Frank J partially answers my question from earlier this morning:

Me, myself, I’m pretty damn Catholic. I believe in all that unbelievable crap and I don’t like people saying bad things about the pope. I think the pope kicks ass. I know a lot of people can’t help themselves but spout off about how the pope is behind all that’s wrong in the world and what not, but I don’t want to hear it. I don’t care if he just broke into your house yesterday and stole all your DVD’s; you somehow deserved it. If the pope is currently robbing a liquor store, you can be sure I’m outside keeping the engine running in the getaway car. Hey, I have a religion I ain’t going to half-ass it. Now, I bet you have some great argument about why the pope is bad and why the Church is horrible, and my response to that, as always, is, “La la la la! Not listening!â€

Even if you don̢۪t want to go all the way and be Catholic, I think a belief in God is a cool thing. Me, it helps me be humble. Yeah, I know, I̢۪m not that humble; but I̢۪d be completely intolerable without religion. I might have even ended up as some loudmouth idiotarian. Plus, it̢۪s nice to have God as that ace up your sleeve for the time you find yourself having to jump out of a plane without a parachute. On the other hand, I would like to say I know a number of atheists who are good, moral people even without a belief in God and I don̢۪t think they̢۪re going to hell or anything. God thinks they̢۪re going to hell, though, and His opinion counts more.

So on religion, I̢۪m fer it.

That makes things a lot easier to understand. Thanks.

He also has some other great stuff in this post, including:

I share enough beliefs with libertarians that I should at least be for legalization of marijuana, and I really can’t come up with a principled argument against it, but I just hate hippies too goddamn much for marijuana to be legalized. What makes them mad makes me happy. I just have to go with my gut on an issue like this, so I’m ‘gainst it.


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