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I could not have put it better. Now lets hear the engineer jokes.
Joe Murar

 Well put At 03:49 PM 7/15/98 -0800, you wrote:
>> I must apologize.  When I signed onto this list I thought it was the
>> Structural Engineer's Association of California, but now I realize
>> that it is the Structural Engineers Against Organized Christianity. 
>> Pretty good cover folks!
>Just because some of us are not offended by off color jokes or jokes
>aimed at organizations or groups we belong to does not mean that this
>group is in any way organized against Christianity or any other
>religious, ethnic, social, geographic, political or occupational
>group, association, or organization. Even though I am also an
>attorney, you did not see me and I doubt that you saw anyone else
>protesting when members of this group post attorney jokes or otherwise
>bash attorneys. I for one enjoy attorney jokes, even though most if 
>not all of such jokes poke fun at or otherwise ridicule attorneys. We 
>need to be able to laugh at ourselves and I think most of us 
>recognize the intended humor and appreciate the break from the 
>otherwise serious toils of the day that such postings on this list 
>provide. Maybe it is unfortunate that the "fanatics" provide such an 
>abundant source for humor, but that's life.
>Unfortunately religious groups seem to attract fanatics. If you 
>think about it for a second I think you may agree. In Northern 
>Ireland we have those who call themselves "Christians" and who 
>profess to have the same God and profess to follow the same Bible, 
>killing each other over really insignificant differences in 
>interpretation, on which probably neither is correct. If this is not 
>absurd enough, the Bible, which forms the basis of their beliefs, 
>condemns killing. Now that is absurd but unfortunately true. Why 
>then, should you be offended or event upset when others poke fun at 
>such absurdities in the fanatics beliefs, positions or statements.
>I think what others are trying to say is: Do not take seriously what
>is clearly intended as humor and entertainment. Life is too short to
>always be serious. Poking fun at the absurdities in our lives and the
>ridiculous and peculiar things we sometimes say, hear and do helps us
>maintain our sanity and bearings.