David, I’m sad to say that I agree with most of what you said. The only place I tend to differ with you is on the “American people are reluctant to stir ourselves” part…I believe that Americans are past ready to stir ourselves, but between the ignorance, apathy, and media purposefully hiding the truth from our masses, we have a populace that is in a self-imposed darkness on the matter. My fear is that when the time has no choice but to come, we will no longer have the ability to save ourselves.
No I think the people with gay tendencies are the ones who seek to suppress gay rights, as if they are projecting.
I don't know how you can truly love a person if you "accept" their sin. If you truly love a person, and you know that person is an alcoholic, you will do everything in your power to help them get free from the bondage and strangle-hold that alcoholism has on their life, right?
The same goes for every other sin. If you know that somebody is being oppressed by desires for pornography, and you love them, you try to help them overcome their desires. If somebody has overwhelming desires for coffee, you help them break their habit. If somebody has overwhelming desires for homosexual acts, you help them overcome their desires and break that oppression.
If you don't understand this, then you don't truly love people.
You just tolerate them.
If you truly love a person, and you know that person is an fundamentalist Christian, you will do everything in your power to help them get free from the bondage and strangle-hold that fundamentalism has on their life, right?
Now perhaps you understand why atheists have a problem with fundamentalist Christians, as you seem to grasp the concept of people doing things that are harmful to themselves and particularly to others. Your entire first paragraph makes sense only to people like you, because while being a fundamentalist is something you choose and is something you can quit being, just like being an alcoholic, being a homosexual is neither something you choose nor something you can quit being.
And just like an alcoholic, a fundamentalist is somebody who needs help.
What you call "fundamentalism" is embracing the whole Truth of God's Word. That is actually quite healthy, so suggesting otherwise is like calling the sky a color other than blue. It does not make sense. And of course your comments won't because when aligned with Truth, sin is exposed. And sin is what you wish to keep doing and hide and not be told otherwise.
Truth reveals, in a healthy way, the things we do that are wrong. And acknowledging it is painful sometimes, but only for a little while.
blink - This shows that you atheists are evil and love evil.
And your comment shows your an idiot.
I've seen "Jesus Camp", so yeah, I wouldn't call that healthy. I also wouldn't call what is done to homosexuals by fundamentalists healthy.
Oh yeah, I'm evil. I only respect and treat people the same way they treat others and harm nobody.
 February 18, 2015 at 11:42am
How can any pastor or church official believe that God condones gay marriage? From my understanding of the text, God wants us to love each other with all of faults, BUT he does not permit us to change His commands. He wants us to pray for them to be lifted from the sinful nature of the act; He doesn’t want us to excuse and celebrate it…am I wrong?
And that's your understanding of the text. This pastor recognizes that there are no verses opposing gay marriage or relationships, and the ones condemning gay sex are quite vague. I doubt he thinks God also wants to ban women from speaking in church because that's what the Bible says.
doesn't a god have to exist to condone anything?
The typical verse cited resides in Romans which like the majority of the New Testament was a letter from Paul transcribed to a guy named Tertius. Which of course means Paul was thus inspired or called by God to write the text or it would not be the word of God. Who says God can't call someone else to modify his word?
February 13, 2015 at 3:02pm
I’m sure this is a great story, but I just read that there are reports that 300 US Marines may be surrounded at al-Asad Air Base in Iraq….Obama’s going to get us all killed.
 February 13, 2015 at 1:15pm
Speak for yourself. I’ve got the stomach for it and so does every single person I know…and that’s because every single person I choose to associate myself with are tried and true, red-blooded Americans.
Americans have the stomach for it, you just wouldn’t know it any more because the media doesn’t want you to.
 February 13, 2015 at 11:29am
#1 Love Song of 2015…Think Out Loud by Ed Sheeren
Give it a listen, you won’t be disappointed!
I strongly believe that anyone who is opposed to Obamacare should not even check the box on line 61 of the 2014 1040 form.
I have a 5th amendment right not to incriminate myself. By checking that box, I am giving information that can and will be used against me. My participation in commerce (working for a living) has absolutely nothing to do with my personal health decisions (whether to have insurance or not). Am I now guilty until I prove my innocence? I will not check any box associated with my health care decisions. If you are expecting a refund, they may keep some of it. I’m OK with that. I raised my exemptions last year just so they couldn’t hold that over my head. If millions of us do it, are they going to come after every one of us?…and if they do, how will they prosecute what they can’t prove or disprove?
LEAVE IT BLANK….
 January 27, 2015 at 2:39pm
The future!…but on another important note, what do you all think about this?
As an American, I have a 5th Amendment right to not incriminate myself, right?
I say, checking any box on the new IRS forms asking about my health insurance status could be used against me.
I say, ALL AMERICANS, regardless of your health insurance status, choose
to NOT CHECK ANY BOX OR ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS CONCERNING YOUR HEALTH INSURANCE FOR FEAR OF SELF-INCRIMINATION. Once you answer the questions, you are defending yourself and we are all innocent until proven guilty. Make them prove we didn’t have insurance!
#LEAVEITBLANK – Tweet it, facebook it, and spread it any way you can.
Not having health insurance is not a criminal action....
If not having health insurance isn’t a criminal action then why would you be fined for not having it? Will I go to jail or have my wages garnished for not paying the fine? If I’m retired will they take the fine out of my Social security check? Will they seize my property?
Sorry, New America. Quilty!
If you're a Veteran, all you have to do is go to your nearest VA Hospital and get registered for health care. It doesn't matter whether or not you're disabled; just register. It does meet the legal requirement for having health care.
 January 22, 2015 at 3:35pm
I almost never comment, but this needs to be said. The dirty dealing going on inside the Republican party has just about forced me to give up on them. I will never vote for Jeb or Huckabee; I won’t even leave the house (and I’ve voted in every election since the ’80s) I MIGHT hold my nose and vote for Romney, but that’s a might. Paul is not trustworthy. After the way he “endorsed” McConnell and said nothing about what was done to McDaniels in Mississippi – NEVER. Personally, I want Ted Cruz and would donate, canvas, and spread the word anyway I could for him, but the establishment will undercut him just like they did to all the other conservatives.
Can somebody start pushing the obvious choice with name recognition…JIM DEMINTT
December 19, 2014 at 2:19pm
Please see my response to Louise above
December 19, 2014 at 2:09pm
Strikes me as nothing more than self-serving brinksmanship. The truth is that Cuba is still a brutal, communist country that oppresses, starves, and impoverishes it’s citizens. WHY would we give that kind of regime credibility (even for trade purposes)? I never thought we should open up to China though either. NOW, their economy is so big no one will ever be able to stop communism there. Is America now saying that oppression, starvation, brutality, and human rights are not our concern across the globe? If so, then WHAT DO WE STAND FOR?
 December 19, 2014 at 1:43pm
I am DONE with Rand Paul…what kind of conservative attacks another like for any other reason than to promote their own interests.
For me, Rand Paul might as well be Elizabeth Warren at this point
Maybe to point out the obvious truth? I like Paul, Cruz, and Independent Dennis Michael Lynch....so far. We will see what happens.
how can you be upset with Rand for stating the truth? You are insane
I guess this "true american" wants people to lie for the sake of protecting facades within the party.
Rubio attacked Rand. Rand responded. Sorry when someone punches you in the mouth unprovoked, you should expect a baseball bat to the face. And this is settled. The embargo is bad policy. It is embarrassing that otherwise reasonable people like Cruz support such an anti-capitalist policy.
It's all political jockeying. Rand is trying to be the big dog....
really? i hope he runs for president. id vote for either in heart beat. i guess your still looking for the perfect candidate. dont forget, rubio wont be your man either since he was part of the gang of eight and therefore not electable to conservatives since they didnt agree with him100% of the time. good luck finding your guy.
Think Rubio took the first shot telling Rand he didn't know what he was talking about. Could have found a more palatable way to say it. Makes me wonder how he would handle a crisis. He saw this as a Rubio moment and got pissed when Rand peed in his cheerios. Food Fight!
"what kind of conservative attacks another like for any other reason than to promote their own interests."
This is dangerous mentality. If you are not going to call out your own party...then you are a slave to it....Get off your party wagons and be people who care about the country!!
 December 9, 2014 at 3:43pm
That isn’t a protester; that is a violent psychopath looking for an excuse to be violent without fear of being caught…and I wouldn’t be surprised if he belongs to a group that stages these reactions among protesters.
November 18, 2014 at 1:20pm
Progressiveslayer…..you said “No subsidies to pay for someone else to have access”
…too late, this is already happening and has been for years. In my locality, Verizon made a deal with the county to force citizens to pay something called the “PEG GRANT FEE” which is a tax on county residents to pay for the county “reserving” public access channels for future use and allow them to subsidize “low income” families. Keep in mind, I live in a county where the median income is $111,000, so you can just imagine how many “low income” residents we have. ( I don’t make that much, but I certainly don’t need the county to subsidize me) Although this is a bit different than net neutrality, it’s just a stone’s throw away.
Our phone taxes are also being used to pay subsidies.
That's my point government has been taking money from one to pay for another for many years in many different areas and it needs to stop as of yesterday.
[-5] November 14, 2014 at 11:12am
I always find it interesting how people need several, detailed, long, drawn-out “dialogues” to explain their non-belief. Why is it so difficult to explain? It seems to me that it should be very simple…if you don’t believe.
Did you actually read his/her post? And it's a monologue, not a dialogue.
It would be nice if it wasn't required, and someone could just say "I'm an atheist" and that's that, but he conversation takes longer when the non-believer is asked to 'defend' his or her views. In fact, some people have been disowned by their families for daring to 'come out' as atheist, which is truly tragic in a country where everyone should have the freedom to determine their own beliefs (or lack thereof).
How's this, "I don't believe because I can't believe such illogical things"
 November 14, 2014 at 11:05am
I think we all should pray very hard for their souls…
 November 13, 2014 at 3:24pm
Never doubted him for a minute, but I’ll second that.
You articulated your position well Glenn. I confirm your position. And why we are at it, why doesn’t the government shut the hell up for a lot more than just how they treat veterans. How about us honest hard working voters, these leeches steal from us, such as our money and freedoms – government needs to be abolished, oops, limited in size and mission, you are all just a bunch of hot air and thieves. Shut the heck up and get out of our personal lives, you have no business butting in.. Find a real job in the private sector, Term Limits!
 November 7, 2014 at 2:22pm
So, Dad is a full-blown pervert, mom is a willing participant in his deviancy, and the children end up warped beyond all belief.
I think there’s a case here for incestual pedophilia against a minor.
Matt, once again, brilliantly written.
 November 7, 2014 at 2:11pm
I have to disagree. Those people voting for Sarvis were motivated to vote as far from the Democrat as possible. They saw Ed as an “establishment guy”, but without Sarvis in the race would have probably held their noses and voted for Gillespie.
 November 7, 2014 at 1:51pm
Robert Sarvis…the most despised man in Virginia, bar none!
My wife is royally pissed at him. I got an ear full wednesday morning. I tried to tell my wife that those that voted for sarvis would probably not vote for either other candidate. Besides the repuds had written this race off.
I have to disagree. Those people voting for Sarvis were motivated to vote as far from the Democrat as possible. They saw Ed as an "establishment guy", but without Sarvis in the race would have probably held their noses and voted for Gillespie.
Instead they held their noses and de facto voted for Warner.
It's the same misguided mindset that kept Romney out of the White House: if I can't get exactly what I want, and instead of getting 60% by voting for the Republican, I'll make sure I get 0% of what I want by getting the Dem elected.
This is a tried and true technique known as "cutting off your nose to spite your face", whereby the foolish adherence to principle results in getting the opposite of what you were standing up for in the first place. Thanks again, Libertarians.