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This is not a democracy. This is a constitutional republic. If we were a democracy, the Jim Crow laws of the South never would've ended when they did. And don't pretend to speak for God. You don't know how God thinks or feels about homoseuxals. If God didn't like homosexuality, then it wouldn't be so prevalent in every major society and numerous animal species. Your heart can rest easy. God is perfectly fine with homosexuality. It's people who use outdated traditions from pre-modern, patriarchal societies who don't approve. And those people have no place in a constitutional republic.
The government doesn't redefine it. The times do. It used to be that marriage was a loveless business arrangement, often set up by parents and done without the consent of those being married. It also used to be the case that any marriage between someone of a different race, religion, or ethnicity was prohibited. Times changed. The institution evolved. And it's evolving for the better in that it's allowing those who sincerely want to commit to one another share in the benefits and privileges that marriage confers.
God didn't write the bible. Men wrote it. Ignorant, pre-modern men from a very repressive, patriarchal culture that has no place in modern society. It is well-established that the bible is a compiled list of writings from multiple authors, translated and re-translated from languages nobody speaks anymore. To use it as a mouthpiece for God is asinine. No competent God would use books at a time when most of the population was illiterate anyways.
I agree that the government's role in marriage should be curtailed. There's nothing in the constitution that gives the government the power to regulate it, but it still confers federal benefits to married couples. As long as this is the case, the government has no legal justification in prohibiting same-sex marriage. But beyond the legal issues, I think any pastor or church that gets involved in this issue will only hurt itself in the long run. Christianity is declining in America. Young people are much less religious than their parents or grandparents. And in other parts of the developed world, this trend has already played out. When young people become disillusioned with the church, they leave. The American Christian Right has done so much to discredit Christianity and using horribly un-Christian principles to do it. Now, young people see Christianity not as a religion of hope, love, and compassion. They see it as a religion that's anti-fun, anti-woman, anti-gay, pro-censorship, pro-war, pro-torture, and racist. This is by no means the reality, but it is the perception. And by clinging to this issue, Christianity is only doing itself a disservice.
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Abortion and Human Trafficking

HeraldOfGalactus Wrote: Nov 18, 2014 1:54 PM
None.
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One Nation Under Godlessness

HeraldOfGalactus Wrote: Nov 14, 2014 10:48 AM
Thank you for citing this article. It's an interesting field with many unresolved questions. Reducing crime is good for society. Plenty of research supports this. The effects of media and the internet are still spreading and they'll continue to change society, for better and for worse, moving forward. But I'm of the opinion that these changes are for the better.
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One Nation Under Godlessness

HeraldOfGalactus Wrote: Nov 14, 2014 10:08 AM
You don't care if the facts are right or wrong? Please say that out loud for a moment so you can listen to yourself. How is it foolish to actually care whether or not the facts you know are correct? If you're building an argument using statements that are demonstably wrong, how does help the argument? Malkin could've actually done more research on this case as to why it was controversial. But she didn't. She just whined about how deviant young people are. So why support her position?
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One Nation Under Godlessness

HeraldOfGalactus Wrote: Nov 14, 2014 10:05 AM
Children CAN read a bible in school. When I was in school (yes, it was a public school), we actually studied parts of the bible and it did not generate any controversy. The issue here involves public institutions supporting the religious activities of one particular religion and that creates the constitutional conflict.
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One Nation Under Godlessness

HeraldOfGalactus Wrote: Nov 14, 2014 9:45 AM
There actually has been research done into crime rates going as far back as the Middle Ages. While the data isn't as reliable, it is possible get a reasonably clear picture on the level of crimes and deviance in various areas. And the research has drawn some pretty compelling conclusions. Crime today is a lot lower than it was centuries ago. I just did another simple web search on "Trends in crime over the centuries." The materials are pretty consistent. We're much better off today than we were centuries ago. Ms. Malkin's thesis still does not hold any validity. I know it's a lot easier to believe that things are getting terrible, but that doesn't make it right. Do you care about being right or do you care about clinging to your beliefs? Keep in mind that one of them actually matters in the long run. The other does not.
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One Nation Under Godlessness

HeraldOfGalactus Wrote: Nov 14, 2014 9:38 AM
I don't work for MIT. Nobody needs to go to college to do a simple web search to check facts. I recommend you try it. You might be surprised by some of the facts you uncover.
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