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  • Did Paul invent or hijack Christianity?

    07/10/2014 12:04:26 PM PDT · 1,065 of 1,088
    dsc to editor-surveyor

    Here’s some plain language of scripture.

    26:26. And whilst they were at supper, Jesus took bread and blessed and broke and gave to his disciples and said: Take ye and eat. This is my body.

    This is my body…He does not say, This is the figure of my body—but This is my body. (2 Council of Nice, Act. 6.) Neither does he say in this, or with this is my body; but absolutely, This is my body: which plainly implies transubstantiation.

  • Did Paul invent or hijack Christianity?

    07/10/2014 11:57:05 AM PDT · 1,064 of 1,088
    dsc to Springfield Reformer

    “LOL! So just grovel and accept the fallible dictates of an anonymous poster?”

    Your use of the words “grovel” and “dictates” show that you have some kind of emotional issue that is clouding your judgment. Too much work for me to take on. (And yes, I am qualified to say that.)

    “Transubstantiation is sophistry on steroids, a late development unheard of in the apostolic age.”

    Nonsense.

    “No physical miracle of God was ever beyond sensory verification.”

    Nor is transubstantiation. It must be noted, though, that many miracles were—and are—widely disbelieved.

    “But no, rather than acquiesce to the blaziingly clear use of metaphor in John 6 to describe faith in the crucified Christ”

    I specifically asked you to spare me whatever mental gymnastics you used to square your denial of scripture with your desire to be a Christian.

  • Did Paul invent or hijack Christianity?

    07/10/2014 8:56:22 AM PDT · 1,059 of 1,088
    dsc to Springfield Reformer

    “Nevertheless, given the choices you presented, I would take any of them over transubstatiation, which has no grounding in Scripture or reason, but tends rather to encourage idolatry.”

    It is, nevertheless, quite true, as you could find out for yourself—albeit only with great effort.

    Oh, and there is scriptural grounding for it; please spare me whatever mental contortions you go through to deny that.

  • Did Paul invent or hijack Christianity?

    07/10/2014 8:52:32 AM PDT · 1,058 of 1,088
    dsc to maine-iac7

    “But quite simply, as to the blinding light - Jesus didn’t work that way.”

    Not only did He work that way then, He still works that way today, and did for all the centuries in between.

    “The main difference between Jesus’s and Paul’s teaching - Paul, in bed with the Romans, helped set up the church with the power, pomp & circumstances”

    Wow. You know, sometimes there is an excuse for getting something wrong, but there is *no* excuse for that one.

    Libraries are full of history books. I would recommend you investigate that further.

  • Ted Cruz declines to follow Palin’s lead in calling for Obama’s impeachment

    07/10/2014 2:22:18 AM PDT · 113 of 148
    dsc to Nifster

    “And if you think it would be any different this time you are sadly mistaken”

    Buchanan was correct in noting that the leftists out to get Nixon had the media on their side. It would be very difficult to succeed in removing the Kenyan commie from office.

    And if it were done, some large percentage of blacks would go to their grave thinking it were done because of the color of his skin, and textbooks would be written to teach that to generations yet unborn.

    Somehow he needs to be caught in one of his crimes so clearly that only a tiny minority would have the gall to continue defending him.

  • Ted Cruz declines to follow Palin’s lead in calling for Obama’s impeachment

    07/09/2014 11:35:55 PM PDT · 83 of 148
    dsc to Norm Lenhart

    “How do you do that by ignoring the constitution’s remedy?”

    The Constitution offers a second remedy.

  • Ted Cruz declines to follow Palin’s lead in calling for Obama’s impeachment

    07/09/2014 11:34:16 PM PDT · 82 of 148
    dsc to Norm Lenhart

    “Had the GOP manned the hell up and took their case to the public ala Reagan, no ‘secret evidence’ would have been needed. What the open truth was was plenty. They helped bury it.”

    Not least Special Prosecutor Ken Starr. He allowed the fig leaf of the Lewinsky scandal to be pulled over Clinton’s real crimes. He allowed it not just to take center stage, but to expand until it took up all the resources that should have been brought to bear on Clintstone’s real crimes—perjury, obstruction of justice, rape, murder, et cetera, et cetera, et cetera.

  • General Calls Border Crisis An Existential Threat

    07/09/2014 11:29:49 PM PDT · 12 of 13
    dsc to RetiredArmy

    “Over 200 officers that did not follow the Dimocrat party line were sacked. Those that kissed his skinny butt got promoted.”

    Just like farging Argentina, or the “Democratic Republic of the” Congo.

    If good men ever again occupy the Capitol and the White House, they will have to call hundreds of thousands of veterans out of retirement to get the military straightened out.

  • Ted Cruz declines to follow Palin’s lead in calling for Obama’s impeachment

    07/09/2014 11:22:27 PM PDT · 77 of 148
    dsc to Norm Lenhart; Nifster

    “It was a debacle because the GOP cowered from defending it’s actions. No other reason.”

    Secret evidence was shown to the lower house that shocked and persuaded enough representatives to impeach the dirty rotten bastard.

    The unspeakably detestable demonrat senators simply blocked that, and much other evidence, from being presented to the senators before they voted not to remove from office.

    The trial in the senate was worse than a farce. Sort of a combination of a farce and a slasher flick.

    If that secret evidence had been made public, I am told, it could have swayed public opinion just as it did the House of Representatives.

  • Ted Cruz declines to follow Palin’s lead in calling for Obama’s impeachment

    07/09/2014 11:14:35 PM PDT · 72 of 148
    dsc to Cry if I Wanna

    “Time is on our side.”

    I suspect that if we had a color-coded map showing the progress of the invasion from south of the border, it would not seem so.

  • Ted Cruz declines to follow Palin’s lead in calling for Obama’s impeachment

    07/09/2014 11:10:59 PM PDT · 69 of 148
    dsc to Bratch

    “The mystery with Cruz was whether he’d choose door number one or number three.”

    Who gives a crap? He’s just another weathervane RINO.

    “He wants to preserve his cred”

    Done lost it by going AWOL during this border crisis.

  • Conservatives on the Supreme Court: All Catholic (vanity)

    07/09/2014 11:07:27 PM PDT · 147 of 147
    dsc to Faith Presses On

    “even though found there were things that directly contradicted the Bible”

    I’m sorry, but your “findings” were misunderstandings. Nothing in Catholicism contradicts the Bible in any way.

    As Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen wrote, “There are not a hundred people in America who hate the Catholic Church—but there are millions who hate what they mistakenly think the Catholic Church teaches.”

    And, “Evil is lonely when it’s left by itself. It has to have company. It’s got to form a city, a corporation, a group. Circe was the basis of all evil communications, whatever they be—press, radio, television, pornography, anything. That which is wicked and base wants to make everyone else base, otherwise it’s not content and happy. So you see, there’s nothing new. Despair is only happening to new people.”

    While I’m at it, these two as well: “The judges in the middle ages, whenever they sentenced anyone to death, had to receive communion with that man the day of his death, to remind the condemned man that, after all, although I am executing justice, you belong to a greater realm of mercy and understanding and compassion.

    and

    “America, it is said, is suffering from intolerance. It is not. It is suffering from tolerance of right and wrong, truth and error, virtue and evil, Christ and chaos. Our country is not nearly so much overrun with the bigoted as it is overrun with the broadminded…In the face of this broadmindedness, what America needs is intolerance.”

  • Why Pope Francis is not a Communist

    07/09/2014 5:11:59 PM PDT · 65 of 65
    dsc to The Grammarian

    “Ad hominem: marked by or being an attack on an opponent’s character rather than by an answer to the contentions made.”

    It’s only an argumentum ad hominem if it pretends to be an argument. Ordinary pokes in the eye are not included.

    “Claiming “lack of energy,” you have made no effort to answer my contentions and have resorted to parroting “You’re wrong” without substantiating just why I am wrong in your eyes.”

    Parroting would imply a number of repetitions. It’s not right to use hyperbole to exaggerate a complaint.

    Just a note or two above I gave three arguments, and you didn’t make any effort to answer those.

    “Sadly, my part in this ‘discussion’ is done.”

    You can’t quit; I already fired you.

  • Why Pope Francis is not a Communist

    07/09/2014 11:27:05 AM PDT · 63 of 65
    dsc to The Grammarian

    “Resorting to ad hominem attacks now, are we?”

    You can’t be serious.

    Look up the definition of argumentum ad hominem.

    “Good to know that I frustrate you so”

    It is normal and appropriate to be frustrated by willful wrong-headedness. I don’t know why you would consider that a badge of honor.

  • Border Flood Due To Obama's Incompetence Or Intention

    07/09/2014 5:13:43 AM PDT · 36 of 37
    dsc to patriot08

    “#Where’s our top choice for pres, Senator Cruz during this tsunami of illegal Latino invaders”

    I never trusted that wetback POS.

  • Border Flood Due To Obama's Incompetence Or Intention

    07/09/2014 5:12:27 AM PDT · 35 of 37
    dsc to Grampa Dave

    “Amen. He is not dumb. We are dumb if we believe he is dumb!”

    I don’t believe that it is his hand at the helm. I just wonder why we can’t see the strings.

  • Border Flood Due To Obama's Incompetence Or Intention

    07/09/2014 5:10:48 AM PDT · 34 of 37
    dsc to Logical me

    “America will never recover this transition.”

    Perhaps if the American people exercised their God-given rights as described in the Second Amendment...

  • Why Pope Francis is not a Communist

    07/09/2014 5:08:12 AM PDT · 61 of 65
    dsc to The Grammarian

    “I am completely unsurprised that you would say this.”

    And I am completely surprised that you would ignore even the bits of support I provided for my statement.

    That’s how you have remained at your current level of development.

  • Why Pope Francis is not a Communist

    07/08/2014 3:16:20 PM PDT · 59 of 65
    dsc to The Grammarian

    “Being as I’m Christian first, and I’ve been here on FR a decade already...doubt it.”

    Now *that’s* hard headed.

    “An excerpt: “As Christians, we must be careful not to obscure the gospel for the sake of an idea or truth that is less important. Your view on the Affordable Care Act or the next election may seem important to you; but maybe it shouldn’t reach the level where you need to post on it three times a day and question the motives of people on other side, particularly in the name of your faith.”

    Horrifyingly wrong.

    Consider this: if you say “both sides do it” when that is not the case, you wrongfully disadvantage the side that doesn’t do it.

    Satan is very active in the world today, and blinding yourself to that fact advantages only Satan.

    All leftist thought is of and from Satan. Leftists do Satan’s work. Their motivation is irrelevant when deciding on the proper response to their actions.

  • Why Pope Francis is not a Communist

    07/08/2014 4:31:54 AM PDT · 57 of 65
    dsc to The Grammarian

    “Finally came to the realization that neither of us were going to change the other’s mind, huh?”

    No, I just lack the energy. Besides, you will be drifting in my direction anyway, if you hang around with conservatives.

  • Latest Projected Path Of Super Typhoon Neoguri Shows How It's About To Rake All Of Japan

    07/08/2014 4:28:39 AM PDT · 26 of 28
    dsc to sushiman

    So, you didn’t go to a meet in Tokyo before that?

    I was there for a long time.

  • Why Pope Francis is not a Communist

    07/07/2014 6:10:25 PM PDT · 55 of 65
    dsc to The Grammarian

    Literally everything you wrote is wrong.

    I thought about explaining why, but when I got to this:

    “A ‘good Communist’ can be as much of a Christian as a ‘good capitalist’”

    — my heart sank, and I realized that it is just too huge a task.

    God help you.

  • Latest Projected Path Of Super Typhoon Neoguri Shows How It's About To Rake All Of Japan

    07/07/2014 5:31:53 PM PDT · 22 of 28
    dsc to sushiman

    Do you speak Japanese?

    Did we meet when I lived in Japan?

  • Why Everyone Should Oppose Same-Sex Marriage

    07/07/2014 2:45:48 PM PDT · 24 of 24
    dsc to ctdonath2

    I take it the three dots represent, “And therefore.”

  • Please pray for me. I am having bowel troubles with bleeding - update at #122

    07/07/2014 2:00:26 PM PDT · 109 of 179
    dsc to OneVike

    May the Lord bless you and keep you.

  • Latest Projected Path Of Super Typhoon Neoguri Shows How It's About To Rake All Of Japan

    07/07/2014 1:58:20 PM PDT · 19 of 28
    dsc to TEXOKIE

    “What about Fukishima and the damaged nuclear reactors there? Are those reactors in further danger?

    No.

    “God help us.”

    My son and his family are in Yokohama.

  • Why Pope Francis is not a Communist

    07/07/2014 1:13:36 PM PDT · 53 of 65
    dsc to The Grammarian

    “Excommunicating, disfellowshiping or otherwise shunning Christians over politics—separating yourself from a group of Christians over politics is far too close to despising someone for me to ever endorse.”

    This gives rise to two thoughts:

    1. How can baby-killers be regarded as in communion with Our Lord? This is not a minor sin.
    2. Your definition of “politics” must be quite different from mine. Politics is one arena in which the war between good and evil is fought.

    >>This is not solely a political disagreement, and it is certainly not one over which reasonable men can differ in good faith.
    “You say this, but I don’t think you can prove it from the Bible without resorting to eisegesis.”

    What does the Bible say about the taking of innocent life? Q.E.D.

    “The fallacy of particularism stems from the fact that God has not spoken definitively to us about everything. Obviously he did not intend to. It is an error for Christians to make relative what God has made absolute. But it is equally an error for Christians to make absolute what God has left relative.”

    If it is obvious that God did not intend to make everything absolute, then it is equally obvious that He intended for us to apply our reason to the areas left relative, thereby discerning what He would have us do—discerning good from evil, and choosing good for His sake.

    “If you cannot prove that the Bible endorses American conservative capitalism, then you are making absolute what God has left relative.”

    That is a false duality. All one need establish is that conservatives are closer to the good and striving to move in the right direction, while demonrats are closer to Satan and striving to move in his direction. That’s enough to tell you which side to be on, without in any way asserting that “American conservative capitalism” is perfect, or that conservatives are without sin.

    “Human beings only know in part. We can be wrong about many things, including politics.”

    That is true, without in any way supporting your position.

    “This applies to Christians as well as non-Christians, conservatives as well as liberals.”

    Are you seriously saying that non-Christians and liberals have the same access to truth that conservatives and Christians have? That we might as well not even be Christians, because they are as right as we are?
    Sure, conservatives and Christians make mistakes and sometimes believe stupid crap. But across billions of cases, Conservative Christians have an immensely higher chance of being right on matters of faith and morals than liberals and pagans (The inevitable rare exceptions are acknowledged).

    “They are not ‘attacking everything that is good’—they think they are doing good.”

    Yes, they think they are doing good. Does that make their actions good? What effect do their intentions have on the evil consequences of their actions?

    “They are wrong, but their motivation is not the problem.”

    True again, but again supportive of your position in no way.

    “There is a difference between being angry and despising someone”

    What is that difference? Consequences?

    (There is a difference between)…anger motivated by God’s holy love and anger motivated by political partisanship.”

    Oh, really? So, support for abortion on demand, baby-killing, murder of the most innocent, is just a matter of “political partisanship,” is it? Leftards don’t think so. They will kill to preserve their spurious “right” to kill babies if they think they have to.

    Back during the Cold War there were “fellow travelers,” useful idiots, as the Soviets thought of them, who asserted that America and the Evil Empire were just two equally valid political systems (except theirs was better), so it was just awful of those right wingers to utter any criticism at all, especially since America was an imperialist bully, blah blah blah blah blah…

    Sound familiar?

    Leftards are not on the same moral footing as conservatives. On that continuum with Satan on the left and God on the right, Leftards are to the left of conservatives and trying to drag us all leftward—with, obviously, a good deal of success. You don’t have to be perfect to have standing to oppose them; you just have to see, “Hey, God doesn’t want us to do those things and go that way; He wants us to do these things and come this way.” And God has gifted us with the reason, faith, and Scripture we need to see that.

    “You are right, enabling is not kindness. The Golden Rule, however, has nothing to do with how they want to be treated—it is about treating them as you want to be treated.”

    I would want to be shown I was wrong. I would not want people holding their tongues out of misplaced concern for my feelings.

    “In other words, it is about loving your neighbor and your enemy, and about blessing those who curse you.”

    Our Savior also gave us the example of the moneychangers in the temple. Ignore that one at your peril, because your enemies will cheerfully cut you down.

    “It’s pretty hard to do either of those things if you’re washing your hands of them because they don’t believe like you do in the nonessentials.”

    Nonessentials?

    We are on the same planet, are we not? Discussing the morality explained to us by God? How can these things be dismissed as “nonessentials” by any Christian or conservative? Twenty years ago I would have typed in a long list of “nonessentials,” but neuropathy is slowly making my hands go numb.

    I’ve already talked about abortion. This time let’s take disarming the American people for our example.

    Since you seem to like foreign non-Christians so much, let me start with something Ghandi wrote, “Among the many misdeeds of the British rule in India, history will look upon the act of depriving a whole nation of arms, as the blackest.”

    Do you really fail to understand the enormity of depriving the world of a nation where the people are armed against the establishment of tyranny?

    “Only God knows whether they have sinned against him by voting for a politician who supports sinful behaviors.”

    Really? You never learned anything from the Bible that allows you to understand how God views such things? So, you might as well go out tonight, sniff some cocaine, lie with a naughty lady of the evening, then pay for her abortion, because you have no idea whether that would be sinning against God? That about it?

    “You cannot help them ‘get back on the straight and narrow’ by being angry with them”

    Seriously? You believe that to be true?

    My word.

    Robert A. Heinlein wrote, “Anyone who clings to the historically untrue—and thoroughly immoral—doctrine that violence never solves anything I would advise to conjure up the ghosts of Napoleon Bonaparte and the Duke of Wellington and let them debate it. The ghost of Hitler would referee. Violence, naked force, has settled more issues in history than has any other factor; and the contrary opinion is wishful thinking at its worst. Breeds that forget this basic truth have always paid for it with their lives and their freedoms.”

    Leftards live and breathe that doctrine, although in their case it is framed in different words that give it a false glow of rectitude.

    On an individual level, you never know whether a given person will respond better to sugar or vinegar, if they respond at all, but joking and glad-handing just establish the precedent that they are not to be treated as a person guilty of serious crimes against humanity should be. On a larger stage, sides must be taken. You don’t have to pretend that your side is perfect; you just have to know that it is closer to scripture and God.

    “and certainly not by separating yourself from those who call themselves Christians”

    Boom! Shaka laka. Who *call* themselves Christians. Calling yourself a Christian doesn’t make you one (I’m sure you know where that is in the Bible). Rebuking sinners is one of the seven spiritual acts of mercy. Acting as though the things that are sending them to hell are “nonessentials” is merely enabling them.

    “but whose politics don’t align with yours.”

    You say that as though it were such a minor thing, as though the demonrats were not strongly influenced by Satan. I think perhaps they are influenced more by Satan than we are by God, seeing as how some of us are so eager to betray Him rather than endure opprobrium.

    “Instead, you are to teach them patiently and with God’s own love”

    Like Stalin taught the Ukrainians, right? Good grief, man, can’t you see that we are in just such a fight today? There are powers who evince a design to reduce us under absolute despotism, which will of course be accompanied by the inaugural bloodbath. It is long past time to chuck the money changers out of the temple.

    Stalin starved 20 million Ukrainians. Mao killed 40 million Chinese. All told, leftism killed 100,000,000 innocents in the 20th century.

    How many babies have been killed in this country since Roe v Wade? How many innocents will die in the coming upheaval, which Satan, through his useful idiots, has been laboring to bring about?

    It is long past time for decent people to wake up and realize that when dealing with scumbags, civility is nothing but a self-imposed handicap.

    After a hundred million innocent dead in the twentieth century, no liberal is entitled to the slightest consideration, courtesy, or civility. Liberals should be reviled, abominated, spat upon, even beaten, whenever they have the gall to show their faces in the presence of decent people.

    Evil should never be allowed to masquerade as a “responsible opposing viewpoint” to good, in any of its manifestations.

    All leftist thought, from the limousine liberalism of a George Clooney to the murderous horrors of Mao, Stalin, and Pol Pot, is of and from Satan. Leftism is a contaminant in the human cognosphere, not a natural component of it.

    Satan is smarter than we are, and he never sleeps. Those over whom he has the most influence are like maniacally evil energizer demons.

    Every once in a while one of them escapes, like David Horowitz, but who knows how or why?

    The notion that his own society is evil and unjust is the bedrock of the leftist’s vision. Wicked capitalists trample on the poor, the oppressed, and the downtrodden; the leftist appoints himself to rescue these victims. He is a self-styled social redeemer, leading a movement to liberate the masses, even if it results in the destruction of his own society. This political mission provides him with immense moral indignation and, therefore, moral superiority, dispositions from which, in turn, he derives emotional self-gratification. His whole belief system provides him with a sense of belonging; he joins other social redeemers, as well as the victims, real or imagined, who wait for him to break their chains. (This paragraph plagiarized.)

    “…so that you may “save them from the fire with fear, despising even the clothing stained by sin” (Jude 23).”

    This tells us we should despise even clothing stained by sin, but you seem unwilling to despise even the sin itself.

  • 10 striking revelations from Ed Klein’s new book ‘Blood Feud’

    07/07/2014 10:42:09 AM PDT · 17 of 25
    dsc to Beave Meister

    “He’s convinced himself that he’s been a brilliant president”

    Mediocrity knows nothing better than itself.

  • Why Pope Francis is not a Communist

    07/06/2014 4:00:57 PM PDT · 50 of 65
    dsc to dfwgator

    “Giving people money never improves their economic status in life. All they do is spend the money, the money goes right back to those who had it before, and the poor stay right where they are.”

    As a general proposition, quite true. However, there are still some things to say about it.

    The Holy Father is not preaching redistribution of wealth by taking from Peter to pay Paul.

    Distributism boils down to just about exactly what the US had in the 1950s. Many people owned houses, cars, boats, TVs, 40 acres for weekend getaways, farms...one man’s income was sufficient for a solid, middle-class life. There were opportunities to rise higher if you worked harder, and were lucky enough not to get knocked off the ladder. (After all, stuff does happen.)

    People weren’t being given a living, but the jobs were there, and the schools prepared you for them. That’s Distributism.

    Oh, and regarding your use of the word “never,” without my Navy pension and my disability, I’d be living in a cardboard box under an overpass.

    Things have changed, just since I’ve been posting here. Then there were jobs; I worked hard, 60 or 70 hours a week, or more. Fairly recently I applied for a job cleaning out dog and cat cages. I didn’t get it.

    There are still jobs, but they are few and far between. The actual unemployment rate has been around 25% for years now. I haven’t worked since 2010. We have little or no manufacturing. What are we going to do for employment, sit in a circle and sell a Coke to the person sitting to your right?

  • Why Pope Francis is not a Communist

    07/06/2014 3:20:00 PM PDT · 48 of 65
    dsc to The Grammarian

    “As the hymn says, “No one can serve Him and despise another.” I’ll not despise someone simply because their politics are wrong.”

    You’re not required to despise them. You are only required to see them for what they are, and to oppose them with all your will because they do Satan’s work. They are, to one degree or another, under his sway.

    This is not solely a political disagreement, and it is certainly not one over which reasonable men can differ in good faith.

    Evil always attacks good; that is its nature. The demonrats and leftards have been attacking and continue to attack everything good.

    As St. John Chrysostom wrote, “He who is not angry, whereas he has cause to be, sins. For unreasonable patience is the hotbed of many vices; it fosters negligence, and incites not only the wicked but even the good to do wrong.”

    When you treat demonrats and other leftists as you would want them to treat you—Wait. Isn’t that the Golden Rule?—you are displaying unreasonable patience.

    The Golden Rule, properly applied, would require you to treat them as they would want to be treated **if** they were not blinded to the truth. Enabling is not kindness.

    Do you think that demonrats who knowingly vote for politicians who support abortion on demand are in good with The Lord? How are they going to get back on the straight and narrow?

    Whether you choose to deal with them with a show of patience, or with anger, it is incumbent upon you to see what they are, because that will help keep you safe from sophistry.

  • Why Pope Francis is not a Communist

    07/06/2014 3:15:58 AM PDT · 46 of 65
    dsc to The Grammarian

    “That’s a very dangerous conflation of Christianity with conservatism you have there.”

    That’s a mighty dangerous ecumenical relationship you have with the left there.

    It is not that Christianity and conservatism are the same thing. It is that a life lived according to Christian principles turns out to be a conservative life; and a life lived according to conservative principles leads one to Christianity.

    I am speaking, of course, of life in what used to be Western Civilization. Conservatism in Israel is less likely to lead to conversion; and other countries similarly, mutatis mutandis.

  • Why Pope Francis is not a Communist

    07/05/2014 2:01:38 PM PDT · 42 of 65
    dsc to The Grammarian

    “I’m not going to demonize people who are otherwise orthodox Christians simply because they believe that socialism is a better system than capitalism, or because they vote Democratic. Theology is not politics, and politics is not theology.”

    No one who is an otherwise orthodox Christian believes that socialism is a better system than capitalism (properly defined), and no one who is an otherwise orthodox Christian votes demonrat (except perhaps some of the elderly).

    It is no longer possible to be a socialist and a decent person, or a demonrat and a decent person.

    Theology most certainly is politics, and vice versa, and it could not be otherwise.

  • More than 20 shot overnight across Chicago

    07/05/2014 8:32:03 AM PDT · 4 of 43
    dsc to Citizen Zed

    Was Charles Manson right after all?

  • Why Pope Francis is not a Communist

    07/05/2014 8:20:23 AM PDT · 30 of 65
    dsc to aquila48

    “Sorry but I saw very little in all those words that distinguishes him from a Communist or socialist.”

    Really? Did you see my note 15?

    “In saying to the Communists “”you are Christian “ he’s equating the two or that “we were Communists before you were”.

    No, no, no. No. No.

    He is saying, “You profess to hate the Church, but your rhetoric is a pale-pink rip-off of what we’ve had for 2000 years. You hate us? You act like you wish you *were* us.”

    “He makes no effort to walk back his statement that it is up to governments to redistribute wealth - steal from Paul to give to Peter - which is the essence of communism.”

    He didn’t say that. At all. If you want to know what he said, you need to click on some links and read some original documents. There’s a link to distributism on this thread that leads to a very good article.

    “If he were president he would govern very much like our current socialist in the white house - do you doubt that?”

    It’s not even remotely plausible.

  • Why Pope Francis is not a Communist

    07/05/2014 8:12:40 AM PDT · 27 of 65
    dsc to The Grammarian

    “and I’m not really concerned about whether my clergy are political liberals/moderates. God doesn’t endorse one political brand, after all.”

    We humans seem to like an Aristotelian model with a sensible center and wings stretching away in two directions, an assumption being that the further away you get from the “sensible center” in either direction, the whackier you are.

    I don’t buy it.

    It’s one continuum leading from Satan on the left to God on the right. It’s not possible for a human to get far enough to the right, and God does disapprove of the left.

    It’s verifiable, if you choose to observe.

  • Why Pope Francis is not a Communist

    07/05/2014 7:00:24 AM PDT · 15 of 65
    dsc to wonkowasright

    “Only those who are truly ignorant of marxism can accuse the Holy Father, the leader of the Church, a man of faith, of being a marxist.”

    It is clear to me that the man who wrote these words is no communist:

    “I invite all Christians, everywhere, at this very moment, to a renewed personal encounter with Jesus Christ, or at least an openness to letting him encounter them; I ask all of you to do this unfailingly each day. No one should think that this invitation is not meant for him or her, since “no one is excluded from the joy brought by the Lord”.1 The Lord does not disappoint those who take this risk; whenever we take a step towards Jesus, we come to realize that he is already there, waiting for us with open arms. Now is the time to say to Jesus: “Lord, I have let myself be deceived; in a thousand ways I have shunned your love, yet here I am once more, to renew my covenant with you. I need you. Save me once again, Lord, take me once more into your redeeming embrace”. How good it feels to come back to him whenev­er we are lost! Let me say this once more: God never tires of forgiving us; we are the ones who tire of seeking his mercy. Christ, who told us to forgive one another “seventy times seven” (Mt 18:22) has given us his example: he has forgiven us seventy times seven. Time and time again he bears us on his shoulders. No one can strip us of the dignity bestowed upon us by this boundless and unfailing love. With a tenderness which nev­er disappoints, but is always capable of restoring our joy, he makes it possible for us to lift up our heads and to start anew.”

  • Why Pope Francis is not a Communist

    07/05/2014 6:43:31 AM PDT · 11 of 65
    dsc to ealgeone

    “It started in South America in the turbulent 1950s when Marxism was making great gains among the poor because of its emphasis on the redistribution of wealth, allowing poor peasants to share in the wealth of the colonial elite and thus upgrade their economic status in life.”

    Which, it should be noted, never happened.

    The poor in Cuba, for instance, are worse off today than they were 70 years ago under Batista.

  • Conservatives on the Supreme Court: All Catholic (vanity)

    07/05/2014 6:21:04 AM PDT · 100 of 147
    dsc to Faith Presses On

    “more and more troubled over Catholic beliefs and practice as I learn more about them”

    If the things you are learning were true, you would become less and less troubled.

  • Conservatives on the Supreme Court: All Catholic (vanity)

    07/05/2014 6:16:38 AM PDT · 99 of 147
    dsc to Arthur McGowan

    “God’s Word has nothing to do with the duties of a judge.”

    On what other basis is a judge supposed to discern right from wrong?

  • Conservatives on the Supreme Court: All Catholic (vanity)

    07/05/2014 6:15:15 AM PDT · 98 of 147
    dsc to BlackElk

    “We Catholics regard material assistance to or complicity with abortion is a mortal sin and therefore the grounds for automatic (latae sententiae) excommunication.”

    How is such an excommunication lifted?

  • Texas Tech suspends Amber Battle after altercation with football player

    07/05/2014 5:56:04 AM PDT · 22 of 22
    dsc to JimRed

    “But with a punch to the face? A solid shot to the solar plexus is very effective in stopping an attack and barely leaves a mark.”

    How much time did he have to think about it?

  • Texas Tech suspends Amber Battle after altercation with football player

    07/04/2014 9:44:59 AM PDT · 4 of 22
    dsc to trisham

    “I’ll say this about Battle, she made one of the best apologies I’ve seen.”

    She should. She has most likely ruined that guy’s life.

  • Texas Tech suspends Amber Battle after altercation with football player

    07/04/2014 9:44:13 AM PDT · 3 of 22
    dsc to ConservativeStatement

    Battle apologized for her role in the incident... “I initiated the first contact and I take full responsibility for my actions”

    So, a man may not even defend himself against an attack by a large female athlete?

    When I was a boy, the saying was, “A gentleman does not strike a lady.”

  • The Pope: We are Christians because we belong to the Church, "can't love God outside of the Church"

    07/04/2014 9:33:55 AM PDT · 150 of 250
    dsc to Usagi_yo

    “I feel comfortable”

    It doesn’t matter how “comfortable” you feel.

    Your behavior is wrongful.

  • The Pope: We are Christians because we belong to the Church, "can't love God outside of the Church"

    07/03/2014 10:28:07 PM PDT · 133 of 250
    dsc to zot

    “This dogma is one of the reasons why I am not a Roman Catholic.”

    When you lack a faith community, it is very easy to drift in odd directions.

  • The Pope: We are Christians because we belong to the Church, "can't love God outside of the Church"

    07/03/2014 10:21:17 PM PDT · 132 of 250
    dsc to Usagi_yo

    You know, your note #4 was not a discussion of theological differences.

    It was calumny. It was detraction, and the reality does not justify it.

    You call yourself a Christian, and yet treat your fellow Christians like that.

    For shame.

  • Conservatives on the Supreme Court: All Catholic (vanity)

    07/03/2014 10:11:52 PM PDT · 64 of 147
    dsc to mavfin

    “I know there are some here that most assuredly would want them to”

    I can think of nothing specifically Catholic that violates the Constitution.

    When Kennedy was running, people were worried that he would be taking orders from “Rome.”

    I wonder what such orders might be.

    Dear President Kennedy:

    Here are your marching orders.

    Pray without ceasing. Flee from even the occasion of sin. Review and obey the Ten Commandments. Carry out your sworn duties with faith, hope, and charity. Attend Mass at least weekly. Confess your sins and receive absolution as often as you possibly can, but at least once a week. Receive the Eucharist as often as possible, which ought to be easy for you, you being the President and all.

    Signed,

    The Pope

  • What Attachments are, and what they are not.

    07/03/2014 10:02:55 PM PDT · 21 of 21
    dsc to FourtySeven

    “Two things: I think we can all agree that suffering is bad.”

    Suffering can be penance for our sins.

    Suffering can temper our steel.

    Suffering, including the humiliation of illness, can open our minds to new ways of seeing things.

    The Earth is a device put here to give us the opportunity to become worthy to spend eternity with God.

    Without suffering, the device does not function.

    Unless bad things can happen to good people for no apparent reason, the device does not function.

    I am convinced that God has an entirely different perspective on suffering, and even death, than do we mortals.

  • Ruth Ginsburg Slams Decision of ‘Startling Breadth’ in Hobby Lobby Dissent

    07/01/2014 12:16:17 AM PDT · 112 of 113
    dsc to Tax-chick

    I should have understood that. Sorry.

    Senility gallops on.

  • Ruth Ginsburg Slams Decision of ‘Startling Breadth’ in Hobby Lobby Dissent

    06/30/2014 4:34:09 PM PDT · 109 of 113
    dsc to Tax-chick

    Oh, OK. All good, then.