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Old 04-12-2009, 06:24 PM   #201
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Of course there is proper and correct behavior.

There is no magic, invisable being to obsolved me of harming myself and others.
My choices matter more now. It is liberating and refreshing.
Agreed. And even if there was an invisible being who dictated things such as this (I believe there isn't), it should have no bearing whatsoever on the politically declared human rights of others, because not everyone will believe in the same invisible being or have the same belief system dictated by their invisible being of choice. So that brings us back to tradition, and whether or not to uphold the current anti-gay marriage laws. There are many, many examples of society changing its politically imposed rules as society became more enlightened and aware of the wrongs they were committing against groups. The least harm principle should apply here. Is it harmful to society for gay couples to marry? As societies who allow this have shown, no, it's not harmful, not in the least. But is it harmful to gay couples who want to marry not to be able to, to not have the same rights as their hetero counterparts? Absolutely it is.

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Logic, schmogic.
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It seems many religious people operate with this little "cheat sheet" attitude.
Like they have an automatic-pass guanantee.
I have a good friend who is quite religious and generally votes along with the right, but isn't really politically driven. His answers for why a lot of things should be the way they are is "because God wants it that way." I really wonder whether he ever actually gave any independent thought to something like gay marriage at all.
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His answers for why a lot of things should be the way they are is "because God wants it that way." I really wonder whether he ever actually gave any independent thought to something like gay marriage at all.
Religious conformity doesn't leave much room for independent thought which is probably fine for many conventionally religious people who would otherwise be too lazy to think beyond what they're told. That's not a complete slam, just something I've also observed quite a bit.
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Old 04-12-2009, 07:09 PM   #205
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Religious conformity doesn't leave much room for independent thought which is probably fine for many conventionally religious people who would otherwise be too lazy to think beyond what they're told.
It can be fear as well, not just laziness.
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It can be fear as well, not just laziness.
Actually fear is probably much more often the case, you're right.
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Old 04-12-2009, 09:09 PM   #207
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this is offensive to me.

go ahead, call me a sinner.

if you need to retain that little bit of assumed superiority over me using your own self-serving religion, then all i can do is feel pity at your small mindedness.

how greatly disappointing you must be to that Rebel From Nazareth.

I apologize if my post offended you.

I guess, in your view, I am narrow minded.

I am a believer in that Rebel from Nazareth
and I believe the scriptures teach that this world system will increase in sin.

And keep increasing in sin

Until we have faces



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Old 04-12-2009, 09:19 PM   #208
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The Rebel from Nazareth never spoke of gay marriage. In fact he spoke of love, and he who was free of sin cast the first stone.

I see a lot of stones casted by folks who have logs in their own eyes...

Today Jesus wept.
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I didn't get the impression he was referring specifically to gay marriage. If that even matters.
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Old 04-12-2009, 09:23 PM   #210
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A rather weak non-apology, you ought to be more explicit, do you not care that Irvine is going to go to hell?
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A rather weak non-apology, you ought to be more explicit, do you not care that Irvine is going to go to hell?
I get the feeling that's where the party's gonna be at.
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A lot of us are going to hell
according to most evangelicals

I think you guys are giving Horse way too much grief
for beliefs that a majority of people have in many U S states.
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Oh I personally take no offense at the hell thing given that I don't believe that hell actually exists.
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I didn't get the impression he was referring specifically to gay marriage. If that even matters.


he was calling me a sinner.

in and of itself, i don't care. sin is meaningless to me, nor do i think that being gay qualifies as a sin under most coherent Christian belief systems.

it was the play on words in my signature that irked me because it was the personalization of a belief -- it's the difference between "i believe homosexuality is a sin" vs. "you, faggot, are a sinner."

that's what i took issue with.

though it's kind of exciting -- i think this might be the first time anyone has ever hated directly at me before.
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how disappointing
I was planning on meeting you there
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I apologize if my post offended you.

I guess, in your view, I am narrow minded.

I am a believer in that Rebel from Nazareth
and I believe the scriptures teach that this world system will increase in sin.

And keep increasing in sin

Until we have faces



Take care


you should probably take some time and actually listen to that Rebel From Nazareth instead of using him to reinforce your prejudices and confirm your vices.

you're a wonderful example of a self-serving, self-justifying Christian.

and it shouldn't surprise you that none of the other self-identified Christians in here -- you know, the ones you once wondered where they were -- ever have much support to offer you.

seems you're just looking for a cheerleader, perhaps a Cheerleader From Nazareth.
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how disappointing
I was planning on meeting you there


you'll know where to find me.
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deep, we can have fun here on Earth first.
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I'm also not sure he realized it was your sig, as opposed to a comment. I could be wrong.

I've been assured I'm going to hell lots of times, though not online.
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he was calling me a sinner.

in and of itself, i don't care. sin is meaningless to me, nor do i think that being gay qualifies as a sin under most coherent Christian belief systems.

it was the play on words in my signature that irked me because it was the personalization of a belief -- it's the difference between "i believe homosexuality is a sin" vs. "you, faggot, are a sinner."

that's what i took issue with.

though it's kind of exciting -- i think this might be the first time anyone has ever hated directly at me before.
I sensed that
you seem to care what others write in here

(I've been called a number of names and never felt compelled to respond or even complain)

IH gets a lot more personal stuff thrown at him than most people in here.
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