"While that is technically accurate, it is a bit misleading. It is the dollar amount that has increased that matters (or at least the dollar amount as a percentage of GDP), not the percentage increase over when the President took office. …"
"I'm not sure that is the case. I'm no fan of Romney, but from what I've seen in interviews, he takes a view that what the Mormon church teaches applies to him, but is not for him to apply to everyone else. For example,…"
"I guarantee there won't be anything in the show that will make any Christians question their beliefs. I'd like to see a similar show hosted by someone like Penn Jillette and with the nasty bits of the Bible included in the…"
I was doing some genealogy research and came across a newspaper article from 1908 that talked about a couple of speakers who were going to give a talk about the fraud of "Christian Science". Arthur G. Frisbie and Frederick W. Peabody gave the speech in Cleveland, OH. See More
"During the Hagar era, Van Halen had a song on 3 consecutive albums that kind of took a shot at organized religion. The first was "Best of Both Worlds", the second was "Mine All Mine" off OU812, and the third was…"
Paul Verhoeven, whose film credits include Showgirls, Robocop, and Total Recall, among others, has been given financial backing to direct a new film about Jesus, which discounts all of the miracles about Jesus and, instead, portrays him as a radical prophet who tried to perform exorcisms and never envisioned himself as a personal savior. …See More
"I think it is worded the way they intended. They are comparing the Holocaust and abortion as horrific events and comparing Hitler with women who get abortions (I presume that is what they are suggesting is the answer) as perpetrators…"
"Not to mention that there are two sets of Ten Commandments (the ritual decalogue and the ethical decalogue) and that only the ritual decalogue (which is not the popular set of ten commandments) is specifically called "the ten commandments"…"
"Good job, Keri. It takes a lot of courage to stand your ground and defend your views.
I'd steer away from the comparisons of Jesus with other deities like Horus, Mithra, etc., though. This is a controversial area of…"
"Another argument I like to make is that Jesus makes it specifically clear that divorce is only acceptable in cases of adultery and that if a person marries someone who is divorced, he/she is committing adultery…"
"To me, taking your hat off when indoors or during the national anthem is one of those silly customs like saying "bless you" or "gesundheit" when someone sneezes. And like saying "bless you" when someone sneezes,…"
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As for the way you describe yourself as being agnostic. the acknowledgment that their could be a diety is actually the norm among atheist. What atheist are saying that there isn't a god, agnostic would actually say is there may or may not be a god. What you are saying that you don't believe in god is what is defining you.
Don't let the christians define you. Let yourself and the people you like associate with define you.
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