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A Basket of Snakes

houdini1984 Wrote: Sep 26, 2014 6:53 PM
We'd be better off if they spent even less time at work. After all, no man's property or freedom is safe while any legislative body is in session. I'm content with a do-little Congress. The only thing better would be a Congress that did nothing. I do agree with your sentiment that our legislators have it pretty good, though. Still, it's almost worth it to pay them to stay away from Washington. Now, if we could only get this President to spend more time on the golf course - and take his bureaucratic underlings with him, we could get back to the business of taking control of our own lives again.
T, I didn't think you were asserting that Israel should militarily rescue persecuted Christians. I was merely suggesting that that is about the only way that they as a nation could demonstrate support for those groups. As a nation, Israel is on record as opposing religious persecution of any kind ,anywhere. It is apparent, however, that your assessment of ME Christians' lack of friends is accurate to a fault. The United States should be a friend, but even that friendship would only be based on the sentiments of whoever was in control of our foreign policy at any given time. My only point was that the Israelis I know are concerned about all forms of religious oppression.
From what I have seen, the heckling started before he admonished them about their responsibilities as Christians. The problem is that many of those Middle Eastern Christians appear to reject their natural kinship with the Jews, often times choosing their national and ethnic identity over the clear dictates of their own faith. And while some might excuse that bigotry by pointing to these Christians' reliance on the New Testament rather than the Old, that argument holds little water. After all, Jesus was a Jew - and a faithful one at that. More important, however, is the fact that the words of the New Testament do not call us to hate the Jews. Those who see such a message in God's Word are completely out of touch with the teachings of the faith. In other words, they are without excuse for their bigotry.
Absurd. Cruz' words were affirmations of both Christianity and Judaism, and directly blamed groups like ISIS for the persecution non-Muslims in the Middle East experience daily. How can Cruz argue against such persecution and still be considered by you to be on ISIS' team? Nonsense...
I have Israeli friends who care very much about the plight of Christians in the Middle East. The problem is that there is little that they can do about it, except to provide safe haven for Christians who are able to make their way to Israel. What would you have them do - march the Israeli army into those lands and rout the persecutors? Heck, the Israelis are not even allowed to defend their own people without receiving the condemnation of the entire planet; how do you think the world would react if they were trying to protect people outside their own borders?
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Losing a Sense of Community

houdini1984 Wrote: Aug 22, 2014 6:44 PM
I have grown more and more disillusioned with the site's direction, though many of the diarists still do excellent work on most days. The site's main weakness right now is its moderators. They seem incapable of engaging in any sort of reasoned debate, and are far too quick to threaten account bans for people holding opinions contrary to their own. Worse, they appear to have fun clubs who cheer them on as they verbally abuse anyone who dares to have a different outlook.
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Losing a Sense of Community

houdini1984 Wrote: Aug 22, 2014 3:42 PM
You're 100% correct. Many seem so afraid of being labeled as extremist right-wingers that they swallow the leftist bile instead.
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Losing a Sense of Community

houdini1984 Wrote: Aug 22, 2014 3:41 PM
I don't know that I would call the moderators there Leftist. They are as conservative as I am on any given day. They are, however, often intolerant of opposing views. Worse, they're often quite nasty about it. It's a privately-owned site, so that is their choice, I suppose. Still, this Ferguson instance has been one in which their writers and moderators have been almost uniformly wrong about every aspect of the case, and foul toward any who dared question their wrongheadedness.
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Losing a Sense of Community

houdini1984 Wrote: Aug 22, 2014 2:55 PM
Ah, Erick. You wonder why so many are happy to see the facts start to come out before the officer in question could be summarily tried and convicted in the court of public opinion? You wonder why they are happy that this officer may actually get a fair hearing over this incident rather than the media trial many on the Left seek in their attempt to gain political advantage from the death of this young man? Yes, there may be a handful of people here and there who always react to news of criminals being shot with a shrug and a hearty "got what he deserved." Your lament about that small minority, however, seems much ado about nothing. It's almost as though you're trying to deflect attention away from that initial rush to judgment, and redirect it toward those of us who warned various commentators that they were allowing their own biases to get ahead of the facts. Take your own Red State site, for example. You had front page writers penning scathing attacks on the Ferguson police in general and officer Wilson in particular. When various readers questioned that rush to judgment, or even attempted to discuss what the witnesses were saying, your site moderators engaged in personal attacks on those readers and even threatened site bans. One of them went out of his way to foment strife within the community, even going so far as to suggest that the refusal to simply accept the proposed narrative was due to racism. The vast majority of people writing and commenting about this incident are NOT gleeful that a young man is dead, so spare us your criticism of those who failed to join the mob as it sought to publicly destroy officer Wilson prior to any investigation being concluded. Your efforts might be better spent scolding your fellow media personalities and your compatriots at Red State who expended so much energy repeating the initial false reports as gospel and attacking anyone who dared question their narrative.
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Hillary's Delphic Politics

houdini1984 Wrote: Aug 22, 2014 1:54 AM
'Hillary, who followed me in high school..." Did you report her for stalking?
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