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The President and 'Violent Extremism'

gfrenke Wrote: Feb 24, 2015 3:10 PM
Enrique25: thanks for the YouTube reference.
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The President and 'Violent Extremism'

gfrenke Wrote: Feb 24, 2015 1:28 PM
king10: First of all I was specifically responding to Kirk Mac's statement. Secondly, I may be wrong but most conservatives believe Christianity is vastly superior to Islam and this superiority is reflected in culture and society. Not that I even disagree with that but just wanted to suggest it's a bit humbling that in Africa which is about equally divided between Christians and Muslims that the 2 most evil events of the last 20 years (at least) happened in predominately Christian countries.
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The President and 'Violent Extremism'

gfrenke Wrote: Feb 24, 2015 12:03 PM
Kirk Mac: "Take a good look at the countries that practice these religions." Probably 2 of the most evil events (in term of number of people killed) in the last 20 years occurred in the following 2 countries: The Democratic Republic of the Congo (80% Christian): By 2008, the war and its aftermath had killed 5.4 million people, mostly from disease and starvation,making the Second Congo War the deadliest conflict worldwide since World War II.Millions more were displaced from their homes or sought asylum in neighbouring countries. Rwanda (over 90% Christian): In 1994 worst genocide in recent history resulted in 800,000 dead in 100 days
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Why No Swimsuit Issue of Men?

gfrenke Wrote: Feb 17, 2015 1:22 PM
Luckydog1: she asks the question rhetorically in the context of her point that it is silly and disingenuous of SI to claim it's Swimsuit issue is merely "celebrating the female form" and not intended to be sexual provocative. And underlying her criticism is the view (you may disagree) SI is not a "Men's" magazine. I don't get any sense from her article she believes men and women are exactly the same.
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Why No Swimsuit Issue of Men?

gfrenke Wrote: Feb 17, 2015 11:45 AM
I just read the CNN article and Enrique25 you are spot on. Dennis totally misrepresents the point of the article. Not the first time I've seen Denis do this. All, please read the article, http://www.cnn.com/2015/02/06/opinion/drexler-sports-illustrated-cover/ , and then re-read Dennis' and tell us what you think.
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If the President Couldn't Tell a Lie

gfrenke Wrote: Jan 27, 2015 12:11 PM
There is so much to comment on here but I'll focus on ISIS and Iraq. Obama was against keeping the recommended 10K-15K troops in Iraq but nonetheless went ahead with a plan to keep at least 3K. As it turned out the Iraqi's wanted US troops out. Even the most pro-American politicians like Allawi said "Keeping Americans in Iraq longer isn't the answer to the problems of Iraq." Maliki was clever in telling the Americans he wanted our troops but couldn't give them immunity from local prosecution knowing the U.S. would never go for that. He was cocky at that time (before ISIS) with the Iranian's having his back and the Sunni's under his thumb.
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Islam Gets Special Treatment

gfrenke Wrote: Jan 13, 2015 1:15 PM
EricT: If the victims were white middle class these atrocities would not have gone on as they did.
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Islam Gets Special Treatment

gfrenke Wrote: Jan 13, 2015 10:35 AM
As usual Dennis resorts to misrepresentation and a looseness with the facts (to put it nicely) when he says "The UK government acknowledged that these atrocities were allowed to go on solely due to the fact the perpetrators were British Pakistanis and the girls were white. " The Jay report which revealed the extent and details of this horror said "and the police gave no priority to CSE [Child Sexual Exploitation], regarding many victims with contempt and failing to act on their abuse as a crime. " The factor of class and the perception of these "undesirable" girls demonstrates that the atrocities were not "solely" due to political correctness. Even the Conservative politician, the Home Secretary, Theresa May said ""I am clear that cultural concerns – both the fear of being seen as racist, and the frankly disdainful attitude to some of our most vulnerable children – must never stand in the way of child protection." I don't know why Dennis needs to cheat the facts even when he has a good argument.
So you believe the laws in the Old Testament should be seen in their historical context. Ok. At least you're not a fundamentalist. As for Jefferson he was comparing moral philosophies and not taking the OT literally and still came to the conclusion it was lacking. It's definitely a matter of opinion whether the God sanctioned genocides in the OT and the barbaric penalties for sexual related behaviors including for a young woman not being a virgin on her wedding night were necessary for survival.
ConcealedCarry: I understand the column. I just wanted to make the point from the perspective from someone who views much of the Old Testament's sanctioned killing as immoral. What Thomas Jefferson referred to in his comparison of ancient philosophies as "...their ethics imperfect and often irreconcilable with reason and morality." https://digitalarchive.wm.edu/handle/10288/15130
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