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I would be thrilled to hear how anyone who backs the Constitution could support a move like that.
"Actually, a naked show of force is the only thing these barbarians would understand. And if more groups "crop up," we crush them too...These people will not be stopped until someone stops them, with--gasp!--a "naked show of force."" Just like we stopped them in Iraq last time? Oh, wait, after a decade of squatting in the country and trying to clear out the extremists, that only bred a worse sort of extremist, didn't it? "So what would you suggest we do? Do you think they will just burn themselves out like a four-year-old who has eaten too much sugar?" Insofar as i have any idea how to solve this - which isn't much - I do think violence is the answer, but it can't be just us and it can't be a nominal "coalition" that amounts to being really only us that brings the hurt.
That is, I don't believe we can defeat that ideology on our own.
I believe we can defeat ISIS, yes. I don't believe we can defeat the ideology behind ISIS and which causes such groups to keep cropping up, and such a naked show of force from the US would only stoke that fire.
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Fifty Shades of Sickness

alank1980 Wrote: Feb 20, 2015 8:30 AM
Passion Plays have a history of being used to stoke anti-semitism, and considering Gibson's later anti-semitic outbursts, I wouldn't lightly throw away that criticism. And if you can't find pieces being critical of "50 Shades," whether because it promotes unhealthy relationships, violence against women, or a dangerously incorrect idea of what BDSM is, then it's because you're deliberately trying to avoid such pieces. I feel like that's all I've read about the movie.
To those objecting to what Obama says here: what do you envision as the endgame here? What possible way do you see for us to combat ISIS without the aid of Muslims in the region? It seems to me that it should be a high priority to avoid alienating crucial allies.
Where do you see him slamming Christianity? He describes those atrocities as distortions of the Christian faith.
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Are Christians and Muslims the Same?

alank1980 Wrote: Jan 12, 2015 9:30 PM
So if I'm not an Islamaphobe, I must be a "Christianaphobe?" It really is just black and white for you, isn't it?
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Are Christians and Muslims the Same?

alank1980 Wrote: Jan 12, 2015 6:03 PM
"You are trying too hard. Unlike islam, there are few if any Christians advocating the stoning of anyone." ...anymore. And aren't we always bemoaning how the US has slipped away from the Christian ideals of its forefathers? "Christianity is not the problem." I completely agree. I think it is overall a force for good in the world. "While there are Christians who do bad things, I have yet to hear of any murderers saying "I do this in the name of Jesus." They're still out there, we just don't here about them. Look up Nigerian witch hunts. Furthermore, can you tell me honestly that none of the troops we had over in Iraq and Afghanistan thought they were doing Christ's work over there by killing the terrorists? Not that I'm not glad they did, but killing your enemies doesn't seem to fit with your interpretation of Christianity.
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Are Christians and Muslims the Same?

alank1980 Wrote: Jan 12, 2015 5:12 PM
"Why don't you read the Bible and Koran so that you will know something about that which you express so many opinions." Kindly point out where in the Bible it CLEARLY says that we're not supposed to stone adulterers anymore. I know that the New Testament puts to bed SOME of the Mosaic Laws, but for the most part it doesn't delineate which still apply and which don't. Our Puritan forefathers followed a lot of now-unfashionable laws in the OT. Maybe you should read some history so that you will know something about that over which you express so many opinions.
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Are Christians and Muslims the Same?

alank1980 Wrote: Jan 12, 2015 5:07 PM
The commands to stone certain offenders to death in Leviticus and Deuteronomy are moral laws, not historical record.
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