Oct 26, 2010 Amicus commented on Tony Perkins, Vile Piece of Shit, Opens His Foul Mouth.
"internal conflict"? Oh, Tony, please.

Have you ever heard the expression, "It's all over except for the shouting"?

O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times?
Oct 26, 2010 Amicus commented on The Lamb That Roared.
It does feel like a turningpoint. And, I too, feel like the time is ripe to press the case in this way, although, unlike Sponge, I pray for the patience that will be needed to make the case over and over again; because even if it is settled among the cognoscenti, it is not in the world of public opinion.

However, being a natural contrarian, perhaps, I worry about leaving behind all the 'reluctant conservatives'. We focus on the truth and being set free from old ignorance, an unrefined understanding, a blunt public policy. However, freedom comes with responsibility, and without the conservatives, I'm not sure who will make that case and I worry about the trajectory if the forces of change are not 'in balance', so to speak...
Oct 25, 2010 Amicus commented on Christian Christian Pastor to Non-Hater Christians: Speak The Fuck Up, People.
a transparent compound made to follow the Leviticus pattern, were both parts of the compound occur -- ἄρσενος 'male' and κοίτην 'lie with',
@64, ankylosar - being a bit rusty on my Greek and Hebrew, if we took ἄρσενος, probably better as "man" than "male", and κοίτην, put them back into the Hebrew and did a search for other versus that Paul could have had in mind, would we find some? Could he just have invented a shorthand to refer to them all, if so?
Oct 25, 2010 Amicus commented on For Mudede or, the Case for Conservatism.
er..."consumer basic" s/b "consumer basket"
Oct 25, 2010 Amicus commented on For Mudede or, the Case for Conservatism.
Practical wisdom, properly understood, is not the sole province of conservatism. Liberals and liberalism have just as much claim on that type of thinking and are not ideologically opposed to it.

Conflating practical wisdom with the free market seems like an exercise in fantabulism.

The free-market is a tyranny, to producers, who must compete their profits away and to consumers, who get to buy only what everyone else is buying. I certainly don't get to buy the things I want, the shoes exactly as I want, the colors I want, the cereal that I most prefer. My preferences are subject to the economics of a generic consumer basic of those in my economic class.

Nevertheless, one does have to admire Sullivan for his earnestness that there really is a 'conservative philosophy' and not just conservatives. Indeed, of all the conservatives one would prefer to make up the civic discourse, it would be his brand, no?
Oct 25, 2010 Amicus commented on Christian Christian Pastor to Non-Hater Christians: Speak The Fuck Up, People.
I'll throw two stones, one from the Left and one from the Right.

Too many of the early activists conceded that the bible condemns homosexuality. That is not crystal clear. The stone from the Left is that he hasn't gone far enough.

As a consequence, if his audience are the hardliners, his case isn't strong enough. To them, hypocrisy is a call to purification, not to "acceptance". So, the stone from the Right is that he needs an affirmative defense.

2-cents, 2-stones

Sep 1, 2010 Amicus commented on Lifelong Monogamy or Anything Goes: You Must Pick One.
When Dan, or anyone, can articulate the concept implied by his comments, that is, "responsible sexual variety" in a way that makes it apt for an ethic not any less at odds with itself than "monogamy"/"monandry", this "debate" will have moved forward a step, methinks.
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Nov 11, 2009 Amicus commented on Mormon Church Backs Gay Rights Law In Salt Lake City.
As best memory severs, they did something similar to paper over their historic racism.

It takes some digging, but I think I found out that the Human Rights Commission (the people who might actually take up a case for you, if you don't have thousands to hire a private lawyer), is essentially toothless in the city and the state.

I could be mistaken, but I believe that is true. Someone should check with ACLU Salt Lake...