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1  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Is dyeing your hair morally acceptable on: January 13, 2017, 11:05:39 pm
Yes, if your hair is black. Otherwise, your hair was dyed by your Creator, and to choose a color different would be an affront to Him.
2  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: Was Judas' "betrayal" a mistranslation? on: January 09, 2017, 12:44:06 pm
Have you read "Three Versions of Judas"?
3  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: Christians... why do you identify as Christian? on: January 09, 2017, 12:37:23 pm
Because it's the only religion to put humanity at the center of its universe. 
4  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Russian Ambassador to Turkey shot on: December 19, 2016, 12:53:05 pm

5  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: This is incontrovertible proof that God is evil. God does not live by his own go on: December 12, 2016, 10:02:29 pm
This is incontrovertible proof that God is evil. God does not live by his own golden rule.

God kills when he could just as easily cure. This is irrefutable.

This is a clear violation of the golden rule. The golden rule as articulated by Jesus.

God then is clearly evil.

Do you agree with Jesus that anyone who breaks the golden rule is evil?

Regards
DL


How do you know that God isn't suicidal?

I cannot know, but if he was or is, he has had eons to off his immoral self.

Regards
DL

Not all suicidal people commit suicide.
6  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Civil War in Syria on: December 12, 2016, 10:01:09 pm
Frankly, my main concern in this whole conflict is religious minorities. I do not want religious minorities to be wiped out or slaughtered. I had hoped that overthrowing Assad early on would have given a better government to all of Syria and preserved the rights of religious minorities, but then many of the rebel forces radicalized, then ISIS happened and started slaughtering everyone who wasn't part of their specific apocalyptic creed of Wahhabism, so.... I guess I'm in favor of Assad? I might be in favor of Assad and his surviving brothers being arrested as some sort of palace coup, and possibly installing someone less vicious in charge, but that looks very unlikely as a possibility.

If Assad somehow "won" (which is impossible, assuming winning means regaining complete control of Syria, because the Syrian army at the very least lacks the capability to ever regain the territory controlled by the Kurds) there would 100% be a genocide of Sunnis...

Assad is not going to kill 80% of his own people.
7  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Cologne: Up to 1,000 men of Arab and North African origin sexually assault women on: December 04, 2016, 03:36:44 pm
She volunteered at a refugee center, so she may have met the perpetrator there. If so, it would be some pretty sick irony.
8  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: This is incontrovertible proof that God is evil. God does not live by his own go on: December 03, 2016, 11:20:16 am
This is incontrovertible proof that God is evil. God does not live by his own golden rule.

God kills when he could just as easily cure. This is irrefutable.

This is a clear violation of the golden rule. The golden rule as articulated by Jesus.

God then is clearly evil.

Do you agree with Jesus that anyone who breaks the golden rule is evil?

Regards
DL


How do you know that God isn't suicidal?
9  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: Are the vast majority of people good at heart? on: November 16, 2016, 10:00:32 am
No, not remotely. This is one of those debates where I have a really hard time understanding the other side.

Probably because you use different definitions of "good".

If your idea of a good person is someone who's never tempted by sin, then no, most people are not good at heart. OTOH, if your definition of a good person is someone who generally seeks to do no harm, then I think it's fair to say that most people are good.
10  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Do you support unlimited immigration? on: October 31, 2016, 11:59:43 am
Yes. The people who live in a certain place have no right to dictate who can and can't come.

Does this principle extend to homeowners/lessors?

What a cool and original comparison that totally makes sense when you think about it.

Thanks, I agree! That's why I made it Smiley
11  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Do you support unlimited immigration? on: October 31, 2016, 09:37:05 am
Yes. The people who live in a certain place have no right to dictate who can and can't come.

Does this principle extend to homeowners/lessors?
12  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: The Bundy Gang is Found Not Guilty on: October 29, 2016, 01:09:00 pm
In before "BURN THEM ALL ALIVE!"

that is what would likely have happened if they had been non-white

Not in Europe!
13  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: Opinion of Bertrand Russell on: October 29, 2016, 09:54:40 am
I'm not qualified to say what he was like as a person, but his views on Religion & Philosophy weren't indicative of an honest interest in either. So HP by default.
14  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Choose Your Ideal EC Map on: October 29, 2016, 07:46:12 am


The Coalition of Producers vs. The Coalition of Consumers
15  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: Vatican's new rule: not allowed to scatter cremated ashes, or keep at home on: October 26, 2016, 09:55:09 pm
New rule? This has always been the teaching. Don't have your ashes scattered. It has to do with showing proper respect to a human body.

Also, if your reason for not being Catholic really is that you want to scatter people's ashes all over the place, or keep Grandma in the china cabinet, I would seriously question your priorities.

It's a little bit broader for me: I'm not going to let some old men in Rome dictate my life or be the foundation of my relationship with God.

"Some old men in Rome" who happen to be God's chosen successors on Earth.

16  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Anti-white racism from the regressive left at Berkeley. on: October 26, 2016, 09:39:34 pm
You can't be racist against white people.  Racism implies the systematic unequal treatment of a group, something white American's definitely don't go through.

You're thinking of "discrimination". Racism is an attitude, not an action.
17  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Is Evan McMullin qualified to be president? on: October 13, 2016, 07:48:08 am
He's a qualified guy.
18  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Seriously, my fellow lefties... on: October 01, 2016, 09:32:18 pm
I don't really understand why people treat voting as some extension of their personality where it's important that they can feel nice or whatever?.

Because no important election has ever been decided by one vote.
19  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: The Mormonism Thread 2.0 on: October 01, 2016, 05:12:46 pm
What do you think of the September Six? Do you think that there's any chance that Mormonism will recognize its radical origins, or do you see it moving closer and closer to mainstream Protestantism?
20  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: Opinion of GNOSTIC CHRISTIANITY on: September 30, 2016, 04:57:11 pm
Gnosticism in general, regardless of whether it is Christian, is a horrible religion that only pseudo-intellectual snobs could love.

If you love Gnosticism, you are something much more than a pseudo-intellectual. In fact, you might just be an intellectual, to the exclusion of all else.
21  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: The Mormonism Thread 2.0 on: September 30, 2016, 04:49:21 pm
How do Mormons feel about Freemasonry?
22  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: Opinion of Julius Evola on: September 28, 2016, 08:04:43 pm
Also, Traditionalism > parochialism.

I don't know how to take this sentence.

Traditionalism: "The high cultures and esoteric traditions of the world contribute variously to the same path of enlightenment."

Parochialism: "My cultural heritage is unique and is worth preserving unchanged because it makes me unique."
23  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Has Glenn Beck lost it? on: September 27, 2016, 01:55:36 pm
It's no coincidence that someone who bought into Ted Cruz believes that "the idea of america" was ever something that most Americans believed in. The man is functionally incapable of distinguishing image from reality.
24  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: Opinion of Julius Evola on: September 26, 2016, 08:57:19 pm
Freedom Fighter for the humor value.

Also, Traditionalism > parochialism.
25  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: If you were a Muslim woman, would you wear a hijab? on: September 06, 2016, 03:08:04 pm
Besides, the idea that human beauty is an expression of God's goodness has very disturbing implications.

Perhaps... but I can only think of positives.

Really?

I suppose that a cynical person could accuse unattractive people of being cursed by heaven, but then one would just have to point out that only good things flow from God.

If a person is physically ugly, it's a punishment for sin (slothfulness, gluttony, lust), or the persecution of Satan.

Hmm, interesting that you'd say that.

Does being able to afford to get work done in the name of beauty a sign of the morals of capitalism? Those who produce, the most moral?

Producing beauty may be humanity's purest moral action, as it brings unequivocal joy into the lives of others. Historically, a certain economic necessity has put a stop to the infinite multiplication of the beautiful, but in an ideal world, "those who produce" would be a synonym for "those who produce beauty"; one of the crimes of capitalism is that it perpetuates an artificial poverty, thereby putting off the realization of such a world. 
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