“It's amazing how little Christians and atheist know about evil. 1st all Satan did was tempt Adam & Eve. He did not force them to do evil. Evil is almost always a CHOICE! 2nd. Those who did have demonic spirits that Jesus cast out were obvious. They were not...well maybe they have evil in them. It was obvious to anyone that saw them and they were scared when they saw it. My guess is 95% or higher of all preachers these days could cast out an evil spirit if they had to.”
artimus711 on Jun 2, 2014 at 20:44:50
“If God demanded ignorance and Satan encouraged the pursuit of Knowledge, which one is evil again?”
“I can't see how someone can feel so intimidated that they feel they need to carry a gun to a diner, but each to their own. Rather I like it or not as time goes by more and more businesses will ban guns.”
“Actually we're both wrong. More support it than I thought, but less than you thought. The polls show 53% to 54%. But I'd bet if they got down to how they are supporting it you'd see it's for the rights of gay couples. It doesn't mean they are saying call it marriage as they do a man and woman. Myself I support the rights. Just not the title. It cannot and will never be the same.”
p c r on May 23, 2014 at 19:40:53
“In the 1800's and into the 1900's, marriage was a contract between 2 men over possession of a female. The father was paid a dowry from a man for his daughter. A marriage is a civil contract entered into by 2 consenting adults that grants specific rights to the two people entering into the contract. It has nothing to do with religion or any other individual's opinion on whether 2 people of the same gender can marry.
There really is no such thing as "separate but equal".
Fifty years ago, many people in the South refused to acknowledge that interracial marriage could occur. They said that it was against the teachings of the Bible, and they voted to prevent blacks from marrying whites. Loving v. VA was the SCOTUS case that declared that marriage is a basic civil right between 2 consenting adults, despite race (or religion or political affiliation or any other individual liberty that people have in this country).
No two heterosexual marriages are exactly the same, and the only way that gays will achieve basic civil rights guaranteed to everyone else is if they are allowed to marry. Your semantics argument makes no sense.”
“Actually there are hundreds of accounts of the flood. Some claim to have been warned in advance, some told to build a ship, some told to bring two of each creature inside. These legends are from ALL over the earth and not just the middle east. As to the dinosaurs pottery has been found in South America with images of dinosaurs on them.”
“Polititians are well known to tell you one thing to your face and quite frequently do differently behind your back. Especially around voting time. Afterwards they will vote for how they truly feel or what will benefit them the most.”
arkay123 on May 22, 2014 at 10:24:10
“Well, actually, the entire political system is a bit of a beast, but there is a way to tell which way a rep votes. LOOK IT UP - it's all available to the average American to see, and you don't even have to step away from your computer to do so.
What are you trying to do - plant a seed of doubt in my (or anyone's) mind about the way dem reps feel about marriage equality? If so, you lost that one.”
“If you actually take notice of the fact gay marriage bans were voted on and that it takes a majority to win then that ought to tell you that it isn't just Republicans that are voting against gay marriage. It's both Democrats and Republicans and Independents.”
Nick Kelsier on May 22, 2014 at 13:55:12
“so Jim Crow was fine, Michael?
After all..a majority voted for that too.”
juliet marilynne on May 22, 2014 at 01:07:23
“'weakly' is right.
if you take notice of the fact that what all those people voted on was UNCONSTITUTIONAL and was bound to be overturned in light of this 'little thing' called the US CONSTITUTION and that majority or no, you DO. NOT. VOTE. ON. PEOPLE'S. RIGHTS. [i went slow and in caps for the mentally deficient] you'll see the majority isn't ALWAYS correct.”
p c r on May 22, 2014 at 00:11:13
“Those votes were years ago and people are much more enlightened. Over 70% of Americans support the right for gays to marry.”
jockmama on May 21, 2014 at 18:09:52
“In most of those cases, it was just a majority of the drones in the statehouses who voted for it. NOT all the state's residents/registered voters.”
WALeftCoast on May 21, 2014 at 17:58:47
“Guess what? A Majority should not be allowed to vote away a minorities rights.
If you had put slavery to a vote, you would probably would have many states with a majority that believed it was fine...but it was OK. Same with race discrimination.
This is entirely about discrimination, nothing more and nothing less. You can not like something someone does or believes but that gives you no right to penalize someone for those beliefs. And no one should penalize you for your beliefs or life style; you just cannot, by the constitution, impart those beliefs on others who don't share them.
In other words...live your life the way you want to...and leave others to their lives. It was the way the country began...and should continue.”
arkay123 on May 21, 2014 at 15:31:45
“Whatever number of dems have been against gay marriage, that number is shrinking. The bottom line is, that it shouldn't have been put to a vote in the first place. A majority is not allowed to vote the rights of a minority away. Read your beloved constitution.”
Vikk121 on May 21, 2014 at 14:42:07
“Here's the thing with that, though. I work in a predominantly Democratic city. I mean, it's a SUPER DUPER Dem city. And I live in a super Republican town. So, what if voters in the city voted to BAN Republicans (thus chasing them out of the city and into the towns), and voters in my town voted to BAN Democrats? That would be unconstitutional, right? And I'm really sure that if such a vote were on both ballots, it would happen. People in this city do NOT like Conservatives. People in my town do NOT like liberals. And as much as each set of ppl would love to ban the opposite ones and would vote to do so, it is, after all, not constitutional.”
lawlibrarian on May 21, 2014 at 13:42:15
“EQUAL RIGHTS FOR ALL AMERICAN CITIZENS is NOT something that should be decided by "majority rule"!!!!
"All . . . will bear in mind this sacred principle, that though the will of the majority is in all cases to prevail, that will to be rightful must be reasonable; that the minority possess their equal rights, which equal law must protect and to violate would be oppression."
Ryan M Phelan on May 21, 2014 at 12:25:57
“Those bans were voted on in a different era... things have changed a lot since 2004”
Nick Kelsier on May 21, 2014 at 11:57:08
“so? Still doesn't make it constitutional.
The majority in the south voted for Jim Crow. Should we have let that stand?”
mld1983 on May 21, 2014 at 10:48:12
“Same sex marriage bans are on the RNC, platform, not democrat,s. It's republicans trying to join lawsuits to keep the bans and looking for can candidates to run on support for those measures. That's why repubs are referenced.”
John Lovrich on May 21, 2014 at 08:43:59
“The PA legislature decided this, it was not a referendum on the ballot.”
58 Squarebird on May 21, 2014 at 08:08:01
“Civil rights are not something to be voted on. If that were the case, slavery would still be legal.”
KimberlyPeacock on May 21, 2014 at 02:41:30
“That may be, but it matters not, because the issue is one of equality under the law, which is a constitutional right, and for some of these judges appointed by Bush I am sure it pained them, but the SCOTUS set the precedent. You could try to amend the constitution but you would fail.”
juanjo on May 21, 2014 at 01:23:56
“Unfortunately for you the constitution disagrees with you.
In the 1943 case West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnette, the Court explained:
The very purpose of a Bill of Rights was to withdraw certain subjects from the vicissitudes of political controversy, to place them beyond the reach of majorities and officials and to establish them as legal principles to be applied by the courts. One's right to life, liberty, and property, to free speech, a free press, freedom of worship and assembly, and other fundamental rights may not be submitted to vote; they depend on the outcome of no elections.”
amati1684 on May 21, 2014 at 00:54:22
“The bipartisan makeup of the voters doesn't make the state bans constitutional. We have courts to interpret the laws, and that's what they're doing. Where was the outcry against "judicial activism" when the Supreme Court's conservative majority handed the presidency to George W Bush?”
GregCampNC on May 20, 2014 at 23:48:46
“Majorities don't get to vote out rights.”
BonsaTree on May 20, 2014 at 23:41:03
“Which is completely not applicable. The majority can be wrong and often is.
The job of the Judiciary is to decide on the Constitutionality of law and it's application. Laws against interracial marriages would have been supported by the majority of many states at one time, but that did not make them right or Constitutional. That's what the courts are telling you. The law is not Constitutional and therefore cannot be enforced.
If you want to live in a Theocracy (one where the rule of religion is dominant to the rule of law) you might try Iran. They have that there. You might even like being told what to think 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.”
Robert Ivey on May 20, 2014 at 23:16:29
“Its a bit more complicated then that.
For instance the California law was paid for by people who did not even live in California including the Mormon Church....
If you look at a lot of these Gay Marriage bans you will find the Mormon Church behind them...”
James v Morris on May 20, 2014 at 23:14:53
“Civil rights cannot be decided in the voting booth. What part of "unconstitutional" do you not understand?”
arandy1 on May 20, 2014 at 22:34:45
“And the last few votes have been FOR gay marriage. Of course the majority of those that voted against gay marriage is always republican, even in the gay marriage victories. The state legislators have passed gay marriage because of Democrat majorities and with little to no republican support. Looking deeper into the story, it is the republicans that are clearly the anti gay party. With the social change, if the republicans stay anti gay, they will become irrelevant. Please do.”
Alan D Wallace on May 20, 2014 at 21:39:21
“This is not about politics, and trying to reduce it to a political issue is to try to run from the real issues, which are freedom, liberty, and the right of EACH of us, regardless of sexuality, to self-determination in private affairs like love and marriage.
There is nothing in our Founding documents that restrict such liberty to Heterosexuals, or Christians, or white people - okay, I admit I was wrong with that last one.
Nevertheless, nowhere in documents that outline, enshrine and protect our freedoms does the phrase, "unless you're Gay" appear. Therefore, it is obvious such a division was neither desired nor encouraged by the Founding Fathers, a group of men Conservatives tell me were guided by the Hand of God.
I'm sure He would have made sure those documents did not equally protect Homosexuals if such an issue were important to Him. It's not like He could have just forgotten. He's infallible.”
ram2727 on May 20, 2014 at 21:26:04
“Well, civil rights don't get to be decided upon in voting booths. It is unconstitutional, so that is how it is. Sorry you don't like it. Perhaps you didn't like the other things that were declared unconstitutional, but civil rights are rights.”
willowraven on May 20, 2014 at 21:15:45
“To bad no one gets to vote on civil rights..”
CapSen on May 20, 2014 at 19:58:08
“Uhm, ever considered the issue of voter turnout?”
Nick Kelsier on May 20, 2014 at 19:27:09
“perhaps it's time you to take notice the 14th amendment to the US Constitution doesn't allow the "majority" to deny rights to the 'minority" that the "majority" holds just because they vote to.
Sorry, like Jim Crow, just because the people voted for it doesn't make it right or constitutional.”
Kathy Levittown on May 20, 2014 at 19:08:58
“I am amazed at the lack of "book learnin" on the right..
And the fact that you ASSUME every state voted on this..
You should be ashamed for being so low info...
Kathy Levittown on May 20, 2014 at 19:06:52
“If you actually read a book?
YOU WILL DISCOVER THAT "MY PA" NEVER VOTED ON THIS...
The legislature passed the law....
PENNSYLVANIANS NEVER.....EVER...NEVER.....NEVER...VOTED ON THIS.....
WE DID NOT VOTE ON THIS..
Please research before posting stupid stuff..!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
SIGNED.....A LIFELONG PA RESIDENT!”
juicybrisket on May 20, 2014 at 18:58:42
“rights shouldn't be voted on. that's why they call them rights.”
jmcpha1 on May 20, 2014 at 18:25:35
“And it would still be irrelevant. A majority of people have supported discriminatory policies throughout history. Still wrong, still unconstitutional, still overturned.”
Jon Balz on May 20, 2014 at 18:22:08
“1943 Supreme Court of the United States
W.V. v. Barnette (71 yrs ago)
“The very purpose of a Bill of Rights was to withdraw certain subjects
from the vicissitudes of political controversy, to place them beyond the reach of majorities and officials, and to establish them as legal principles to be applied by the courts. One's right to life, liberty, and property, to free speech, a free press, freedom of worship and assembly, and other fundamental rights may not be submitted to vote; they depend on the outcome of no elections.””
Anne Rutherford on May 20, 2014 at 18:14:41
“But, constitutional rights and civil rights are not subject to the vote of the people. They came through the Constitution. Now, you can try to argue that States have control over what consitutes a marriage - except when it runs counter to federal law. DOMA was overturned as unconsitutional, therefore the states can't uphold it. Did you guys take a civics class?”
Ioana Seiferlein on May 20, 2014 at 17:02:37
“It makes no difference who or how many voted for these bans. They are unconstitutional. Don't pass unconstitutional laws/bans/amendments and there will be no need for the courts to intervene.”
jebocc on May 20, 2014 at 16:44:52
“I doubt the Independent and dem voters are large enough in numbers to make a difference. This is GOP...SOP.”
pmoschetta on May 20, 2014 at 16:30:38
“If you actually take notice this wasn't a referendum for a vote, Michael, but never let facts get in the way of your hatred for equality”
Jeffrey Marks on May 20, 2014 at 16:30:28
“That may have been true in 2004, but in 2014, it's the Republicans who are against it.”
Jerseytime on May 20, 2014 at 15:57:32
“Only a few were subject to state wide referendums.”
DIridescent on May 20, 2014 at 15:50:10
“Plenty of republicans vote in support of same sex marriage, too. Absolutely true. In fact, Pew polls for 2014 show a healthy 52% of Republicans aged 18-50 supporting it.
At the time these anti same sex marriage laws and amendments were passed there was a considerably heavier republican opposition.”
Joseph Westfall on May 20, 2014 at 15:48:59
“1943 Supreme Court of the United States
W.V. v. Barnette
“The very purpose of a Bill of Rights
was to withdraw certain subjects
from the vicissitudes of political controversy,
to place them beyond the reach of majorities and officials,
and to establish them as legal principles to be applied by the courts.
One's right to life, liberty, and property, to free speech,
a free press, freedom of worship and assembly,
and other fundamental rights
may not be submitted to vote;
they depend on the outcome of no elections.”
Supreme Court case in which the Court decided 8–1
Justice Tom C. Clark, writing for the majority
Abington school district v. Schempp 1963
While the Free Exercise Clause
clearly prohibits the use of State Action
“The main difference I believe is that some atheist believe they can pull off stunts and man not always catch them. A believer in GOD believes he will always be caught by GOD and be held accountable by GOD.”
XFR Stone on May 20, 2014 at 13:51:43
Reason4 on May 20, 2014 at 13:40:07
“The main difference is that an atheist does what he or she thinks is right.
The only thing stopping a theist from all manner of foul deeds is fear of their malevolent imaginary friend.
Hmm tough choice who to vote for isn't it?”
AZLibDem on May 20, 2014 at 13:25:17
“But most of them also tend to believe, at least here in the U.S, that anything they do will be forgiven as a result of their belief.”
“If any states puts forth a vote that only requires a yes or no then it takes a majority to pass it. I could be wrong but I'd bet a lot of those votes were the same ones that voted Obama into office. Meaning it took both Democrats and Republicans to say no to it.”
“I agree with you, but America is filled with complainers that won't even take 5 minutes to contact their congress and say they are upset or against how they vote and act. We the people actually have what is known as collective power, but no one believes in using it any more.”
“I beg to differ. Their laws are make based and against women having any rights. From what I have read if a woman accuses one of rape they must have 4 witnesses. If one decides not to testify the woman is then accuses of adultery. So how many do you think actually have 4 witnesses that will testify?”
“Something I realized a long time ago is that if you go looking for trouble you usually find it. The individual that is requesting Satanic prayer is just wanting to make people angry and it's very likely he'll do so. It reminds me of the people who die their hair weird colors, have facial piercings, and dress weird then get upset when you stare at them. Like they say. You ask for it you may get it.”
“Both sides of the fence have some saying raise the minimum wage. Well what's stopping them? Are they backing up what they with good wages at the companies they own or invest in? Check into that and you'll knows who's only talking trash and who really means it.”
“People always look at things from the wrong perspective. Hiring was terrible for 3 months due to weather. So this report may not really be so good. What is good is the spending!!! The more Americans spend the more will end up employed. The cost of labor in China has been rising for years. This will send more companies back to America. This will improve the hiring rate which will mean more Americans will be shopping. Again this will drive up manufacturing. We the people have more to do with the economy that you think. What can destroy it again is if more finance what they cannot afford. That will slow down their long term spending and that will send our economy downwards. If you REALLY want the economy to improve buy more American products. Write letters to stores requesting more American made products. Stop blaming the president. Start taking responsibility for your actions. Also stop saying the president makes it work. The president is only 1 person. We are millions. Which has more power? 1 or millions? You the people helped ruin America with our looking for the cheapest and spending what we could not afford to pay back.”
“Cheating is cheating. It does not matter which type it is. When you marry someone they are suppose to be number one, period. This article is missing one important part of the cheating issue. It's called the pain you cause when you cheat. It can rips someone's world and family apart, Being cheated on can totally destroy someone inside and yes, it's still wrong even if you don't get caught.”
aaron72 on Apr 28, 2014 at 16:17:36
“If your not happy, end the relationship. My marriage ended over money. But, getting divorced was the best thing ever for my son. We all get along now, she's remarried and happy, and that makes me happy, because, I'm not the one having to make her happy. I'm glad were apart and he didn't have to grow up with us constantly at each others throats.”
“Now humans have science and blindly follow most everything they proclaim. Just like the planet they observed from 300 trillion miles away they now claim is most likely to support life and has possibilities of having water. 300 TRILLION miles away...lol”
“I thoroughly believe in Jesus. I know in human form he ate, drank, slept, and used the bathroom. I don't think loving someone and being married would have kept him from his course. If it would he'd have dumped anyone who stood in his path. As to rather or not Jesus actually wrote the note is another thing.”
“While many may swear he's a myth millions and million swear he isn't. What makes them swear he's for real? Wouldn't it be easier to just live as properly as they deem fit? It would take a huge effort to really live as a Christian should. Why go through such effort over a myth? Maybe they know something non-believers don't know. Maybe GOD only reveals HIMSELF to true believers.”
Positivist Nullifidian on Apr 11, 2014 at 18:13:18
“And maybe imaginary friends are the best kind ... they're perfect.”
“Was Jesus married and does it really matter? Not really. It was his life, actions, and words that meant something. He affected the world more than anyone that ever existed, still does today, and will continue to till the end.”
Positivist Nullifidian on Apr 11, 2014 at 13:09:44
“It matters, but only to those who have a vested interested in making Jesus what they want him to be--more human, or more divine. And to those who believe Jesus was immaculately conceived, we have this small problem with his progeny--would they have been one-quarter divine?
Of course, it doesn't matter a whit to those who've never bought into the myth, or who have discarded it for the sake of reason.”