No oversight. It’s not sentient, not born, and does not get a vote.
[-5] October 27, 2016 at 12:58pm
Nothing in the Constitution gives government the right to determine or enforce morality.
[-5] October 27, 2016 at 12:57pm
No such entity as Satan. It’s just a construct of those who wish to control oth er s through fear.
[-7] October 27, 2016 at 12:21pm
Take your religious claptrap, your sanctimonious moralising, and your big government intrusion and control and stick them……. What a woman does with her body is none of any body’s business but her and her doc. TRY supporting individual freedom, small government, and keep your long noses out of other people’s business.
And the baby's, right? I'm sure you meant to say, "What a woman does with her body is none of any body’s business but her, her doc, and her unborn baby's." Just an oversight on your part, I'm sure.
Take your sanctimonious religion of progressive humanism and choke on it. Your attempt to justify the murder of an unborn child because the parents refuse to accept responsibility for their actions is pathetic. We women have plenty of choices, and they should not include murder.
Not according to the Roe vs Wade ruling, that found YES as the Fetus moves toward maturity the States do have an interest both Legal and Morally in that now is considered a Baby.
When a friend is Pregnant do you ask " How many months along is your Fetus or do you ask " How many months along is your Baby"?
Abortion is ending a human life...how is that so hard for you to understand?
Ohhhh wow! Look at the champion of liberty! Wow you really get it. Please explain why the rights of an irresponsible woman, trump the rights of her innocent child? Come on you brilliant libertarian mind. Please educate us!
Demanding that I stand idly by while people murder babies is not a form of sanctimonious moralizing?
Real, I'm agnostic bordering on atheist so you can take your religious arugment and shove it where the sun don't shine (that would be on your intellect). I'm also conservative so you can shot government intrusion into the same place. So I'll tell you why abortion should be illegal. 1) It's against the law in modern civil society to murder. That's the primary reason. 2) Darwin's laws do not allow for a species to kill it's own in order to prevent reproduction, that's a close second. 3) It's morally wrong. And to be moral, one doesn't have to be religious. But more moral people have a high degree of intellect. Libs/dims/socialists, such as yourself, lack that intellect hence it's kind of easy to understand why you folks think abortion should be allowed.
If you don't want the baby put him or her up for adoption, but don't kill the baby!! You're supporting murder.
 October 27, 2016 at 9:17am
Why do people waste their time and money on these sportsball games? Talk about bread and circuses for the mouthbreather crowd. And they expect us to pay for their stadiums and give them tax breaks. Instead of being upset about the actions of a few players or performers, you should be upset about how we are all being ripped off by the sportsball industry and forced to contribute through our taxes.
RealLiesbertarian: Residents in the localities where stadiums are found, most likely voted for bond issues to pay for their construction. If you don't like athletic competitions, you don't have to buy a ticket or watch a game broadcast. That's called "freedom," sport.
Sportsball games? You had a tough time in middle school didn’t you?
[-9] October 23, 2016 at 4:36pm
Well, considering the track record of the GOP, that’s not surprising. As long as the party bows to the Christian right and the social conservatives, that won’t change. Put small government and low taxes as the priority and lay off the social issues and things will improve.
[-1] October 21, 2016 at 11:52am
I agree that social change has increased the size of government, but not, I doubt, in the way that you think. Every time there is an increase in social freedom, either from the bench or the ballot box, there is a knee-jerk reaction from the right to pass as many laws as possible to restrict that right. That then sets off a cascade of laws, both to ensure and to restrict the new won freedom. The lawyers win, the conservatives win as long as it is bogged down in court, but the people lose because freedom is restricted. What is so bloody wrong with people having the right to choose their own beliefs and lifestyle? Why must the conservatives always fight for the status quo, or indeed, to go backwards?
October 21, 2016 at 11:17am
The only moral view that we are teaching is that people are not bound to accept yours. People have the right to know all the facts and all the choices and then make their decisions based on what works best for them. You want to stop people from knowing all the facts so that they don’t deviate from your narrow path.
October 21, 2016 at 11:13am
I’m not trying to destroy anything. I just want to live my life by my religious beliefs. I don’t accept your God, your morals, or your beliefs. Why is that so hard to understand? What happened to free will, freedom of religion, and the pursuit of happiness? Why do you insist on using government to infringe on my rights?
[-1] October 21, 2016 at 10:52am
I think the evangelical right, the domionists, have way too much input and control in the GOP. If the party would get smart and ditch the social conservative BS, they would be doing better. Stay with small government an low taxes and stop fighting a war against social change that you will not win. JOHNSON 2016
[-2] October 21, 2016 at 10:44am
And most of us agree with that. I don’t want your doctrine in my laws, you don’t want my doctrine in yours. But let’s be honest, it is the conservative religionists who want law and the country based on the Bible. They won’t leave the rest of us alone to live as we wish. They don’t get that it is not their country and they don’t get to make the rules. We don’t care if they go to church 5 nights a week and only have sex in the missionary position in the dark. Why should they care if we have other Gods and are sexually adventurous? When conservatives start talking about religious freedom, that is code for demanding that Christianity, it’s morals and doctrine, be enshrined as superior to all others. Such is not the case.
[-2] October 21, 2016 at 10:28am
In other words, he’s banking on the idea that Trump will support the dominionists, and install them in the US SC and other offices. He talks about religious freedom but he has no clue what that means. It means we have the right to reject conservative Christian values, and, indeed, Christianity itself. It means that religious views can not be used to restrict a person’s sexual or any other freedom. In short, he believes in big government dictating and enforcing morality. Not a chance. JOHNSON 2016
I think he meant the negative of what you say, protecting us from having to adhere to the governments made up rights...
"It means that religious views can not be used to restrict a person’s sexual or any other freedom."
Maybe so, but it will also mean that I have both the right to criticize your "sexual freedom", point out the immorality, as well as health risks to it, and not even recognize it if my religion [or simply nature itself] does not recognize it.
Gee reallibsoaked why don't you explain what religious freedom is.
Didn't you say Cruz and his Pops were the dominianist?
Now it's Trump?
You don't happen to see pink elephants and UFO's too?
" They won’t leave the rest of us alone to live as we wish. "
Actually, it is the sexual deviants that you are describing. They are not content to live as they wish. They feel they must impose their moral views on everyone else. They want to go into public schools and start teaching OUR children THEIR warped morality. They do NOT respect other people's point of view and seek to actively destroy those that want nothing to do with their perversion.
It is not about marriage "equality" (they are not equal, by the way), but about forcing their moral code on the rest of society by force of law. It is YOUR side that demands the rest of us comply... or else.
"People have the right to know all the facts and all the choices and then make their decisions based on what works best for them. You want to stop people from knowing all the facts so that they don’t deviate from your narrow path."
That's a laugh, considering how your side continuously hides that facts about the dangers being "sexually adventurous".
You promote "safe sex" while hiding the facts about how ineffective it truly is. How many teens now have STDs because they bought into your side's lies?
How about the lie that homosexual acts are just as "natural" as heterosexual intercourse, while hiding the facts about the increased health risks.
Then there's abortion, where your side continuously fights against "right to know" bills that would give all the facts, and lie about the safety of abortions.
Please stop all the BS.
[-3] October 19, 2016 at 2:11pm
Catslyst, whenjoy it comes to the founders and their documents, I’ll stick with Paine, Jefferson, and Franklin. Creator is a generic term. It does not specify any particular Deity, let alone the Judeo Christian one. I’ll stick with the old Gods, those that predate Christianity and have a far better understanding of humanity than your controlling Deity.
[-4] October 19, 2016 at 12:47pm
What gives him the right to speak for anyone but homself? These so called religious leaders think they have the right to force the rest of us to live the way they think we should. They are wrong. This is not a Catholic. Evangelical, Baptist, or any other kind of Christian country. The first amendment gives us the right to ignore any religion or its beliefs. It gives us the right to consider abortion any way we wish, we do not have to consider it sin or murder. Freedom and the Constitution are far more important than any belief or religion.
Two points you miss: 1) The Bishop has the freedom of expression (!st Amendment) , and as a leader in his Church he has the positional authority to speak for Catholic Church. He job is too lead and point a finger at any who would threaten the Church's positions; 2) This country was founded on Christian Belief System, regardless of how the left want to repaint history...
Real : It's freedom OF religion not FROM religion.
” Freedom and the Constitution are far more important than any belief or religion.”
Those freedoms written in the constitution and declaration ARE beliefs….beliefs built on the assumption of a higher souce(GOD) that granted those rights.
“We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”
Barber2 make the argument.
Go ahead and take God out of that statement and you take away the very essence that gives it teeth.
The Constitution and the Declaration of Independence have non-secular artists at their roots.
Start to play cafeteria with these documents and they lose the teeth that made the individual independent of the government. Take God away and the government gives you your rights.
If one professes to be a member of any organized group (religion included), there is an expectation the professed member agrees to follow. This member was not forced to join. But now that he has, he is not at liberty to redefine the tenets of the organization.
The concept of agency allows one to choose. But choices have consequences. No where in the Constitution does it state that one can make a choice and avoid its defined consequences.
He speaks as a leader in the religion to which Mr. Kaine represents himself to be a disciple of. As Archbishop he is the regional expert in the tenets of that religion. As such, he has every right to speak to Mr. Kaine's public policy positions in the light of his professed religious affiliation.
Do you leftists ever bother to educate yourselves?
 October 6, 2016 at 9:15am
He is definitely the sane voice on this issue. The US has caused many of the problems in the Middle East, siding with one faction or another, founding Israel, letting our hunger for oil overcome common sense. One of the most common calls from the jihadists and killers is that they attack the US and the west because we are on their soil. Why have we never had the sense to listen to them and just get out? What they do to each other is not our problem. You attack Johnson as a globalist at the same time you fight to push an American style government and lifestyle all over the globe. Get out, leave them to do what they want to each other, and worry about what’s happening in our own borders.
 September 30, 2016 at 4:43pm
I don’t care whether they are or are not. People get to decide that sort of thing for themselves, on an individual basis. Not for you, me, other religions, or the government to tell people anything about their religious beliefs or non beliefs.
 September 30, 2016 at 4:40pm
Which is kind of the point. He was trying to force his religion on everyone else instead of just ignoring it.
 September 30, 2016 at 4:31pm
What’s your point? Other religions get to discriminate, so Christians can too? Do you really want to put yourself in the same group as them? How about they are ALL WRONG? None of anybody’s or any religion’s business what people do in their bedroom or anywhere else.
 September 30, 2016 at 4:21pm
You are behind the times. Younger people don’t care, neither do the majority of average people. The only people who care are the overtly religious and they are no longer the majority, neither do they have the right to call the shots anymore.
They don't care because their young minds don't get the implications. Wait till they hit their later years and get it.
Culpergang, What implications? That everyone should expect equal protection under the laws of this Country? That's an implication that can only be a good thing for this Country and one any patriot should uphold.
 September 30, 2016 at 4:14pm
Marriage is a secular institution. You are thinking of holy matrimony, which is the religious institution.