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  1. Chris-M

    Comfortable going to heaven?

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  2. You're adorable :D

    1. Chris-M


      The trouble is that while I can ask you to *ban* me, I can't actually have you delete all my old posts, so I have to stay on in case I ever muster up the time and energy to go through and remove my history from the site.

  3. Chris-M

    Shameful for women to speak in church?!

    My professors advocate wikipedia. School teachers will tell you to avoid it. However, this is not because wikipedia is unreliable--this is because school teachers want you to learn how to conduct independent research.
  4. Chris-M

    Cain And Abel

    How would you define a "monster?" To answer this question, try listing three things you think describe monsters, and we can go from there
  5. Well, they don't call use post-millennials, so...
  6. Chris-M

    Trump is the new US President

    The Christian right had the choice of backing someone who talked about sexually assaulting women or backing someone who supports abortion rights that are radical even for the present age. They had no good choices. However, a movement more concerned about its conscience than political power would have abstained and protested. Instead, the RR threw all of their energy into pretending that Trump was an acceptable candidate in order to cling to what they perceive as waning political power. While I understand why they would do this, it...doesn't reflect well on them, to me.
  7. Chris-M

    Right to Refuse Service

    Should a hospital be allowed to refuse treatment to a kid in the emergency room because the administrator's wife cheated with the kid's father? No, any business should not be allowed to discriminate for just any reason. Some discrimination by some kinds of business are OK, others less so. I think discrimination becomes a legally actionable problem when prejudice is sufficiently widespread that discrimination systematically does grievous harm to a class of people. So, for example, I don't think homophobia is so catastrophic that it warrants abridging the religious liberties of bakers. Gay couples don't really have any trouble getting cakes for their weddings, nor does this discrimination seem (from my limited perspective) to encourage any kind of really deep oppression. On the other hand, however, I would argue that racial discrimination has historically been deeply oppressive, that the oppression there did substantial harm to many millions of lives, and so it became a legally actionable problem.
  8. Chris-M

    How do you see a Trump Administration?

    I voted "apocalypse" because I think Trump's foreign and trade policies have potentially disastrous synergy. If we really started a trade war with China while at the same time dismantling our global military presence, the consequences could be aggressive expansion by U.S. rivals across the world during a period of global economic recession. In that context, conflict between nuclear powers becomes much more likely. Conflict between nuclear powers anywhere in the world is potentially apocalyptic. However, if Trump does not undermine our role as peacekeeper for our allies, then I think we'll be OK. His other policy proposals are merely bad. He'll do damage, people will suffer, the political culture will become even more dysfunctionally divided, but most of us will survive. Of course, all of that assumes Trump's policy proposals will predict his actual policies. Which is, uh. Well, I wouldn't put any money on that proposition.
  9. Chris-M

    Trump is the new US President

    Had some Hispanic students crying in class yesterday because they were afraid they would have to "leave America." Anyway, Trump's election is a disaster for political culture in this country, but assuming Trump's foreign policy isn't apocalyptically destabilizing, we shall overcome. Social justice has met with worse setbacks. As for the Christian right, it has signed on with the devil, and I expect it to suffer the consequences.
  10. "Father of all nations and ages, we recall the day when our country claimed its place among the family of nations; for what has been achieved we give you thanks, for the work that still remains we ask your help, and as you have called us from many peoples to be one nation, grant that, under your providence, our country may share your blessings with all the people of the earth. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. AMEN" (Roman Missal, Independence Day Collect)
  11. My guess is that Trump will win. But you know, I tend not to have less faith in people than they deserve.
  12. So both teaching and studying are killing me, so I'm going to gone for a while. I'll be back before long, though, and I will reply to my threads.

    1. Wesker


      I haven't seen you on Skype much lately. :-(

  13. Chris-M

    Trump and Clinton Debate

    I mean, he's not wrong. Conservative Catholics are incredibly annoying people who use the language of medieval philosophers to pretend to be experts about literally everything. Much love for conservative Catholics here <3
  14. Hey CMC,

    To answer your question, yes, I'll respond to the videos when I have the opportunity. However, I have to go tonight. 

    Catch you another time o/

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    2. PlasmaHam


      @ComedyMusicHistory I feel exactly the same about BLM. A bunch of violent black protesters are not convincing me that the black guy was innocent, its doing the opposite. 

    3. ComedyMusicHistory


      Yeah, there is so much that could be said about BLM. I could write a ton about every it's doing wrong. Ironically in the past, pre-BLM if someone called me a racist I'd be very, while now I would bother me less, depending why, and if someone called me a racist for not supporting BLM I really could care less. BLM, SJW stuff on colleges, and certain colleges starting racial segregation in norms and classrooms "the good kind of segregation" has made me much less racial sensitive (like trying to tiptoe around anything controversial relating to race in America) and highly made me question the underlying ideology. I guess I just don't like Regressivism. Cause according to them MLK's "I dream of a day when people will be judged not by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character" is sooo 20th Century. It really ticks me off that BLM compare their movement to the Civil Rights Movement of people like MLK, Rosa Parks, and others. They're nothing similar. And trigger happy police men shooting people, in some/many cases African American, who've committed crimes not by any means deserving of the death penalty is certainly an issue that needs. I do think that the police has gotten overly militarized. But to compare someone who committed armed robbery, resisted arrested, and attacked a police officer getting killed, even if unjust, to African American 14 year old boy being murdered for flirting with a European American a woman by that women and her husband (and them getting a way with) is ridiculous. We don't live in the 1950's, and we certainly don't live in the 1890's. Regardless of how much an issue racism or past racism plays these BLM supporters, of all ethnic groups, seem to wish to believe they live in the Jim Crow Segregation Era South. If they were like, "There still are issues of racism, but we've come a long way in the last 50-60 years" I might actually take them more seriously.

      Anyway end of rant.

    4. ComedyMusicHistory


      Also I've been learning about the Civil Rights movement in my Political Science so when you learn about how different things were it just puts things into perspective. My teacher even gave all of us Literacy Tests, which should be called Extremely, Difficult Quick Question Tests, from Jim Crow Era Louisiana that were given to African Americans to keep them from voting (they had a Grandfather Clause so anyone who's grandfather had voted before Reconstruction could vote). It is just so ridiculous that people compare people needing ID to vote to those Literacy Tests.

  15. Am I the only one who's finding the quote function almost impossible to use in the new software?

    1. Jesusismyticket


      No, I cannot get it to work properly. ):

    2. PlasmaHam


      The quote function is finicky, yes.

    3. Nicene Nerd

      Nicene Nerd

      It's pretty difficult. The inability to go into code mode throws me way off.

  16. Chris-M

    Trump and Clinton Debate

    Hey, take a look at Clinton's website. Notice how at the top she advertises "universal" healthcare? It's almost like it's not a secret agenda! I suspect what you mean is that she supports a single-payer system. Which is, you know, a part of her public political record. However, it's unlikely that she's going to have the political support from Congress to actually pursue a single-payer system, so she'll probably have to compromise...in a way that looks like what she's publicly saying she's going to do. Making compromises you don't 100% agree with isn't dishonest. It's democracy.
  17. Chris-M

    Is anime bad to watch?

    "Anime has too much sex and violence." "Well, babe, at least it's not Shakespeare." "Or Mozart." "Or...You know."
  18. Chris-M

    Trump and Clinton Debate

    To rehash my oft-repeated views: Trump is a madman about foreign policy whose ideas about alienating our allies for a cash payoff would be catastrophic for peace the world over. His racist overtones make many of the children in my middle school classroom feel unwelcome and afraid in America, which makes him the most bigoted and divisive character in American politics in recent memory. His other ideas are nonsense ravings by a man who doesn't know anything but how to talk like a demagogue. Hillary is a typical liberal with a typical liberal agenda who has less political acumen than her presidential predecessors. However, she still has the minimum level of expertise and personal discipline to fill the office. Voting third party is a pointless exercise in personal "virtue." It's fine if it's some sort of ritual carried out with the knowledge that your vote doesn't matter anyway, but it's not going to make any difference. If your vote could possibly make any difference, you should vote Hillary, because to do otherwise could cause serious material harm to many, many people.
  19. Chris-M

    About Donald Trump

    Not at all. Racists are, by and large, mistaken in their beliefs. Although, to be fair, often comes without being chosen and won't leave even if you want to change.
  20. Chris-M

    About Donald Trump

    There are a large number of people in the United States who have strong implicit biases about all Hispanic people--that they are criminal and to be feared. When Donald Trump talks about how Mexico is sending us its rapists and criminals, he is subtextually engaging with those racist fears, even if he does not explicitly say that *all* Hispanic people are dangerous. His solidarity with racists gets communicated while he gets to fly under the cover of "talking straight about immigration."
  21. A Russian(?) spambot has occupied the front page of CTF for 10+ hours. That's the state of the site, folks.

    1. paraskeve
    2. Buoyancy


      It's been going on for two days, and now there's another one. Quick, someone put me back on staff so I can take out this beast. I want to be a sub mod. :P