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    Re: Do you believe guns kill people?

    I'd say your argument excellently justifies gun permits, firearm safety standards, and a general baseline of regulations (e.g., no full-auto, no machine guns). However, I don't see a justification...
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    Re: Gay Marriage should be legal federally

    Marriage is a legal designation. One does not need a church to get married- they need a marriage license from the government. The religious bit is ceremonial.




    False. We allow infertile...
  3. Re: Mind Trapped by: Public education, why I think it should fail.

    It's simply common business sense. Let's say a voucher is worth $4,000 per student. If a school just charges the $4,000, and is in effect "free" to the poor, it has no incentive to change its pricing...
  4. Re: Mind Trapped by: Public education, why I think it should fail.

    A very high standard of public education.



    Cannot afford: Even with vouchers, there will be schools too expensive for the poor to afford using the vouchers. The schools which cost exactly the...
  5. Re: Mind Trapped by: Public education, why I think it should fail.

    @Cstam:

    That was a nice analysis, but I do believe you missed some key components.

    First off, you seem to believe that the success of public education should be about dropout rates. I think...
  6. Re: Mind Trapped by: Public education, why I think it should fail.

    I find the entire idea of this thread preposterous.

    I live in Massachusetts, one of the highest-performing states in the nation in regard to academics, and I really don't see our public school...
  7. Poll: Re: Banning of "Assault Weapons": support or or against?

    Oh yes, this is definitely a side discussion- the idea of the 13th amendment being unnecessary just piqued my interest.

    I would argue that due process and equal protection rights are present in...
  8. Poll: Re: Banning of "Assault Weapons": support or or against?

    I think it would prevent the enslavement of non-US citizens too, as, while the 14th amendment does specifically protect the rights of citizens, the equal protection and due process clauses both use...
  9. Poll: Re: Banning of "Assault Weapons": support or or against?

    While this may not be directly on topic (my god it's been a while since I've been on this site), I would actually argue that if the 13th amendment were completely stricken from the Constitution,...
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    Re: What are you reading right now?

    An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations. Good god, this thing is a brick, and I feel like the arguments (while perfectly valid) could definitely have been better described in a...
  11. Re: SPECIFICALLY, how does gay marriage harm straight marriage?

    Gay marriage is not a nefarious plot to indoctrinate children into being gay. People have the right to choose who they love, and your opinion of their choice is meaningless. Your post assumes both...
  12. Thread: Newtown

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    Re: Newtown

    Michael, those fundraiser names can be changed. Also, it's not at all strange that a fundraiser was created the day of the shooting, since it happened in the morning and was all over the news all...
  13. Thread: Newtown

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    Re: Newtown

    Michael, there's a difference between accountability and paranoia. Why not just look for the details about every event as they arise, without immediately speculating they were massive hoaxes...
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    Re: Gay Marriage should be legal federally

    Just a random butt-in here about Civil Unions vs. Gay Marriage- I've always been of the opinion that it would be illegal to have them be separate, even if the two were in all respects legally...
  15. Thread: Newtown

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    Re: Newtown

    Michael, people died. Many people, including many children. This simply could not possibly have been a hoax by the government. Even with this ridiculous notion of "crisis actors" (you know, people...
  16. Re: Islam is not a religion, but a death cult of misogynistic pedophiles

    @Tanus,

    Yes, Islam was conceived with some undesirable attributes, and, as such, it's hard to reform. I don't really think we're in disagreement in that bit.

    However, I believe that...
  17. Re: Islam is not a religion, but a death cult of misogynistic pedophiles

    The method of "this is what I believe" would seem to work here. Religious belief is not based merely upon a logical analysis of the texts in a particular manner. If one's social mores lead one to...
  18. Re: Islam is not a religion, but a death cult of misogynistic pedophiles

    @Tanus and Kevin,

    Yes, Mohammed isn't quite as tasteful as Jesus, and relatively speaking Christianity (at least the NT) is much more accepting than the Koran.

    However, I wouldn't go so far as...
  19. Re: The recent escalation of the Israel-Palestine conflict.

    Apok,

    This isn't about whether or not Jews live in the West Bank- they can do what they want. It's about Israel building settlements in occupied territory. There's a difference. Israel occupied...
  20. Re: Islam is not a religion, but a death cult of misogynistic pedophiles

    I think you could probably name most major religions evil, misogynistic death cults if you read literally into the text and don't take into account that people have changed since their religion was...
  21. Re: The recent escalation of the Israel-Palestine conflict.

    Apok, would not the continued construction of Israeli settlements in occupied territories be considered an unlawful action? After all, Israel is unilaterally building these settlements in land it...
  22. Re: The recent escalation of the Israel-Palestine conflict.

    Of course, the Fatah-controlled West Bank and Palestinian Authority should be taken into account as well when considering this issue, particularly the recent vote that granted Palestine non-member...
  23. Christianity: Re: How do the Religious justify belief in only select portions of the Bible?

    Eye4magic,

    "God" is, in that definition, the primary deity of monotheistic religions. By far the most dominant monotheistic religion is Christianity, and "God" tends to refer to the Christian...
  24. Christianity: Re: How do the Religious justify belief in only select portions of the Bible?

    They can condemn whatever they want- a condemnation can't put me in prison.




    No, Jesus is the Son of God, or part of the Holy Trinity if you're a Catholic. "God" tends to refer to the Father,...
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    Re: Pro-Life Exceptions for Rape and Incest

    Necro-post aside,

    First off, it is not "murder" if one destroys a fetus unless the law specifically designates such pre-birth entities as full-fledged human beings, as murder is the killing of a...
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    Re: 2012 Presidential Election Prediction(s)

    On a side note, I think best moment of Election Night goes to a certain 30ish-second Fox segment in which Karl Rove was arguing that Ohio was going to go for Romney just as Fox displayed its...
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    Re: 2012 Presidential Election Prediction(s)

    I have Obama with 281 and Romney 235, plus Colorado and Virginia which I can't really place at the moment. If Obama wins Virginia, it's all over for Romney, even if he wins Ohio. In fact, it looks...
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    Re: The church and politics

    So long as people don't just mindlessly vote for someone just because someone else tells them to, let people say what they wish. As to the zombies: at least there are probably even enough members on...
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    Re: Romney takes lead in polls

    It looks like Obama's leading in PA, but I agree that it really doesn't make sense to focus on Ohio with Florida hanging overhead.
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    Re: Romney takes lead in polls

    The polling data has recently become very odd; Gallup has a huge Romney swing, but others (Ipsos, Public Policy Polling, IBD/TIPP, RAND Corp.) all have Obama in the lead as of Friday, albeit by a...
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