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I think what scares and depresses me even more is that I wonder if with each day that passes, there are more and more people in this country who want Obama's "fundamental transformation." I could see how the people would be fooled in 2008, but in 2012? Now is when it is becoming really disturbing that Obama is willing to usurp our laws to get what he wants. "the ends justifies the means." Is this really what people want? For the system of government that made our country great to be fractured by a hardened leftist who does not really care about the rule of law if it does not suit his agenda? Obama is only able to get away with this (so far) also because of the complicit biased media, that has ceased to be an objective reporter of events and is now an enabler of leftists ideals and an enemy of traditional or conservative ones.
Dinesh D'Souza tried to warn people about this in the movie 2016. I can see how people could have been fooled in 2008. It is astounding that Obama would be re-elected in 2012.
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Neutering Religious Holidays

Marcos464 Wrote: Nov 18, 2014 1:48 PM
I have actually started to have feelings of dread about this time of year because that is when you have the secularist fanatics enlist the help of organizations such as the freedom form religion foundation and the ACLU to go out and eradicate any reference to religion in the public square under the "separation of church and state" meme which is one of the most abused and tortured concepts to try and extinguish any mention of God in the public square. Militant secularists claim to put such a high premium on "reason" and being "rationale" as well as open minded but their petty, intolerant actions rely undermine all of their lofty claims to these attributes.
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Neutering Religious Holidays

Marcos464 Wrote: Nov 18, 2014 1:33 PM
Even if there is nothing in the law that says they shouldn't take this route, that alone does not make the course of action laudable or well thought out. Taking expedient actions just to avoid potential litigation demonstrates to me in this instance lack of conviction, cowardice, or more than likely a convenient pretext to just do away with any reference to religious holidays by secularists who want public schools to be a "religion free" zone anyway.
David, I think you know better than that. You know, or should know, that the most militant and influential atheists (not your average person atheist) are very hostile towards religious belief and seek ways to inculcate a form of scientism or naturalism in young people. Richard Dawkins has written a children's book seeking to show young children that the existence of all things does not require a supernatural creator. The whole "Cosmos" curriculum spearheaded by Neil DeGrassi Tyson is predicated on the Sagan's idea that the Cosmos is "all there is, all there ever was, and all there ever will be." This curriculum will be rolled out in public schools at some point and even includes an opening statement by Obama. It is intellectually dishonest to claim that militant atheists don't seek converts to their view of reality.
"The primary assertion of true believers, "god exists", is neither provable, nor falsifiable. It is simply arbitrary. As such, it has no more credence than "leprechauns exist" or "Zeus exists." Actually, this is not really an argument. It sounds like an assertion, that includes a conclusion. It's similar to Richard Dawkins and his ludicrous "flying spaghetti monster" analogy. The reason that this assertion is weak is because there is an underlying assumption that the three assertions are equally valid truth claims that are equally defensible (or are equally indefensible) which is absurd.
Anyone who tells a Christian to "keep his faith in the closet" is not only arrogant, but intolerant and does not really believe in freedom for all. The idea of "keeping one's beliefs confined to your home or church' is an intolerant, repulsive notion that seeks to prevent people from living out their faith convictions in all facets of their life. And let's be honest, there are militant atheists and secular humanists who would want nothing more but to eradicate all religious values and expression in public life because deep down they believe that all religious belief is 'evil' and an impediment to human 'progress.' A lot of these people think of themselves as more enlightened and more intelligent than those who hold religious beliefs, but they fail to recognize that their intolerance of religious expression is itself a type of secular fundamentalism that is as vicious in its own way as the fanaticism as those who subscribe to Islamic terrorism.
Political correctness is running amok in this country. It is a cancer. It is absolutely ridiculous the things that are happening in this country so as to not "offend." Being "offended" is part of having free speech. You can't have one without having the other. If someone does not want to be offended they should become a hermit and not have any contact with others. The word "inclusiveness" is a word that is used as battering ram to try and pretend that there are not real differences between people and cultures. Coming to a country and demanding that that country conform to your cultural norms is not assimilation. You should not be forced to celebrate someone else's holiday but you should not interfere in someone else celebrating theirs either.
Great Point
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Christian School’s ROTC Under Attack

Marcos464 Wrote: Nov 11, 2014 9:09 PM
meant to say regret their vote.
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