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Columbus, OH

Girl Shot In Legs Says Cousin Was Trying To Scare Her

One bullet through both legs? A shotgun that left shot in both legs? Or did her cousin try to "scare" her by shooting her twice?  (Dec 27, 2011 | post #1)

Columbus, OH

Retailer Lowes is not

Aside from the fact that polygamy was "traditional marriage" before polygamy was? I'm always amused by people who breathlessly defend "traditional marriage" without seeming to realize that they really mean "as most Americans have practiced it since" - what, the 1920s?  (Dec 14, 2011 | post #49)

Columbus, OH

15-year-old shot in police pizza sting

The way I read the story, the pizza was to be delivered to a vacant house (call it 139 Pizza Street). The "delivery cop" sees two people standing in the driveway of the house next door (137 Pizza Street) and pulls into *that* driveway instead of the given address. He asks them if they ordered a pizza; they pick up on something wrong and back off. Cops take that reaction (backing away from something that's just not right) as an indication of guilt. It all balloons from there. It's possible these guys did order the pizza, and did intend to rob the driver. But it's also possible that someone else ordered the pizza, headed over to the vacant house to wait for the driver, then got spooked off because the two people standing in the driveway next door were too much of a complication.  (Dec 14, 2011 | post #18)

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Why do Americans still dislike atheists?

I don't think you understand how this works. You seem to think that a valid sequence is: a) we get baptised into your religion b) we study your religion c) we understand what you're saying d) we agree with you. But I've BEEN in a religion. Maybe not exactly the same as your denomination, but probably not so different from any other conservative Christian denomination. I *HAVE* studied it. I *DO* understand the arguments you raise. And I disagree with your conclusions. You want to convince me? Don't start by telling me to go study. Start by making a persuasive, fact-based, truthful argument. Lying to me, or arguing from something other than facts (like arguing from a biased study or from your "holy" book) will just convince your audience that you realize your argument is nothing but BS, and you don't even believe it yourself.  (Nov 25, 2011 | post #29421)

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Why do Americans still dislike atheists?

Poster didn't say the whole world "accepts " it, but that it EXISTS in every country and tribe. Some places may be less accepting; in some places, it may be SO taboo that people don't acknowledge it. But it's there.  (Nov 25, 2011 | post #29415)

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Why do Americans still dislike atheists?

FWIW, I thought the poster was simply announcing his or her *own* intention to go off-topic onto the "what is a tunic" lecture... Which I didn't quite get - what's the issue with tunics? That what historically was called a tunic was longer than a lot of what's called tunics today? That stuff called tunics today may or may not quite fit the old definition? That it's horrible they were once worn by both men and women? ??  (Nov 25, 2011 | post #29413)

Columbus, OH

Insurance-paid birth control? Religions react

You do realize that not every woman is given a choice, right? There are the stranger rapes, the date rapes, the women who have to choose between staying with a guy or leaving their children's father... And again, if I have health insurance that covers pregnancy and delivery, and you have the same health insurance as me, and I have a child - you subsidize the birth. Why is subsidizing the birth control (a much lower cost) somehow unacceptable? And do you suddenly find it acceptable for my health insurance company to pay for my birth control if I tell you I need it for a medical condition? Because for a lot of women, it's not about having sex - it's about controlling the bleeding. Or controlling fibroid tumors. Or the monthly pain. The same pill, but it's medically necessary. Are you still going to tell me you don't want our mutual insurance to pay for something I medically need just because it has the side effect of reducing my chances of getting pregnant?  (Aug 31, 2011 | post #619)

Columbus Dispatch

Insurance-paid birth control? Religions react

As long as your insurance company will cover it, and you can afford the co-pay every month... Which is the point. I shouldn't have to fight my insurance company for the privilege of taking birth control. And I shouldn't have to choose between paying $20 (or more) every month or using some less-effective method of contraception, risking having a baby I'm not ready for. And if "Catholic Charities" or whoever else sells insurance, they are acting as an insurance company, not a church. I shouldn't be shut out of having birth control because of their moral quibbles, especially if I didn't have a choice of whether they were my insurer - if, for example, I have insurance through them only because my company selected them as the employee health insurance company. For those of you who say you just don't want to subsidize a woman's birth control - would you really prefer the alternative, which is subsidizing the pregnancy and birth?  (Jul 25, 2011 | post #150)

Columbus Dispatch

Atheists' billboard pulled from latest spot | The Columbu...

Are you KIDDING me? Books the Christians have tried to ban - http://bit.ly/obpa Uc It includes Catcher in the Rye, Twilight, The Color Purple. Then of course there was the Georgia mom who tried to ban Harry Potter. http://on.today.co m/pl62AW My medical procedure includes not just abortion but also birth control. Not every Christian wants to take away my ability to obtain it, true, but several states have given doctors the right not to prescribe it (because of their conscience, not because of any medical issue) and pharmacists the right to refuse to sell it to me - http://bit.ly/pEBM nn. So if I need birth control not because I'm in a relationship and need protection, but because I have *health issues* which the pill treats, some pharmacist can tell me I have to suffer because HE thinks I probably really want to be able to do something he considers sinful? And as for that "just lobby to make them illegal" - that's kinda my point. Abortion is a medical procedure sometimes necessary to save a woman's life. Sometimes it's advisable to save one of a pair of twins. Sometimes it's advisable because this pregnancy is going dramatically wrong and ending it now improves the mother's chance of recovering without impairing her ability to get pregnant and have a successful pregnancy. Heck, sometimes the *exact same medical procedure* is necessary because the fetus has died, but it hasn't been ejected from the woman's body. And there are people who feel that women like me should just die. Or just take the risk. Or just be left sterile. Because those people think it's immoral. Regardless of what I think or what the doctor thinks. They think that their religious opinion is more important than mine. That their morality is more true and right than mine. And they're working, in every way they can, to make sure that I don't get a say in it. And you wonder why I protest that Christians are trying to impose their will on me? You think I must be some low, horrible, immoral creature? I could be your neighbor. I could be standing behind you in line to buy lunch. In many ways I'm just like you. Except I leave you alone to make your own choices, while you judge me simply for wanting the right to make my own.  (Jul 15, 2011 | post #245)

Columbus Dispatch

Atheists' billboard pulled from latest spot | The Columbu...

When was the last time Bigfoot believers tried to ban books you like? Tried to control what your children could be taught in school? Tried to prevent you from obtaining legal medical procedures because they believe that Bigfoot would disapprove? When religion has as little influence over my life as Bigfoot does, I'll treat it like Bigfoot... Until then, I'll fight for my rights.  (Jul 8, 2011 | post #149)

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Full-service bar to open in the Statehouse | The Columbus...

In which case, they're already carrying there. So the original point was ... ?  (Jul 5, 2011 | post #115)

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Doctor quits amid probe of inmate's suicide | The Columbu...

Are you kidding? There are people on death row who have been proven innocent decades later! Chances are the majority of people in jail are guilty, but some are not. So are you okay with treating people like some sort of subhuman on the basis of "he's probably guilty"? If so, of what kinds of crimes? Because there are a lot of people in jail for things that don't justify that sort of treatment.  (Jul 5, 2011 | post #33)

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Doctor quits amid probe of inmate's suicide | The Columbu...

April, I didn't say that I know what I'm talking about - I asked what YOU are talking about. Why is it that you think you have a better solution than the person who was trapped in this situation? And do you believe that every person in prison sacrifices all rights? What about those who were later found to have actually been innocent all along? Should someone who was sentenced to a year in jail be allowed to die during that year for lack of medical treatment? At what point would you draw the line and say "that person is beneath any human concern"?  (Jul 1, 2011 | post #20)

Columbus Dispatch

Full-service bar to open in the Statehouse | The Columbus...

Well, one, any bar has the right to post a sign saying you can't carry there. Two, you're right, in that the entire Statehouse building is a no carry zone.  (Jul 1, 2011 | post #107)

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Atheist billboard moved off church's land | The Columbus ...

But the FFRF didn't pick that spot - they went to an advertising company and leased space on x number of billboards. When the church protested, even the advertising company had to check before realizing that billboard was actually on church property.  (Jun 29, 2011 | post #161)