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Everything posted by philpot123

  1. That's very interesting. Thanks! Never said I was perfect Yes, personally I do feel convicted about Sabbath-breaking, and it's an area I've been examining myself in lately. Short answer, a lot of people either don't know their own scriptures or are not grounded in fundamentalism to the point where they're willing to admit that if they disagree with a portion of scripture, that doesn't make it wrong. So they pull what they want from the OT law, and then claim it's "out of date" when other portions of it are addressed. I don't like it any more than you do As I said,
  2. How often do you think the "disobeying your parents" death penalty was used? Serious question, I'm sure you've done more study on it than I have. But considering it would have to be the parent turning the child in, I can't see many parents saying "Oooohhh little Jimmy talked back to his momma! It's time for stoning." My picture of the "spirit of the law," if you will, in that passage is an incredibly rebellious child whose behavior was beyond being corrected. I could be wrong, but I have a very hard time imagining parents sending their children to be stoned in droves because they disobeyed onc
  3. Covering hair is an interesting doctrinal debate in the Christian church... The condemnation may be in the same parts of the law, but eating shellfish didn't bear the penalty of death, did it? Not saying all Christians feel this way, but this is my belief in regards to that, my own convictions based on my (very possibly/probably flawed) understandings of scripture. 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals,
  4. ... Except Christianity includes express condemnations of the practice of witchcraft, so someone claiming to be a "Christian witch" would be disregarding that part of the Christian faith...
  5. The people who say God "doesn't like gay people" are simply being consistent with their religious text that condemns homosexuality. Whether or not you accept those verses, or the Bible as authoritative is your choice, but the fact remains that they exist. Being made in the image of God does not negate sin, if you consider homosexual actions to be such based on scripture.
  6. While it certainly wouldn't have been BEFORE dinosaurs wandered the earth, I'm sure he's referring to the fact that a belief in young-earth creationism necessitates a belief that humans and dinosaurs co-existed. I would argue the foundation of the Christian faith is fellowship with God, and according to the Christian faith that was certainly there from the beginning. Well, that's when the distinction arose between Judaism and Christianity, with our belief that Jesus was the prophesied Messiah and the Jewish belief that He was not, based on their own convictions and u
  7. Thanks for the links, I'll read through them when I have more time. As I said, I'm neutral as far as this goes. I'm pro-life, but I've seen a lot of untrue propaganda from the pro-life camp on a regular basis, so fact checking doesn't hurt Thanks again.
  8. Not that I'm disagreeing with you, but perhaps the status I quoted is referring solely to pre-legalized abortion America? The statistics you linked to are worldwide, so they would include places where medical practices are less sanitary in general. I'm neutral as far as the facts in that status go, that's why I posted it here for feedback. I don't know what's fact or not.
  9. I know right?? How on earth did we reach a point where our government can tell us that a naturally occurring plant is illegal, and they have the authority to eradicate its natural growth and imprison people who decide to use it for recreation? Heck, when did the government get the right to tell us what we can and can't put in our bodies? I don't necessarily condone usage, but gosh people, it's a plant for heavens sake... There's really no rationale for allowing alcohol to be legal when marijuana isn't. Super frustrating. Side note, did anyone else think President Obama's acknowledg
  10. This just came through on a friend's facebook status, and I thought I'd throw it out here for a critique. Thoughts? I know the little factoid about breast cancer is a misconception, because that has been addressed here before. Any other problems?
  11. I've questioned the same. Within the Boy Scouts, there's an honor society that is based on a lot of Native American tradition. Part of the ceremonies includes actors portraying the roles of different historical characters, including an Indian chieftain, in accurate dress. They also participate in traditional Native American dance competitions. To my knowledge, no one has ever been offended by the mixed membership (white guys dancing alongside people with actual native heritage), but I could be wrong.
  12. Or all of the above. Which is one reason I tend to dislike him. I like people who are firm on what they believe until they have been presented with a reason to think differently, and can articulate what it was that changed their minds. Constitutional/democratic republic.
  13. Marble Hornets entry #19. Home alone. 3AM. It was a bit... yeah.
  14. Saw this, felt like adding that until very recently in American history, people considered themselves citizens of their own state first, the "United States" second. It didn't necessarily make them less patriotic, it just shows the shift in focus from states as individual entities to a focus on centralized government.
  15. Oh, sorry if I wasn't clear. I support the same for drug laws, gun laws, etc etc... and I also think it's stupid for the government to force you to wear a seatbelt Interesting. I'll have to read up more on it. Very good post. I believe we personally disagree about abortion in general, but it's cool that you support personal rights in that way. Very consistent I know this topic is about "American politics," but since you touched on it, are assisted suicide laws progressing in the UK?
  16. Within "the law"? Whose law? The national government's? So the national government has unlimited powers now? Who is to say that voters deciding to restrict abortion is not providing fair procedures?
  17. I'm aware of the text of the 14th amendment, I'm just confused as to how allowing states to regulate abortion violates it. Well, that's pretty clear... the power to regulate abortion is not granted to the national government in the constitution, so the 10th amendment tells us that power is reserved for the states.
  18. Paul would argue that the federal government regulating abortion violates the 10th amendment. I fail to see how allowing states to regulate abortion counts as making laws that abridge privileges or immunities... It's great that you have opinions, and those opinions are reflected in your vote. And the opinions of those who are pro-life are reflected in their votes. Paul argues that, according to the constitution, abortion is an issue that should be left for the states to decide, pursuant to the 10th amendment.
  19. Most news sources try to say they aren't biased, but there's always a clear bias. FOX is clearly heavy right wing, MSNBC is clearly heavily left wing. It is what it is. Yup! You could. Overturning a federal stance on abortion is one of his main points. The national government doesn't have the right to take a position on issues like that. Overturn Roe vs. Wade, not so abortions can be made illegal nationally, but so the states have the proper freedom to allow or disallow (or regulate) abortions as the elected officials see fit.
  20. Aren't we pretty much the only country that doesn't require proficiency in another language be part of education? I know we have a "foreign language" high school credit graduation requirement, but I hardly think Latin 1 or Spanish 1 qualifies you as proficient in another language.
  21. There's also a man who works for the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation that got transferred here from Texas (apparently the intersection of I-81 and I-26 in Tennessee is a big spot for drug movement?) because cartels had put a price on his and his family's heads...
  22. Apologies, I intended to post an agreement to that statement, looks like I forgot to add that. I think I was too busy thinking about how I missed a perfect "That escalated quickly" reference earlier... What the HELL is a Hufflepuff?
  23. IRL, measuring takes the form of muscle size or bench press amount. On a debate forum, measuring takes the form of IQ comparisons and "when I was your age" talks apparently
  24. I remember that conversation well, Mr. Kestra, and I still fail to see why you found what I said insulting. I never said you couldn't make a "good" husband in the sense of being a loving provider. I said that I, according to my religious beliefs, believe that a father bears a spiritual responsibility in his family, and clearly an atheist would not fulfill that. I also said that I think and know that fathers and husbands of any faith (or lack thereof) can be very successful, admirable men and can raise their children to be the same. Considering you think my religion is garbage and you are under