“I'll tell you what you did with Atheists for about 1500 years. You outlawed them from the universities or any teaching careers, besmirched their reputations, banned or burned their books or their…Continue
"It's a BS pop-culture slang amalgam of two words. It sounds like some cheerleader made it up to describe the zit she got the day of the homecoming game. You can almost hear the bubblegum smacking when you say it."
If you're asking me, I'd say those are rational fears so not phobias by that criterion. It might be a phobia if you, say, break into a cold trembling sweat when you see a man with a beard or if you run screaming from a picture of a…"
"Wouldn't "extreme" mean to an unreasonable degree? Either way, the intent of the term is to make the fearful person appear silly or hysterical or bigoted; it attempts to delegitimize any reasonable and proportional fear."
"I think the IRS should be up their asses with a magnifying glass, and present them with a nice tax bill next year based on this year's income. Nice fantasy, but nothing will ever threaten their tax exempt status. Just like nothing…"
"It begs the question, "Why is it the staus quo?" Slavery was the status quo because one group considered itself elevated above others. Religion is very good at that but it's not the only ideology that does that. In…"
"More than denounce the violence after the fact, they could take action to prevent the violence. Muslim communities in non-muslim countries seem pretty close-knit. Do they not recognize when a young recent convert is spouting dangerous…"
"Case in point: About a month ago in Australia police had gotten word that some local IS converts were planning a public beheading. They conducted an extensive search of the muslim neighborhoods looking for the terror suspects. To be fair, I…"
"But would most of them actually think the murder of an abortion doctor was a good thing?
No. Most would likely see it as a horrible, distasteful, ugly, but necessary thing. It wouldn't BE necessary, they'd say, if those doctors…"
"I think the point is not whether the individual would actually behead someone themselves. It is that most moderates at least look the other way from extremism. Most mainstream muslims probably wouldn't have the stomach for a beheading just like…"
"I guess it's a pet peeve of mine: tolerance/tolerate. If I show "tolerance" toward a person or group it means that I, through my grace and charity, permit them to exist in my reality. What gives anyone the right or standing to…"