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    Re: Who is my neighbor?

    Well, since you see no difference in making a choice and being mandated to pay a tax, not much left to say here. This is the upside down world we live in.
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    Re: How is Religious Exemption Constitutional?

    For purposes of this debate, I'll concede this. A business owner should not be able to refuse to sell a cake to a person based on their race, gender, et al. However, this isn't what we are...
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    Re: Who is my neighbor?

    Key word, God. Not governor. Not neighbor. God. If you wish to follow God's will, it is a choice. You ask if there is more to it than that? I don't know. I guess that's your argument to make...
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    Re: How is Religious Exemption Constitutional?

    You may laugh, but what is the answer? Is a baker (or any other merchant) allowed to use discretion based on political/religious views when deciding what products to sell? How about a Christian...
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    Re: Mind trapped by - Trump vs Media

    Let's call a spade a spade and not twist this up. This change is due to Trump's inability to handle the mainstream press competently. It is not a good thing. Yes, the media is biased. It has been...
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    Re: How is Religious Exemption Constitutional?

    You do acknowledge that a baker, like a person of any other profession, may have a particular religious persuasion? A person who is Christian, whether he is also a baker, is not really a question to...
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    Re: Who is my neighbor?

    I fully explained it and offered an example based upon the parable you provided in post #103.
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    Re: Who is my neighbor?

    Again, until you actually understand the meaning of free will from a Christian perspective, there isn't really anything to debate. You insist on using the term incorrectly despite my repeated...
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    Re: How is Religious Exemption Constitutional?

    If there is an exclusion written into the law, then you aren't breaking the law by claiming an exception. Why do we allow tax exemptions? If there is a tax, why should some conditions or persons be...
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    Re: Who is my neighbor?

    It is nice that you've chosen to highlight the sentences you wanted to cherry pick, but from your own set of quotes:
    "1734 Freedom makes man responsible for his acts to the extent that they are...
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    Re: Who is my neighbor?

    Been there done that. Either read my posts and supporting links or bow out. Either way. In case you are unable to find it, I've made it easy for you...
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    Re: How is Religious Exemption Constitutional?

    You have the right to express your view. You don't have the right to force your view on me (i.e. by physically cutting my beard). However, you are free to prevent me from entering your home, your...
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    Re: How is Religious Exemption Constitutional?

    In principle, I agree with you as I have read ahead to some of your more recent posts. In an ideal world, the government wouldn't make laws which should require religious exemptions. I think...
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    Re: Who is my neighbor?

    You can keep repeating the same arguments, but it has now gone full circle. You have shown a misunderstanding of the term free will, but have not made an argument against it. As such, your...
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    Re: Who is my neighbor?

    First, you made a claim. Now, there is nothing wrong asking me to support claims I have made, but that does not remove your own burden to support the claims you have made. You chose to make a...
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    Re: Who is my neighbor?

    I've already explained this based on the meaning of free will. If you disagree with the definition I offered, then it is up to you to provide a better definition and explain why it is more...
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    Re: Who is my neighbor?

    For the purposes of this debate, it is agreed that Jesus' teachings are moral. However, free will isn't based on what others do. It is based on each individual's own moral responsibility. If you...
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    Re: Republican Hypocracies

    I think what you is being debated is a take on the parable of the broken window.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parable_of_the_broken_window
    (I know I have linked to this before as it is one of my...
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    Re: Who is my neighbor?

    I'm going to address your last question first. Free will. It seems there is some confusion regarding free will as it relates to god and Christianity and general free will. Yes, I can freely choose...
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    Re: Who is my neighbor?

    Our laws typically exist to protect the freedom/liberty of others. So, if your will is to take another man's life, then you are choosing to deny him of his liberty. This concept of liberty comes,...
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    Re: Increasing the Minimum Wage hurts those most vulnerable in our society.

    Again, this is a subjective list. How are we defining shelter? Quality/Quantity of food? Quantity/Quality of health care? You also did not address whether the living wage includes costs for...
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    Re: Who is my neighbor?

    You are misusing the term free will. I am speaking in terms of religion, not socially or politically. The Judeo-Christian view is that belief and practice are based on the premise of free-will. ...
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    Re: Increasing the Minimum Wage hurts those most vulnerable in our society.

    I am not sure your premises are valid in a dynamic economy. Is low-skill labor's free market value always less than the minimum wage? In fact, we see instances where low-skill labor makes more than...
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    Re: Who is my neighbor?

    1) Again. Where in your story did Jesus compel the Samaritan to collect money from others?
    2) We are a "Christian Nation" is little more than a straw man. Our society is based on...
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    Re: Who is my neighbor?

    Sigh. You still don't get it. I missed the part in your story where Jesus commanded the Samaritan to collect the money by rule of law from others.

    P.S. Why would I have ever attended Sunday...
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    Re: Who is my neighbor?

    Not what I said. Oh well. Didn't really expect you to get it anyhow.
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    Re: Who is my neighbor?

    I believe the recent policies of the U.S. and the policies supported by progressives are that the Samaritan should have demanded 6 denarii from the Levite to pay for the costs of the meal and...
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    Re: Republican Hypocracies

    It is a double-edged sword for Trump. He is a quasi-populist, but is focusing on the economy. Unfortunately, buying American means paying higher prices for goods which would be a hit to the middle...
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    Re: The War On Terror

    I think, and correct me if I am wrong, but you stated that we should engage with ISIS. Your reasoning was that they were a national security threat due to their violent and expansionist goals. ...
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    Re: The War On Terror

    Already, from your answers, I am not quite seeing the clear nature of the enemy. None of the reasons you offered really explain clearly why we are engaged in hostilities with ISIS. You explain that...
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