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Happy Indigenous Peoples’ Day!

Tacitus X Wrote: Oct 12, 2014 9:41 AM
I knew a comedian who would announce to the audience: "I recently found out that I'm 1/128th Cherokee." He would pause, look troubled, and then say accusingly, "I'll never forgive the white man for what he did to my people." I think of it and laugh whenever I see some phony like Elizabeth "Faux-cahontas" Warren trying to score brownie points with her fellow "liberal" racist half-wits.
If people were asked to rank how smart people are by profession, "actor" would be very far down the list. They get attention because they are famous, not for their wisdom. Because of the nature of actor's job, people recognize them and feel they know them because of the characters they pretend to be. Paltrow would get at least as much attention if instead of opining on national politics she was hula dancing at a corner gas station. People are curious because she's famous, not due to her supposed expertise.
Ayn Rand (atheist BTW) expressed it best: "Judge, and prepare to be judged."
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Why I Oppose Liberalism

Tacitus X Wrote: Oct 11, 2014 7:43 PM
soliton - I'm happy to educate you. The new pope's first major writing was an attack on capitalism and called for governments to "guarantee" jobs, healthcare, and education. His predecessor famously wrote that "Catholic social doctrine has always held that equal distribution of goods is a priority." Does that sound more like Adam Smith or Karl Marx? The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops advocate, among other things, U.S. citizenship for illegal aliens and opposes the death penalty even for serial killers and child murderers. Not exactly bedrock conservative positions.
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Why I Oppose Liberalism

Tacitus X Wrote: Oct 11, 2014 6:30 PM
Much of Hawkins' criticism of "liberalism" (really leftism) is valid but leftism is clearly not incompatible with Christianity. With the exception of the abortion issue, the Catholic Church is quite liberal. The establishment Protestant churches are very liberal. Liberation theology is explicitly Marxist. Claiming they are not "good" Christians just demonstrates that Hawkins needs to study (and hopefully comprehend) the "No True Scotsman Fallacy."
Wait - are you tring to tell us that a spoiled, self-absorbed, uneducated actor who's desperate to parrot the views of 99% liberal Hollywood actually has opinions to match? Who would have guessed?
ben496 - ben496 -- It's wonderful how you know that Hitler's secret thoughts were the opposite of what he spoke and wrote fervently about throughout his entire adult life. I suppose you imagine he really loved the Jews and that outlawing atheist organizations was all part of his secret plan to promote atheism. Interesting that you unintentionally concede that advocating atheism would have impaired his ability to grab totalitarian control, but advocating religion was helpful in seizing and maintaining totalitarian power - clearly, that was the aim of the Reich-Vatican Concordat. What does that say about the power of religion to lead people astray?
gungy -- the Nazis were hardly atheists. They outlawed atheist organizations and Germany was overwhelmingly Christian, to the point that Hitler's Wehrmacht had "Gott mit uns" (God is with us) emblazoned on their belt buckles -- something you will not even see in the U.S. military. Russia has always been a mystic country in the very worst sense of the word. The USSR wasn't run by "atheists," it was run by totalitarian communists who would happily slaughter anyone, be they religious or not, who threatened their hold on power to the slightest degree. Ditto for Red China. If you want to see fanatical slaughter today, see those religious jihadists. The argument that religion somehow makes people more tolerant or less violent has no empirical support. Even in the U.S., atheists are 2-4% of the U.S. population but comprise only two-tenths of one percent of the prison population. Divorce rates among atheists are a fraction of Christian divorce rates.
ben496 -- It's wonderful how you know that Hitler's secret thoughts were the opposite of what he spoke and wrote fervently about throughout his entire adult life. I suppose you imagine he really loved the Jews and that outlawing atheist organizations was all part of his secret plan to promote atheism. Interesting that you unintentionally concede that advocating atheism would have impaired his ability to grab totalitarian control, but advocating religion was helpful in seizing and maintaining totalitarian power - clearly, that was the aim of the Reich-Vatican Concordat.
Birdman -- Hitler's speeches and writing is full of support for God, Jesus, Christianity, and religious faith. One of his first acts after passage of the Enabling Act authorizing Hitler to rule by decree was to outlaw all atheist and freethinker groups. His anti-semitism comes straight from Martin Luther's virulent anti-semitic writings such as "On the Jews and Their Lies" calling for burning out, enslaving, expelling, and slaying Jews.
Gee, a Hollywood actor turns out to be a poorly-educated, politically-correct parrot -- what a surprise. I'm in awe of the moral courage it must take to be a liberal in 99% liberal Hollywood.
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