The little-known relationship between religion and chocolate

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  • JoeBlow Far East USA, SC
    Feb. 10, 2015 5:50 a.m.

    I never understood the need of the religious to rely so heavily on their leaders on minute life details such as this. And wouldn't the answer you get just an opinion?

    Does anyone sincerely believe that the God that they worship is that nit-picky?

    We hear about the concept of "teach people the principles and let them govern themselves".
    Yet, minute details are spelled out (tattoos, number of earrings).

    Do these things really matter? It seems more like a way to control the flock.

  • Susie_Hodson Kansas City, MO
    Feb. 9, 2015 2:27 p.m.

    During Lent (forty days before Easter), it is encouraged by Catholics to "give up" something that that are particularly fond of. When I was a practicing Catholic, I gave up chocolate...which included anything chocolate. I didn't realize I was so addicted to chocolate and sweets (I gave up sweets as well so I wouldn't be tempted to sneak eat chocolate). I lost 15 pounds and after Easter, I continued to stay away from sweets as diabetes runs in my family.

    I would much rather "Pay It Forward" during a fasting period these days (make baby afghans for unwed mothers; make things for my neighbors). I do what I can considering money in my day to day life is very tight.

  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 8, 2015 8:23 a.m.

    Isn't chocolate a religion?