Are you advocating for ignorance? Certainly that seems to be one of the ideas promoted by the social conservatives. It is one of the reasons that they are a dying breed.
 November 13, 2015 at 11:21am
Coming back to God is not the same as coming back to the church. A belief in a benevolent Deity that is present and can help us is not the same as the judgemental, fire and brimstone God of the fundamentalists. That is where the church has made its mistake. In being so rigid,demanding strict adherance to 2000 year old laws, it has alienated people. As people find the need for spirituality and a force above themselves, they are not going to return to the old ways, and place themselves under the control of a church hierarchy that wishes to run their lives.
The mysteries of God far outweigh the solutions of man. God's Word is eternal and doesn't change.
Wow, RealLib, I actually agree with you. And I believe the Bible speaks against this hierarchy that you speak of. It's the same structure that was foundational in Judaism and is also seen in Roman Catholicism. Jesus most pointed comments were towards the very people who held onto this hierarchy.
I believe the Bible when it says there is One Mediator between God and Man, and that is Christ Jesus.
In order to really follow God and Jesus, you first have to give up the belief that you are in total control, and you know better than God. You have to give in to his will before your own, and humble yourself. Otherwise, your life will never be as good as it could be. The priest do not have to change, the churches don't have to change, it is the narcissist people who have to change.
 November 13, 2015 at 11:15am
Yes, that is what religious conservatives call it, isn’t it?
 November 13, 2015 at 11:04am
Not at all. Most people still have some sort of spiritual basis to their lives. What is dying is the idea that the old, rigid, forms of religion are still relevant. People don’t need a pastor or priest, a rigid code, or a fancy building to be good, moral, spiritual people. We are more educated and can decide for ourselves what is good and what is not. The idea that we are held to beliefs that are thousands of years old, when we no longer live in those times, is no longer valid.
@RL. Are you implying the 'evolution' of independent thought? BLASPHEMY!
Yes, that is what religious conservatives call it, isn't it?
It's quite the opposite in many cases. Many people crave structure, guidance, doctrine, direction. That's why you see in many cases when a church goes wishy washy in their structure and beliefs membership starts to fall away. I think Christianity in the US has weathered rather well considering the barrage of assaults it has gone under. The media is ripe with condescension, and often open hostility towards Christianity in particular. It's natural that you'd see some movement away from it when all media is telling kids that being Christian is dumb, lame, and so out of touch. However, your assertion that there is greater access to information about other paths of spirituality is still true. I think both have an effect. Also still, most people wax and wane in their faiths and can even change and then return throughout their lives. A famous example of such is Thomas Jefferson, who at one point even wrote his own version of the bible.
Satan could not have said it better! Congratulations!
I have to go with Cavallo on this one too. I wax and waned as well in my life. I know many others who did the same. I was raised Catholic. We were in church (almost) every Sunday growing up. We took part in just about everything you can imagine within the church also. (heck I was even an alter boy for many years) But I went away from it in my later teens, 20s, and early 30s. Once I got married and had children I recognized that the structure and teachings that I gained through that in my early life helped form who I am today... even if I don't always agree with some of the rigid thinking. So I made it a point to send my kids to private Catholic school just because I want them to have that same foundation I was given in life. Once they are old enough then they too can make up their own minds like I did and take their own path. So I'm with Cavallo. The structure and the guidance still has a place in today's world. Even if it might seem silly or archaic to some. Just my two cents worth.
Libby: Moral truths are constant. The Ten Commandments are actually based on survival , getting along in society and common sense . Those never change. Even when your intellectual capabilities enable you to put people on the moon. Moral truths never change.
So man can change, while God is unchanging. Man always changes towards evil. That is why I choose God!
You said " We are more educated and can decide for ourselves what is good and what is not"
I think that is what Adam and Eve said and why we are in the situation we are in now. We don't need God to tell us what is good or bad. (Genesis 2:9) The tree of the knowledge of good and bad. Genesis 3:6-13
[-2] November 11, 2015 at 9:33am
Of course they are. Reporting the full story like that would not serve to wind up the PPC, the Perennially Persecuted Christians, who make up so much of the Blaze readership.
Versus the perennially crybaby paper warrior atheist running to the courts because their panties get in a bunch over a diorama.
[-1] November 11, 2015 at 9:28am
This is as it should be. The display is still up, merely on private property. There is no persecution here, just a recognition of the fact that not everyone celebrates the season as a Christian holiday. Oh the whining butthurt of the Christians who aren’t allowed to dictate to the rest of us anymore. Grow up!
You'll say that allowing this, albeit a small thing is a slippery slope. Others will counter with Starbucks leaving a snowflake off a cup and leading to a slippery slope.
The problem isn't the religious or the atheists, the problem is people in general. The "whiney butthurt" crowd spreads throughout all groups. You seem to fit the bill by caring about this nativity scene.
RealLib is crying about dictates while dictating.
How Mizzou of him.
They don't feel like REAL christians
unless they rub people's noses in it.
Why is it, say, Jews, don't behave this way?
Here in NYC, a Tree is always accompanied
by a nearby menorah.
HOBBY LOBBY has to be exposed and shamed
into finally carrying Jewish themed holiday crafts.
 November 9, 2015 at 1:28pm
Absolutely wrong. Tthere are many holidays at the turn of the seasons and the turn of the calendar year. Christians do NOT own the holiday period. Happy Solstice.
Christmas hasn't been a Christian holiday in may years. Now it's all about fir trees, wreaths, holly and Santa Claus. But DESPITE the removal of Christianity from it, the atheists and the left are still not satisfied. They want to ban the very WORD "Christmas."
Sorry, but Christmas is the ONLY gift-giving holiday in December and the only federal holiday. Contrary to popular belief, they are no laws and no court decision that prohibit school children from celebration the federal holiday in class. If YOUR kids' school thinks otherwise, straighten them out!
 November 9, 2015 at 11:22am
The fact that you would consider peeing on anybody’s sidewalk tells me all I need to know about you.
 November 9, 2015 at 9:34am
The problem, Termyt, is that the Abrahamic religions, Christianity, Islam, and Judaism, are specifically anti liberty. I don’t give a damn who or what you worship, how many times a day you pray, or what you believe. I do give a damn when any of these religions, or any other, tells me how I have to live, what my morals should be, what my life should be, and then tries to enforce it. I don’t give a damn if they try to enforce it at the edge of a knife, the point of a gun, or by legislation, IT IS WRONG. Freedom and liberty includes the right to abortion, the right to birth control and sexual freedom, the right to marry any adult you wish, the right to dress or undress however the hell makes you happy, the right to not be bothered by idiots at the door, the right to not be a captive congregation at public events, the right to display all religious symbols even if they offend, and the right to laugh at and mock any religion you feel moved to. The problem is that religious conservatives want to eliminate these rights. They want their religious freedom to enforce their faith to be more important than anyone else’s. All those people who want to be a christian country and are so deluded that they think we’ll suffer as a country if we are not are the problem. There are many sane and rational Christians who believe in live and let live, and are not consumed by the need to push an anti freedom belief on the rest of us. Unfortunately, they are not the ones getting the press.
 November 9, 2015 at 9:11am
Try and grasp the fact that there are many holidays of different faiths in December. Christians do not own that holiday period. Happy Solstice!
 November 9, 2015 at 9:03am
If you ever bothered to look at the complete logo, you’d find its a mermaid. But hey, don’t let me interrupt your rush to judgement without facts.
Real: I thought it was a caricature of a young Medusa before she was deflowered by Pegasus (the horse), but don't let me impugn your romantic leanings. I fish for Bass. Is that okay?
Your facts mean nothing here,
 November 9, 2015 at 9:01am
I completely agree that companies should be able to do whatever they want with their products. Its the anti freedom religious right that has their whiney little panties in a bunch over this. Religious freedom includes the freedom to not be Christian and to ignore Christianity, though the religious right disputes that. The boycott will prove nothing and I doubt Starbucks will even notice.
 November 9, 2015 at 8:09am
But hey- remember that you’ve all screamed that religious freedom allows companies to do what they want about religion. Just as long as that freedom matches your Christian ideas, right? If you need your faith affirmed by a throw away coffee cup, you are no Christian and you have no faith. THERE IS NO WAR ON CHRISTMAS!
A real libertarian would know that not only should companies be free to do as they please on issues like this one, but their potential client base may also choose not to do business with them because of those decisions.
No war on Christmas? That's funny.
Keep telling yourself that while little commies Christophobes run to the courts every time their feelings are hurt when Christians put up a Cross or Nativity scene in the public square cause your anarchy symbols barely get any play during the Great Purge celebration and Chairman Moa' Bday.
'There is no war on Christmas'
There was, it just ended years ago. It was the whining backlash against Bush winning the 2004 election because of the "Christian Right" that the media raged so much about, but it was over by 2007-08
Absolutely. Funny how nut bags like SLaptheLeft scream if a baker is forced to make a cake but then turns in on "Liberal Christians" if they want to force a company to adhere to something they don't want.
I have long maintained, and you, "RealLibertarian," have confirmed, that "libertarian" is just the long way of spelling "liberal."
But you are partially right. There is no war on Christmas, but there is a war on Christianity, and attacking Christmas is just one facet of that all-out war. Taking on Starbucks in that war is like taking out enemy snipers in a shooting war.
[-2] November 8, 2015 at 8:47am
Team sports are stupid and a waste of time anyway. If you are not playing for yourself, why waste time and effort? Football, baseball and basketball are all sports for mouthbreathers who can’t cut it themselves.
November 5, 2015 at 2:58pm
I can think for myself just fine. I can think.that every adult has the right to marry whichever other adult they wish. I can think that every woman has the absolute to control over body without interference from anyone. I can think that science deniers should never be allowed in positions of power. I can think that every religion is exactly equal and not one deserves special rights or tax exemtions.
November 5, 2015 at 2:24pm
Utopia. I need to know that whoever gets elected will not interfere with those rights. There are many so called conservatives who would interfere with rights and freedoms because their bible disagrees.
 November 5, 2015 at 2:00pm
As long as that liberty includes the right to ignore your religion and dogma and the right to say ‘b%gger your idea of virtue’.
[-2] November 5, 2015 at 1:53pm
NOT a founding document. NOT important to our secular government.
 November 3, 2015 at 9:53am
There was no honour in that woman. She proved that when she sent the police in against the miners.
 November 3, 2015 at 9:52am
Every penny of the receipts from that auction should go to the miners and their families whose lives she destroyed. Thatcher laid much of the groundwork for bringing England down to where it is today.