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Message 1257175 - Posted: 7 Jul 2012, 19:36:10 UTC

Looks like a rather interesting take on the founding fathers...


http://takingnote.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/07/06/no-comment-necessary-education-for-christians-and-muslims/?smid=fb-share

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Message 1257177 - Posted: 7 Jul 2012, 19:40:56 UTC - in response to Message 1257175.

Looks like a rather interesting take on the founding fathers...


http://takingnote.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/07/06/no-comment-necessary-education-for-christians-and-muslims/?smid=fb-share

Church and state have long been intertwined.

It was only purposed that church should not have control of state.......

NOT that they could not exist as one.

You who are trying to take the point that government cannot exist without God...........

Shame on you all.
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Message 1257186 - Posted: 7 Jul 2012, 20:05:36 UTC - in response to Message 1257177.

Mark, I do realize that church and state intertwined. As to whether anything could exist without God -- that's not on point here but rather a strawman you are introducing.

The issue is this -- this particular Republican legislator decided to withdraw her support of a measure proposed by the Republican governor of Louisiana not because it even more closely sought to intertwine church as state, but rather because the bill would not exclude 'other' church schools (ie non-Christian).

In Arizona we have in place a law which allows citizens to get a tax credit of up to $1000 for couples, for 'contributions' to organizations specifically set up to provide tuition for religious schools. Since it is a tax credit, it dollar for dollar reduces state revenues and redirects them to religious schools. At the same time state funding for public schools has been cut quite significantly. Like Governor Jindal's bill, this redirection of funds is not religion specific.

Being both a financial pragmatist and a fairly observant Jew (three services a week, along with other active participation in our synagogue), my wife and I do redirect that $1000 a year to the Jewish Tuition organization. I do that and at the same time admit to some qualms over the implications for that church/state line.

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Message 1257256 - Posted: 7 Jul 2012, 23:11:44 UTC - in response to Message 1257249.

ID, I suspect that if it were possible, you and Jefferson would have a very spirited discussion on this subject.
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Message 1257257 - Posted: 7 Jul 2012, 23:14:56 UTC - in response to Message 1257249.

ID as others have so effectively pointed out (though never to your satisfaction of course), what for you is 'a point of fact' is in fact, your *opinion*. I respect your right to hold forth regarding your opinion. Your misrepresentation of that opinion as if it was fact is consistent with your faith and world view, but it is a confusion on your part which I realize is a concrete and absolute state of mind for you.

I suspect you've not read the referenced article nor for that matter my replies (why should you as they don't conform with your concrete and absolute view of things).

To repeat, on the off chance you mind read this reply, the issue for that particular legislator was not one of separation of church and state -- she believes firmly they should be fully intermingled -- the issue was that the legislation proposed did not limit the intermingling to *her* faith alone and this was something with which she could not abide.

I regularly attend my synagogue (three times weekly) perhaps more than most (or perhaps all) the other participants on the political message board attend their church/synagogue/mosque/temple of choice. So when I get preached to by folks of other faiths who insist their view is the only true and absolute one, my ability to resist, firm in my own faith and observance is quite solid.

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Message 1257306 - Posted: 8 Jul 2012, 1:37:42 UTC - in response to Message 1257300.

Whatever the faith of the founders, it was reputed by the states and rather rapidly with the adoption of the Bill of Rights which was seen as necessary to fix serious errors in the original document. Perhaps you should address the first of those amendments. Does the Federalist or Anti Federalist address this issue? How about the debate of the persons drafting this amendment. How about the debate in the legislatures adopting or rejecting this amendment? What does SCOTUS have to say about this? Since you state you are for the rule of law, isn't SCOTUS the final arbitrator of law?



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Message 1257307 - Posted: 8 Jul 2012, 1:46:50 UTC - in response to Message 1257306.
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Whatever the faith of the founders, it was reputed by the states and rather rapidly with the adoption of the Bill of Rights which was seen as necessary to fix serious errors in the original document. Perhaps you should address the first of those amendments. Does the Federalist or Anti Federalist address this issue? How about the debate of the persons drafting this amendment. How about the debate in the legislatures adopting or rejecting this amendment? What does SCOTUS have to say about this? Since you state you are for the rule of law, isn't SCOTUS the final arbitrator of law?



Gary, how dare you use history and deductive logic on ID?
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Message 1257383 - Posted: 8 Jul 2012, 5:07:17 UTC - in response to Message 1257343.

Whatever the faith of the founders, it was reputed by the states and rather rapidly with the adoption of the Bill of Rights which was seen as necessary to fix serious errors in the original document. Perhaps you should address the first of those amendments. Does the Federalist or Anti Federalist address this issue? How about the debate of the persons drafting this amendment. How about the debate in the legislatures adopting or rejecting this amendment? What does SCOTUS have to say about this? Since you state you are for the rule of law, isn't SCOTUS the final arbitrator of law?



Gary, how dare you use history and deductive logic on ID?


You appear to have a very low threshold in deductive logic.

betreger, it appears as if you are correct. ID appears to be incapable of even simple deductive reasoning. I believe there is a pejorative name for such a person.

It now appears that he wishes to teach a class on debate techniques and not discuss the issue. If this was a meeting covered by Robert's Rules, the chair would rule him out of order and impose sanctions for such conduct. Alas this forum is not covered by such a rule so we must put up with this.

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Message 1257388 - Posted: 8 Jul 2012, 5:23:32 UTC - in response to Message 1257383.

Whatever the faith of the founders, it was reputed by the states and rather rapidly with the adoption of the Bill of Rights which was seen as necessary to fix serious errors in the original document. Perhaps you should address the first of those amendments. Does the Federalist or Anti Federalist address this issue? How about the debate of the persons drafting this amendment. How about the debate in the legislatures adopting or rejecting this amendment? What does SCOTUS have to say about this? Since you state you are for the rule of law, isn't SCOTUS the final arbitrator of law?



Gary, how dare you use history and deductive logic on ID?


You appear to have a very low threshold in deductive logic.

betreger, it appears as if you are correct. ID appears to be incapable of even simple deductive reasoning. I believe there is a pejorative name for such a person.

It now appears that he wishes to teach a class on debate techniques and not discuss the issue. If this was a meeting covered by Robert's Rules, the chair would rule him out of order and impose sanctions for such conduct. Alas this forum is not covered by such a rule so we must put up with this.

Gary, IMO ID thrashes and flails around much like a freshly caught salmon. Lots of movement and getting nowhere.
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Message 1257404 - Posted: 8 Jul 2012, 5:44:39 UTC - in response to Message 1257388.

Gary, IMO ID thrashes and flails around much like a freshly caught salmon. Lots of movement and getting nowhere.

Were it so, because soon the salmon would be consumed. IMO ID is more like a tyke who has to throw a temper tantrum until he is appeased. I think there is a word for that, perhaps it is troll? Perhaps we should both put him on ignore and get on with adult discussion of serious topics?

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Message 1257405 - Posted: 8 Jul 2012, 5:49:46 UTC - in response to Message 1257404.

Gary you are being rational again.
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Message 1257421 - Posted: 8 Jul 2012, 6:09:22 UTC - in response to Message 1257404.
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Perhaps, as we've seen, he believes his opinions to be fact supported by his selective interpretation of texts. He will persist in that and whenever challenged will repeat his position or move off to another topic as if in response (in this he is quite consistent). An example of this is his 'response' to my originating post in the thread. I felt perhaps he simply missed the point and so restated it in response to his post -- his response demonstrated yet again that he missed the point. This is not a surprise to me -- sort of an FM versus AM thing I guess.


His response to those who disagree is to regale them with how wrong they are - often because he says they are wrong.

We could, I suppose simply 'walk around' the mess on the floor, but I have this inclination to clean it up.

One thing I will readily accord to him -- he has his beliefs and they are core and essential to him. For that I respect him.


IMO ID is more like a tyke who has to throw a temper tantrum until he is appeased. I think there is a word for that, perhaps it is troll? Perhaps we should both put him on ignore and get on with adult discussion of serious topics?

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Message 1271004 - Posted: 13 Aug 2012, 3:17:19 UTC - in response to Message 1270990.

ID, you were asked about the "final arbitrator of law", not who makes the law. Please answer the question and not change the subject.
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