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 Forum: News and Current Events   Topic: Should kurds have a country?

Posted: 16 Jan 2015, 4:24 pm 

Replies: 66
Views: 2,548

Should the Kurds have a country? If we start from the proposition that every cultural community should enjoy the right of self-determination, then yes, of course they should. But these ideals always run headlong into the practicalities. Do the Kurds have sufficient capacity to govern a modern nation...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: Been thinking about what happened in France...

Posted: 08 Jan 2015, 2:22 pm 

Replies: 212
Views: 4,571

Je suis Charlie. I say that without reservation or qualification. I say that knowing full well that much of what was published in Charlie Hebdo was offensive to me and to others. I believe to my core that Charlie Hebdo was free to be as offensive as they wanted. I believe that the WBC must be free t...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: What do you think about problem of assimilation of foreign c

Posted: 08 Jan 2015, 2:11 pm 

Replies: 1
Views: 473

I think assimilation is the problem--the expectation that any country can preserve a homogenous ethnic and religious culture and still function as a full participant in a global world. When you look at the muslim population of France, you have to recognize that it is large, overwhelmingly secular, a...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: Terrorist attack in France

Posted: 08 Jan 2015, 1:58 pm 

Replies: 168
Views: 5,675

How do you recruit a muslim extremist? You make the muslim community feel marginalized, and force them to find support from within. Every time some moron complains about muslim immigration in Europe and North America, another muslim is pushed toward the nearest madrassa . There is at least some opin...

 Forum: LGBT Discussion   Topic: can you be gay and still be a good Christian?

Posted: 23 Dec 2014, 10:46 am 

Replies: 28
Views: 2,356

"That which is hateful to you do not do to your fellow. That is the whole Torah; the rest is commentary." --Hillel the Elder If you can follow this simple rule, you will be a good person. You might be a good Christian, Jew, Muslim, Hindu, or Atheist, but that's secondary. There is nothing ...

 Forum: LGBT Discussion   Topic: Sex drive and IQ

 Post subject: Re: Sex drive and IQ
Posted: 23 Dec 2014, 10:37 am 

Replies: 18
Views: 2,961

I'm not genius but IQ is something that really turn me on :D I mean i like Nerdy genius, both man and woman, i like spend time with such people, i just wonder does so called genius, are i just as horny as rest of (dumber) population :D Or their smartens put them above this ungodly and sinful primev...

 Forum: LGBT Discussion   Topic: Do you think being gay matters?

Posted: 23 Dec 2014, 10:26 am 

Replies: 14
Views: 3,125

Of course it matters. Being gay, being straight, being bi, being asexual--all of these things will serve to influence how we form our families as adults. When a man and a woman get married, it is presumed that a sexual relationship lies at the core of that relationship. By presenting themselves as a...

 Forum: LGBT Discussion   Topic: What do you think about same sex adoption

Posted: 23 Dec 2014, 10:21 am 

Replies: 16
Views: 2,675

What do I think of same sex adoption? I think that any child that is taken in by a couple who will go to that much effort to have a child is an extraordinarily lucky child. Time and again we see people have children who lack the motivation, the resources or the skills to be good parents wind up gett...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: Will we ever change the status quo in the US?

Posted: 23 Dec 2014, 10:15 am 

Replies: 109
Views: 3,540

Of course the status quo will change in the United States. Even the most cursory examination of US history will demonstrate change, time and again. The United States has proved itself, over and over, to be capable of robust response to changing circumstance. Sometimes that change is slow--paradigm s...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: What is cruel and unusual punishment?

Posted: 03 Sep 2014, 9:59 am 

Replies: 25
Views: 2,329

The simple answer is, "it means what the courts say it means." The complex answer is also, "it means what the courts say it means." There are 51 jurisdictions in the United States (50 states, and the federal jurisdiction) and each one has a corpus of criminal law. To a great extant the Supreme Court...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: Why is gay marriage not legal in more places?

Posted: 03 Sep 2014, 9:52 am 

Replies: 28
Views: 2,414

Personally I think legal marriage should be abolished ideally. Relationships aren't the business of the state. +1 Government was not involved in deciding who could marry for a very long time. Once they started attaching "benefits" from the state, the state felt it was its job to decide who could an...

 Forum: LGBT Discussion   Topic: Disabled autistic 25 and gay with homophobic legal guardian

Posted: 02 Jul 2014, 9:26 am 

Replies: 14
Views: 1,855

At age 25 you are unambiguously an adult. Unless there is a court order somewhere that has determined that you are incapable of managing your own affairs, then you have no legal guardian. A parent's presumptive role as guardian of her children ends at the point where those children become legally ad...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: To what extent should the principle of liberty be upheld

Posted: 02 Jul 2014, 9:12 am 

Replies: 16
Views: 1,058

Of course there are circumstances in which personal liberty must be infringed. What a fatuous question. Your freedom to walk where you like is infringed by the property rights of private landowners. Your freedom to movement is infringed by a peace officer's power of arrest. Your freedom to do as you...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: if sexual orientation is "fixed" then what of ...

Posted: 24 Jun 2014, 11:16 am 

Replies: 13
Views: 800

Who said sexual orientation is fixed? My sexual orientation is certainly innate, and for my own part, my orientation has not changed since puberty, but I don't pretend that my own experience is either universal or even typical. Acknowledging that sexuality is fluid does not admit of sexuality being ...

 Forum: News and Current Events   Topic: life in prison for helping ducks on highway

Posted: 24 Jun 2014, 11:12 am 

Replies: 25
Views: 1,631

Canada has a maximum penalty of of life imprisonment for criminal negligence? South Africa has a maximum sentence of only 15 years for that. For criminal negligence causing death , (and for that matter, dangerous driving causing death). Criminal negligence causing bodily harm has a maximum penalty ...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: Rules: i don't created them so i don't have to follow them

Posted: 22 Jun 2014, 10:25 am 

Replies: 4
Views: 494

It is not the act of creating rules that betokens an obligation to live under them, but the decision to live in an environment (legal, political, social or natural, as the case may be) in which those rules apply. Some adherence is clearly voluntary: when I choose to enter into a contract with someon...
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