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The Left Officially Declares War on God

kevin837 Wrote: Jul 13, 2014 8:11 PM
Human rights are not based on religious law. If they were, rights would be interpreted according to religious law, such as Sharia. Religion and liberty are not natural allies as you suppose. A cursory examination of history, from the Inquisition to the current reign of Islamic terror, would make that apparent.
"Liberal" in the political sense, means an advocate of liberty. Classical liberals tend to be liberal politically and philosophically. Religion combines faith and social conformity to favor political collectivism, whether in the form of government-enforced social conservatism or government-enforced charity. Our choice is not between religion or collectivism. Rather it is religion as a faith-based system, including communism as an example, on the one hand; or humanism and liberty on the other hand. If we study history, we will realize that humanistic enlightenment is positively correlated with liberty.
"non -interventionism" and "non-aggression" are not one and the same. Because to "intervene" simply means to take sides in a dispute; while "aggression" means to initiate force. To side with the aggressor against the victim, is unjust. To side with the victim against the aggressor is not unjust. One could be a non-interventionist and a libertarian, in the same sense that one might be a vegetarian and a libertarian. For more information, please visit the website of the Libertarian Defense Caucus.
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The FBI Prospers by Feeding Fears

kevin837 Wrote: May 25, 2014 5:35 PM
And how does your Seattle-based institute prosper? By spouting creationist nonsense. Iran is about to get nukes and has vowed to end the US ("Big Satan") and Israel ("Little Satan"). You don't seem to be aware that a single nuke exploded at high altitude over the US would cause an EMP, and electro-magnetic pulse that would take out our electrical grid. What's to worry? The mullahs share your creationist beliefs--how can they be a threat? Surely a God that created the universe from nothing, would again intervene miraculously to restore our electricity--right?
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The Real Vote Fraud

kevin837 Wrote: May 11, 2014 9:27 PM
Voter impersonation maybe rare but voting fraud exists. Famously, ballot boxes in Chicago were stuffed to get JFK elected. More recently, some districts in NYC had 100%+ for Obama. Often people vote more than once. Let us say, once where they go to college and once at their parents' town. Property ownership used to be required to vote. I don't think getting ID is too much to ask, particularly if issued free of charge to those of low income. If someone can't be bothered to get an ID, how could they possibly be informed about the issues?
Not all anti-Christians are so irrational and crazy. That's why we should distinguish between secularism (which is negative) and humanism (which affirms positive values).
The US doesn't "occupy" Yemen. After WWII, the US did occupy Germany and Japan, yet this didn't cause German or Japanese terrorism. Not that occupation is necessarily a wise policy, the way it has been done is altruistic and sacrificing of American interests. 3 civilian deaths out of 55 is a very low level of collateral damage. Much, much lower than in previous wars. RP objects to the war the US is trying to wage against Al Qaeda and like-minded groups; he appears more concerned when the US actually does attack terrorists, and less concerned about American help to terrorists in Egypt, Libya, and Syria. Ron Paul has documented multiple links to white nationalists. Such as the neo-nazi Willis Carto, who rented his Spotlight mailing list to Ron Paul for fundraising purposes. Ron Paul does not represent American values so much as he represents anti-Israel, pro-neo-Christian and white nationalist values. He is utterly clueless on foreign policy and a crazy old man.
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AEI: Will Russia Invade East Ukraine?

kevin837 Wrote: Apr 21, 2014 3:57 PM
Economic sanctions by themselves tend to not be effective. Particularly when there isn't a worldwide consensus. Particularly when Europe is highly dependent on oil and natural gas and other raw materials from Russia. Sanctions are a prelude to war. The most effective sanctions are those enforced by military power.
Alcohol use also kills brain cells. What is the political point here? Townhall isn't a medical journal, it is devoted to politics. Hence, the name, "Townhall".
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Whose Side Is God on Now?

kevin837 Wrote: Apr 04, 2014 11:49 PM
Putin is conning Christians. He wants restrictions on abortion, homosexuality, and porn for one simple reason: they interfere with his goal of repopulating Russia, which has a lot of territory but a decline population. However such methods have limited effectiveness. If someone likes gay sex or porn, there is nothing the law can do to change that. Concerning abortion, he isn't outlawing it, but simply putting reasonable restrictions, similar to those in the US. Ultimately we have to face the fact that as technology and economics improve, people will want a more pleasurable life and raising children can interfere with that. Why not allow infertile couples the full range of technological possibilities, including artificial wombs or biological hosts of a similar species. This relieves the human woman of the burden of carrying a child. Many couples want to adopt but are unable, or unwilling to raise a problem child who may have bad genetics.
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Deflating Russia Can Be Done

kevin837 Wrote: Mar 23, 2014 4:09 PM
What's the point? The West has bigger fish to fry. We don't need another inter-European war. This one may spell the end of western civilization, due to declining demographics, culture, and economics. There is no way that Putin would pull out of Ukraine based on sanctions. Europeans have to buy his oil and other raw materials. Russia has other customers who would buy and in any event, oil is fungible and sanctions a mere nuisance. Russia will figure out how to do business without the US dollar. While Europeans squabble (if we count Obama as a European), Iran is on the fast track to getting nukes.
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