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Jan 1, 2013

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Columbus, OH

Guns up boys and girls

So gun owners are about to revolt against a national government seen as unjust? Remember, that was done before, from 1861 to 1865. 735,000 dead. At least that many maimed. And that was with single-shot rifles and muzzle-loading cannons. Get real.  (Jan 8, 2013 | post #48)

Columbus, OH

Gun Control Under Obama

Despite your fundamental reading of the Second Amendment, gun control regulations ARE constitutional. You can keep your guns. But the constitution does not address the issue of having them registered, or taxed. (By the way, how many gun advocates recognize that the "right to bear arms" means doing it in a militia -- and only in a militia?)  (Jan 8, 2013 | post #1421)

Intercourse, PA

Gun Laws - Intercourse, PA

Ban "assault " rifles and large magazines. Require REAL background checks. Ban Alex Jones as a national hazard.  (Jan 8, 2013 | post #1)

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Why does Homosexuality even exist ???

Thank you for a candid and reasoned explanation of the homosexual condition. Your minor comment that some men who are not Gay might sometimes get involved in a homosexual act just for the fun of it is also true. Been there.  (Jan 8, 2013 | post #8)

Chambersburg, PA

Gun Laws - Chambersburg, PA

Your argument might become more convincing with better spelling.  (Jan 8, 2013 | post #1199)


Rationalism and the Free Mind

Many people raised religious have great trouble breaking fully away from that once they begin to doubt dogma and superstition, to try to free their mind for the wide world of reason and truth. Many doubters think that they are alone in rebelling against the church of their family and youth. You are not alone. Freethought runs a glorious history through the American mind, and is in fact the foundation of progress both personal and national. The founder of freethinking here was Thomas Paine. His successor in the 19th century was Robert Ingersoll. Now Susan Jacoby has written his biography (and impact): "Robert Ingersoll, the Great Agnostic". That may help you open the path for your mind. Jacoby has other fine books more general. You may decide to read further, say Christopher Hitchens. An open mind will never go back. (I expect to draw vitriol from evangelical fundamentalists with a tired ax to grind. Feel free. Reason and truth will win out.)  (Jan 7, 2013 | post #1)


Mom: Kick Potter Out of School

I'm afraid that a great number of books would not support your religion -- or any other. A mind growing (for life) expands on ideas beyond its own, and keeps on doing so. As Robert Burke once famously remarked, "Beware the man who reads just one book."  (Jan 7, 2013 | post #1275)


which person is it better to read a book in

If you have not yet decided on point-of-view, I strongly suggest that you read further in your genre for options before starting to write. A wrong beginning can trap your narrative part way through.  (Jan 7, 2013 | post #2)


Books I read more than ONCE

I often re-read the works of Stephen Jay Gould and Christopher Hitchens, for the pleasure of truth and reason and reminders of the unlikelihood of Baal, Zeus, Yaweh, Allah, Moroni, Bob, and the great Flying Spaghetti Monster.  (Jan 7, 2013 | post #4)


Does Science Refute God?

Science cannot refute the existence of any god (Baal, Zeus, Allah, The Flying Spaghetti Monster). What science can do and does is make the existence of any and all gods highly improbable. The existence of phlogiston has never been disproven, but Kelvin's heat theories make phlogiston infinitely unlikely. Science not only proves that metaphysical beings are highly unlikely. It also proves that there is no need for them in objective reality.  (Jan 7, 2013 | post #6)