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Thank god for attorneys!

> From: Bill Allen, S.E. <Bill(--nospam--at)>
> To: seaint(--nospam--at)
> Subject: RE: Misnomer
> Date: Wednesday, July 15, 1998 7:34 PM
> I guess what really "blows me away" is that it seems like a lot of people
> who spend a lot more time studying their faith than I do appear to be
> judgmental and less tolerant _than_ the positive characters in the Bible.
> However, now that we have received "carte blanche" to open the floodgates
> attorney jokes, why bother with the Christians:o) ?
> Regards,
> Bill Allen
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Robert McGhie [mailto:robert0(--nospam--at)]
> Sent: Wednesday, July 15, 1998 4:49 PM
> To: seaint(--nospam--at)
> Subject: Re: Misnomer
> > 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.
> Robert