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I don't like Mr. Obama myself, but what possible grounds do you have for claiming that he "dreams of raping little boys"? I suggest that unless you have some very clear evidence of this, you are violating one of your own Commandments (which I also acknowledge as a valid moral principle), the one about "bearing false witness".
I am not a follower of Christ, but I consider myself to be an American patriot. Is that a possible combination in your view of things?
LoveIsEqual, I'm a non-theist and support same-sex civil marriage, at least as an issue which I will vote in favor of given the chance (I still harbor some doubts of its being a "constitutional right"). However, I'm inclined to side with the Christians that it is a reasonable accommodation of free exercise of religion for private business owners not to be forced to provide services for customers that violate their religious beliefs. In the real world, it's not like all florists or bakers will take that view and no gay couple will ever be able to get a cake or flower arrangement for their wedding. And let me suggest to you that, by making a legal issue of the tiny number of business owners with religious scruples, you are succeding in making YOUR OWN side (the pro-gay-marriage side) look like intolerant bullies, instead of the other side to which you would like to attach that label.
"Wherever we please"? Literally? Does that mean you would get to enter my private home uninvited in order to preach to me? Does a school student who wants to "share the faith" get to interrupt, say, a math lesson, in order to preach to the class?
You might want to be careful about recommending that disagreement with your political opinions (even where they are much the same as my political opinions) is "treasonous". I recently saw an online post referring to disagreement and opposition to Mr. Obama as vile treason". Which side is going to end up getting to put its "treasonous" opponents in prison for life?
You might want to be careful about recommending that disagreement with your political opinions (even where they are much the same as my political opinions) is "treasonous". I recently saw an online post referring to disagreement and opposition to Mr. Obama as vile treason". Which side is going to end up getting to put its "treasonous" opponents in prison for life?
Might I remind you that while a "Creator" is referenced in the Declaration of Independence, it is not specifically stated to be the Judeo-Christian God; and, excepting a pro forma reference to the date as "year of our Lord," the Constitution makes no reference to God, the Bible or Jesus. (And the religious fundamentalists of the time noticed this, and predicted doom for the nation that "rejected God" in its fundamental law.) You have a rather thin case that "faith and religion are written into our founding documents."
There's also the part about "no estabishment of religion". As I read it, that would include your freedom to practice your religion as long as others' rights are respected (and yes, I would include in "free exercise of religon" the right to decline to bake a cake for a gay wedding or to not pay for certain birth control methods for employees). But it also means you can't declare this country a "Christian nation" in terms of its govrnment, and expect government to favor and promote your religion over others, or over non-religion.
I'm a non-theist (a member of the "secular right," which does exist, just as there is a "religious left") so, obviously, not a Christian. But I don't hate Christians, I'm not interested in trying to wipe Christianity out of existence, and I'll even agree that there is such a thing as "anti-Christian bigotry." I'd classify views that all Christians are stupid (I disagree with them about some things, but that doesn't make them stupid) or that they all are hypocrites who fail to live by their own standards, as such bigotry. But on the other hand, I've seen militant Christians try to attach the label of "anti-Christian bigotry" on attitudes that are simply non-Christian. For example, I've seen people who don't accept the resurrection of Jesus as settled historical fact accused of "bigotry". And I would give militant Christians the same advice that I sometimes give militant gay activists. Your "rights" do not include a right to demand that everyone like you, agree with all your opinions, or silence any opinions that you find wrong or offensive.
I've almost never watched MSNBC (or Fox News, either, for that matter). There is some speculation that MSNBC will either go out of business or abandon its overtly left-wing slant. I'm not so sure this would be a good thing. The network seems to be "preaching to the choir," attracting only viewrs who are already firmly in the left-wing camp. And if MSNBC did go off the air or change format, we would undoubtedly see leftists whining that their free speech had been muzzled by the Evil Capitalists. They would probably redouble their eforts to insert left-wing content into the programming of the more "mainstream" channels. They might even claim the end of MSNBC as justification for new efforts to exert government control over the media and silence conservative content in the name of resotring "balance".
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