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The goal of every church is religious indoctrination. That fact should not distract from the good occasionally performed by church groups. They should be applauded for joining into the efforts of this group to provide aid to those in need. The TimeBank sounds like a great idea and I wish them success in its implementation.
Kathleen, your attempt to minimize the efforts of the Republican party to take away the rights of women demonstrates a lack of understanding of the possible consequences. Romney has sworn to cut all funding to Planned Parenthood and do everything in his power to stop abortions. These same Taliban like forces have assassinated doctors and bombed women's clinics. Many medical schools no longer teach safe methods of abortions. All these efforts have made it more difficult for women that are raped to get proper medical care and pregnancy prevention steps. Republicans have already managed to get too many anti abortion judges in the Supreme Court. No one should be allowed to force their religious beliefs on another. Not me nor Notre Dame. I am morally opposed to habits such as smoking that have no health benefits and considerable health costs and yet my insurance dollars still pay for those that choose to ignore the consequences and continue to smoke. Romney has shifted his positions on almost every area to match that of the current administration. If he is truthful, that would mean our considerations should fall to which candidate wants to restrict freedoms and which one wants to protect our freedoms. If he is not truthful, then he cannot be trusted as our president.
While I appreciate the satire of MissDaisyCook, we do not have separation of church and school schedules, as desirable as that might be. By catering to one religion, it then becomes necessary to cater to other religions where practical. It is hard to fault the original schedule for not knowing that it fell on Rosh Hashanah which is based on a lunar calendar. After it was called to their attention, changing the schedule was easy for accommodating all. Should a testing schedule fall on a religious holiday of very few students, such as Gritz Day in Warwick, then it might be more appropriate to give a special makeup day for these few. If some accommodations are not made, then you are denying freedom of religion to these minorities.
If reasonable zoning laws were enforced, the church would never have been allowed to build here. Obviously, law enforcement are not doing their job. With multiple complaints and a sound ordinance that prohibits excessive noise level 24/7. their are simple ways to monitor the levels and enforce the law. Maybe residents should walk into their back yards to make 911 calls with phones on speaker-phone so the sound is recorded on the 911 call and a record of the noise level is then available for prosecution. The church leaders seem to have the attitude that, by labeling themselves "church" they do not need to be concerned with laws. After reading the link supplied by MattDamon, I believe it is time for the IRS to audit the church. Definitely reasons to suspect misuse of funds for any tax exempt organization.
I was disappointed that Gwinnett Daily Post chose to give this such little attention. It is shameful how too many Americans want to assign blame to an entire group for a few rotten apples. Before condemning another person's religion one should do some research on our home grown terrorist organizations, almost all calling themselves Christians. According to SPLC, there are 65 such hate groups In Georgia. More than Texas. In Georgia, the one that has been prevalent is the KKK (Ku Klux Klan. there is no L in Ku that northerners frequently add). Originally begun immediately following the war between the states, then restarted in Georgia in 1915, then a third resurrection of the Southern racist organization in the 1050s/1960s to fight integration has always claimed their right to fight based on bad interpretation Christian principles. Now down to about 5000 members nationwide, the KKK still gives the south a bad reputation, even though such a small minority. It is time we recognized that every religion has a very fringe element that is capable of using terrorist activities to force their beliefs onto others. We are even getting people claiming Christianity into positions of power that want to force their interpretation of the Christian Bible onto others. As a nation with a Christian dominance, we must condemn such activities from our leaders and vote such persons out of power before we have a right to criticize another country for voting religious zealous of their faith.
Glad to see you support the rights of people to commit to a same sex marriage! (guessing that was a Freudian slip). You say "Christians only live by their "Bible" ". Oh really, then you support polygamy. and concubines. I suggest that you start from the beginning and read the entire Bible and stop selecting the passages that you wish to force onto others and the ones you just prefer to ignore.
And whats your point? You demonstrate a problem and seem to think it supports your theory of doing nothing will make it better. According to the stats, this works out to 1 AR-15 for each 126 people, including children. That means that their are about 6500 AR-15 owners in Gwinnett County. Considering that 1 in 7 have a serious mental illness, then 380 mentally ill people in Gwinnett have AR-15s. Seems like a serious problem that we should have a discussion about controlling before another decides a school or theater massacre would be fun. How high should the number go before you admit it is a problem?
You apparently did not understand what Dan was quoted as having said or you don't understand your own position. He said he does not believe that gays should have the right to be married, even though their marriage would not infringe on the rights of anyone. It is true that Dan is entitled to his opinion, but he does not have the right to enforce it on others. You are also mistaken when you assume that anyone defending the rights of a minority must be a part of that minority. One thing great about our Constitution is that it protects the rights of the minority. We do not live in a country which allows the majority to walk over the rights of others, though too often politicians do pass discriminatory laws. It should also be noted that you cannot make it illegal for gays to have a wedding ceremony and declare themselves married. Some states, including Georgia, have passed laws against allowing the state to recognize the marriage. Note that this does mean that they are not subject to the marriage penalty in our Federal tax system, as well as the exclusion of spousal privileges.
So your opinion is someone that believes others should be given equal rights and treated with respect must have a liberal agenda. That would mean that you believe someone with a conservative agenda must be in favor of limiting the rights of others and disrespecting them. Your attempt to ridicule those with whom you disagree only proves your bias, not only against those desiring equal rights but also against those with whom you disagree. Now, really, what do you think the "liberal agenda" is?
You really should study some history. History is full of cases where people have taken power and manipulated religious opinions to justify discrimination. Two prevalent ones that even you should be familiar with are the Spanish Inquisition and Hitler's reign of terror. The KKK and other organizations use bible passages in an attempt to justify their extreme prejudices. You need to read ALL of the Bible you hold so holy, especially passages attributed to your Jesus, and not taken out of context. Why do you not equally condemn the women that do not wear hats in church?
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