"How much more absurd does it get than this? Disagreeing with someone's sexual practices makes someone a bigot, going by your retarded logic."
Disagreeing with and calling something a sin are two very different things, my friend. I can disagree with you for liking waffles. But the moment I say that anyone who inherently enjoys waffles is deficient in the eyes of almighty God, I'm a bigot. Savvy?
"He gets to determine what's moral and what isn't."
That's your belief, but even YOU don't believe he gets to make up the definition of words. If God believes judging an entire inherent class of people is The Way, that's fine, but it doesn't make judging an entire inherent class of people NOT bigotry.
"We'll see how pompous you are when you're standing before Him."
Hold on, let me see if I have this right. YOU claim to know the mind and will of an almighty creator for which you have no earthly proof.....and I'M the one who is pompous? Whoo boy, you are too far gone....
"The Catholic Church does not allow for men to marry several woman."
Well, technically the New Testament only forbids polygamy by Church leaders, but you're generally correct. That has more to do with Roman law than any Catholic teaching in the bible, however.
"Society decided that marriage is between a man and a woman."
What society? As I said, that isn't uniform amongst all of Earth's societies, today or in the past. This is a meaningless statement.
"Just because a bunch of socialist liberal activists hijacked the government/state and took it upon themselves to redefine marriage without public approval doesn't suddenly mean that we're going to change our morals to suit their immoral view."
You don't have to. Nobody is asking you to. What you believe and worship in your religion is your business, but you don't get to apply your religion to the secular government. That isn't my rule, and I dare say Thomas Jefferson probably wasn't a socialist when he made it the rule of the land.
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"No matter how much you try to deny it, it's hard fact that engaging in homosex poses serious health risks."
That is blatantly incorrect, as I've pointed out to you in the past. The reality is that the most significant health risks of sex are between two males. The LEAST significant health risk of sex is between two females. Heterosexual couples are right in the middle, as you'd expect since this is all a matter of the physics of how these groups have sex.
I don't know much about your God, but I sure hope he punishes you for being a lying, bigoted asshole....
"Why do you slap the bigot label on the photographer for adhering to her beliefs?"
For the simple and obvious reason that something being a religious belief does not disqualify it from being bigoted. It may be that you are right and God is a bigot, but that he is God does not make him NOT a bigot. Pretty simple really....
"Either there's a valid, logical reason that marriage has been recognized as between a man and a woman for thousands of years"
...or that recognition is pure fantasy on your end, since different societies have had different views on homosexuality, marriage, and promiscuity going back those thousands of years. Even the Judeo-Christian faith didn't see marriage as "one man, one woman" for most of its history, it was more like "one man, and how ever many women he wants". Sort of puts a damper on your fake traditional marriage stint, huh?
"I've often with out any sort of proof speculated that Obama and the NSA have a deal. His support for them in exchange for no exposure on his birth certificate. No I'm not really a birther but I would call note to the fact that by the sheerest of coincidence, the woman that signed and released Obama's supposed birth certificate died in a plane crash last week I think it was."
You're a crazy person.
"I have no idea if this hit the national news as I don't tend to watch the propaganda machines anymore."
Yeah, it did, but nobody cared because it's a non-issue. There are plenty of reasons to think Obama is unfit for the office. Where he was born isn't one of them. That's just a boondoggle for people who don't want him in the office for other reasons. It's also a silly part of our governmental law to limit the intelligence of the person in office by where his or her parents copulated.
"Funny how no crowing in the national news happened over that one."
That was actually covered by most of the media outlets, which you again wouldn't realize because you don't watch them, which leads me to wonder why you made the statement to begin with.
Hey, thanks John. That's hella nice of you. I only wish you hadn't included that Aurora Chronicles piece of shit I self published when I was in my early 20's. Blech. It's a horrible story with horrible writing and edited about as well as an 8 year old's letter to Santa. Typos galore....
"So Timothy, when do we get a copy of the full gospel? I am waiting to read it, and am wondering how you will make the begat parts funny. And no, no sarcastic troll face. I think you could make it funny."
Actually, I recently started this, writing a modern day gospel in which everyone is completely loony, it's written in a sort of Monty Python-esque vogue, and the modern day Jesus Christ, who is named Bob, has no idea why everyone around him is acting so insane....
Yeah, that's probably fair, but generally it seems like it shouldn't be terribly difficult for any serious researcher who wouldn't start off knowing what conclusion he/she was going to reach (obviously a pointless request in this case) to purposefully go overboard on the sample size just to make sure they didn't have to face the criticism.
It strikes me that it's possible some of these biased researchers specifically choose a smaller sample size betting on a greater chance to reach whatever conclusion they wish....
...the entire argument about the proximity to moral disengagement and the game playing seems completely out of place. The ultimate conclusion would be that, fine, the games only make children more likely to be aggressive/violent/deviant/whatever in the short aftermath of game playing, likely compounded by the number of hours played effecting how much "cool down" time is needed. That's a dangerous logical game to play if you want to argue, as do I, that playing games does not effect behavior in normal children or adults.
The better attack on this study appears to be the sample size, which is laughably small and completely incapable of effectively weeding out other behavior and personality variables for the admittedly silly measures on morality. 172 kids split in half for each part of the study isn't NEARLY enough to be accurate.
I'm not sure why you didn't just point at the number, laugh, and proceed....
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"As Pope Francis said, it's certainly possible for atheists to enter into Heaven. Jesus' Mercy is available to all."
Okay, honest question, and I'm not trying to be antagonistic: how can the above statement be made by someone who can then go on and claim to be a Catholic or Christian by any understood definition? Either the way to heaven lies through Christ or it doesn't. If we're going to reduce admittance to heaven of a one true God who had one true son to humanism, then let's just go with humanism and be done with the rest of it....
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"The Bible makes it clear that homosexual acts are sinful."
Correct, but it also makes it clear that genocide, if ordered by God, is not only perfectly moral but compulsory for the believer. You cannot, for example, claim to be Catholic AND claim that you would not kill any Amalekite you should meet on the street. God ordered their destruction as a people, so you would have to destroy any Amalekite stragglers should you find them. That is, to those of us that recognize the bible has problems and is not the moral compass it portends, an immoral request.
So let me ask you, TRM, would you kill an Amalekite if God ordered it? Would you kill in the name of your God if he requested it, as yours has in the past?
"Christians living under Communism are oppressed, spied on, tortured, forced into slavery and murdered, therefore it's obvious that communism is inherently anti-Christian."
Well, you're right, but it is more correctly stated that communism is anti-RELIGION, rather than being anti-Christian, and even that is only a half-truth in application. Stalin certainly made use of the Russian church, after all. All that being said, communism /= atheism, so I'm not sure what point you think you're making. You do realize that there are many non-theistic advocates of democracy and republics, right? Such as all those involved in creating our own nation?