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Despite all your talk of morality, you have a very, very poor grasp of biblical hermeneutics.I shall pray for you.
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As YHWH says to the prophet Jeremiah, "Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee." From this passage, we can safely extrapolate that divine foreknowledge precedes conception, and that birth is a manifestation of a divine decision that is anterior to time. In the case of an aborted fetus: 1) either God did not decree and foreknow that life, so aborting it was a manifestation of his mysterious will 2) or...
Seriously, you trot out this middle-school-redditor example? Yes, nerds get beaten up. But "nerd" hasn't been deemed a protected category because we (collectively, through the channels of representative government) haven't deemed the history of picking on nerds as extensive and programmatic (e.g., in cahoots with official government policy) as the history of persecuting other groups. In this case, we've chosen to allow the existing channels (school discipline, legal) to...
Seriously, GreenFrog, you might be able to handle that kind of garbage diet since you're young, but before you know it your health will take a nosedive and your bowel movements will start to look like Sir Reveller's dinner plates. You don't want that happening to you.
I can tolerate various types of coffees--barring the kinds of abominations that GreenFrog drinks--because I do not have the digestive tract of a weakling.
That's your objection? That the category of hate crime impinges upon the free thought / free speech of a person committing a crime? That might make sense if in other cases, the law & the state had no claim upon motives, thoughts, or intentions. But that's entirely untrue since mens rea is a pretty central principle in lots of criminal matters. (I didn't strangle her because she was my wife, your honor! I just felt like strangling someone and she happened to be nearby! Stop...
could also have gone for the fishy "carp"
I'm guessing the discussion would go something like this:From a centrist-Western-liberal (liberal as in classical liberalism, not librul) position: "Hey, crimes are already crimes. We should treat all victims equally. Yes, sure, there are histories of targeted aggression against certain groups--racial, religious, etc.--but the best way to work against that history is to insist that everyone is (now) the same. Hate crimes reify the very categories they're meant to...
Not gonna lie: that dinner kind of sucked. Opted for the bigger tasting menu, but we should've gone for the smaller prix fixe which comes with different possibilities like the lobster pasta or tableside cote de boeuf (with supplements, the price is virtually the same). Most dishes were tasty enough; a few were clunkers (the salmon tasted like "old people food," in my wife's estimation). Honestly, the best part of the entire dinner was the bread service. They have some...
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