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Excellent reporting, vietnamvet!
Assuming theists are freedom-loving conservatives and atheists are liberal statists is absurd. First, the jihadists are theists, not atheists. They are fanatic theists, and hate atheists more than they hate Christians or Jews. Except for the abortion issue, the Catholic church is very liberal. The mainline Protestant churches are liberal. Religious Jews, Hispanics, and blacks overwhelming vote Democrat. The World Council of Churches and the Council of Catholic Bishops are leftist. Those espousing "liberation theology" are stridently communist. Do any current U.S. religious figures have a higher profile than leftist Reverends Jackson, Pfleger, Wright, and Sharpton? Was an atheist the Socialist Party USA presidential nominee in 2008? No, it was devout Catholic Brian Moore. Has there been a recent President more pious than Jimmy Carter? And where are all the church rallies for gun rights, tougher penalties for criminals, strict enforcement of immigration laws, lower taxes, lower entitlement spending, ending welfare, ending "foreign aid," repudiating the U.N., adopting the gold standard, capital punishment for convicted murderers, school vouchers, terrorist profiling, reducing the power of the union bosses, rolling back the EPA and most other regulatory agencies, etc.? Oh that's right, the mainstream churches oppose those bedrock conservative positions. Statists are the problem, be they theists or atheists.
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The Real Pope Francis

Tacitus X Wrote: Apr 13, 2014 11:58 AM
Why would the Pope want people to be educated, prosperous and content? It's much better for him if they are (or at least believe themselves to be) uneducated, oppressed and hopeless so he can promise them rewards and justice in the next life in return for obedience in this one. Like the Dims, the Pope needs a large, disaffected, dependent class with a grievance.
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The Real Pope Francis

Tacitus X Wrote: Apr 13, 2014 11:47 AM
Who do you think is voting these liberal politicians into office? Also, there is no such thing as "voluntary socialism." Socialism is always coercive.
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The Real Pope Francis

Tacitus X Wrote: Apr 13, 2014 10:36 AM
Kevin - but what does that discrete fact tell us of one's political beliefs? As I pointed out early, Catholics, like those of other religions or atheists may be libertarians, conservatives, centrists, liberals, leftists, or communists, or etc.
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The Politics of Personal Distraction

Tacitus X Wrote: Apr 13, 2014 1:27 AM
Generally good article but the author errs by referring euphemistically to "progressives" rather than to statists, collectivists, or leftists. Why give them the aura of being for progress? I imagine many young, inexperienced college freshman are attracted to the idea of being for progress. You can bet the statists are aware of it. If you let your opponents define the terms of the debate, you've already lost the debate.
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Jeb Bush’s Fiscal Record

Tacitus X Wrote: Apr 13, 2014 1:13 AM
As the late, great Milton Friedman pointed out, government spending rather than taxation is the real culprit. Whether that spending is paid for with taxes extracted directly, or indirectly through inflation, the negative consequences are essentially the same.
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The Real Pope Francis

Tacitus X Wrote: Apr 13, 2014 1:07 AM
The writer is correct. Christians and atheists alike can be libertarians, conservatives, centrists, liberals, leftists, or communists, or etc. This Pope is not truly a modern man. He strikes me as someone who feels a kinship with the Left, but is at heart a medievalist. He is not a friend to the U.S. or the Enlightenment. There is also more than a whiff of Machiavellian disingenuousness as he maneuvers around issues with an uncommon lack of candor.
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The Politics of St. Paul

Tacitus X Wrote: Apr 12, 2014 7:02 PM
So you disagree with those who prefer not to live in a theocracy because you have invented a "spiritual theocracy" but you think I'm the one who's splitting hairs? Sure.
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The Politics of St. Paul

Tacitus X Wrote: Apr 12, 2014 4:16 PM
Fuzzy - your post makes no sense. Who but you ever said "everything that is came from nothing"? You concoct a ridiculous statement and then act as though someone other than you needs to defend it. Your second paragraph is unintelligible.
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The Politics of St. Paul

Tacitus X Wrote: Apr 12, 2014 3:57 PM
Ha!
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