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    The narrative that passengers watched a man rape...

    The narrative that passengers watched a man rape a woman on a train in suburban Philadelphia last week and “filmed it for their own gratification instead of calling the police” is false, the...
  2. Question: Infant baptism

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    yup - good job, wikipedia and WG.

    yup - good job, wikipedia and WG.
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    Ok by me. It's an ancient rite of initiation from...

    Ok by me. It's an ancient rite of initiation from Judaism into Christianity welcoming the new baby into the community. It may be common in other cultures since it's obviously a form of...
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    Then what was the point of your statement? I...

    Then what was the point of your statement?

    I have neither the time nor the inclination to once more go over all the issues you have raised in this post. It's been done to death and you are simply...
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    As I said above, we've done this to death....

    As I said above, we've done this to death. There's no point in going over the same material again. If you insist, I suggest you go to the archives for your answers - they're all there for your...
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    If you knew anything about the provenance of the...

    If you knew anything about the provenance of the NT, which you clearly do not, you would never make assertions like "Luke said, John claimed, Matthew certainly was" and offer them as proofs of being...
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    I included Erasmus and Galilieo in an attempt to...

    I included Erasmus and Galilieo in an attempt to show how things worked in the Middle Ages when the Church felt threatened.



    I explained to you at length the situation with Thomas Aquinas. You...
  8. Question: Two America's

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    The DRAFT riots began for the reasons I've...

    The DRAFT riots began for the reasons I've stated. The anti-Black attitudes were there before and after the riots. To assign the DRAFT riots to racism is to misread history.
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    As regards the draft riots, the issue was the...

    As regards the draft riots, the issue was the price to get out of it. Race had nothing to do with it.
  10. Question: The Question of God

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    Fascinating trip through the Greek imagination. ...

    Fascinating trip through the Greek imagination.

    Next part --

    "Where did God come from"?

    Two schools of thought. One believes that God was created by man in man's image to explain a...
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    When the truth concerning Trump's bizarre...

    When the truth concerning Trump's bizarre presidency is reported accurately, the Trump cultists on the far right see it as "liberal left-wing" BS. It is a sad commentary on what the FOX-style media...
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    This is a tad misleading. The opposition was not...

    This is a tad misleading. The opposition was not to the draft itself, it was to the fact that the rich could pay for a substitute to go in their place. The $300 price tag was far beyond the means of...
  13. Question: The Question of God

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    Another part of the question -- "Why do so...

    Another part of the question --

    "Why do so many cultures believe in a God?"

    As Home Sapiens (or earlier models) gradually became aware of death, he rebelled against death. This was the polar...
  14. Question: The Question of God

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    The Question of God

    I copied this from a previous thread that was closed because of a troll. It's a great question from WG, so I posted it again here.



    There are many parts to this question. I'll take just one to...
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    Couldn't Leave This One Unanswered

    (From previous thread that was rightfully closed due to Jl's consistent nastiness.)





    Not a bit suspicious when it was explained at length, even going so far as to note two famous examples...
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    No one is required to "just accept everything I...

    No one is required to "just accept everything I say". My posts are for all to read and reply if they want with reasoned discourse. Something you have notably failed to do, and for which you have been...
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    It started that way, but it was soon hijacked by...

    It started that way, but it was soon hijacked by a "true believer".
  18. What a character! Dancing for joy is an...

    What a character!

    Dancing for joy is an ancient aspect of religion that has lasted to the present day. Another aspect Gurdeep employs is the monk/hermit factor - also ancient and still alive today.
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    Picking the God of the Bible with all his...

    Picking the God of the Bible with all his murderous activities and horrendous torture should tell you much about yourself. Sad to say, it's not pretty.



    I am not asking you to accept anything....
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    A REASONED observation. It will take more to cast...

    A REASONED observation. It will take more to cast it aside than merely denying it.



    Which God?



    It makes eminent good sense to anyone rationally examining the issue. To those blinded by...
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    As noted, religions are in various stages of...

    As noted, religions are in various stages of development. They can contain both a primitive nature and a developed nature. It is no surprise that judgement is taught by many. Judgement can be fair or...
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    Thank you. Then you do NOT think it is some sort...

    Thank you. Then you do NOT think it is some sort of proof that Christianity is the only way to God?



    Here you seem to be saying Christianity IS the only way to God. I will go with this one. ...
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    Excellent! (No one was scolding anyone, if...

    Excellent!

    (No one was scolding anyone, if that's what you were thinking).
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    Easy. Tell them that's not very Christ-like....

    Easy. Tell them that's not very Christ-like. Christ didn't disparage the religion of others. In fact, he said to love your neighbor. Neighbors come in all sizes and religions.



    Irrelevant. Only...
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    Back to the original question.

    Back to the original question.
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    You're still missing the point. See my post #8 in...

    You're still missing the point. See my post #8 in this thread which I assume you didn't read. That post explains what you missed.

    My quote above that you cited refers to RELIGIOUS belief - not to...
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    It certainly is. If I didn't believe it was...

    It certainly is.

    If I didn't believe it was true, I would not have posted it.
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    Back to the original question ------ If your...

    Back to the original question ------

    If your Christian religion is based on belief and you find yourself acting in an un-Christ-like fashion by dispararging the religion of others and acting in a...
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    If I may jump in here for a moment - all...

    If I may jump in here for a moment - all Christian denominations accept the hope for a heavenly reward as a valid motivator to live a good life.

    I didn't want my original statement to be...
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    I am sorry to say (again!) that you have missed...

    I am sorry to say (again!) that you have missed the meaning.

    Words have shades of meaning, sometimes connotations, sometimes based on context, sometimes just differences.

    In this case,...
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    I understood your question the first time. I gave...

    I understood your question the first time. I gave the best answer I could.



    Desiring the good should be our reason. Desiring heaven in exchange for loving is just another form of buying and...
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    Loving, caring and empathizing are not done for...

    Loving, caring and empathizing are not done for our benefit that will get something for us in the end. They are for the one receiving those things. When they are carried out for OUR sake, they will...
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    I read the article and the writer says what I...

    I read the article and the writer says what I have thought for many, many years.

    It's never what one BELIEVES, but how one ACTS. THAT is the right religion for anyone.

    Belief-based religions...
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    There is no question Russia preferred Trump to...

    There is no question Russia preferred Trump to Clinton and acted accordingly.



    Yes, 2020. An election that Biden won hands down and Trump continues to whine that it was stolen. Why did those...
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    I'm always amazed at how the fringe right treats...

    I'm always amazed at how the fringe right treats this decent public servant like a Nazi. If you're looking for a Nazi, look no further than Mar-a-Lago.
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    I agree. Hate to disagree with my friend WG,...

    I agree.

    Hate to disagree with my friend WG, but when I must, I must.
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    That world of delusion I live in is inhabited by...

    That world of delusion I live in is inhabited by every epidemiologist on the planet. Good company, I'd say.
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    We KNOW the vaccine works. By denying its use in...

    We KNOW the vaccine works. By denying its use in the name of liberty you are ensuring to help in its spread and mutation.
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    Fraud is never legal! No election in the...

    Fraud is never legal!



    No election in the history of the nation has ever been scrutinized as much as this one. The conclusion of all that scrutiny? NO FRAUD!



    The Dems have never, ever,...
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    Brilliant!

    Brilliant!
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    Stop tilting at windmills, tomder. You're...

    Stop tilting at windmills, tomder. You're defending a weak position.

    The vote has been audited and counted again and again and again and it results every time with Biden as the clear undisputable...
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    Don't you think the chief law enforcement officer...

    Don't you think the chief law enforcement officer of the nation, Trump's flunkie, would have noticed that? Attorney General Barr denied it was rigged or stolen believing it to be free and fair.
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    You may remember QANON as the far right wacko...

    You may remember QANON as the far right wacko outfit that claimed Clinton ran a cannibalistic child-kidnapping ring out of a DC pizza shop. Only a Trump cultist could swallow such a yarn.

    You have...
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    Let me get this straight. Are you saying this was...

    Let me get this straight. Are you saying this was NOT an insurrection? They were NOT trying to invalidate the presidential election and replace the winner with the loser? They were NOT calling to...
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    Only after far too long of dissing the whole...

    Only after far too long of dissing the whole Covid-19 situation causing hundreds of thousands of deaths by his inaction.



    Your recollection is wrong! The Dems never demagogued the vaccine and...
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    I believe the American experiment in...

    I believe the American experiment in representative democracy is at crisis stage.

    As an Independent and observer of both parties, it's pretty clear that the Republican Party has consistently put...
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    You are 100% correct. I misread Janet Yellin's couched language on the subject. My apologies.
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    You claim the insurrection was not an...

    You claim the insurrection was not an insurrection. How would you describe an armed attempt to take over the Capitol in order to invalidate the election of a US president and restore the defeated...
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    You're right. My examples, admittedly far out,...

    You're right. My examples, admittedly far out, were hyperbolic to demonstrate a larger point. The bulk of anti-vaxxers are ill-informed and reluctant to learn. Blacks are a special case.

    Putting...
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    The difficulties Jackson and Hamilton raised...

    The difficulties Jackson and Hamilton raised continue to exist. Hamilton considered Article 2 being violated by pre-pledged electors. I agree with Hamilton. We'll have to leave it at that.
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