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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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One Nation Under Godlessness

HeraldOfGalactus Wrote: Nov 14, 2014 9:28 AM
The question as to why crime is down is a good question to ask. It's a question that is being researched and it's difficult to draw conclusions at the moment. But making assumptions like yours without any facts to back it up is not a reasonable way to answer this question. Do you care about being right? Or do you care about clinging to assumptions? Keep in mind that your assumptions will die with you. Being right is not restricted to mortality.
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One Nation Under Godlessness

HeraldOfGalactus Wrote: Nov 14, 2014 9:26 AM
It doesn't take much education to do a simple web search on juvenile crime rates. It took me less than two minutes. Michelle Malkin has no excuse. How does that make me an idiot? I just cited facts while Malkin made this blanket accusation about an entire age demographic. How does that make her more enlightened?
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One Nation Under Godlessness

HeraldOfGalactus Wrote: Nov 14, 2014 9:08 AM
Since those religions are minorities, it definitely wouldn't have. The bigger the target, the easier it is to attract attention. That's just human nature.
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One Nation Under Godlessness

HeraldOfGalactus Wrote: Nov 14, 2014 9:04 AM
Feel free to check the facts I presented. Please correct me if you feel they're wrong.
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One Nation Under Godlessness

HeraldOfGalactus Wrote: Nov 14, 2014 8:58 AM
"Scanning the headlines of the latest scandals in America's schools, it's quite clear that the problem is not that there's too much God in students' lives." As soon as Ms. Malkin said this, I had a feeling she was not going to make a reasonable argument. I agree that anyone who reads headlines is going to get a bad impression about how young people act. But when has the media EVER given an accurate portrayal of an entire culture or sub-group? There's a reason why headlines aren't used in actual research. With a simple web search, Ms. Malkin could've found out that according to the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the rate of juvenile crime in 2011 was 31 percent lower than it was in 1980 and 59 percent lower than its peak year in 1994. For 30 years, even as Christianity has declined and internet trends have arisen, crime among our youth has gone down considerably. But because of 24-hour news media, internet media, and an uninformed public that doesn't bother to check their facts, fear of crime has gone up. It's completely asinine and Malkin is buying into it. She whines about how teenagers act, but doesn't bother to check whether her whining is actually valid. It makes her complaints about this lawsuit less than credible. Instead of believing her, actually do a web search on the merits of the case. Check the facts. Anyone who would rather whine than face reality is not going to be a source for a credible opinion on matters of religious freedom or youth behavior.
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God and the Constitution

HeraldOfGalactus Wrote: Nov 14, 2014 8:49 AM
It doesn't matter that "The Year of Our Lord" is stated in the constitution. It doesn't matter that many of the Founding Fathers were Christians anymore than it matters that they were white. It doesn't matter what famous philosophers believed about Christianity. It doesn't matter that most of the Country identifies as Christian either. The Constitution says outright that, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof." That means Christianity has no special place in the government. It cannot be endorsed with public money. It cannot be promoted with public money. Because it is not possible to have freedom of religion without freedom from religion. I don't care that Jerry Newcomb likes to believe that American and Christian values are the same. But his beliefs do not dictate reality or actual legal context. America is not a Christian nation any more than it is a white male nation. It's a nation of people. Wanting to reserve it for Christians is the antithesis of American (and Christian) values.
It's been a while since Mr. Bozell did a column like this where he just basically whines about how dirty TV is. I was hoping he had learned and moved onto better and more pertinent issues. Sadly, he has disappointed once again. I see a lot of whining. I see a lot of "I'm so offended!" talk. I see the typical "Think of the children!" speech. What I don't see is any reasonable recourse. The reason why shows keep pushing the envelope is simple: money. These shows attract viewers. They attract attention. And attention means ad revenue. There's no morality to it. It's just business. If he has a problem with this, then he has a problem with capitalism. What's his solution anyways? These shows do have ratings that warn parents of the content. Would he favor outright censorship? Does the first amendment have a say? By giving these shows attention, men like Brent Bozell just make them more popular. He's cutting his nose to spite his face, along with every other advocacy group. Never mind that crime and deviance are at record lows. They think whining about what's on TV is still a productive use of their time. It's utterly asinine.
This is not an unreasonable test to take. I think it certainly provides some insightful answers into one's character. Those who become lethargic, anxious, indifferent, and self-absorbed tend to limit their opportunities. There are other factors with respect to opportunity, but no matter what those circumstances might be, it all starts with someone having the character to take a chance and be something better.
This sort of doomsaying has been going on for centuries. People make dire predictions, think humanity cannot adapt, and go from there. So far, all these predictions have been wrong. So why would this latest act of doomsaying be any different?
"And its also been shown to be completely absent in them. Read "Slouching Towards Gomorrah" by Robert Bork." This book is not a peer-reviewed science journal with testable evidence. It is not a valid source of information for human behavior.
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