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  •  ya know (2.50)
    all my dirty mind could process was having the GOP looking down your pants to make sure you're not a Jew -- unless you're Jesus of course. Because the first thing Christians hate is gays, the second is non-Christians.
    •  Please be more careful about the word Christian (none)
      There are a lot of Democrats who are Christians too, and many of them are pro-choice.
      •  Took the words outta my mouth (none)
        You need to be careful characterizing any group unless you define them functionally (i.e., Bush supporters) since most other groups are not as homogeneous as you think.  For example, I am a theologically conservative Christian, upper middle class physician, gun owning hunter, and veteran living in a red state, but I worked my butt off campaigning for Kerry.  

        Complain about "the bigots that supported Bush," but don't tar demographic groups unfairly--it's alienating to people that might become our allies.

        -- "Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen."--Sam Adams&l

        by Otter on Fri Nov 05, 2004 at 06:46:12 PM PST

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        •  Another example of codifying and spin (none)
          This is a great example of another codified word.  "Christian."  It has seeped into our subconscious that "Christian" is synonymous with narrow-minded, sanctimonious individuals spewing hate from the pulpit, trumpeting morality while trolling for hookers while nobody's looking.  Why is this?  Because the most vocal claimants to the word have been the worst examples of it.  Moderate Christians need to stand up and challenge these poor examples of their faith and say, "How dare you call yourself a Christian when you don't espouse the most basic tenets of Jesus' teachings?"

          That church and state intermingling another poster mentioned is starting to happen.  Fundamentalist Christians are starting to be the tools of the state that they are trying to influence.  When your church gets into my state, my state will get into your church.  It's like a Reese's cup, only without the chocolate.

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