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  I am not a very religious person.  I am one who feels that organized religion was/is/will be what causes the ultimate end of our world. 

  I was raised Jewish, went to Hebrew School and had a Bar Mitzvah.  After that was over, I gave it all up, only to make sure I was respectful on the holidays when I was with my family.  I often say I am Jewish, for two reasons.  One, it is a hilarious thing to say out of nowhere when no one is talking.  Two, because some how, some where, there is some crazy rule that if your mother is Jewish, then you are Jewish.  I don’t understand that one bit, it is just a religion.  I have no problem if someone wants to follow their faith, no matter how critical I may be of their beliefs.  Just don’t try to push your beliefs on me and I won’t do it to you; to a point.

  Now as I stated, I am not religious at all, but I am bothered when people are extremely ignorant and will fall back on my semi-judiasm, if needed.  For instance, if I am out in the month of December buying something from a store and the clerk tells me to have a Merry Christmas, it bothers me.  Why would you assume that everyone who walks by you, buys into your way of thinking.  But I digress, because the purpose of this post, is to tell you all about a little incident that happened to me at work this afternoon.

  I was sitting and eating lunch when a co-worker, who will remain anonymous, came over to me and asked me, “What Jewish holiday is on the 20th”.  She, it is a woman, knows I am not a religious person, but I guess suspected I would still know the answer.  Now, unless it is Passover, Yom Kippur, Rosh Hashannah or Chanukah; I do not know, I don’t even know how to properly spell them.  So I told her, “I really don’t know”.  Her response was, “Yeah you do, it is one of their crazy ones“. 

  It took every last inch of whatever will power I had in my body to remain civil, as this is a place of business.  I could have easily stood up and said, “Oh yeah, the crazy one; is that where everyone hides eggs and worships rabbits?”, as I so wanted to.  Or maybe, “Is that the crazy holiday based on a book where somebody lives inside a whale for a week?”  It should be noted I chose those two examples as this person is Catholic.

  I am a cynical bastard, I know it.  But can you really fault me for being bothered by this?  I mean, this is not the first run-in I have had with this person, dealing with many issues.  But, I am always respectful and won’t let things get out of hand.  But everyday, on a grander scale, the world is being devoured by religion and it has to stop. 

   I would keep writing, but you all know what I want to say already.  I just wanted to relay this story to you all.  Now that I got that out of my system, I think I am going to read a book, I heard this “Dianetics” thing is a good read.

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Sex and Candy…Literally

  Really?  No, I did not set this up my self; this is an actual counter display I witnessed, two days in a row, at the Duane Reade on Continental Avenue in Forest Hills.  If you are having a tough time seeing it, this is a display of; “Twilight: New Moon” chocolate bars placed right next to a display of Trojan 2 Go, condoms.

  Did I miss when we as a culture jumped the shark of thinly (and I mean amazingly thin) disguising how we sell sex to kids?  Of course, this is not just selling sex to kids, but a ploy for a young man to buy that special underage girl he is with a nice little treat to coax her into the back seat of his car a little easier. “Hmm, might need these condoms if she isn’t too cool, and hey, what is this…she must love Twilight…”

  You know, even if I am being too cynical, it just isn’t right to put a pile of chocolate with the Twilight brand all over it, right next to a pack of condoms, I mean, how is someone not up to something there?  Maybe some smart ass kid did it, who knows, but I would bet a million years before I saw it, a very angry mother would have and caused a massive scene and complained to the highest level assistant manager she could find to get it taken down.  I know my mother would have.

  Our society is of course, built on drawing people in with one thing and then turning them onto something else.  For instance, you, dear reader, probably saw the word, SEX, in the header of this post, or Twilight or Chocolate.  What you didn’t realize though, was that this is just my elaborate plan to tell you my friend, Evan La Ruffa has just launched his new Web Magazine.  Starting as a blog, Evan’s “I Paint My Mind” is now a full fledged one stop hot spot for art, music, photography and anything else that will stimulate the creative senses of your mind.  Go check it out; http://ipaintmymind.org.  Enjoy; now for some chocolate.

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