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A qualified chemist who somehow drifted into web development. I've learned (to a greater or lesser degree of accuracy) PHP and JavaScript, and would like to learn something completely different for the sake of it. I'm a weirdo who actually enjoys reading (and sometimes writing) technical documentation.


Jun
27
comment Polyandry and Polygamy In Judaism
To be pedantic: Polyandry and polygyny are forms of polygamy.
Jun
24
revised Is Christianity Avodah Zara?
Formatting changed.
Jun
23
comment Buying products from store that sells avodah zarah?
@yoel. Catholicism in theory has no "minor deities". (Catholicism in practice may have.)
Jun
23
comment Is Christianity Avodah Zara?
"Would we paskun differently for Catholicism vs Protestantism?" It's probably worth clarifying that "Protestantism" is by no means a unified belief system. (Also, Anglo-Catholics, known also as Anglicans, are not in communion with the Bishop of Rome (the Pope). It gets a bit confusing.)
Jun
23
suggested suggested edit on Is Christianity Avodah Zara?
Jun
23
comment Buddha at Indian Restaurants
Buddhism is not necessarily atheistic. It's actually quite varied.
Jun
18
comment yushkas bris aniversary
And the birthday of Sol Invictus seemed appropriate.
Jun
17
comment yushkas bris aniversary
I think it's well accepted, even within Christianity, that the Dec. 25th date is baseless.
Jun
13
comment Do JONAH and similar organizations successfully help those with same-gender attractions?
This sounds like an excerpt from a press release.
Jun
13
comment Do JONAH and similar organizations successfully help those with same-gender attractions?
To be clear, "Reparative Therapy" is not a catch-all term for everything that the pseudoscientific frauds at NARTH, JONAH, Exodus and the like do. "Reparative Therapy" is one particular therapeutic model, which is highly flawed. It's heavily promoted by NARTH, and has been dropped by Exodus. I don't know to what extent JONAH uses it. Either way, to say that reparative therapy is worthless is not in itself to say that everything these organisations do is worthless.
Jun
13
awarded  Critic
Jun
6
comment Would a non-Jew wearing the Star of David together with a cross be offensive?
That last one doesn't look appropriate to me: it has an ankh, and a ying/yang symbol, and I think a crescent, and an om, and perhaps a couple of others. It seems to be a general religious symbology smörgåsbord.
Jun
6
revised How are sorcery or witchcraft viewed in Judaism and Jewish Mysticism?
Grammar tweaks.
Jun
6
suggested suggested edit on How are sorcery or witchcraft viewed in Judaism and Jewish Mysticism?
May
21
comment How long is the required suspension of marital intimacy after childbirth?
@jona21. I wouldn't call that title nicer; I'd call it misleading. Marital separation is a completely different thing from simply avoiding sex. If you really want to avoid the dreaded s-word, you could substitute intimacy.
May
15
awarded  Talkative
Mar
9
revised Homosexuality is “worse than murder”?
Hate group.
Nov
21
comment Can a Christian “Grace” invalidate food?
I don't think consecration of food is a common Christian practise. The usual purpose of a Christian grace (in my experience and reading, anyway) is to thank God for the food, not to dedicate it to him. I suspect this question is purely hypothetical as phrased. (I, as an atheist materialist who doesn't believe in any kind of spellcasting, would still be uncomfortable eating food dedicated to any god. It just wouldn't feel right.)
Nov
21
comment Tetragrammaton homophone
christianity.stackexchange.com/questions/4032/…
Aug
15
awarded  Excavator