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There's nothing communistic about same-sex marriage. It's a complete non-sequiter. And how are the morals and values of America in decline when crime rates are dropping to historic lows and life-expectancy is rising to historic highs? Also, divorce peaked back in the early 1980s and hasn't risen above that rate sense. There's still room for improvement, but to say it's getting worse is to ignore reality.
You don't speak for God, Darby. Neither do the pre-modern, prejudiced men who wrote the bible.
Quick correction, Nazi Germany wasn't godless. Many of their slogans and propaganda referenced God, Christianity, and some aspects of paganism. Calling them godless would be a significant misuse of the word.
Should it really surprise anybody that a politician changes their opinion in accord with the polls? People have been doing that for centuries. If the Bill and Hillary Clintons of the world feel having a certain opinion on an issue will get them more votes, they'll happily claim it. That's how politics works. It's about getting votes, not having convictions.
Every new story I hear about Native American mascots seems to only make this controversy more and more asinine. This obsession over words without any respect for context makes no sense. Words in and of themselves do nothing. It's always contingent on context. That's how words like "bemuse" and "happy" change meaning over time. There was one a time when the word happy was the same as the word lucky. Then they started being used in a different context. It happens all the time in language. But what I find more troubling are these studies that these advocates keep bringing out. They say having Native American mascots impacts self-esteem and mental health of Native Americans, but I've yet to see any links to those studies or a review of their methodology. Correlation does not equate to causation. Any grade school child understands that. And Native American communities have a great many outstanding issues, most of which revolve around poverty and limited economic opportunities. How does the name of a sports team affect any of that? There needs to be evidence for such a lofty claim for it to have merit. So far, I've seen none and until it is shown, these advocates might as well just be whining.
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HeraldOfGalactus Wrote: Jul 24, 2014 7:39 PM
Where is your evidence that sex education and contraception increases risky behavior? If that were the case, how do you explain the much lower birth rates and abortion rates in Europe and Japan? Please provide evidence. Research has shown time and again that abstinence only does not work and actually does more harm than good. Where are you getting your research? Or are you just making things up and ignoring reality?
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HeraldOfGalactus Wrote: Jul 24, 2014 7:37 PM
Anderson, throwing around personal insults does not prove your point, nor does it make your argument any stronger. If I'm wrong, please prove to me that I'm wrong and I will gladly change my mind.
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HeraldOfGalactus Wrote: Jul 24, 2014 7:36 PM
God did not provide any manuscripts or fragments. Men did. Fallible, flawed, pre-modern men. And any linguist will tell you that no translation is perfect, especially translations from languages nobody speaks anymore. And it wasn't God that funded the creation of the bible. It was the Roman Emperor Constantine, centuries after the death of Christ. This is all historical fact. Your willingness to ignore historical fact shows you care little about what is actually true and more about winning an argument. A book is not like calculus, which can be tested and repeated in any age. Numbers translate much better than words because numbers are not subject to interpretation.
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HeraldOfGalactus Wrote: Jul 24, 2014 12:21 PM
But God did not write the book. Men wrote the book and men translated, re-translated, edited, and re-edited the book many times over the centuries. It's one thing to have faith in God's word, but it's quite another to have that same faith in a book. It's not a matter of God lying. It's a matter of human error. We know the history of the bible. That is objectively provable through study. And that study has revealed it to be as flawed as any other holy text. Even if God speaks to people, those people are still flawed humans and their testimony is subject to those flaws. To ignore them is to cease worshipping God and only devolves into worshipping a certain brand of ideology.
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HeraldOfGalactus Wrote: Jul 24, 2014 11:47 AM
I'm not denying truth. It is a fact that the bible was written by human authors. It is a fact that those writings have been subject to human error, as are all writings. And it is a fact that people who rely on these texts without question are logically flawed.
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