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Chicken soup without the religion

Lisa's just back from a trip to the USA and was commenting on how strong the religious right is becoming there. I celebrate the fact that in our lives / in the UK we can take different views and positions on politics and religion from our neighbours, yet still get along well with them and hold them in the utmost respect.

Even when I stray away from technical subjects here, you'll rarely find me getting on to religion. I have great admiration for those throughful people who choose to follow such a religious path on traditional grounds. I can understand why others follow religion without giving it any real thought. I confess I have little time for anyone who organises religion primarily as a means of gaining control or authority.

So why "Chicken Soup" without religion. If you've not read the "Chicken Soup" series of books you may be puzzled; they're paperbacks that are very popular in some quarters of the USA - short, positive stories with a moral and a thoughtful or happy ending. They're written (at least the ones I have looked at) with a strong Christian coating which (personally) rather passes me by; I would enjoy them that much more were they suitable for everyone to read, irrespecttive of their religion.

So ... why "Ch....".? Because, yes, I do try to give good suggestions here, nice litte stories that are thought provoking and positive. How best you use a language, what a lovely country, give this some thought ...
(written 2005-06-26, updated 2006-06-05)

 
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