Education cannot occur with anarchic punks running around. I often think putting them to work picking vegetables or splitting rocks might make teaching feasible for those who want to learn something (not that much of this will occur anyway outside indoctrination in pet Leftist subjects).
Of course my idea is unrealistic, since child labor, as punishment or not, is considered cruel. Public schools will continue as warehouses for kids "outsourced" by parents. Now finding semi-competent people willing to work there, even for union wages, might be a poser.
Frank wrote: For Democrats, the days of ‚Äúsafe, legal and rare‚ÄĚ on the abortion issue are in the distant past.
This gives one an idea of how their politics evolves. First it's getting wet feet, then the waist, then jump all the way in. It's safe to infer this is how gun regulation works for them as well. Slippery Slope indeed may be a formal fallacy, but it has a good track record in explaining Democrats. A little is never enough for them; I believe they call for as much as they think voters will tolerate at the time, rather than being honest and forthright about their ultimate goals.
Since "Black Lives Matter" types ascribe high minority arrest/incarceration rates to racism, then why not complain about their high abortion rate as well? I have a possible explanation: They want to eliminate black people. Margaret Sanger's agenda was consistent with this. So is the demoralization of police, so blacks can kill ea. other unhindered.
Democrats have learned that policies which pretend to help blacks but actually destroy them are an easier sell than Jim Crow laws. This was the devil's tactic in the Garden.
Jim Lincoln wrote: again, this happens in Australia quite well....
Irrelevant. Dr. Byrd is a pragmatist - he gets what *he* wants from the system, therefore it must be good. But Biblically, the ethics involved aren't difficult: Anyone who compels strangers to pay their bills, medical or otherwise, is simply a thief, whether a given socialized scheme "works" or not. Socialism is the ideology of thieves, who are their natural allies.
Medical care is the classic "wedge" issue since argumentum ad misericordiam is an easy sell to the unthinking.
Jim Lincoln wrote: You will notice notice, Timothy, countries that have universal healthcare like Australia don't have this problem.
You're not "thinking thinking," Jim, on two counts: 1) Cum hoc ergo propter hoc. There could be other reasons Australia lacks this problem. For all we know, it could be a Southern Hemisphere thing. Or maybe it's their beer; 2) These diseases have become more manifest *since* Obamacare. Not that I would necessarily blame it, but by your defective reasoning I could.
If you're posting this stuff merely to bait people, at least put more thought into it.
Jim Lincoln wrote: We probably try something a little more close--like Venezuela first
How about nothing at all, anywhere? Let's stop the arrogant imperialistic interventionism. Anyone who was of age during the Vietnam era should know better. America's track record in "Making the world safe for democracy" isn't good.
The Chinese would outlast us anyway; they have more people and patience.
China had a massive problem with opium in the 19th century, thanks to British attempts to redress a trade imbalance with a country that didn't want to buy anything from them.
Lin Zexu was a scholar official (now a sort of popular hero) who tried to stop the trade with severe measures, but got a war with Britain for his trouble. One of the most evil things Britain ever did, all so they could have their stinkin' tea. They didn't care about ruining the lives of millions of Chinamen. Zexu even wrote a letter to Queen Victoria, who either never got it or wouldn't answer.
@JAG: The conservative fixation on pagan classics dates to the Florentine Renaissance, which "rediscovered" Greco-Roman liberal arts. It coincided with the Reformation but was of an entirely different spirit.
Greek philosophy may be worth studying as "opposition research." People often fall into one of the "schools" without realizing it, the Apostle Paul encountered it in Athens, and the RCC is Aristotelian.
The Reformation still gets short shrift because of Catholic influence and mistrust (at best) by most "evangelicals" and Fundies today. It is still too controversial and "sectarian" although there is plenty of material worth studying.
[QUOTE]... The metric of the regulators is not always correct.[/QUOTE]Am I supposed to believe this on faith, absent evidence? Who but a Mormon would go around casting unsubstantiated doubt on regulators' credibility here?
People do survive drinking tainted water. Heard of Moctezuma's Revenge?
The "aesop" here is not how bad LDS is, but that the unstated Prime Directive of any human organization is preserving its righteous fa√ßade, not reproving and correcting its negligence or injustice. After all, how often does one hear *individuals* admit error and repent?
I don't have figures but according to my late father, at least some ETO veterans, after returning Stateside in 1945, committed suicide upon hearing they were to be redeployed for the expected invasion of Japan, called Operation Downfall. Aptly named; if Okinawa was any indication, it likely would've been a horrific bloodbath, with Japan's whole civilian population mobilized. The A-bombs thus were a mercy to both sides.
I am seeing more and more store clerks with tattoos, at least in America, so I don't think the "paradox" is so "apparent" (BTW the late Gordon Clark once wrote about this issue in theology). For even American and British cops have tattoos now; I suppose this gives them common ground with suspects they arrest.
Irrationally acting on impulse is precisely what corporate marketers and retailers want from the public, and is reinforced by popular songs and film.
This from the man who for years here, has insisted ad nauseum that OT law doesn't apply to Christians, but only Jews! Now I oppose tattoos as well, but as a generalization from 1 Tim. 2:9, not Leviticus.
BTW, I think MacArthur is referring to R.C. Sproul Jr., who was defrocked for clerical abuse. Indeed, I have had dealings with "Reformed" types who insist that wine for Communion is more Biblical and love to spite abstentionists. They will not tolerate even a choice of juice. How's this for Legalism [category: adding to God's Law]?
Frank wrote: This comment will sound divisive, but it is not my intent.
I get you too. The Double Standard you identified may be borne of wishful thinking. I have the same concerns about Mideast persecution: Are these folks truly our brothers in Christ, or are they merely sacerdotal traditionalists whose time has run out? Maybe God is judging them for unbelief (and we're next)!
And even with the sort of people you and I may rub shoulders with every Sunday, the injustice and lack of conscience I've seen makes me wonder if they are truly indwelt by the Holy Spirit. It's not the imperfection, but the lack of repentance that's the problem.