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dflood: Critical thinking skills are not the exclusive province of the self-styled "brights", as atheists such as Richard Dawkins and Daniel Dennett like to call themselves. The greatest critical minds in Western history have always been Christians. Take for example Immanuel Kant, Thomas Aquinas, or Blaise Pascal. Sir Isaac Newton devoted as much of his attention to biblical exegesis as he did to the problems of physics and cosmology. Those modern thinkers who dismiss every epistemological enterprise but science are missing the most important questions of human existence and deny us the very transcendence which separates us from the animal world. I would heartily recommend Disnesh Desousa's book "What's so Great About Christianity" for a defense of religion and Christianity in particular based upon history, reason, philosophy, and -- yes -- even science.
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Blinding History

KrankyMike Wrote: Sep 26, 2014 6:22 AM
"Islam" is a perfectly ordinary Arabic word that means submission or surrender. Translators of the Koran have deliberately misled the west by using its appearance in the text as a name for the religion, when the term the Koran uses for the it is simply "religion" ("din"). Christianity and Judaism in the Koran are referred to by such words "polytheism" "apostasy" or "paganism". When you read the Koran with this in mind, it becomes much more clear exactly how intolerant it is. For example, the famous phrase "there is no compulsion in religion" does not mean tolerance for Judaism or Christianity. A few lines further on it states "the truth has now been reveled as distinct from error and only servants of Satan (as the Abdullah Yusuf Ali translation puts it) will not embrace it." Failure to embrace "Religion" (a.k.a., Islam) makes you a servant of Satan— get it, you inhabitants of the Great Satan (USA)?
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Blinding History

KrankyMike Wrote: Sep 26, 2014 5:58 AM
For all its evil, Nazism was proud of itself and made no effort to conceal its racist agenda, and even boasted about it. This made it possible for us to openly despise them. On the other hand, both Communism and Islam embrace lying. In communism, we have the doctrine that the end justifyies the means, which holds that lying is acceptable if it advances the cause. In Islam, we have the doctrine of Taqiyya, which comes from the Hadith (the words and deeds of Mohamed), and states that lying to unbelievers to advance the faith is virtuous. In both cases, we have ideologies that hold lying to be a wholly acceptable strategy and useful idiots in the west who embrace the lies because it is more comfortable to believe them than the truth.
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Why Beheading?

KrankyMike Wrote: Sep 22, 2014 2:34 PM
The fact is that beheading is prescribed as a punishment for the infidel several times in the Koran -- not just in surah 47. For example, the equally famous "verse of the sword", 9:5 "When the months of fasting are over, smite the unbelievers on the neck wherever you find them...". The punishment of death for unbelievers is also clearly specified in many places, for example 5:33: "The reward of those who oppose Allah or his prophet is death, or crucifixion, or amputation of their hands and feet on alternate sides...". The Great Commission of is Islam is equally clear in 8:39: "Wage jihad upon the unbeliever and all his works and mischief until the whole world submits to Allah."
A "larded and stunted" economy is no problem for the illegal immigrant -- I mean, undocumented democrat voter. BLS statistics show that nearly all of the job growth in recent years has been absorbed by immigrants. Citizens that are harmed by the stagnant economy, not immigrants. Of course, they are doing the jobs that Americans won't do. Americans wont do those jobs mostly because the influx of illegals has driven the wages of those jobs below what a citizen (who has to pays taxes, car insurance, and live in a one-bedroom apartment with fewer than three families) needs to earn in order to make ends meet.
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Immigration Is American

KrankyMike Wrote: Sep 17, 2014 11:45 AM
We have more than enough immigrants now, both legal and illegal. It is possible that we may need more (or will have less of a surplus) in the future if our economy gets moving, but that is not today. With a new record set every quarter of Americans who are no longer in the labor force, we must realize we are no longer a booming young nation with a vast unsettled frontier. We are a now mature country that needs to conserve what it has and manage immigration for the benefit of its citizens, not for the benefit of corporate plutocrats or democrat politicians. We WERE a nation of immigrants. Now we need to be a nation of responsible citizens who look after each other. Immigrants have absorbed nearly all of the new jobs created since the recession "ended". That is a Bureau of Labor Statistics figure. Two thirds of all science. technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) jobs are being filled by immigrants. That is also a BLS number. Microsoft cries for more H1B visa engineers even as it lays off 18,000 citizens. Why? Because immigrants work for much less than Americans or permanent resident aliens. In my department at my own employer (a well-known high-tech firm), we have laid off an average of one experienced engineer every quarter while increasing headcount. They replace a $100,000 a year engineer with two $30,000 "interns" from India (American college graduates apparently need not apply) and management wonders why products are behind schedule. I personally know two engineers, each with over 20 years of experience, who are now working as a bartender and a furniture salesman. One of these people came close to living in his car and is now divorced as a result of financial stress. Both are still living on the edge and have know that they have no hope of every working as engineers again.
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Poll: Huckabee Clear Favorite in Iowa

KrankyMike Wrote: Sep 15, 2014 8:33 AM
I wouldn't worry too much about this story. If you don't believe me, ask President Michelle Bachman. Huckabee is in this position mostly because he has a wishy-washy TV show on FNC that has a female tilt to its augience. Force yourself to watch it sometime: You won't mistake it for Oprah, but if you close your eyes you just might mistake it for Ellen.
If you can stand one more post: "islam" does NOT mean peace. The cognate word "salaam" means peace. Islam means unconditional submission or surrender. Translators of the Quran have worked great mischief with this and the word "din" (religion or way), obfuscating the clear meaning of the text. "Din" is never used for anything but Islam, but translators use it in contexts that seem to imply the inclusion of other faiths. This is false: other religions are referred to by several words like "shirk" (polytheist), "kafir" (infidel), "mulhid" (atheist), and so forth but never "din". It is often useful to substitute words in the translations of Muslim apologists to get the clear intention of the text. For example (5:3): Today I have perfected religion for you and bestowed my favor upon you. I have established abject submission as your religion.
And in case you still don't get the clear intention of Islam, Surah 5:33: The punishment of those who oppose Allah and His messenger ... is that they should be put to death, crucified, their hands and their feet should be cut off on opposite sides, or be imprisoned; this shall be as a disgrace for them in this world, and in the hereafter they shall have a grievous chastisement,
ISIS is most definitely Islamic, and follows the same path as Mohammed and the four "rightly guided" Caliphs, who brutally swept through half of the known world in only a quarter of a century. Never mind the BS spouted by Muslim apologists or the imams who practice taqiyyah (lying to infidels in order to advance the faith). Here is all you need to know about the motives of Islam from the Quran itself (8:39): "Wage jihad against the infidel until the whole world submits to Allah."
Barry still thinks that Islam is a religion of peace, despite over 100 verses in the Quran calling for the killing of infidels. For example, 5:33: "The punishment of those who oppose Allah and His Messenger, and strive with might and main for mischief through the land is: execution, or crucifixion, or the cutting off of hands and feet from opposite sides, or exile from the land: that is their disgrace in this world, and a heavy punishment is theirs in the Hereafter."
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