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The Bible vs. Heart

Enrique25 Wrote: Apr 03, 2013 11:01 AM
With all the moral cherry picking Prager does, one has to wonder, what forms the moral center of Prager and people like him? It's not really the heart. Prager veers wildly from urging compassion on one extreme, to explaining that compassion is a construction of "The Left". No, it's not the heart, it's partisan politics. The current calculation is that opposition to gay marriage still is good for getting republicans elected in most of the country, but hatred of gays now carries a political price. It appears that the time is coming when opposition to gay marriage will carry the same price, at which point he will drop it.
WRH Bill Wrote: Apr 04, 2013 10:47 AM
I don't agree with Prager's position on gay marriage or on a lot of other issues, and I've lost much of the respect I once had for him, but I'm willing to believe him when he says his opposition to gay marriage is not based on "hate" for gay people. Fear of change, yes, and maybe revulsion toward gay sexual activity-- Prager is full of it when he claims that his position is based only on "reason" and not "feelings"-- but not necessarily "hate". And I don't get the sense that Prager's somewhat hysterical opposition to gay marriage is based on cold political calculation and is subject to change.
The Original King Wrote: Apr 05, 2013 11:13 AM
WRH Bill.............I agree. I've never thought that that Prager actually hates gays. I do think that he's a classic "homophobe"...but, I always explain that I mean that literally....that he doesn't HATE gays...instead he has an irrational fear of them or, specifically in terms of SSM, that a very tiny % of the population could, if given equal rights, have a dramatic effect on the whole of society. No, instead of hate, I think that it's just a matter of prager having been brainwashed at a very young age to accept what the bible says without much thought (because if, god forbid, you do think for yourself, then you're just following your "heart")
The Original King Wrote: Apr 03, 2013 11:41 AM
I continue to be amazed when prager mocks various segments of society as being part of the "compasssion crowd". How can someone be so twisted that they think that compassion is a bad thing that deserves derision???!! It's like trying to put someone down by describing him/her as being a member of the "honesty crowd"
I offer the single most politically incorrect statement a modern American -- indeed a modern Westerner, period -- can make: I first look to the Bible for moral guidance and for wisdom.

I say this even though I am not a Christian (I am a Jew, and a non-Orthodox one at that). And I say this even though I attended an Ivy League graduate school (Columbia), where I learned nothing about the Bible there except that it was irrelevant, outdated and frequently immoral.

I say this because there is nothing -- not any religious or secular body of work -- that comes...