Originally posted by josephw
What if said you are afraid of Christianity? What if I said you fear Christians? I know what you would say. You'd say you fear what Christianity is doing to the world and how it is responsible for war and all sorts of negative things.
I have a son 36 years old. How old are you? I think maybe I knew about this worlds religions before you were born. If you ...[text shortened]... continue to infer how ignorant and bigoted I am, then there's not much use in having a debate.
What has age got to do with it? I am fast approaching 70, sept 7 to be exact. So what?
I have worked on the Apollo project as tracking and timing tech, worked in Thailand for years on Space diversity microwave communications sites, Autec project on Andros Island, google it if you don't know that that is, 4 years in Israel as a field service engineer on Varian ion implanters in Jerusalem, one of my kids graduated from HS there, the Anglican International school.
We have friends on both sides of the fence and have had all three Abrahamic religions seen up close and personal in Israel, Syria, and Egypt. I walked up to the caves at Qumran, very slippery slope there, dangerous to walk. I walked up the switchback trail at Masada, before there was a lift. Saw up close the watchtower discovered by Kathleen Kenyan. Walked through Nimrod's fortress in the Golan Heights. Visited the Cairo museum, walked through the pyramids with my tour guide Zawi Hawass before he was a celebrity.
Got fed a nice dinner with Elizibeth Cotton, google her if you don't know who that is, tried to teach her how to play Rev. Gary Davis version of Candyman which a lot of other people tried without success because of her left handed picking techique called Cotton picking. Opened for Pete Seeger at the Will Geer ranch north of LA, closed down a bar with Pete in Nebraska.
Attended high school in Anchorage Alaska before it was a state, walked on Portage glacier when I was 15. Saw some truly awesome aurora back then. Lived in a one room cabin with no electricity or running water but as I was already a ham, I had a receiver I hand built with me and found an electrical outlet at a water pump station about a quarter mile from my house and had a nice time listening to world short wave broadcasts in the middle of the Alaskan forest.
My band Southwind was on a national syndicated TV show starring Ed Asner and we were hired by Ed to play at a wrap party. I made my own CD of my own musical compositions, some of which are on Myspace right now. I got my first amateur radio licence at the age of 13 in Glendora California, now have the top amateur license, the amateur extra, talked to scientists at Mcmurdo station with a wire antenna dangling from my second story window.
Played at folk festivals all over the world including Jacob's Ladder festival on the bank of the Sea of Galilee. Adopted 3 kids, have 8 total, 7 living. Several of them have masters degrees now, some more on the way through college.
I worked at Inplane Photonics in New jersey for 7 years where we built a cleanroom from a bare concrete floor, I was responsible for the infrastructure machines and all the semiconductor process machines there, electron microscope, optical microscopes, computers, sputtering machines, advanced ion etch stations, acid benches, horizontal and vertical furnaces. I was the go to guy for tough troubleshooting problems on everything in the cleanroom.
So what have you accomplished with your life?
Does that give me automatic debating kudos?
So tell me the reason you said to turn it off? It sure looked like you were disparaging the entire series as not being worth the effort to find out about other religions.