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That's great. What about all the poor people who live in the cities? I suspect you'll find a lot more urban poor than rural poor.
In the same vein, you could say that God didn't "intend" for Adam and Eve to sin. Yet He gave them free will. You state that God intended that we share the earth with other creatures. Yet He gave a very clear mandate to the Israelites regarding the sacrifice of said creatures, as well as very clear instructions regarding how meat is to be prepared for consumption. If you persist in pining for the days of Genesis, one might also note that if it wasn't for the sin of Adam and Eve, we might not exist.
So your version of the Bible stops with Genesis, as well as the history of humans prior to the sin of Adam and Eve? That's odd, because the Bibles I've read include discussions of the proper preparation of meat (Leviticus, Deuteronomy). Even if you take Peter's dream in Acts 10 as allegorical, the Bible is pretty clear that the eating of meat is perfectly acceptable.
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Reality Versus Mirages in Egypt

GGatty Wrote: Aug 20, 2013 7:17 PM
Well, to be fair, the Republicans share much of the blame. This mess didn't occur over-night, it didn't start in 2009 and it took the complicity of the progressive on both sides of the aisle and the complicity of the hand-wringing 'moderates' who lost their spine and their sense of duty to their constituents when they heard the siren call of the beltway.
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Reality Versus Mirages in Egypt

GGatty Wrote: Aug 20, 2013 7:07 PM
Because it's the societal inclination of the average Middle Easterner, or anyone not brought up in a representative republic, to do so. That is the whole point of Dr. Sowell's article. It's also the nature of mankind.
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The Real Helen Thomas

GGatty Wrote: Jul 24, 2013 3:46 PM
As do a large number of earth's population. Your point? It wasn't her nose that made her despicable.
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Filling a Void

GGatty Wrote: Jun 15, 2013 4:40 PM
I beg to differ. Matthew 18:7 is pretty clear about the fact that an individual is ultimately responsible for their behavior, regardless of how it fits into God's plan. Yes, God used the Pharisees to implement His plan for Jesus, but that does not leave the Pharisees without guilt. The Old Testament has more than a few examples of God condemning entire nations for the express purpose of showing the Israelites His might. As the One who created Pharaoh, God had every right to use him as He pleased. Pharaoh, however, did not follow after God. If he had, there would have been a very different outcome in Egypt.
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The Little Boy Who is a "She-lebrity"

GGatty Wrote: May 31, 2013 4:19 PM
Not true. Asia, particularly Thailand and the Philippines, has a large "Lady Boy" sub-culture. Likewise, many of the small Pacific Rim nations have a very relaxed attitude towards cross-dressing and transsexuals. The underlying problem is human brokenness and the extremes to which those who look for some kind of meaning in life will go to when they refuse to look towards God.
I couldn't care less about Ayer's opinion on the Boston bombing. Wait, let me make that more succinct: I couldn't care less about Ayer's opinion.
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America’s Most Feared Economist

GGatty Wrote: May 02, 2013 2:01 PM
The language used in last sentence of the clarification is worded in the manner of the modern apology, i.e. not actually apologizing for one's actions/words, but apologizing that people didn't like it: "The Editors feel that the impression that some have gotten from Ayres and Donohue's Reply piece is incorrect, unfortunate, and unwarranted. The Editors regret the confusion."
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America’s Most Feared Economist

GGatty Wrote: May 02, 2013 2:01 PM
I don't know if you can draw that conclusion either. The clarification states: " Dr. Lott had asked the Editors that his name be removed in response to a continuing disagreement between him and the Review over certain revisions that Profs. Ayres and Donohue had made in the course of editing their paper." It does not clarify what revisions were made nor their implication.
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