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Clackamas Town Center Shooting: Gunfire Erupts At Portland Mall

Clackamas Town Center Shooting: Gunfire Erupts At Portland Mall

Commented Dec 12, 2012 at 02:07:51 in Crime

“If guns were to really stop the violence, then all the past ages in history would have been non-violent up until the invention of guns. As anyone who has read their history books knows, past civilizations were FULL of blood, violence and death - withOUT guns. Anyone remember learning about the Spartans, the Vikings, and pretty much all of those civilizations??? Not exactly "peaceful" times. Our issues in the states go WAY beyond taking away a certain weapon. It's childish to act as if it's that simple...”
Clackamas Town Center Shooting: Gunfire Erupts At Portland Mall

Clackamas Town Center Shooting: Gunfire Erupts At Portland Mall

Commented Dec 12, 2012 at 01:58:27 in Crime

“It's a fact that more children die from drowning than from shootings (accidental or not). And for children 1-4, most of those are in their home swim pools. Interesting that we don't scramble to take people's right to own swimming pools...not yet anyway. I think the answer isn't removing guns, it's doing a better job of educating kids about guns. Kids whose ONLY experience with guns is what they see in the movies and video games and whose only message about them from mommy is "they're bad and evil!" are at a MUCH greater risk for misusing a gun (either on purpose or accident) than kids who were taught about guns at a young age, and were taught how to safely use and respect a gun.”
Clackamas Town Center Shooting: Gunfire Erupts At Portland Mall

Clackamas Town Center Shooting: Gunfire Erupts At Portland Mall

Commented Dec 12, 2012 at 01:11:25 in Crime

“I'd like to offer a theory as to what this world is coming to...in America, at least. I think Americans are great escape artists - ever since our country became super prosperous and "comfortable" after WWII, we've become rich enough to be able to "escape" all the troubles we have: we get rid of anything that's not the newest version, we throw away our marriages as soon as they get annoying, we escape and numb our pain through entertaining ourselves to death - movies, tv, cell phones, internet, porn, facebook, food, etc... Our wealth allows us to have all these "escapes". But by always trying to be cozy, comfy, and happy, we live in our own little bubbles. Then, when a shooting happens, we're all shocked that people in our culture could be so "unhappy" and "cruel". Pain, senselessness, tragedy, evil, wars, and murder have been a part of human society since the beginning of time. Maybe we Americans should get out of our bubbles once in awhile so we can remember this. It's because of this reality that I am hugging my 3 sons just a little tighter tonight and taking nothing for granted. We've become a very "sheltered" nation and to say that guns are to blame for all of this is a very superficial and short-sighted way to look at these shootings. It goes WAY deeper than that. Mother Teresa says it best: "World peace starts at home".”
Goodbye, Christian America; Hello, True Christianity

Goodbye, Christian America; Hello, True Christianity

Commented Dec 10, 2012 at 11:28:45 in Religion

“While I think this article is good and drives home some really important points for Christians, I don't think Christians should be critical of their brothers and sisters in Christ who do feel called to the political arena to fight for the things such as: acknowledging God as a nation. I'm thankful for Jay Sekulow, Dobson, and others who are on the front lines, encouraging our nation to keep our motto "In God We Trust", and things like this. God calls us all to different areas. We can't judge that where one person is called is somehow less important. But I like the point the author makes that when a church is known for its Christmas pageant, something's wrong. I like the saying: The Church was meant to be a battleship, not a cruise liner. That's the truth. A lot of people in our nation are turned off to Christianity because they see Christians as living in their own little church "bubble". Maybe we should spend a little less time on our "bake sales", "Christian" rock concerts, and such and be more like the original Christian church - on the front lines, doing what it "uncomfortable" for the sake of Christ, whatever and wherever that may be.”

Casperboy1957 on Dec 30, 2012 at 04:08:43

“The early church was communal in their society, as well is in their faith.
http://www.ucc.org/about-us/short-course/the-early-church.html
Those you refer to on the front lines today do not represent a community of Christ believers, but instead preach an imperial faith as confronted by Luther, Calvin , & Zwingli”
Open Letter to Rev. Billy Graham

Open Letter to Rev. Billy Graham

Commented Dec 4, 2012 at 20:02:17 in Religion

“So funny that so many people think our history condemns pastors speaking politics from the pulpit. Do just a little bit of research and learn that part of the reason the Revolutionary War happened and that we won was because pastors were speaking "politics" from the pulpit. In the old days, church wasn't separated from everyday life. There is proof - lots of it - that show the sermons of the church had a HUGE influence on the thinking of Americans in the political world. I've even read an article a pastor in the 1800s gave about the influence of the coming "railroad" to our country. Some were worried about its effect on people's morality and such. It was a hot political topic and a pastor addressed it in his church. This was normal back then. The separation of church and state was meant to prevent one denomination dominating, like what happened in Europe. There are so many quotes from founding fathers that tell us Christianity was a huge influence as our government was formed. To try to say otherwise is to be ignorant of our history.”
Open Letter to Rev. Billy Graham

Open Letter to Rev. Billy Graham

Commented Dec 4, 2012 at 19:55:08 in Religion

“Finally, someone on here points out the most important point of all: the beauty of this country is that we can freely give our opinion. I can't believe people on here are criticizing Graham's right to speak his opinion. And who is ANYONE to judge Mr. Graham's motives for why he gave his opinion? No one knows his motives but his Maker. At his age, he's earned the right to say whatever the hell he wants anyway. Funny how it's only wrong for an influential person to support a political figure if they have conservative belief system. If he publicly supported gay marriage and Obama, this article wouldn't have been written.”