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by rj40
Mon Apr 01, 2013 4:34 pm
Forum: General
Topic: GOP to ban divorce (so much for small government)
Replies: 209
Views: 18882

Re: GOP to ban divorce (so much for small government)

I am not finding much. And no time to do real research. But I did find-

http://theweek.com/article/index/228541 ... centuries#
by rj40
Mon Apr 01, 2013 5:35 am
Forum: General
Topic: GOP to ban divorce (so much for small government)
Replies: 209
Views: 18882

Re: GOP to ban divorce (so much for small government)

I guess I am interested in how marriage as an institution has changed over time, and when change occurred, what happened to the society that hosted the institution. Are there any instances where the change to the institution was roughly equal in scale as gay marriage would be today (not gay marriage...
by rj40
Sat Mar 30, 2013 5:43 pm
Forum: General
Topic: GOP to ban divorce (so much for small government)
Replies: 209
Views: 18882

Re: GOP to ban divorce (so much for small government)

Well this is all very interesting and exciting for me. It looks like the the US is heading in a direction that some folks here don't like and no one here can do much about. I wonder how institutional marriage has changed over the past several thousand years? MSIMON mentioned some things on his class...
by rj40
Thu Mar 14, 2013 1:05 pm
Forum: General
Topic: GOP to ban divorce (so much for small government)
Replies: 209
Views: 18882

Re: GOP to ban divorce (so much for small government)

Yeah, I guess just because it has been around awhile doesn't necessarily make it desirable. I can think of some other things that went by the wayside that were never a good idea, but somehow slipped through for hundreds and even thousands of years. I can think of some things around today that I woul...
by rj40
Thu Mar 14, 2013 4:04 am
Forum: General
Topic: GOP to ban divorce (so much for small government)
Replies: 209
Views: 18882

Re: GOP to ban divorce (so much for small government)

Are there any traditions that have gone by the wayside for the good? I respect tradition and proven ways of doing things, but what are some examples of things that once worked, but whose time eventually came and they were properly relagate to the dustbin of history? Also, are there any example of cu...
by rj40
Mon Feb 25, 2013 1:46 am
Forum: General
Topic: Sequestration: Yea or Nay?
Replies: 69
Views: 7405

Re: Sequestration: Yea or Nay?

I recall reading something from just before the election. Basically the writer, from a left of center publisher, said that Obama wouldn't mind if it kicked in. It would protect some key social programs and hit defense more than he might otherwise get. Plus, in the writers words, it would still cut t...
by rj40
Tue Feb 05, 2013 5:05 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Barry Goldwater And The Preachers
Replies: 46
Views: 5010

1. Thanks everyone. I can now edit. Weeee... 2. I think my point on this was that getting someone to change their opionion when that opinion is tied very closely to their personal beliefs, via religion for example, could be even more difficult than one might expect. In Louisiana folks keep working t...
by rj40
Tue Feb 05, 2013 1:52 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Barry Goldwater And The Preachers
Replies: 46
Views: 5010

I don't know how and I didn't think it could be done. Sorry.
by rj40
Tue Feb 05, 2013 1:40 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Barry Goldwater And The Preachers
Replies: 46
Views: 5010

Whoops! I would like to replace the above term "logical whole" with "integrated whole."
by rj40
Tue Feb 05, 2013 1:33 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Barry Goldwater And The Preachers
Replies: 46
Views: 5010

This reminds me of something I was told years ago by a fairly conservative religious person. When talking about evolution, you can ask a creationist this question - If you were finally convinced that evolution is real and creationism is wrong, could you still be a Christian (or Muslim, or...etc.). T...
by rj40
Sun Jan 27, 2013 5:56 pm
Forum: General
Topic: When the POG was not totally the POG
Replies: 8
Views: 998

Stubby wrote:First: POG?

Second:
If a person's goodness, without belief in a god, is enough to get them in to 'heaven', then that makes 'god' pretty redundant.
OK. But are there any religions that have this "escape clause?" Whether it makes sense or not.
by rj40
Sun Jan 27, 2013 4:40 pm
Forum: General
Topic: When the POG was not totally the POG
Replies: 8
Views: 998

Are there any religions that allow for a person who otherwise doesn't believe in that particular religion to be considered good? What about going to heaven - if it is believed by that religion? "Pat Smith professes to be an agnostic, sometimes an atheist, and we all think Pat is wrong. But what a go...
by rj40
Wed Jan 23, 2013 1:54 am
Forum: General
Topic: Prohibition and Bath Salts
Replies: 43
Views: 3968

Still, I think the numbers would be useful to have. Even if it only means going in with eyes (more) wide open But that's not what it means. It means you've drawn an arbitrary standard and once you endorse it, someone will then bicker about it despite it is arbitrary and there is nothing to gain. Yo...
by rj40
Tue Jan 22, 2013 5:07 am
Forum: General
Topic: Prohibition and Bath Salts
Replies: 43
Views: 3968

MSIMON and all. I'm sure this has been covered, but I suspect any particular analysis of legal vs. illegal drugs can be open to dispute from another side. Is there any online clearing house of all of these arguments, or, at least, a list of papers? If people cannot even agree on what can and cannot ...
by rj40
Tue Jan 22, 2013 4:58 am
Forum: General
Topic: Prohibition and Bath Salts
Replies: 43
Views: 3968

If marijuana did not lead to all the bad stuff you say, would you be OK with legalizing it? Or, is there/are their other reasons in addition that you believe require it to be illegal? No, those are my primary objections. palladin's points are completely counterfactual as per usual. THC is an halluc...