5.3   JulesM bang

      Maybe, but he gave Isaiah his due…

      Mar 18, 2010 at 1:45 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
    • #5.4   farcical aquatic ceremony

      @lujlp: I’m going out to buy you a bucketful of spaces, a trough of vowels, a smattering of consonants, and a full complement of punctuation marks—DON’T TYPE ANY MORE UNTIL I GET BACK!!

      :)

      Mar 18, 2010 at 2:19 pm   rating: 57  small thumbs up

       
    • #5.5   Just Me

      We’re assuming the RA left the “Rudeness is an epidemic” quotation. Whoever left it is a genius!

      FWIW, I don’t take offense either way to the source of his inspiration. I think the idea is a nice one, but he does need to visit other sources.

      Mar 18, 2010 at 2:29 pm   rating: 9  small thumbs up

       
    • #5.6   JulesM

      @ Just Me: Agreed.

      I don’t really care either way, but if it creates opportunities for brilliant cannibal comebacks then bring on the “inspirational” religious quotes!

      Mar 19, 2010 at 7:08 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #5.7   Lydia

      Why is the RA a moron? I agree posting Biblical scripture may not be the most polite thing in a college dorm, but calling someone when we have minuscule amount of facts just seems silly.

      In my opinion, the best way for this to be handled would have been for those offended to talk to the RA in person. It’s pretty passive-aggressive (What a surprise on this website!) to just leave a note.

      Mar 22, 2010 at 11:36 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #5.8   Dev

      We have plenty of facts to indicate that the RA is a moron. Being religious makes you statistically more likely to be poor, uneducated, susceptible to persuasion, and prone to mimic without thought. I think that’s pretty good evidence.

      Did you ever try politely asking a churchie to stop spreading dogma in public, religiously diverse places? It doesn’t work.

      Yes, I think god and religion are offensive. I am a human and religion is anti-human. If you don’t believe that, go read the bible. What’s that? You HAVE read the bible? I doubt it.

      Mar 22, 2010 at 6:50 pm   rating: 9  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #6   Meri

    It’s rude to assume every person attending this school believes that a guy created the earth, made some rules, then changed his mind, and wrote another book. Christianity is as crazy as Mormanism or any other religion. As an athiest I would have been highly offended and would have written something much harsher than suggesting inspirational quotes could come from elsewhere.

    Mar 18, 2010 at 1:08 pm   rating: 38  small thumbs up

    • #6.1   Atheist Scum Unite!

      As an atheist, I am offended that you can call yourself one and spell it wrong.
      If you are going to misspell it, at least get creative. Athetits, anyone?

      Mar 18, 2010 at 1:40 pm   rating: 59  small thumbs up

       
    • #6.2   Mo® bang

      Eh the tits?

      Mar 18, 2010 at 1:44 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #6.3   Meri

      iPhone typing fail!

      My apologies to the creator of the universe.

      Mar 18, 2010 at 2:13 pm   rating: 10  small thumbs up

       
    • #6.4   claw71 bang

      Atheist girls are 99% more likely to let you play with their tits on the first date.

      We’re not judging you, Meri, but when you die you will stand before Steve Jobs and he will judge you for all the times you blamed his creations for your own shitty proofreading skills. It’s OK, we all screw up, just don’t hide behind your phone.

      Mar 18, 2010 at 2:17 pm   rating: 20  small thumbs up

       
    • #6.5   Meri

      Speaking of tits–I was nursing my baby while typing the entry on my iPhone, so there’s definitely something to the argument about the tits.

      Given my use of the word ‘than’ instead of ‘then’, we can all assume that I’m not as dumb as I made myself look with a tiny, little, wee, typo.

      Mar 18, 2010 at 2:29 pm   rating: 12  small thumbs up

       
    • #6.6   TippingCows

      As an atheist, I am not offended because it takes a lot of time and energy to allow myself to be offended and I’d rather just chill out and let the RA post their stuff. If I get offended at bible quotes, that is just as bad as the Christian being “offended” that there are NO bible quotes. Who the heck cares?
      Of course, I might (just for shits and giggles) post a few quotes of my choosing under theirs from time to time.

      Mar 18, 2010 at 3:27 pm   rating: 25  small thumbs up

       
    • #6.7   hello lamppost

      The Mormon faith is a type of Christianity. You might want to do yourself a favour and actually know a thing or two about these religions before publicly denouncing them.

      Mar 18, 2010 at 5:13 pm   rating: 11  small thumbs up

       
    • #6.8   anglophile bang

      Yeah, but you gotta admit it’s the least Christian-y of the Christianities. What with their weirdo messenger angels and their holy underwear and shit.

      Mar 18, 2010 at 5:48 pm   rating: 35  small thumbs up

       
    • #6.9   park rose bang

      I dunno, ‘glo. Tom Cruise’s mob gives them a pretty good run for the money.
      ************
      And Meri, don’t worry too much about A.S.U.. S/he has a problem distinguishing between adverbs and adjectives (wrong/wrongly), but using the adjective ‘wrong’ as an adverb, or the adjective ‘real’ instead of ‘really’ and so on, is a common (mis)-use. I do it all the time.

      I don’t understand the ‘than’/'then’ error at all, and put it down to the two words maybe sounding similar (not in my dialect, though) . . ., so kudos to you for that, and for being the queen of multi-tasking. There’s a plane we’d like you to land once you’ve got one hand free.

      Mar 18, 2010 at 6:29 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

       
    • #6.10   LemonTea

      Actually, since it’s a way for the student chaplain (the R.A. whose focus is religion at a college that was founded as a christian campus) it seems in bad taste for someone to act as if they’ve been complaining loudly for weeks about expanding quote database rather than just posting up a sarcastic note after staying silent about it. True, they could get other quote sources from other religious sources, but as people we tend to focus and use what we know rather than try to incorporate unknown variables. At least it isn’t something about condemning certain races and students and beliefs to hell. even though its showing preference for their personal focus, it’s not like they wouldn’t have incorporated other beliefs if the asshole had asked rather than leave a note.

      Hannibal note was from a different student BTW. X3 i’m so proud

      Mar 19, 2010 at 10:14 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #6.11   lostinalaska bang

      I like to think of myself as consistent, rather than an atheist. To quote someone whose name escapes me, we’re all atheists to most of the gods society has ever believed in. Some of us just go one god further. So yes, it is common courtesy for a religious person in a school that almost certainly has a mixed group of students in terms of their beliefs to avoid using strictly religious quotations as their inspirational phrases.

      Also, the point of the inspirational quote here has to do with believing in the Christian God. It’s like when my highly religious roommates freshman year used to play youth revival sermons very loudly while I was studying: past a point, it starts to feel like an attempt to convert me.

      They really shouldn’t have bothered, now that I think about it… I’m a classics major. If I was going to start believing, it’d be in gods that have personalities.

      Mar 20, 2010 at 7:27 am   rating: 11  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #7   Matt

    Well at least I understood Hannibal the first time I read his quote.

    Mar 18, 2010 at 1:09 pm   rating: 10  small thumbs up

     
  • #8   Nikki

    If that RA knows that rudeness is an epidemic, then maybe she should not be so rude as to shove her faith in other people’s faces all the time.

    Mar 18, 2010 at 1:10 pm   rating: 64  small thumbs up

    • #8.1   Mo® bang

      it could be worse. She could be shoving her crotch into peoples faces and that thing smells like dollar store tuna on sourdough that was left in the sun all afternoon.

      Mar 18, 2010 at 1:46 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #8.2   claw71 bang

      Man, I sure do miss RunBarbara.

      Mar 18, 2010 at 2:00 pm   rating: 9  small thumbs up

       
    • #8.3   MAMARILLA2 bang

      You can’t fool me, that was the shit house door off a tuna boat.

      Mar 18, 2010 at 2:02 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #8.4   Mo® bang

      I was thinking of her mom, that crusty ol whore. She always left a trail of “crumbs” when she walked naked through a room…

      Mar 18, 2010 at 3:09 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #8.5   RunBarbara bang

      Good thing you trail behind her like a Roomba with a boner to suck that filth right up, Timo.

      Mar 18, 2010 at 3:15 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #8.6   Boss

      “Shove” is a bit strong. This is a paper posted in a hallway. People can read it or not, it’s their choice. It’s not a required weekly meeting in which the RA reads the Bible to everyone. Give me a break.

      Mar 18, 2010 at 3:25 pm   rating: 15  small thumbs up

       
    • #8.7   Mo® bang

      I ♥ RB’s mom’s scab-chips! “A taste of the sea!”

      Mar 18, 2010 at 4:11 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #8.8   Palomon bang

      The Blue Waffle of Antioch?

      Mar 19, 2010 at 8:42 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #9   Good Days

    Hmmm….religion haters much?
    The appropriate step for the R.A. to take is to accept suggestions from others for what goes on the board. I don’t think the R.A. was trying to be rude with the quotes or trying to shove religion down anyone’s throat. I think the RA was trying to be inspirational. Besides, so what if some people are offended that the quotes are religious? I’m offended that these people would take offense. Does that mean that we all have to hate each other? NO. Instead of making a decidedly “dick-ish” note to stick on the R.A.’s board (b/c we all know this person was NOT trying to be helpful, but was trying to be a smartass), the person should have gone to the R.A. personally (you know…like an adult) and voiced their opinion and possibly given the R.A. some suggestions for other sources of quotations.
    Seems like a case of “If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem.”

    Mar 18, 2010 at 1:17 pm   rating: 35  small thumbs up

    • #9.1   Xenicore

      Right–like spewing verbiage about how accepting God into your life will make you happy is inspirational. It’s an attempt to indoctrinate others and convince them to become Christians, plain and simple. Now, if the quotation were about love, or how to be happy, or, well, anything other than propaganda, then perhaps you’d have a point.

      But there isn’t. So you don’t.

      As Hannibal Lecter espoused in the novels of that other mythology, rudeness should not be repaid with politeness–it should be repaid in kind.

      Not agreeing or disagreeing–just saying. Oh, irony.

      Mar 18, 2010 at 1:28 pm   rating: 67  small thumbs up

       
    • #9.2   claw71 bang

      There are some religious passages that are inspirational, but there’s a big difference between inspiring and proselytizing. The RA’s intent is to inspire more people to subscribe to his brand of religion and that is offensive. My response to this would have been to wipe my ass with the quote and shove it under his door.

      Mar 18, 2010 at 1:30 pm   rating: 52  small thumbs up

       
    • #9.3   infant tyrone bang

      Maybe the RA was trying (unconsciously) to shove religion down his floor’s throat…maybe he was not…we’re unlikely to know.

      So maybe your adult confrontation scenario would have been productive.
      Maybe it would have made things worse for everyone.

      My experience tells me to choose Team FYI.
      Your allegiance may vary.

      Do not despair, for one thief was saved.
      Do not presume, for one was doomed.
      T. Aquinas

      Mar 18, 2010 at 1:33 pm   rating: 8  small thumbs up

       
    • #9.4   farcical aquatic ceremony

      Also, the note wasn’t on the RA’s door–the RA puts the notes up on the door of the shared bathroom, thus forcing her views on others.

      Mar 18, 2010 at 1:35 pm   rating: 18  small thumbs up

       
    • #9.5   oi

      oh so somebody came and suggested that second note writer should go to RA and discuss like an adult about the issue, on PAN? that’s new! At least she did not cry that it’s not PAN and it does not belong here. My faith in humanity is restored.

      Mar 18, 2010 at 1:53 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
    • #9.6   felix

      “b/c we all know this person was NOT trying to be helpful, but was trying to be a smartass”

      He was more likely just sick and tired of pompous fucks like you putting religious bullshit in his face every time he wants to take a leak.

      Mar 18, 2010 at 2:05 pm   rating: 38  small thumbs up

       
    • #9.7   Good Days

      Oh, give me a break. According to your theories no one should ever voice an opinion or preference for one thing or another because it might be offensive. (Actually, I understand that you only consider things offensive when they are offensive to YOU.) I don’t disagree that the RA was hopeful that someone might be inspired to accept his/her own religious view. Here’s the question, though: Why is that so damn bad??? Every day I leave my house I encounter those who want to submit their beliefs to me for consideration. OK, let me put it in vernacular that you will understand….they shove their beliefs in my face and expect me to agree with them. Sometimes I get information that causes me to change how I think about things. Sometimes, the more information that I get, the more convinced I am that my original view was the correct one. Either way, I’m not going to be insulting about someone’s views as long as they are respectful in the way that they present their information. As I stated before, the person should have acted as a reasonable adult by going to the RA rather than deciding to vandalize the quotation that the RA put up.

      Mar 18, 2010 at 2:59 pm   rating: 19  small thumbs up

       
    • #9.8   claw71 bang

      Good Days, you can voice an opinion but that doesn’t mean you won’t face consequences. Freedom of Speech doesn’t mean you are free from being held accountable .

      And the door swings both ways. I consider myself an atheist. It’s not that I don’t believe in god, but more specifically, I believe that there is no god. There is a difference and I take comfort in that. I’d never put one of those Darwin fish on my car because I know it would invite vandalism. I also don’t put pro choice stickers on my car because if some of those whack jobs will blow up clinics, what would they do to a car?

      The great thing about me is that, while I don’t mince words about my beliefs, I don’t feel the need to convert others. So you’ll never see me post a random message in a public place denouncing religion. Mind you, this thread has become a bit of a referendum on religion so I have taken shots here. That’s different than posting “There’s no god, so stop praying for help and solve your problems with reason.” on a bathroom wall. If anything, I’ll put your mom’s phone number up there because everybody should have such a good time.

      The RA is out of line. Like I said, there are plenty of inspirational quotes in the bible that don’t proselytize…one of my favorites is attributed to Jesus himself: And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

      Mar 18, 2010 at 3:56 pm   rating: 54  small thumbs up

       
    • #9.9   Mike

      If someone stops me on the street to talk about Jesus, I can excuse myself and move on. If I see young men with white shirts and a black name tag, I can cross to the other side.

      If my RA puts up a sign on the bulletin board or bathroom mirror, I have to look at it every day whether I want to or not. Plus, this is person has at least a bit of authority along with the title, which to me makes the situation even more annoying that the random person on the street spouting about their savior.

      Mar 18, 2010 at 4:26 pm   rating: 29  small thumbs up

       
    • #9.10   kmd

      If the Bible is God’s inspired words to God’s people, then it is not a Quote of the Day calendar.

      Those who use the Bible as a source of “inspiring quotations” are demonstrating that they engage their own religion exactly as they would a good Garfield comic.

      It’s neither inspiring nor helpful, and one idiotic note deserves another.

      Mar 19, 2010 at 8:40 am   rating: 24  small thumbs up

       
    • #9.11   Canthz_B bang

      @claw 9.8…nail hit on head, nothing to add but thumbs. :-)

      Mar 19, 2010 at 11:03 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #10   infant tyrone bang

    Well, as the good doctor said to the little boy on the plane,
    “As your mother tells you, and my mother certainly told me,
    it is important, she always used to say, always to try new things.”

    Though the RA may take pride in citing the New Living Testament bible, plenty of his nominal brethren would be happy to “have him for dinner” for the misstep of walking a path not laid down by the King James version.

    Mar 18, 2010 at 1:23 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

    • #10.1   lujlp

      Timmy? Do you like movies about gladiators?

      RIP Capt. Over

      Mar 18, 2010 at 1:41 pm   rating: 8  small thumbs up

       
    • #10.2   Mo® bang

      Johnny, what can you make out of this?

      Mar 18, 2010 at 1:51 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #10.3   MAMARILLA2 bang

      This? Why, I can make a hat or a brooch or a pterodactyl…

      Mar 18, 2010 at 1:54 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
    • #10.4   clumber

      and don’t call me Shirley.

      Mar 18, 2010 at 5:27 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #10.5   infant tyrone bang

      Roger, Victor.

      Mar 19, 2010 at 9:14 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #10.6   beanster

      got clearance, clarence?

      Mar 19, 2010 at 4:00 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #10.7   Palomon bang

      A hospital? What is it?

      Mar 19, 2010 at 8:48 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #10.8   GroovySooz bang

      What’s your vector, Victor?

      Mar 20, 2010 at 12:47 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #11   Amanda6

    That is… so awesome.

    Mar 18, 2010 at 1:25 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #12   claw71 bang

    I can’t think of a better place for religion than the toilet.

    Mar 18, 2010 at 1:26 pm   rating: 34  small thumbs up

    • #12.1   infant tyrone bang

      Fer some reason, some gay fellas seem to enjoy toilet encounters…

      If they’re not going to restrain themselves to the confines of their tax-free, government subsidized churches, let the traditionalists pray in outhouses, and leave the paper, soap, and running water to taxpaying citizens.

      Mar 18, 2010 at 1:43 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #12.2   claw71 bang

      Gay men don’t enjoy toilet encounters at all. You have them confused with totally straight men of inscrutable power and impeccable repuations who happen to prefer wide stances, and to tap their toes to a catchy beat while they’re being totally straight and not gay at all.

      Mar 18, 2010 at 1:56 pm   rating: 48  small thumbs up

       
    • #12.3   Just Me

      Unless you ate too little and drank too much at that frat party.

      Mar 18, 2010 at 2:39 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #12.4   Boss

      Really? Great, then throw your money down the toilet because all your money has a religious note for you on it too: In God We Trust. Guess the government is “shoving” religion down people’s throats too but we don’t so much mind that one so much.

      Mar 18, 2010 at 3:32 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #12.5   claw71 bang

      Boss, if my money had ‘If you spend this you’re a big fat poopy head who likes to sniff farts while his mommy rubs his pee pee‘ stamped on it in bold print, I would still settle my tab with it. That doesn’t mean I like it*.

      I think In God We Trust better demonstrates the frailty of faith and the insecure nature of typical Christians than it does a tacit authentication of a state religion.

      *EDIT TO ADD: I don’t like having stuff printed on my money, but sniffing farts and having my pee pee rubbed by mom is most excellent.

      Mar 18, 2010 at 3:42 pm   rating: 30  small thumbs up

       
    • #12.6   anglophile bang

      I strenuously object to the In God We Trust motto on our money. I would like to see it removed. If not removed, at least they could add “all others pay cash”.

      Mar 18, 2010 at 5:57 pm   rating: 27  small thumbs up

       
    • #12.7   infant tyrone bang

      Every so often one of these threads hits the Pynchonian Trifecta…
      So from Gravity’s Rainbow, here’s your daily moment of Zen…

      The money seeping its way out . . . what stayed at home in Berkshire went into timberland whose diminishing green reaches were converted acres at a clip into paper — toilet paper, banknote stock, newsprint — a medium or ground for shit, money, and the Word. . . . Shit, money, and the Word, the three American truths, powering the American mobility, claimed the Slothrops, clasped them for good to the country’s fate.

      Mar 18, 2010 at 7:57 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #12.8   LordOfThePants

      I like to write “POO” over “GOD” on all my paper money.

      Mar 19, 2010 at 11:11 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #13   claw71 bang

    Isaiah was an idiot. If you can soar high on wings like eagles you don’t need to run, and if fainting while you walk is a problem you might want to forget about THE LORD and call a cardiologist.

    Mar 18, 2010 at 1:53 pm   rating: 28  small thumbs up

    • #13.1   oi

      damn! you beat me to it. I kept thinking: wow! even tough I can soar like an eagle I still need light from god to run and walk. so why do I need god exactly?

      Mar 18, 2010 at 1:57 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #13.2   Atheist Scum Unite!

      Well played, sir.
      Claw, sometimes I don’t know whether I want to kiss you or karate-chop you in your nether regions…

      Mar 18, 2010 at 2:01 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #13.3   claw71 bang

      Why choose? I like it rough.

      Mar 18, 2010 at 2:11 pm   rating: 10  small thumbs up

       
    • #13.4   kmd

      Aaaaaand … thank you! A perfect demonstration of the kind of idiocy that results from engaging with scripture in cutesy little “inspirational” sound bytes.

      Mar 19, 2010 at 8:46 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #13.5   JulesM

      Context is everything.

      Mar 19, 2010 at 9:35 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #14   sarah ashley

    I think it’s “rude” of the RA to jam Bible quotes down peoples throats. So … tomato, tomaaaato.

    Mar 18, 2010 at 2:08 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

     
  • #15   tiff

    “WWWWWWWWAAAAWWHRRRRR”
    – the don’t give a shit dinosaur

    Mar 18, 2010 at 2:18 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

     
  • #16   Keyser Söze ®

    Interesting. Over 70% of this country are still self-proclaimed Christians. If you know you’re going to be “offended” don’t read the fucking message. Or offset it with some Danzig lyrics or quotes by Madelyn Murray O’Hare. But whatever you do, don’t hide behide a monitor talking about how you’d wipe your ass with the note and slide it under someone’s door. You might run into a less passive Warrior for Christ and they just might kick your ass.

    Mar 18, 2010 at 2:20 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

    • #16.1   Atheist Scum Unite!

      How truly Christ-like…

      Mar 18, 2010 at 2:31 pm   rating: 30  small thumbs up

       
    • #16.2   Sally

      You’re an absolute delight, sir.

      Mar 18, 2010 at 2:32 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #16.3   claw71 bang

      Who’s the bigger internet tough guy? The guy who posts a comment about wiping his ass with scripture, or the douchebag who calls him out while hiding behind his own monitor?

      I guess we’ll have to cursor wrestle to settle this one.

      Mar 18, 2010 at 2:56 pm   rating: 31  small thumbs up

       
    • #16.4   Good Days

      To Athiest Scum:
      If you were at all familiar with the religion, you would know that “Christ-like” doesn’t refer to always sitting back and taking it while others try to beat you for your beliefs. Sometimes it’s about standing up for what you believe in, even (especially) if it’s not the easy thing to do.

      Mar 18, 2010 at 3:03 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #16.5   RunBarbara bang

      Man, I miss the good ol’ days when Claw and I would settle an argument with chain mail and flaming tar-balls like the luddites we really are.

      Although filming it might have been nice…..

      Mar 18, 2010 at 3:18 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #16.6   TippingCows

      Cursor war! I just choked on yogurt … or was that … ?

      Mar 18, 2010 at 3:32 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #16.7   jaywalke

      Oh yeah? Well, if you feel that way, then you probably [insert sexual orientation and/or penis comparison here]! And, if you don’t like it, I’ll [vague and unlikely threat].

      What do you think of that? Huh? You stupid [body part].

      XXXOOO

      P.S. [neenerneener, etc.]

      Mar 18, 2010 at 3:34 pm   rating: 42  small thumbs up

       
    • #16.8   Good Days

      Jay,
      That is possibly the best post I have ever seen here.
      Bless you.
      LOL

      Mar 18, 2010 at 3:41 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #16.9   Mo® bang

      OOooooh gooooood fooor youuu!!!
      You’re such a fascist Nazi!
      There I said it… got it out of the way. Now continue.

      Mar 18, 2010 at 4:21 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #16.10   Ehreeka

      Good Days: “‘Christ-like’ doesn’t refer to always sitting back and taking it while others try to beat you for your beliefs”
      That’s exactly what Christ did. You know, when they killed him? Turn the other cheek and all that? To your grave? Mm-hmm.

      Mar 18, 2010 at 10:35 pm   rating: 16  small thumbs up

       
    • #16.11   Canthz_B bang

      Someone needs to turn the other (butt) cheek.

      Yeah, share the “Good News” with your fellow man, but if he should choose not to accept it, kick his heathen ass.

      Onward Christian soldiers!

      One thing though…just how many more will be killed in the name of God before someone remembers a little Commandment about not killing?
      Why would you want to kick someones ass when God said that vengeance is His, not yours?

      Mar 18, 2010 at 11:51 pm   rating: 13  small thumbs up

       
    • #16.12   Atheist Scum Unite!

      @ Good Days

      I have a buybull quote for you, darling:

      Matthew 5:38-40 (New International Version)

      38″You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’ 39But I tell you, Do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. 40And if someone wants to sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well.”

      I also remember Jesus telling the Pharisees that he who was without sin should cast the first stone. (John 8:1-7)

      I know, I know, it’s WAY more fun to pick and choose the verses you live by…

      Mar 19, 2010 at 9:15 am   rating: 12  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #17   Sally

    Really?! The ONLY quote about rudeness this moron could find is from Hannibal Lector?!?

    Mar 18, 2010 at 2:31 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

    • #17.1   April

      think they picked it cause it is in large contrast to the bible. I’m pretty sure the bible doesnt agree w/ eating ppl.

      Mar 18, 2010 at 2:54 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #17.2   Woman on the Verge bang

      Read #20…. I beg to differ.

      Mar 18, 2010 at 2:58 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #17.3   Atheist Scum Unite!

      April, you silly girl…

      Jeremiah 19:9 (also Ezek 5:10)
      I will make them eat the flesh of their sons and daughters, and they will eat one another’s flesh during the stress of the siege imposed on them by the enemies who seek their lives.

      Mar 18, 2010 at 3:00 pm   rating: 20  small thumbs up

       
    • #17.4   Mo® bang

      OOOH shoot I thought it said “RADNESS”. Never mind , party on dude!

      Mar 18, 2010 at 4:22 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #18   H for Toy bang

    I’m most offended by the “FYI”. I always picture a snotty little bitch flipping her hair and saying “Fer Yer InferMAtion…” FYI just sets my teeth on edge!

    Mar 18, 2010 at 2:33 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

    • #18.1   Mo® bang

      That snotty little bitch. I just want to toss her to the squirrels, don’t you!?

      Mar 18, 2010 at 4:23 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #18.2   H for Toy bang

      Ha! I just had a whole “snotty bitch being nibbled to death by squirrels” fantasy in my head. Thanks!

      Mar 18, 2010 at 5:27 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #18.3   H for Toy bang

      It’s even more fun if you imagine that it’s Amanda from the breeders post. Very satisfying.

      Mar 19, 2010 at 12:44 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #19   claw71 bang

    I would like to state for the record, and I believe I can speak for all of the people commenting here on PAN, that we are all 100% against the submitter if the university in question is not the one most commonly associated with Lexington Kentucky and is actually a bible college of some sort as the Commonwealth of Kentucky is replete with them. In that case, the submitter is a complete idiot.

    That is all.

    Mar 18, 2010 at 2:38 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

    • #19.1   JulesM

      If that were the case, our dear FYIer would have to have some kind of masochistic fetish, wouldn’t he? I mean, who goes to a bible college and then complains about biblical quotes?
      Then again, maybe he’s just a “think outside of the box” kinda guy.

      Mar 19, 2010 at 7:50 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #20   Woman on the Verge bang

    You do realize that these notes are really kind of connected… During communion, we eat the Host – the body of Jesus Christ. If Hannibal Lecter had been around, he would have eaten the body of Jesus Christ as well.

    Religion? Fiction? We’re all cannibals.

    Mar 18, 2010 at 2:50 pm   rating: 8  small thumbs up

    • #20.1   claw71 bang

      I often wonder how that all came about. Last Supper, Jesus is getting loose with his homies–kind of like Edward Norton in 25th Hour.

      They all laugh it off, even though they know that J Creezy’s going to suffer. They’re just hanging loose and being guys.Then Jesus stands up to make a toast and being completely hammered he has trouble standing up. Somebody makes a wise crack about walking on water and Jesus says “Eat me, bro.”

      Then he looks at his wine, considers his swirling head and says something about his blood being wine. They all laugh and finish off the evening by pulling a train on Mary Magdalene. Jesus, being the condemned man, gets to be the engine and the caboose. It’s awesome.

      Then, years later when somebody’s trying to put together everything that transpired, they get all serious and come up with communion. It gets all twisted into some creepy mind control ritual right out of a science fiction novel.

      Mar 18, 2010 at 3:10 pm   rating: 14  small thumbs up

       
    • #20.2   gladystopia

      Meanwhile, the young Lafayette R. Hubbard, errand-boy at a small Jerusalem tavern, was snoozing amongst the wine-casks in the corner closet.

      Then the words of Jesus’ toast cracked through his intoxicated slumber for just a moment. “Wine…as blood?” he slurred. ” I could MAKE UP a better story than THAT…!”

      He gulped another cupful of the pulpy wine dregs, rolled over, and went back to sleep.

      Mar 18, 2010 at 3:38 pm   rating: 8  small thumbs up

       
    • #20.3   Palomon bang

      Not all Christians perform Communion, WOV.

      Mar 19, 2010 at 9:04 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #21   snatchbeast

    While I don’t dig god shit, the Lecter retort is pure awesome.

    Mar 18, 2010 at 2:55 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

    • #21.1   claw71 bang

      Wow. With a nom de screen like snatchbeast I thought you’d be a holy roller for sure.

      Mar 18, 2010 at 3:34 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #22   Mark M

    We had something similar years ago where the headteacher would write inspirational educational quotes on a whiteboard. A friend of mine got into trouble for writing his own version – “When teaching bottom set, remember that you can’t polish a turd”

    Mar 18, 2010 at 3:53 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #22.1   Ehreeka

      Au contraire. The television show Mythbusters proved that one could polish poo.

      Mar 18, 2010 at 10:40 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #23   oi bang

    That’s interesting hand writing. I thought it was bude?

    Mar 18, 2010 at 4:38 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #24   sunny

    You know, I’m just curious, would anyone have taken offense if the quotes weren’t credited? If it was only the quote with no reference to the Bible, would that have made a difference? Or are people getting a little too uptight? As soon as they see anything that looks like something they don’t agree with, it’s being “shoved in their faces.” I mean, yeah, maybe it’s a bit much if it’s truly from the Bible EVERY TIME, but why not just take it for what it is? Inspiration is inspiration, no matter the source.

    Of course, I’d have just replied with a note saying, “There is no God. Inspire yourself.”

    Mar 18, 2010 at 4:46 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

    • #24.1   claw71 bang

      I think it depends on the quote. Does citing the cource really matter here?

      And it’s also a matter of intent. I don’t get uptight if somebody says ‘God bless you’ or ‘you’ll be in my prayers’ to me because I realize that’s just their way of wishing me well. Context is everything.

      Mar 18, 2010 at 4:50 pm   rating: 10  small thumbs up

       
    • #24.2   oi bang

      Excuse me sunny, even though you tried to sugar coat it, what ‘s exactly the inspiration here?
      it says, BUT who…will be able to do this and that.
      what about others? they will fly like ostrich, run like sloth or faint while walking?
      that hidden threat of negative consequences for not believing in god exactly is shoving in your face. Actually it’s more than that, it’s bullying
      If it was truly inspirational it would not put forward any conditions for you to be inspired.
      btw I am not an atheist, I do believe in god. I mostly ignore quotes like this but when somebody comes forward to defend it then well I can’t simply ignore it.

      Mar 18, 2010 at 4:58 pm   rating: 19  small thumbs up

       
    • #24.3   FekketCantenel

      The first paragraph of your comment basically summed up my feelings. I’ll add that if you see an inspirational quote and can’t stop bitching about the source, you’re pretty uninspired. And if you can’t find inspiration in the sweeping beauty of the Bible, you have some growing up to do.

      In before I get called nasty names for saying so.

      Mar 18, 2010 at 5:02 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #24.4   sunny

      But the submitter isn’t saying they’re not inspirational. S/He is just saying they’re always from the Bible. And there are a lot of people who would be inspired by quotes and, upon finding out who said them, would do nothing but bitch.

      Here’s an inspirational quote to the truly anti-RA-ers, though: “It is always more difficult to fight against faith than against knowledge.” It’s a losing battle, guys. =P Like I said, just take it for what it is. Erase the source, erase any words that allude to said source… And remember that the Bible is just like any other book. You don’t have to believe in it to be inspired. To be upset purely BECAUSE the quotes come from the Bible is just hateful no matter which way you look at it.

      Mar 18, 2010 at 5:23 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
    • #24.5   oi bang

      oh you mean to say that you only meant submitter even though you had very generic pronoun used in your first comment. That implied that you were frowning at all the commenters who said it’s shoving.
      And as Claw pointed out in this particular quote does it matter that source was revealed? even if it’s not, it’s not too hard to guess where it’s coming from and if you think from atheist’a point of view it says that yeah you better believe in god or…
      Anyway when I replied to you, I had only this quote in mind because it’s the only info I have. I don’t know what other quotes RA posted but this quote is more of a threat than inspiration.

      Mar 18, 2010 at 9:46 pm   rating: 9  small thumbs up

       
    • #24.6   sunny

      I mean people in general. But in this case, the submitter, sure. I can’t think from an “atheist point of view” because I’m not atheist and while it sounds like a cop-out to claim agnosticism, I’m gonna do it. It’s just easier for me to admit that there are some things from the Bible that are inspirational even though I don’t believe in a Christian God. It’s quite easy to read a passage, omit words like “He,” “God,” “Lord,” and so on and still say, “Wow, that’s kinda beautiful.”

      I guess I don’t see how it’s more threatening, but isn’t it true that with hope or faith in ANYTHING (not just a “god”), life is easier?

      I understand where you’re coming from, though. This is a pretty fun submission… It’s not often that they breed actual DISCUSSIONS, it seems. Interesting.

      Mar 19, 2010 at 3:43 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #24.7   anglophile

      I find it a little strange that you can’t think from an atheist’s point of view, sunny. All you have to do is think how you’d like it if every single “inspirational” quote your RA posted came from Mein Kampf or something. You’d be irritated, right?

      Sure the Bible is full of great quotes. It’s one of the greatest pieces of literature in the world. But a quick google of “inspirational quotes” and a few clicks and I got to: “The way to gain a good reputation, is to endeavor to be what you desire to appear. – Socrates” Took me maybe eight seconds. I think the evidence is that the RA is definitely of an evangelical bent.

      And for those of us who have considered Christianity and decided it is not for us, the proselytizing seems to never end. It’s fricking annoying to be told, not only what you think is wrong, but that you haven’t thought about it.

      Mar 19, 2010 at 5:44 am   rating: 18  small thumbs up

       
    • #24.8   sunny

      How can I think like an atheist if I am not? And for that matter, if I ought to put myself in an atheist’s shoes, then why not put yourself in the RA’s shoes? Maybe they couldn’t think of anything more fitting to everybody. You can’t please everyone. And what if the quotes weren’t from the Bible, but rather another religious book? What if they all came from a religious author like CS Lewis? From Ghandi? Then would it matter if they all came from the same place?

      Honestly, I still don’t understand the big deal. I am not a Christian. I am not anything. But why pick fights where there don’t have to be any? Does everybody WANT to be inspired? Nobody is inspired (or angry) enough to put up their own inspirational quotes. Maybe if other people put up their own, it’d add variety. Until someone is upset enough to CHANGE it, rather than just COMPLAIN about it, it must not be that big of a deal.

      And like I said above, inspiration is inspiration. If someone finds Hitler’s words inspiring, then why not? They’re not shoving a love of Hitler in your face. I’d rather post my own quotes than try to get them to stop finding Hitler so inspiring.

      And for those who have been told that it’s wrong and stupid and ignorant to believe in God (or to consider that one might exist, in my case), it’s just as annoying as it is on your end.

      Mar 19, 2010 at 8:19 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #24.9   anglophile bang

      And for those who have been told that it’s wrong and stupid and ignorant to believe in God (or to consider that one might exist, in my case), it’s just as annoying as it is on your end.

      OK, so you find it annoying to be told it’s wrong and stupid and ignorant to believe in God. Can you see that for someone who doesn’t believe in God, it is annoying to be told you should? You can’t even muster up that tiny amount of empathy? Atheists (I’m not really one, by the way, but that’s not the point) are not totally alien beings whose inner workings are completely incomprehensible. They are people who believe something different than you do.

      Good Lord. It’s not that hard of a concept.

      And really, you ought to reread the quote, because it isn’t just inspirational. It explicitly says you need to believe in God to soar with the eagles. I’m here to tell you, that is NOT inspirational if one does not believe in God.

      Mar 19, 2010 at 1:50 pm   rating: 9  small thumbs up

       
    • #24.10   sunny

      I don’t think you bothered to try to understand what I was saying. It’s hard to try to talk to people who refuse to get it and create circular arguments. I was saying it’s JUST AS annoying. This means that I understand how annoying it would be for you, hypothetically, if you were an atheist. That is empathy. I know how that feels.

      But just because I know how it feels to be ridiculed and deemed ignorant for what I believe doesn’t mean I understand why they think the way they do. Knowing THAT they believe what they do and knowing HOW they believe what they do… Are two totally different concepts. And if that doesn’t make sense to you, then I can’t explain it any better.

      And like I said, I don’t believe in God but I can see how it could be inspirational. Just because it doesn’t inspire you doesn’t mean it doesn’t inspire someone else. You can’t satisfy everyone in the world. If people at this school aren’t inspired by those particular quotes, they should start putting up their own and stop complaining about it. You shouldn’t complain about anything you aren’t willing to change.

      Mar 19, 2010 at 6:14 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #24.11   anglophile bang

      Look, sunny. The real drama of this PAN is not the original “inspirational” quote. It’s the way the suggestion to broaden the scope of the “encouragement” is seen as an attack, as “rudeness”. It’s the ZOMG! the Christians are being repressed attitude that’s really irritating.

      As to your own personal inability to understand why atheists might think the way they do, I can’t help you. It seems a valid viewpoint to me, but then, I’ve thought about the matter a lot.

      Mar 19, 2010 at 6:57 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
    • #24.12   FekketCantenel

      Psst. Sunny. Anglophile’s contempt of you is blatant, it’s just that she’s too cowardly to post so here. Check the latest comments on the Community/guidelines page, which ironically forbids insulting fellow commenters:

      http://www.passiveaggressivenotes.com/troublemaker-hq/

      I’ve been watching them call me names there all day, thinking I couldn’t see. It’s pretty funny and I hate to spoil the game, but I thought you’d like to know.

      Mar 19, 2010 at 7:03 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #24.13   Woman on the Verge bang

      Fek, get a grip. Everyone would leave you the hell alone if you just shut up and look around. The comments are sarcastic, insulting, and funny as hell. Take them for what they are and stop judging everyone else… or suck it up and expect to be judged right back.

      Mar 19, 2010 at 7:21 pm   rating: 8  small thumbs up

       
    • #24.14   oi bang

      omg! fakke found the community page! Damn! It was hidden under seven sea and you need special talent and password to unlock it. even then she found it! I guess we underestimated thinking that she could not see them. She is so smart. It’s not like it’s on open webpage for everybody and anybody to see it!
      oh wait!

      Mar 19, 2010 at 7:26 pm   rating: 9  small thumbs up

       
    • #24.15   anglophile bang

      I don’t recall saying anything about sunny on the Community page.

      Mar 19, 2010 at 7:31 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #24.16   park rose bang

      @24.12, I saw the rule, Don’t feed the trolls. Guess we fucked up big time.

      Mar 19, 2010 at 7:42 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #24.17   sunny

      It’s okay. Nobody has to agree with me. I was just putting my two cents in. If that makes me stupid, that’s fine – the feeling is pretty mutual.

      Mar 20, 2010 at 4:18 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #24.18   anglophile bang

      Well, I was enjoying talking about this, sunny. I wasn’t thinking you were stupid. I thought we were having a conversation, even if I was a little testy. Now I feel a little dumb myself.

      Mar 20, 2010 at 8:23 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #24.19   sunny

      I thought I was having a conversation as well. But it seems as though I was being called stupid for what I think, by at least one person – which is a bit ironic when you think about it and read through the posts. Not once did I insult anybody but the entire time judgement was being passed on me and other people were incapable of understanding what I was saying and choosing instead to say that what I thought was ridiculous… ignorant… and stupid.

      Maybe what the people above accuse those of faith of doing is what they see themselves doing.

      I enjoyed it as well. Just posing another train of thought. It was only meant to be a thoughtful conversation.

      Mar 20, 2010 at 9:50 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #24.20   Canthz_B bang

      Sunny, it’s not non-believers “refuse” to change their minds in the face of your persuasive religious arguments.
      It’s just that they don’t find the arguments persuasive.

      Non-believers have a tendency to reject the see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil mindset, and are therefore able to actually consider information which contradicts the existence of God.
      Believers hold a mindset that precludes them from considering that God may not exist. They can’t consider information which is against their faith-based existence.
      In short, non-believers are more open-minded people.

      I was once having a discussion about the existence or non-existence of God with an otherwise intelligent woman.
      I made some arguments that should have been very thought provoking, but rather than provoking any real thought, all they did was launch her into repeating “God is great!” over and over again as if that would purge the offending information from her mind.

      That, my friend, is “refusal” not mere disagreement.

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    • #24.21   sunny

      I understand that. I’m not out to change anybody’s mind. And while I have considered that God may not exist, I find it hard to believe that there is just nothing other than science to explain everything. Now, I’m not out to convince anybody of anything, and I’m sure as hell not trying to persuade anybody to believe in a God I’m not sure I believe in.

      But there is a space between believers and non-believers. There is a gray area known as believers in SOMETHING.

      I was just trying to make the point that religion can be taken out of otherwise inspirational quotes. Atheists have faith in nothing? It doesn’t have to read as a threat, as has been said many times in this thread. Have faith in ANYTHING… et cetera, et cetera.

      That’s a grand statement, though, to say non-believers are more open-minded. It’s just as easy to say that maybe non-believers should entertain the fact that there MIGHT be something out there… Even if they don’t believe in it. It’s just as easy as asking a believer to consider that there may be no God. Everything you said goes both ways.

      I’m sorry to hear that the discussion went that way. It does sound, indeed, like she just refused to consider the matter. But I have met and spoken to many people who refused to believe that any belief but their own may be right… On both sides. There are extremes in every case.

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    • #24.22   anglophile bang

      I was just trying to make the point that religion can be taken out of otherwise inspirational quotes.

      But, this particular Bible quote is only inspirational if you already believe in God. Otherwise, you’re doomed to fainting all over the place. Don’t you see that?

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    • #24.23   sunny

      Why? Because it has the word “Lord” in it? Why not just replace it with something that makes sense to you, something that inspires you?

      “But those who trust in themselves…” and so on. I mean, sure, it’s not like that in the Bible, but it’s not like the Bible was written by God anyway. It can be changed. The Catholics have proved that much a hundred times.

      Everyone else in the world has edited it. It’s not that hard. They’re all just words changed and retranslated to fit whoever is in charge at the time.

      There’s nothing more inspiring than realizing self-sufficiency. And that is how I can claim inspiration from this quote. Not because I believe in God.

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    • #24.24   anglophile bang

      OK, yeah. I’ll just pretend something else is written there, and it will all be ok. Now I am going to call you stupid.

      I’ll just change the quote to “People who willfully misinterpret quotes just to argue will soar with the eagles.”

      Mar 20, 2010 at 4:53 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
    • #24.25   Canthz_B bang

      All non-believers in God believe in SOMETHING. It is a mistake to believe that some non-believers believe in nothing…as if they have no moral moorings at all.

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    • #24.26   oi bang

      Normally I would not give shit at this point in argument if you want to be stupid or stubborn. Not my problem as I am believer of each to his own. Since I called you stupid behind the curtain I feel obliged to give you the explanation.

      Well I tried to tell you as clearly as possible (and not just me even glo tried more than once) that we are talking about this particular quote because that’s only up there. Even then you kept saying same thing: people are offended by source and not actual quote. if the source is not revealed people would not mind the quote.
      but that argument does not hold in this case because there is a big “but” in the start of the quote which implies that nonbeliever in the “lord” will suffer negative consequence. If there was not that but then it would say yeah here, there is one more possible way to be able to soar the sky like an eagle. that would not be threatening to anybody, believer in other than Christian beliefs or non believer. It won’t be inspirational to non believers but at least it won’t be threating to them.
      It may be possible that are there are some people out there who would throw tantrum seeing the source of the quote is Bible (see? I got it what you are trying to say) but you chose the wrongest possible quote to prove your point. Is that really hard to understand? I thought it was not hard to understand and for this reason I called you stupid behind the curtain. I did not call you stupid because you found that quote inspirational(may be you are believer and this quote reinforces your beliefs. whatever.) neither for that you are believer. As I said before I am a believer too. so why would I think that you are stupid because you believe in god?
      Now i am gonna follow goddess’s advice and keep my mouth shut.

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  • #25   Thorbjørn

    What is a RA? An all capital, Egyptian god?

    Mar 18, 2010 at 6:45 pm   rating: 8  small thumbs up

    • #25.1   xyzzy

      RA stands for Resident Advisor — a student paid by their school to take a big-sibling role & live with a floor of (usually less-experienced) students. They’re responsible for enforcing quiet study/sleep hours, moderating disagreements, giving advice, organizing activities, reporting illegal drug use or other violations of dorm rules, and similar things.

      Mar 18, 2010 at 11:37 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #25.2   Palomon bang

      “RA” is college-ese for ‘narc.

      Mar 19, 2010 at 9:12 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #25.3   Palomon bang

      #24.9
      Glo- the quote doesn’t say anything about having to believe anything, but suggests that if you do you’ll soar without fainting.

      For chrissakes, it’s a simple statement of faith.

      Is it really that friggin’ intrusive?

      OTOH, a retaliatory note is hardly a molotov or an RPG I suppose, but can we all relaxe our sphincters a little?

      Mar 19, 2010 at 9:17 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #25.4   anglophile bang

      On its own, maybe not, Pal, but I would say it’s just a drop in the never ending stream of similar propaganda a non-Christian faces in this culture. The assumption is that everyone is Christian, unless you come out and say you aren’t. You would not believe the reactions I get when I say I’m not a Christian.

      But I think you’ve interpreted the quote wrong. It is absolutely an instruction and exhortation to believe in the Lord and be rewarded. It’s not a simple statement of faith.

      And even if I give you the point of it being a simple statement of faith, what does that have to do with the whole dorm going in to the bathroom to pee? It’s out of place. If you want to talk religion, fine, talk religion. I actually enjoy talking to people about their beliefs, as long as they can respect mine. But don’t disguise “witnessing” as “inspiration”. It’s not.

      Mar 19, 2010 at 9:30 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

       
    • #25.5   anglophile bang

      Again, I think you are taking it out of context. This is apparently not the only Biblical “inspirational” quote the RA has posted. If all the preceding ones have been as blatant as this one, telling me I’m not going to soar with the eagles because I’m not with the Lord, then I can see why someone got irritated and suggested the RA expand their sources of inspirational quotes.

      But it would be totally possible to stick to the Bible and not come off as overly evangelical. It doesn’t take me long to find real inspirational and encouraging words from the Bible:

      Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable if anything is excellent or praiseworthy think about such things. Philippians 4:8

      If it were labeled “Bible Quote” of the week, I could support your theory that those who don’t believe should just ignore it. But the fact that it’s coming from an authority figure and purports to be “inspirational” doesn’t sit well with me.

      Mar 20, 2010 at 8:41 am   rating: 8  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #26   Mel K bang

    So not trusting in god would explain chronic fatigue syndrome, or as I call it, too lazy to get the next round of drinks becuase the tray is too heavy.

    I should have paid more attention to my RA.

    Mar 18, 2010 at 7:15 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

     
  • #27   matt

    “Dear Residents”
    YOUR ALL GOING TO HELL
    Thankyou

    Mar 18, 2010 at 9:44 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #28   matt

    “Dear Residents”
    YOU’RE ALL GOING TO HELL
    Thankyou

    Mar 18, 2010 at 9:45 pm   rating: 16  small thumbs up

     
  • #29   strangelove bang

    Yes, yes, the poor persecuted Christians of America. “God” got stamped on our money, inserted into the pledge of allegiance, and countless government properties insist on displaying artifacts of the religion, but if someone so much as suggests, politely I might add, that the bible isn’t the only source for institutionally posted inspirations (for, as a paid representative of the college, that’s what an RA or Resident Advisor’s posted messages are), they howl oppression!

    Just wondering if these same Christians would be calling for religious tolerance were the postings always all from the Koran, with quotes about Allah…?

    Mar 18, 2010 at 10:36 pm   rating: 31  small thumbs up

    • #29.1   Luna

      Strangelove, I have to agree with you on that. I have witnessed too many Christians that think freedom of religion only belongs to them. Personally, I probably wouldn’t be bothered over the quotes, but suggesting some variety shouldn’t have triggered a hissy quote. If you’re going to quote from the Bible, why not also quote from the Koran or the Torah or from any religious text really? As a rule, they are full of lovely quotes. I can’t help thinking that, like most of the PANs on here, this could have been prevented by a friendly chat. But then, what would we all do for fun?

      Mar 19, 2010 at 1:55 am   rating: 10  small thumbs up

       
    • #29.2   Palomon bang

      Luna- because a person has chosen a single religion does not mean he fails to see the rights of others to choose theirs.

      And the reply was far from hissy, it was genuinely funny.

      Mar 19, 2010 at 9:19 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #29.3   Sarah

      Paloman, it was funny, but hissy nonetheless. One does not preclude the other.

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  • #30   Canthz_B bang

    Believe in the Lord thy God or I’ll smite thee.

    Do you feel inspired, punk? Well? Do you?

    Go ahead, make me pray.

    Father Harry Callahan

    Mar 18, 2010 at 10:57 pm   rating: 18  small thumbs up

    • #30.1   heathen

      I know what you’re thinking: ‘Did he say six praise the lords or only five?’

      Well, in all the excitement I kinda lost track myself, but seeing as this is the King James Bible, the most powerful religious text in the entire world and can take your soul straight to hell, you gotta ask yourself one question…

      Mar 19, 2010 at 5:16 am   rating: 11  small thumbs up

       
    • #30.2   Canthz_B bang

      HA!!

      I’m so tempted to copy and paste that in!

      Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from plagiarism.

      Nice work “heathen”! ;-)

      Mar 19, 2010 at 10:40 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #30.3   Palomon bang

      OK, now this is the PAN site I’ve come to love. Thanks for some thumbable if not inspired work.

      Mar 19, 2010 at 9:21 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #31   xyzzy

    While I’m agnostic, I think that my initial response would have been to enlist floormates regardless of belief to post all kinds of interesting quotes. Basically, make our contribution so much more interesting to read that the propaganda would be ignored. :o)

    However, I’d also be documenting the RA’s behavior… If any of us received any trouble over our quote-posting, appropriate authorities would shortly get my documentation along with a mass of signatures protesting the RA’s behavior.

    Mar 18, 2010 at 11:49 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

     
  • #32   claw71 bang

    Dearly Beloved,

    We are gathered here today to talk about this thing called flush
    amazing thing, flush
    you need to do it, and it takes a little time
    but there’s something else:
    a match to light
    the smoke absorbs all the smell you left
    the mythbusters are wrong.
    OK? All right.

    So when you pinch of a stink that makes you ill
    You know the one: after you ate sushi that sat out all night.
    Instead of running like hell to get away from the smell
    push down the lever, and spark up that match
    because in this dorm, other people will follow after you’re done.
    In this dorm, you’re not alone.

    Mar 19, 2010 at 8:07 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

     
  • #33   Daniel Keegan

    Besides being a sociopathic monster, Hannibal Lecter is a class act.

    Mar 19, 2010 at 8:39 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

    • #33.1   claw71 bang

      He only kills those who truly have it coming. Meddling cops, sexist FBI agents, morally: bankrupt trust fund brats, goons, thugs, hooligans, and psychopathic inmates who use throw semen along with vulgar references to female anatomy. I probably wouldn’t share a sandiwish with him.

      Mar 19, 2010 at 10:08 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #33.2   Palomon bang

      Doctor L. is not a sociopath. He is perfectly capable of working with people and forming human bonds. In fact, Hopkins was directed to play him not as “insane” but as “overly sane.” I mean, he killed an unrepentant peder-ast who tormented children.
      Could be the return of a very angry messiah.

      Mar 19, 2010 at 9:25 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #33.3   infant tyrone bang

      Maybe he’s a bi-polar prophet or avatar of an angry messiah ?
      One day he’s offing the pederast, the next it’s random doom for a
      schmuck census taker. From what I know, that might match up well with Philip K Dick’s idea of a partially competent, rather low-rent deity.
      Maybe extra-sane is needed to compensate for God’s limitations.

      Mar 20, 2010 at 6:57 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #34   C Bridges

    The best touch is that “Do you feel inspired” is left with no punctuation or feeling, as if delivered by a man reading off a note card.

    Mar 19, 2010 at 10:27 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

     
  • #35   Dana

    She didn’t put on there that it was from the RA, so I don’t think it was one of her official duties. I’d say, if it bothers you either a) ignore it or b) take it down and throw it away. She’d never be able to figure out who did it….

    Mar 19, 2010 at 2:50 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #36   Katybeth

    Guess I am just wondering why writing is allowed on the bathroom walls or doors. Fool names and fools faces are often seen in public places…my Great Grandmother used to say this and I didn’t understand it either.

    Mar 19, 2010 at 5:06 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

     
  • #37   Limeliberator

    Is it a Christian school? Perhaps if the RA wanted to convey HIS opinion in the dorm, he should have posted it on his OWN door, not the bathroom door.

    Personally, I don’t want to think about Christ watching when I’m dropping the duke..

    Mar 19, 2010 at 5:08 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

     
  • #38   Danielle

    Everyone needs to get over this. If you think it’s rude or “offensive”, then just ignore it. It’s not hurting anyone.

    Everyone wants everyone else to be so dang PC, and it’s ridiculous. Freedom of speech. The RA has the right to post and the person has the right to question where else inspirational quotes come from.

    Pssh. Silly internet fighting. It really gets you nowhere.

    Mar 19, 2010 at 10:40 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #38.1   Palomon bang

      Danielle-
      HOW DARE YOU?

      Good day, Madam.

      -Palomon

      Mar 20, 2010 at 3:33 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #38.2   Jonathan

      If they can waggle their god’s penis at me, then why can’t I waggle my penis at them?

      Freedom of speech? You must now squeeze your chopped chicken parts into the unitard and waggle them at us. Thanks!

      Mar 23, 2010 at 3:00 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #39   cardslady

    seriously, uk sucks. Even inspirational bible quotes can’t help you people.

    Mar 20, 2010 at 5:14 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #39.1   Paul E

      This comment makes you as ignorant as the RA. If you want a comparison between UK and UL (making an assumption those are the “cards” in “cardslady”), then UL loses in all categories (academics, sports, campus, etc., etc.). Total fail, there, “lady”.

      Mar 21, 2010 at 10:37 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #40   Sarah

    It’s not just that it’s biblical. The very matter of the quote is dogmatic rather than purely inspirational. It suggests strength only to the religious. If I’m not religious, then am I to take that as my having no strength because I got no Jesus?
    Where’s the fault in asking for encouragement that doesn’t make judgmental assumptions about your character?

    Mar 20, 2010 at 11:56 pm   rating: 9  small thumbs up

     
  • #41   John

    “They will walk and not faint…” This quote leaves me with the impression that Isaiah had just finished watching Nathan Lane in “The Birdcage” when he wrote this passage.

    Mar 22, 2010 at 2:16 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #42   tobey

    Okay, morons of the internet, riddle me this: Suppose the quote was not from the bible. Suppose it was a quote from Confucius, or Buddha. What then? You idiots wouldn’t saying shit about it. You say you’re being fair. You say that the person who put this quote is out of line. You’re out of fucking line. Why can’t people say anything without being criticized? I don’t go around bashing Muslims for being associated with a religion that blows up innocent people for their own insane god. If a person is trying to “inspire” someone with an inspirational quote, they’re CLEARLY not trying to spread hate. I’m fine with spreading hate. I’m fucking filled. But this RA isn’t. So bash me and this comment. But you should all know, you extremely politically polarized ass cracks, that you are just as guilty as Christians are. Except without some sort of joy, whether it comes with a strange belief or not. Hope you’re satisfied with your bleak and petty existence you fucking fuckers.

    Mar 22, 2010 at 6:50 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #42.1   anglophile bang

      Reading comprehension: fail.

      The point of contention, as laid out in the introduction, is that the quotes “always happened to come from the Bible”. Thus, that is the scenario we are talking about.

      You ask why people can’t say anything without being criticized, yet you are criticizing people for expressing their dislike of having the Bible quoted at them. And in a quite unpleasant manner, also. Not very Christ-like at all.

      P.S. Muslims worship the same insane god Christians do.

      Mar 22, 2010 at 7:07 pm   rating: 9  small thumbs up

       
    • #42.2   infant tyrone bang

      Dear Mr. Tyler,

      If it were a Confucian or Buddhist quote it would not be referencing a monotheistic deity, the holy book writings about which, and many followers of which have a “my way or the highway” tone and attitude. Check out: “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man comes to the Father, but by me.”

      Not quite the “try it before you buy it”, “go ahead and try a sample before you order”, buffet-style spirituality that folks here seem to have.
      Maybe we have authority issues.
      Maybe we also have a hair-trigger gag reflex when
      presented with the taste of deep fried know-it-all-ism.

      Why can’t people say anything without being criticized?
      Because not everybody agrees with you, or me, or anybody else, and criticism is part of the Faustian bargain that comes with free speech.
      Check out some of the things said back and forth in the colonies before the 1st Amendment…this site would be tepid by comparison. The 1st Amendment didn’t come with a dress code or an approved word list. That’s why you can say someone’s “out of fucking line” and nobody here bats an eyelash. (Out of order ? Oh, why not ? Attica! Attica!)

      I don’t go around bashing Muslims for being associated with a religion that blows up innocent people for their own insane god.
      To sample the NRA, “Religions don’t kill people, People do.” Wacked-out, psyched-up people who claim to be Muslims, Jews, Christians, etc. have been killing innocent people for a couple of millennia minimum.
      Someone posting an inspirational quote on the wall of a madrassa in Pakistan’s NWFP these days is more likely than not to be trying to spread hate in spite of your statement that they are not.
      Been there. Know some of them by name.
      But they’re people who say they’re Muslims, not Islam, the way
      Scott Roeder is a person who says he’s a Christian, not Christianity.

      Gotta go to the weekkkly witch-burning, Ciao Bella !

      Mar 22, 2010 at 7:59 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #42.3   Lostinalaska

      If the quotes were from Buddha or Confucius, if they all had to do with believing in the tenets of a religious faith, as opposed to just basic sayings, then people probably would complain the same way. Maybe not quite as strongly, true, but I personally would be just as annoyed.

      Apr 3, 2010 at 4:53 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #43   Burton Coggles

    ” Trust in the Lord….. etc….”

    All very nice – but that ain’t the way to bet

    Mar 24, 2010 at 5:03 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #44   CourtH

    What a bunch of wimpy little bitches getting all worked up about the RA’s notes.

    They are notes on a f*cking wall. Hardly the same thing as bicycle-helmet-wearing Mormon missionaries knocking on doors and trying to get you to give up booze.

    People need to suck it up and grow a pair instead of getting “offended “.

    You’re offended? In the words of Stephen Fry, “so f*cking what?”

    Mar 25, 2010 at 2:22 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #44.1   Canthz_B bang

      And here I was, thinking a dormitory was “home” for students.

      Thanks. :-)

      Mar 25, 2010 at 3:10 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #44.2   CourtH

      When the RA starts knocking on dorm doors during dinner or study time trying to convert people you might have a point.

      Until then, I’m sure all those college students can deal with or ignore a few notes.

      Mar 28, 2010 at 12:54 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #45   Epidemic

    Ironic how the Hannibal Lecter response was ruder than the written comment…

    Mar 25, 2010 at 4:03 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     

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