I really wish that, during local campaigns, the TFP would consider devoting separate space in their paper to the many letters to the editor that people write in which they endorse their favorite candidates. I never read them, and I doubt that many other people read them either. They are as useless as the campaign signs that appear around town in clusters. There are so many of them, so densely clustered together, that they merely cancel each other out and nobody can take any one of them any more seriously than the others. They are blight upon the page, just as the proliferation of political signs clustered together are blight upon the landscape - as ugly and useless as roadside litter.
Mr. Orr, since when does the QUANTITIY of Bibles published have anything to do with the validation of its truth? I don't care if 6 TRILLION Bibles have been published, it's still a work of pure fiction, and nonsensical fiction at that. It really is a shame for anyone to reach adulthood still clinging to myths and fairy tales that any 14 yr.-old should have the common sense to realize are not literal or historical.
ayb...I'm so glad you took the time to check it out, and glad that you have found it/her to be enlightening. I go to that website often and always learn something. Have you also visited her personal website, www.truthbeknown.com? It contains all of the many books she has written on the subject of Christ as mythological character. Of all the writers who have written on the mythicism of JC and the nonsense of the Bible in general, she is one of my favorites.
I completely agree with you on wishing we could stem the tide of children falling prey to the insidious brainwashing of Christian fundamentalism. Instilling in young, fertile minds the notion of a literal hell and literal Satan is nothing less than child abuse. Of course, some have the common sense and intelligence to learn to eventually think for themselves, but there are still so many adult fundamentalists among us, pushing their agenda of Biblical literalism, that many never have the courage or the individual will to break out of the insular cocoon of blind faith that they were born into.
Again, I'm so glad you have enjoyed the website. Thanks for letting me know.
Christianity is what is responsible for the massive slaughter, torture, rape, and oppression of the indigenous peoples of America. It was the self-righteous attitudes of the European Christian explorers and early colonists that led them to feel called upon by God to brutalize and enslave entirely innocent people.
Ken Orr, if you think that your God sanctioned the extreme brutality and genocide dished out by the early Christian settlers upon the native Americans then you are one sick puppy and so is your God. You can take your evil dictator of a God and your disgusting self-righteous Christian attitude and stick it where the sun don't shine. With every breath that I take I will fight tooth and nail to keep this country from being the Christian theocracy that you and your perverted Christian ilk think it should be, and there are plenty more just like me who will not let you Christian fundamentalist wackos turn this country into a Christian theocracy. America was never intended to be a "Christian" nation, regardless of what some of the more puritanical early settlers might have wished it to be. Even with the religious and philosophical differences among the framers of our Constitution, in the end they saw the wisdom in maintaining a definite separation of church and state.
What a sad little existence, to waste so much of it on self-righteously admonishing others as to whether they are going to mythological heaven or mythological hell. Dare to take your blinders off, Mr. Orr. It's quite liberating to see the Bible for the book of fairy tales that is and to think for yourself.
Doggone it, Mr. Lindley, you are one smart dude. We libs thought we could sneak it past you guys by calling it free and not talking about the tax thing. But obviously you're on to us. Yep, taxes do indeed pay for things like contraceptives and "free" lunches for school kids. We're sorry. We know it's better for the rich and everybody else not to have to pay taxes for those things, that way the rich can get richer while the kids go hungry and more women get pregnant and then seek out abortions. Damn taxes! Outright stealing from the rich to pay for things like infrastructure, our national parks, fire and police protection, education, the health and well-being of our citizens. But who needs that, right? Better for everybody to keep their money and live in a banana republic than to pay for having a well functioning society, eh? After all, this nation was founded on the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of money, was it not?
Edna Bogue, I think your choice of adjectives to describe Americans after WW2 is completely wrong: "Smug and invincible??" Hardly! I think that, first and foremost, Americans were joyous and relieved that the war was over. Beyond that, proud and confident...and rightly so.
As for the prosperity that followed, what's wrong with that?? For the next 3 decades following the war more Americans were able to share in the American Dream than at any time prior or since. Then what happened? Reagan came on the scene with his massive deregulation and huge tax cuts for the wealthy; and to go along with that, the "Christian Coalition" started puffing up its chest and talking like you, inserting itself into politics and preaching how America needed to return to God and prayer. It has been downhill ever since.
No, we do not need more prayer and a return to God. We need zealous evangelicals like you to simply shut up and stay the hell out of government and politics. America is NOT, nor was it ever intended to be, a Christian nation. So pray at home and at your church all you want to, but the problems we face today need sane, serious minded people of reason and logic to confront them with sane, rational solutions.
If I were to pray at all, I would pray for the Rapture to come quickly and whisk all you evangelicals away, to get you out of our politics once and for all, so that we might get some sanity back in our government and society.
aae1049...so Robin said a prayer on the phone for you, eh? Well, let's give her the Mother Theresa award for compassion and for being and all around good Samaritan! Look, I'm sure Mrs. Smith is a decent person, maybe even a perfect angel, to family and to anybody in her close circle of friends, but it is her politics that I cannot stomach and that is what I focus my comments on. Whether you think some of the attacks on here are mean-spirited or not is irrelevant. I'm sure that Mrs. Smith can handle whatever is thrown at her.
As for being a coward and hiding behind fake names...I have stated my name several times on here - Rick Armstrong. I've got nothing to hide. All I know about you is that some commenters on here refer to you as April. I have never seen you provide your full name. Personally I don't even care to know what your real name is, but don't be so quick to call anybody a coward if you're going to continue to hide behind your own screen name.
Timbo, you righties are so tightly wound in your tighty-whities, calling liberalism a disease and spewing out your bile against our socialistic ways, that you don't even hear what we're saying. There is not one liberal I know who does not have respect for socially conscious business owners who treat their employees decently and pay them a decent living wage. Nor do I know of any libs who are calling for a purely socialistic state. Yes, there are some socialists who advocate that, but they are a definite minority. Most libs believe in a balance between socialism and free market practices. However, you righties and libertarians call any and every aspect of socialism evil and liberalism itself a disease. Any halfway intelligent person knows that capitalism without restraints is as bad as socialism without restraints. Either road leads to fascism. We can have corporate fascism or we can have socialistic fascism. The trick is to balance the two so that the interests of the most number of people are served. You certainly can keep calling liberalism a disease if you want to, and keep whining about how we libs just want a "nanny state," but you are only being a reactionary, knee-jerk a-hole when you do so.
BTW, that example of your former gf was silly and meaningless. That has nothing to do with what we libs are calling for. You righties like to portray yourselves as manly and rugged individualists, don't you? But your pretense and your obvious insecurities are laughable.
And one other thing...if we keep going down this road of favoring corporations over people, with little or no regard for the environment and the resources we are soon going to deplete, total socialistic fascism will surely be our only recourse. And fascism of any kind is something that nobody in their right mind wants. But I guarantee you we will get it if you keep thinking of socialism in all its forms as evil and do not accept the good things that it can do.
"ibshame, you're a racist. In keeping with the long line of liberal/ democrat racists who don't like when blacks wander off of your plantation. Calling Thomas Sowell an Uncle Tom proves you're a racist." - zableedwhatever
I don't know what figurative plantation you are talking about, but it's a fact that Uncle Toms Sowell and Walter Williams are snugly ensconced in the cushy confines of the rich old white men's county club. If that's where they want to be, then that is their prerogative and they should certainly have the freedom to think, act, and talk like old rich white farts if they want to. I do not begrudge them that freedom. It's just a shame that they have sunk so low as to let themselves become like their "massas" in order to be accepted into that rich old white man's environment. You honestly think that Republicans would accept them if they acted and thought any way other than like rich old white men? Not hardly.