Dec 1, 2013 at 01:57:29
“What can they do to the man? If they fine him or sanction or whatever all he has to do is not return. This is my fear of liberalism or conservatism, as a social libertarian I fear when governments feel confident in trying to control thought and speech.”
Dogma on Dec 1, 2013 at 02:26:02
“Even when that free speech fosters hate and discord?
I don't think that is the case here, but the idea of letting Neo-Nazis and the Klan have their own parades in the US is seen as socially corrosive and hateful to Europeans who lived through and fought Nazi Germany not so long ago.
It's one thing to voice your opinion, it's quite another thing when those opinions malign someone else's existence.”
AproudDemocrat on Dec 1, 2013 at 02:04:23
“You sound like the most reasonable and intelligent person on this forum.”
“I was thinking the same thing. If the paramedics felt it safe enough themselves why not just go it is not like the cops will shoot them, but then I remembered this was in LA. The cops might have just gone ahead and shot them.”
A Heathen in Helmand on Nov 15, 2013 at 05:13:52
“Not only that, but a 33min hemorrhage isn't a wound that needs a tourniquet, just a wadded up t-shirt and someone to apply direct pressure. A cop could have done it until relieved by EMS.”
“The fact that someone felt it interesting to write an article about the fact that an author happens to be gay would suggest the same thing. I did not find her books interesting. I find her sexual preferences even less so.”
“Agree, this can be boiled down to that one word. The miracle believers are childish and naive.
A miracle would be the Typhoon disappearing spontaneously for no scientific reason.
Coincidences happen, yes, why wouldn't they?”
“No, you are wrong. Atheists do not believe in a god this does not equate to worshiping man. Atheists probably see man in a much more realistic sense than a religious person. We do not believe that man had a divine creation or purpose, but a biological one.”
“I was thinking the same thing. I enjoy HuffPo, but I am getting annoyed with the overt partisanship and lack of credible journalism here. it is getting to be about as credible as Fox. In my opinion they should focus more on facts and real news and leave the non information based opinions to the comments section.”
“Science does not say there is not god. Science would say there is no proof of god and if there was a god or gods they do not affect anything and thus could reasonably be ignored until some evidence was presented otherwise.
I would be interested to see your sources for refuting the scientific "facts". Newtonian physics may not always work at the quantum level, but the have served us well thus far. I do not believe I have ever read that ones intelligence is fixed at birth, perhaps ones capacity for intelligence is determined by our DNA, but many other factors would come into play. I am positive that at no time has quantum physics determined we have a spiritual dimension. Perhaps your understanding of the evidence that observation changes the outcome is lacking.”
“67% of christians in a country in which they are the majority of those with the religious affliction feel persecuted. This is amusing. I think all religions should be treated equally. I think they should all be equally ignored as the balderdash they are. Lacking that they should be treated with the fondness and patience we treat children who still believe in Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny.”
“I am an atheist and I donate money to Childfund. It used to be Christianchildfund, but the "christians" sued to change it because they did not require proselytizing with their help. I also donate to Doctors Without Borders another secular charity which has a much higher rating than most if not all religion based charities,”
“The Dalai Lama is the leader of the Buddhist people. Much like the pope is to Catholics. Would the pope be powerless were he to not reside in the Vatican? If the Italians decided to take over the Vatican would the office and power of millions of people who considered your words to be inspired be insignificant?”
HKAY on Apr 26, 2013 at 13:08:00
“No, not really. I mean, he probably is a great man and a very devout person. But to Theravada Buddhists, he doesn't really mean anything. In the culture I come from, most Buddhists aren't even aware of him. He practices a very different religion from what they believe.
The difference between the sects in Buddhism as Theravada and Mahayana are much greater than the differences between Catholics qnd protestants.”
Liz for Hemp on Apr 25, 2013 at 11:36:34
ZenGardner on Apr 25, 2013 at 08:36:09
“The Dalai Lama is NOT the leader of the Buddhist people. He is the "leader" of a sect of Tibetan Buddhism.”
“We can't know who would use them in this manner. That does change or invalidate my point. The guns are already out there if someone wants to find them to do something like this they will whether they are illegal or not.”
“My example was to illustrate that making something illegal doe not make it magically disappear. If we can not keep drugs, which are illegal, out of prisons, how can we expect to get guns out of the hands of criminals. Your chain of logic does is not reasonable or apt.”
“Which "civilized nations" are these? While many European countries have strict gun laws others do not. Switzerland pretty much has a gun in every house and has one of the lowest crime rates in the world. Even lower murder rates than England which has strict gun control.”
kitty9 on Dec 16, 2012 at 09:44:51
“You list the exceptions and not the rule. Any intelligent person knows that the US leads in guns deaths among similar nations by 500%”
“Drugs are illegal and we can't even keep them out or prisons. Making gun ownership illegal will not inhibit the type of people who would use them in this manner.”
mikala on Dec 15, 2012 at 13:36:16
“and what kind of people is that? How many of the individuals who have committed these heinous crimes have criminal records? NONE! So how do you know who will use them in this manner?”
CVaughn on Dec 15, 2012 at 13:31:23
“So - you are saying that the teacher/mother of this murderer would have had those guns regardless of the law? I disagree - completely. No one is saying that better gun control would stop all gun related crimes - but would it significantly cut down on impulsive gun crimes, or crimes committed by the mentally disturbed who happen to have access to a gun at that moment when their thoughts are turning violent, or on the ever increasing event of accidental shooting....absolutely.”
RockDoc39 on Dec 15, 2012 at 13:29:25
“The shooter didn't buy the guns, the were purchased by his mother and they were apparently not secured in her home. This appears to be gross negligence on the mother's part. And just what did she need with multiple assault weapons?”
wtf is this on Dec 15, 2012 at 13:28:17
“How about making gun owners responsible for actions taken with their guns.
Portlands shooting -- weapon stolen from friend -- why wasn't that weapon locked up with only the owner having access.
School shooting -- weapons taken from mother -- why did she have multiple guns when someone in her family was mentally ill. Why did he have access to these?
Guns should be tracked from the point of manufacturer until they're ultimately destroyed. That would require inspectors to be able to come into your home & ensure that they're adequately secured & accounted for.
There are ways to make this country safer. More guns isn't the answer.”
Scott Hooten on Dec 15, 2012 at 13:24:44
“Let me see you answered your own question. Are their any guns in prisons? Why aren't they allowed? Why aren't there any contraband guns in prisons? Why? Oh wait very strict rules against them that's why. The few guns that are in prison are in the hands of people that can be trusted with them and have had extensive background checks. If they can't be trusted with them and can't pass they checks, then they are not allowed to have them. WOW a reasonable idea why can't we do that out here.”
kitty9 on Dec 15, 2012 at 13:22:16
“So says the NRA. However the experiences of civilized nations disagrees with you.”
“Yes, blame the Taliban. Just because the current regime that the US supports is not a good one, does not mean that the Taliban is not responsible for their actions and the atrocities their myopic and archaic world view has caused them to commit.”
Y2KCockroach on Nov 26, 2012 at 03:11:33
“Sure, but they live there and they aren't going anywhere. You can whine about it and rub your prayer beads all you want, but they are staying..
“The problem with faith is it makes people take for granted that one can change their mind without some change of evidence or facts. If your friend was a Muslim and not doing lip service she could never convert (which is punishable by death in Islam) without some major change or life altering occurrence. ”
KsiZongo on Nov 26, 2012 at 12:04:57
I see you are a victim of misinformation. I don't know where you got the notion that conversion from Islam is punishable by death. Don't you think that is extreme? While conversion is not a death penalty, some extremists have a problem with converts from Islam bad mouthing the religion after they leave. Even that is un-Islamic, for "Actions are judged by intentions," and there is no force in religion. Muslims don't actively canvas for conversions (as you can see from the article, where the wife converted on her own volition), and conversions from Islam are not very common, but no one is forced to stay. ”
KsiZongo on Nov 26, 2012 at 11:46:30
“Punishable by death? where did you get that from? Remember, there is no force in religion. Sje has her reasons for leaving. She doesn't have to explain them to any one. Here is a quate from the Koran: "Actions are judged by intentions." Whatever her reason,, it is between her and her God”
Xacomo on Nov 26, 2012 at 04:03:01
“"...she could never convert (which is punishable by death in Islam)...."
That is incorrect. It all depends on the sect, and the tribal customs of the person. Example, Shiites and Sunies that I know (here bfrom Asia and Africa), have had children marry outside the faith and convert - they have not been ostracized for doing that, and continue to have a place in the family.
Yet, in Iran and Saudi Arabia, we hear the opposite.”
“I am not in retail, but I have had to work or travel on Thanksgiving. Companies are in business to make money. yes they should treat their employees fairly and compensate them with a living wage, but working on Thanksgiving is not a tragedy.”
“The truth is, that the greatest enemies to the doctrines of Jesus are those, calling themselves the expositors of them, who have perverted them for the structure of a system of fancy absolutely incomprehensible, and without any foundation in His genuine words.
LA RAM on Nov 20, 2012 at 04:31:12
“Great quote. Now that the Lincoln movie has been made, Spielberg needs to make one on Jefferson.”