Author: Jar Forum: Coffee House Thread: Conservative = Christian Message #: 19
Today terms like socialist or conservative or liberal or Christian have nothing to do what the terms meant in the past. They have become little more than Buz words, meaningless crap used for driving the emotions of the non-thinking citizenry.
I just don't know what further comment I could make.
The idea of the sacred is quite simply one of the most conservative notions in any culture, because it seeks to turn other ideas - uncertainty, progress, change - into crimes. Salman Rushdie
This rudderless world is not shaped by vague metaphysical forces. It is not God who kills the children. Not fate that butchers them or destiny that feeds them to the dogs. It’s us. Only us. - the character Rorschach in Watchmen
Rahvin at Obama supports Ground Zero mosque. Religious freedom or is he being too PC?
Author: Rahvin Forum: Social Issues and Creation/Evolution Thread: Obama supports Ground Zero mosque. Religious freedom or is he being too PC? Message #: 75
A spot-on description of why the Constitution exists.
The Constitution[al] rights we all claim to believe in and uphold were not made for the easy decisions. They were not made for the majority. They were made to protect unpopular minorities of faith and opinion. If you cannot build a building representative of an unpopular faith, then religious freedom does not actually exist. Freedom is, by definition, the ability to dissent from the majority, to be different from others.
This is America's biggest failure - the failure to actually stand up for what we say we believe in.
Edited by Adminnemooseus, : Add "PaulK at Obama supports Ground Zero mosque. Religious freedom or is he being too PC?" subtitle.
Edited by Adminnemooseus, : Change POTM credit from PaulK to Rahvin.
Rrhain Thank you for your submission to Science. Your paper was reviewed by a jury of seventh graders so that they could look for balance and to allow them to make up their own minds. We are sorry to say that they found your paper "bogus," specifically describing the section on the laboratory work "boring." We regret that we will be unable to publish your work at this time. Minds are like parachutes. Just because you've lost yours doesn't mean you can use mine.
Author: Jar Forum: Is It Science? Thread: Creation as Science Message #: 66
A reply to Archaeologist that stands out in two ways:
1 - It contains relevant quality information presented in a clear and concise fashion (of course, he's mostly quoting one of his earlier messages - Maybe that message got (or should have gotten) a POTM nomination).
2 - It is not like the too many replies to Archaeologist (in that topic and elsewhere) that do not have the qualities stated in (1).
Or something like that.
Bluescat48 also replied to the same message with a brief comment - OK I guess, but definitely not a POTM.
Hotjer also did a longer and rather convoluted reply which may or may not make important points (it's probably way better than any reply I could do, but that's not saying much).
Author: GDR Forum: Miscellaneous Topics in Creation/Evolution Thread: Is Theistic Evolutionist an oxymoron? Message #: Message 55
GDR makes a good point about what being a Christian is really about, and addresses the unfortunate hang-up of some fundamentalists on specific doctrines and biblical interpretations.
In response to Buzsaw, GDR writes:
This is the problem I have with your brand of fundamentalism. You seem to feel that the big concern I should have is what happens to me when I die. What you have effectively done is turned Christianity 180 degrees from what Christ intended. You have made it all about me and my salvation.
Christianity at its most basic is about taking the focus off of the self and putting it on God and neighbour. It is about living a life transformed by God and His Holy Spirit in service of His creation, which of course includes our neighbour who has been made in His image.
In my view you have twisted Christ's message, turning it into a magic formula of believing the right stuff so that one can get to live forever. Read Matthew 25 and the separating of the sheep from the goats. It isn't about what you believe it's about the condition of your heart. It’s about feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, visiting those in prison etc. There is nothing there about believing the right doctrine making you righteous.
OK, first -- I am unworthy! I am unworthy! (reference to a barely remembered scene in Wayne's World in the presence of Alice Cooper is fully intended).
Second, I am oh so reminded of so many episodes of The ScreenSavers on TechTV. Those geeks (Lord love them!) would go through that stuff! I remember what Patrick Norton had mounted multiple tera-byte drives in a single PC box and I just sat there geeking out! Then a gaming network, G4, bought them out. Leo LaPorte was the first to go! Every time I go to the Scottish games (Clan Donald, I am! A member of our clan at Loch Prado would visit the Scottish medievel encampment regularly with, "We are the Clan Donald! You will be assimilated! Resistence is futile!"), I see the Utilikilt booth at the Games and remember Patrick Norton! Of course, I also see Leo LaPorte in a kilt starting to spin and then abruptly stopping when the kilt starts flying too high -- lads, there's the old Reader's Digest joke about the British officer in a Highland Regiment (kilted, of course) who is advised by his mother to learn to sit like a lady; one of the things a lady who dances does is to spin-test her skirts, so a lad with a kilt needs to do the same thing.
OK, here's the bottom line. Software is what animates the boxes. But if the hardware is not there, then the software can't do anything!