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I have a friend named Bob, who I have diaried about before.

Bob is a great guy, very nice, open, and tolerant.

As a black man, Bob has also experienced first hand some very insulting and degrading discrimination.

But Bob is also a sincere Christian and holds two doctorates of Divinity.

Which means, Bob supports the Indiana "Religious Freedom" law; not because he hates gays, but because he sincerely believes homosexuality is a sin and religious people should have the right to excuse themselves from participation in an activity they believe is morally wrong such as a gay wedding.

Because I respect the hell out of Bob, I listened to his argument and his reasons quietly and let him present them without push back.  As he is very intelligent, he presented them logically and soundly and when he was finished, I understood his point.

The crux of Bob's argument was this:  Christians believe in God and that Jesus is the Son of God, who died for our sins.  As such, he cannot speak to other religions, but for him, the Bible is not just a life guide or some writings of 2,000 years ago, it is the Word of God.  He may not understand it, he may have difficulty following it, but he must - as best he can as a human being - respect it as Holy and therefore, it trumps everything else he might find important.  

As such, the Christian believes homosexuality to be sinful.  To the Christian, gay marriage is not recognized in the eyes of God and therefore is a relationship that is being entered into sinfully.  Although Bob will not attempt to reverse the legalization of gay marriage, or condemn any Christian who willingly participates in one, equally, as a Christian, he can not participate.  

Non-believers may not like the fact that to Christians, this is a real and important issue, but that does not give them the right to force the Christian to perform an activity they find religiously offensive.  Past Christians died refusing to perform acts that they considered blasphemous.  Today's Christians are only asking for the right to say "I would rather not."

In his view, that is all the Indiana law is attempting to allow.

My reply to Bob follows.

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Thu Apr 02, 2015 at 06:36 AM PDT

Should the 99% Vote?

by LiberalCanuck

I have been following several diaries that basically boil down to supporting or not supporting the Democrats further.

Those who advocate not supporting, (the populists) say the Democrats are betraying their principles and need to be held to account.   Those who advocate continued support (the pragmatists) point to the lunatics on the other side and say "what is the alternative?"

I can understand the thinking of both sides and full disclosure, I fall firmly in the pragmatist column, but that isn't to say I can't understand the thinking of the populists.

However, they are wrong.

Poll

I voted in 2014:

86%32 votes
2%1 votes
2%1 votes
2%1 votes
0%0 votes
5%2 votes

| 37 votes | Vote | Results

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Every year, up to 200 people in Canada die of cold.

They freeze to death.

Many of them are children.

The most common reason these children die is because they get up early, before anyone else, take a look out a window, see snow and go outside to play.

Many times they do this at night, when temperatures are the lowest.

Yesterday a three year old child froze to death in my city.

Today, police found another three year old with no clothes on hovering near death.  

Fortunately, they were able to save his life.

If you live in a northern winter zone, where the snow falls and water freezes, it can take only minutes to go from alive to dead; especially if you are a child.

People....

If you have small children; Lock. Your. Doors.  Put a chain lock on or a difficult to open lock that a small child could not manage.  

Keep them locked.

I am tired of hearing of children freezing to death every winter.

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Wed Jan 21, 2015 at 07:24 AM PST

Is the Military Sacred?

by LiberalCanuck

Yesterday, I published a diary “Should we honour service in an unjust war?”  

This diary is in response to many of the comments made in that diary; comments that cause a great deal of unease about the state of the American Left today.

So today I am asking: Are active military personnel sacred?

To be precise, are military personnel “entitled to veneration or respect by association with the military or military actions”.  Are active military personnel “properly immune from criticism, or censure?”

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I have been following the debate regarding the movie “American Sniper” and have noted the split in opinion regarding this movie generally falls along the line of “how or should we honour someone who fought in an unjust war?”

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The New York Times, a day late and a dollar short, has called for prosecutions for the torture program under the Bush/Cheney White House.

To the great dismay of many decent human beings, President Obama has said there will be none.

That being the case, then I feel to save even a shred of honour, at the very least the President owes the world this:

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My first memory of racial differences was when I was five or six years old.  I was watching “To Kill a Mockingbird” on TV with my family and the scene in the movie where the old man comes walking up to Atticus Finch’s car shouting “N****R Lover” over and over came on.  I was terrified by this image as it was brilliantly filmed to convey the image of hate and violence it represented.

I turned to my father and asked ‘What is he saying?’  I didn’t know what that word meant, never having heard it before.  My father told me and explained “N” was a word racists used to describe black people.  I didn’t really understand what a racist was and I couldn’t understand what was so wrong about loving black people.  I had been taught to love everyone as I loved myself and to treat all people with respect.  The race of the people in question was never mentioned.

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Fri Dec 05, 2014 at 08:01 AM PST

A White Man with a Gun

by LiberalCanuck

Offered without comment.

It explains just what is wrong all by itself.

(Apologies for lack of links, having issues with computer.)

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You ever have one of those arguments with someone who says something so incredibly stupid you are unable to reply?  Your mind struggles to get around the idiocy of what was just said that it seems to blow a fuse.

Such was an argument I recently had with a Christian when I asked if a homosexual could get into heaven.  He was insistent that they could not unless they "repented" of the "sin" of being gay and abstained from "gay" sex.

When I countered that Paul had told Christians that if they couldn't abstain from sex they should get married to avoid sin, and by that logic this Christian should support gay marriage, my Christian opponent came out with the mind-blowing response:

"It would not matter if gays got married, since they would still be engaging in sex.   Therefore, they would still be sinning and would be sent to hell, Christian or not."

I ended our argument badly, calling the man an idiot who needed to read his Bible a little better.  It was the best I could come up with given the short circuit in my brain.

To avoid a future occurrence, therefore, I ruminated on this question and developed what I feel is a much better reply.  In case it can be useful to others, I thought I would share it here as many Kossacks must certainly run into the same asinine beliefs.

Here it is for what it is worth.

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Yet another conflict in an unbroken string of conflicts has broken out again between Israel and whatever group claiming to represent Palestinian interests of the day; this time it is Hamas.

It certainly isn't the first time this has happened and it certainly won't be the last.  But, typically, the usual suspects have lined up on both sides and have started screaming accusations of terrorism and murder at each other.  It seems they feel whoever yells the loudest wins the arguement.

But there is one argument that one side uses that is disgusting, disturbing and needs to stop.  That is the Body Count.

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Every so often, I come across a show that I feel merits comment and review.  

One such drama is the 12 part, anime series, Watamote or “No Matter How I Look at It, It’s You Guys' Fault I’m Not Popular!”

It is in my opinion at least, one the most remarkable and compelling stories I have ever seen.

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I have a friend who for sake of brevity, I’ll call Bob.

Bob is Black.  I am White.  That is really our only difference

Like me, Bob is in his 50’s, seen a bit too much of life and is a little tired of what he has seen.  Like me, he is married to a woman of another race, has a young daughter who he spoils and has worked hard all his life.  Like me, Bob managed to go from poverty to middle class on his own.

Bob and I met through our wives, who were mutual friends and brought us together over barbecues and birthday parties.  Although I’m not much of a talker, and really didn’t want anymore friends, I got to like Bob through his loud laughter, great sense of humour and shared stories.  

It was through one of these stories that I learned what “White Privilege” really was.

It is a tale of two realities.

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