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What Freedom of Speech?

Richard2666 Wrote: Jan 15, 2015 11:25 AM
It is truly a shame to see someone as intelligent as the judge make such gross errors as “life is a gift from God.” I suppose all those legal studies did not leave enough time for learning about how life did begin. Otherwise a good article, right on point that the western governments should govern their own countries and not interfere with the internal politics outside their own countries. That's what President Washington advised and he was right.
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Lamenting Liberty Lost

Richard2666 Wrote: Jan 09, 2015 11:04 AM
A good article, except there is no “traditional Judeo-Christian values . . . of personal liberty.” The Salem witch trials are a good example of “believe or die” practices of the Christians. For further information, be sure to read: Eating your own children for food. 2Kings 6:29. Murdering children. Isaiah 13:16' Giving daughters as sex slaves. Genesis 19:8. Daughters pregnant from father. Genesis 19:36. Eating your own excrement. 2 Kings 18:27. Everyone should hate their parents, wives and children. Luke 14:26. The sweet smell of burnt offerings. Leviticus 1:1-17 and 2:1-9. Lord makes bowels fall out. 2 Chronicles 21:18-19. Where are the siblings of Jesus? Mark 6:3. God sanctions rape. Judges 19:22-25. There is much more, but do not let anyone under age 18 read this horrible book.
To point out errors in the Bible, Christianity or other religions is not an assignation. To call it such is to confess to taking a psychologically defensive position because one cannot explain the errors. The Bible? If it does not make errors, then be sure to read: Eating your own children for food. 2Kings 6:29. Murdering children. Isaiah 13:16' Giving daughters as sex slaves. Genesis 19:8. Daughters pregnant from father. Genesis 19:36. Eating your own excrement. 2 Kings 18:27. Everyone should hate their parents, wives and children. Luke 14:26. The sweet smell of burnt offerings. Leviticus 1:1-17 and 2:1-9. Lord makes bowels fall out. 2 Chronicles 21:18-19. Where are the siblings of Jesus? Mark 6:3. God sanctions rape. Judges 19:22-25. There is much more, but do not let anyone under age 18 read this horrible book
The rise in the atheist group gives some limited hope people will think more critically. However, thousands of cognitive dissonance studies have well demonstrated the longer a belief is held, the more often it is repeated, the less likely a person is to change the belief even if presented with evidence to the contrary the individual himself absolutely accepts as true. Since religion is taught and repeated beginning a decade or so before the age of reason, it is almost impossible to overcome. It is a shame so much money is wasted on religion, not to mention the engendered hate of “them” because “they” are not part of “us” causing millions to die. So much for “love thy enemy” or “turn the other cheek.”
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WWJT: Who Would Jesus Torture?

Richard2666 Wrote: Dec 17, 2014 8:48 AM
Given Jesus demanded thousands be brought before him to be killed so he could be sure it was done. The people were to be killed simply because they did not believe in him. Therefore, I suggest Jesus would kill anyone who disagreed. So much for turning the other cheek. The Bible? Be sure to read: Eating your own children for food. 2Kings 6:29. Murdering children. Isaiah 13:16' Giving daughters as sex slaves. Genesis 19:8. Daughters pregnant from father. Genesis 19:36. Eating your own excrement. 2 Kings 18:27. Everyone should hate their parents, wives and children. Luke 14:26. The sweet smell of burnt offerings. Leviticus 1:1-17 and 2:1-9. Lord makes bowels fall out. 2 Chronicles 21:18-19. Where are the siblings of Jesus? Mark 6:3. God sanctions rape. Judges 19:22-25. There is much more, but do not let anyone under age 18 read this horrible book
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One Nation Under Godlessness

Richard2666 Wrote: Nov 14, 2014 10:38 AM
It is always a shame to see someone as intelligent as Michelle dump all reason when it comes to any subject. But she does so each time she approaches religion. We need more god, she says. To borrow from Branden, those who profess to believe in a god are unable to identify or communicate intelligibly what it is that they believe in. What is the nature, the identity of god? What is the meaning of the concept? God is something, they say, only I don’t know what it is. They claim to believe in it nevertheless. No philosophy, theology or religion has ever given a rationally intelligible definition or even description of the nature of god, or any intelligible content to the concept of god. Observe that I said intelligible. I doubt Michelle can either.
Michael Shermer points out in his book “Why People Believe Weird Things” that most people hold beliefs because they want to. Nothing more complicated that this simple answer. This goes for believing in gods to a higher minimum wage. Against overwhelming evidence, as the politician Elder quotes: "At the end of the day, between the intellect and the heart, the heart wins out."
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Local or National Elections?

Richard2666 Wrote: Oct 14, 2014 8:04 AM
I agree with Dr. Sowell on so many issues, I find it unpleasant to disagree, but disagree I must. I love Sowell when he limits himself to economics, but I find I disagree with him on many political issues. This article is an example and comment only upon one point. Neither faction of the Big Government Party, the GOP nor Dems, have any principles. The difference between various factions of the same behemoth fighting for power and a principled “third party” candidate is more than symbolic political purity. I find it stellar in magnitude and cannot be compared with the single-issue abolitionists 150 years ago. I cannot in good conscience vote for either a Dem or Republican, not because of political purity, but because it would accomplish nothing other than support the same coercive principles enforced in differing degrees. The saying, “There’s not a dime’s worth of difference” between the two wings of the BGP is all too true.
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The Challenge: Pornography Pandemic

Richard2666 Wrote: Oct 09, 2014 8:13 AM
Those who fear sex are normally also god-fearing and all the argument adduced against pornography are the same as against sex itself. Face, we evolved as sexual beings and we love sex---that is why we have 7 billion people on earth. But, there will always be those who want to impose their views on others. Conservatives are hung up on prohibiting anything sexual. Liberals are hung up on anything dealing with individual rights. The logical fallacies in this Hagelin article are too numerous to catalog but they start from the second sentence with the conclusion "it's an evil..." Suppose it is not the evil you claim.
I am offended every time somebody says "god bless you." I don't even know which of the thousands of gods humans have groveled to over thousands of years the person refers to. So, yes, please do not say "god bless you."
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