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David Limbaugh's Case For Christianity

Dean197 Wrote: Sep 12, 2014 9:57 AM
If anyone removes all the religion from US culture, it will be fundamentalist political Christians chasing their own children away. Do you guys really think Christianity will wither away if the government doesn't endorse and promote it? There's still prayer in public school, what's changed is that government employees can't lead everyone's children in their prayers or make everyone's children listen to them over the PA system. Children can pray in any way that isn't disruptive of class time. Teachers can pray, but they can't model prayer for a captive audience of children. If the problem is that Christianity can't make it if parents and churches have to teach it to their children without government help, it will have failed in the marketplace of ideas...and should. I believe you can make it without Caesar in your pocket.
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David Limbaugh's Case For Christianity

Dean197 Wrote: Sep 12, 2014 9:52 AM
That's 'prosecuted', not 'persecuted'.
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Hello, Kurdistan

Dean197 Wrote: Sep 11, 2014 10:57 AM
I favor an independent Kurdistan, and I want to be optimistic about it....
Generally, bullies have issues at home, and they often reflect the attitudes of their parents, but without adult self-restraint. We need to be careful not to inadvertently send a message that gays and so forth are to be despised.
You might call that 'classic' libertarianism, which advocated very relaxed immigration policies. Since 9/11, some older libertarians have changed their minds about that, and a very large chunk of new libertarians never liked it in the first place.
Unfortunately in the case of the Germans, they were already 90% Lutherans and Catholics, so it was too late to convert them to Christianity.
When Christians controlled governments, bloodshed over religion followed. Separating government from religion is what has brought us peace from religious persecution and religious wars. Islam needs to be similarly restrained, with government and religious power separated.
To be fair, Christian methods weren't too different until Europe got tired of all the bloody religious wars. Muslim Arabs and Persians don't have the luxury of a couple of centuries of nearly continual warfare to teach them the same lesson. Nearby nations won't tolerate that for long, and not-so-near nations probably won't either.
If we're not able to selectively convince them to abandon their course, we may have to resort to robot assassins or something. Not that far-fetched, have you seen vids of that headless cheetah-thing that can run 40 mph? Mini-drones to find them, cheetah-drones to charge into the cave or tent or house and tear up everyone whose face matches a known terrorist. That's pretty surgical...and terrifying.
Converting them from extremism is definitely the goal. We've been very clumsy about that so far though. We were sending 'kill the infidel' children's textbooks to Afghanistan into the nineties, apparently out of force of habit from when we started supplying them when the Soviets invaded. We didn't think that one through, obviously.
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