Postcards from the culture war

A Scout Is Kind.”

“The case against same-sex marriage seems, to me at least, muddled, odd and paltry.”

“And the other side hasn’t been able to do anything but thump the Bible.”

What this bill is about, really, is the Bible. Is it right or wrong?”

Gay sex makes people explode.”

“I’m not gay. So I’m not going to marry one.”

“It is going to devastate the church, the synagogue, the places of worship that hire people because ultimately they’re saying you have to hire whatever Satan-worshiper, whatever cross-dresser you think might be immoral, that’s against your religious belief.”

“Reports have consistently found that there is no evidence to support the claim that abstinence-only-until-marriage programs reduce premarital sex or teen pregnancy; on the other hand, studies show that comprehensive sex-ed decreases the rate of teen pregnancy and STDs.”

I don’t think you can really take the position and say that person deserves to be punished when he was himself damaged.”

“Apparently, the Republican state lawmaker thought ‘religious’ meant ‘Christian,’ and when Hodges learned that public funds might also go to Muslim schools, she balked.”

“The problem is that those of us who are over the age of 40 and have three-digit IQs remember where this all started: with segregated Christian schools in the South who were denied tax-exempt status in the ’70s.”

“What we are really saying is that we are number one in conferring status upon fetuses, zygotes, embryos and heartbeats.”

David Barton addressed just-war theory, which Barton defines as ‘what you have to do to secure justice and the protection of life and liberties for your citizens.'”

“I see no indication that its ideas about policy, governance and social issues will gain new adherents. They are far beyond the mainstream.”

 

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  • If the rules changed, his role as arbiter, gatekeeper and leader could change as well. Therefore the rules have never and will never change and we have always been at war with Eastasia.

    The first thing the first official priesthood of YWHW did upon being established was reveal that God would destroy anyone who didn’t give them gold, riches and more food than they could ever possibly need.

  • The way I like to go about it is to explain that one classifies Christianity as a set of rules, the other as a means of teaching ethics. One is the way you must live and one is the way you should live. One is about punishment and consequences, the other is about love.