Jul 2, 2013
commented on It Says Right There In Deuteronomy That It's a Sin to Establish Your Own Kingdom in the Video Room
Toward the end there, when he was calling out Cox, I couldn't help but think that he sounded like he thought he was God - if you submitted to me, you would know my heart.
I haven't been an evangelical for a long, long time, but from what I recall, those are things one should only say or think when referring to God, not your narcissistic pastor. The whole point of being a "born-again" Christian is that you answer to no priest or clergy - you only answer to God (well Jesus, but they believe Jesus is God). Apparently, this pastor has forgotten that and considers himself to be the personal savior for his entire "flock".
For the sake of all the people in that room, I hope he and his wife do pack up and leave in their "paid for" vehicle. It's guys like this that helped make me an ex-Christian.
Jul 1, 2013
commented on SL Letter of the Day: Dom Dom
Agree with @14 and @20. Legalities aside, LW seems to have emotional issues and/or is emotionally immature.
It's time to just let it go and perhaps seek some counseling for those emotional issues.
Jun 19, 2013
commented on GOP Congressman: We Have to Ban Abortion Because Fetuses Are Masturbating In There
Siddra, you are aware that there are other religions, other than Christianity, right? You go from Christianity to Atheism, as if there is no other option, when there are more religions that we can count, and not all of them believe that a fetus has the same rights as a person.
Right there in your very own Bible, in Exodus, it clearly says that a fetus is not a person in the same way that the woman carrying it is. Exodus 21:22-23, if two men are fighting and one of them hits a woman who is pregnant and the fetus dies, the man who caused the miscarriage must pay a fine to the husband of the woman. If the man hits the woman and she dies, then the man is liable to the death penalty. If the fetus were considered a person in the same way as the woman carrying it, causing the death of a fetus would also incur the death penalty; however, it doesn't.
While this may not mean that abortion in all cases is OK according to the Torah, it certainly does mean that a fetus does not share the same state of "personhood" as the woman carrying it does. In addition, in Judaism, life of those who are already fully-formed human beings is considered of primary importance. Even Orthodox Jews will break Shabbos in order to save somebody's life, that's how important life is. If it comes down to my life (as a Jewish woman) or the life of a fetus I am carrying, per my religious beliefs, it is not only my right, but my duty to have an abortion. Therefore, any law which prevents this is violating my religious rights.
However, none of the above really matters when it comes to the laws of this country as we have the separation of church and state, so laws should not be made based on one religious belief. I'm sure you don't want to live under Sharia law, right? Well, I don't want to live according to either Sharia or Christian laws. I've made my choice regarding my religion (I converted to Judaism many years ago) and how I wish to live, but I do not expect others to follow my religious laws. (I'm not pushing for bacon to be illegal, although it would make it a lot easier to avoid if it were!)
I only used the Biblical example to demonstrate how different religions can use the same source material to justify different beliefs and laws. Slave owners used the Bible to justify slavery for centuries. So, you can use the Bible and your religious beliefs to justify your view that abortion is murder, but what you cannot do is force others to live by your beliefs and religious laws.
Jun 6, 2013
commented on They Shoot Hookers, Don't They?
Texas: Where an unborn female fetus is precious and deserves to live, even if it means the death of the woman carrying her, but 23 years later, she can be shot and killed for $150 and nobody cares.
If I had been on that jury, and an unanimous vote was required to acquit, it would have been a hung jury. He shot her in the neck over $150. Unless she was holding a gun on him at the same time, he deserves to rot in jail for the rest of his life.
Jun 5, 2013
commented on The Debate Over Gay Marriage in the House of Lords
Why are they so obsessed with sex? That's almost all I hear from those who are against same-sex marriage: "They can't have "natural" sex, they can't procreate, the sex they have isn't OK according to the Bible." Who cares? Are their marriages all about sex?
I find it funny that those who use the Bible to oppose same-sex marriage reduce this supposedly sacred institution down to it's most basic, animalistic features. It's especially funny when you consider most fundies will tell you that human beings are not animals. God made us differently and special, and we are not to be like the animals (I was raised as a fundie, and this is what I was taught as a kid).
Well, isn't reducing marriage, which is so much more than just sex, down to such an animalistic level degrading to both marriage and human beings? Shouldn't we be striving for our marriages to be about mutual love, respect, companionship, and building a life together? Wouldn't that be elevating marriage to something above our animalistic nature, acknowledging a life-long, loving bond between two human beings, regardless of their gender?
May 21, 2013
commented on There Are No Atheists In Foxholes
I thought the question and the way he phrased it, "You gotta thank the lord," was ridiculous and presumptuous. Even in the Bible Belt. She answered so graciously and I'm glad she didn't back down and let him know she's an atheist.
May 6, 2013
commented on What Did You Do This Weekend?
@32, no, Palin is a quitter, plain and simple. There is no credit to give to her. She abandoned the people who elected her to go off and work for Fox News.
I have never liked her, so my opinion hasn't changed, but come up to Alaska and talk to those who supported her and you will find many of their attitudes have changed. Alaskans don't take kindly to those who abandon us and even those who strongly supported her candidacy as governor and vice president, turned their backs on her after she resigned as governor. One Alaskan blogger only refers to her as "the Quitter".
The credit she can take is bringing down the McCain 2008 presidential race and for that, I do say thank you. Otherwise, she is nothing more than a mouthpiece for right-wing conspiracy nuts.
Oh, and while I do agree that one shouldn't wish cancer on another, I will say that she can have my Crohn's disease any time. It's incredibly painful, makes it so you can't eat, and requires lots of doctor visits and more colonoscopies than you can count (4 in one year is my personal record). Considering the amount of shit that comes out of her mouth, I think it's only fitting that she have an ailment that requires her to be scoped on a regular basis.