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"Concern for rape victims is a red herring because conceptions from rape occur with approximately the same frequency as snowfall in Miami."
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When making a statement of such deep emotional effect, it will help a bit if it is WELL supported by RESEARCH AND statistics.
My understanding is: that a woman can claim that she was raped by her husband if he doesn't receive her ascent first!
 If that's valid there are millions raped weekly in that when out on a date one usually simply moves to having intercourse and doesn't go that far unless a  partner  EXPLICITLY STOPS THE ACTION!
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"This sectional combination for the submersion of the Constitution, has been aided in some of the States by elevating to citizenship, persons who, by the supreme law of the land, are incapable of becoming citizens; and their votes have been used to inaugurate a new policy, hostile to the South, and destructive of its beliefs and safety."
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This Santa Clause is another example of the twisting of "religions to mislead people. How is lying to a child representative of what God expects from us. And who benefits from this? 
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I'd be more concerned about the mangier leaders inside the Capitol. 

Is this the same building that has the ten commandments in all they're granite glory?  

....  was the goddess liberty dressed up as Mary? 
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The first KKK was founded by six Confederate veterans (all white-none black) to restore white supremacy. Black people had no part in the organization-they were its primary targets. All over the world, darker coloring is associated with people working in the sun, meaning the poorer class. That is the most basic reason. It says nothing about that person's character or lack thereof. While it may surprise you, there are non-white feminists. Most feminists support body autonomy, which includes the right to not be inhabited against your will. 
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Hypocrisy is the glue that holds both societies & psyches together. And Mobius Gnosticism is part of the solvent which unleashes us. For more about Mobius Gnosticism, please see http://TrueTyme.org/mg.pdf . All comments pro and con are welcome. 
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+Frank Martin The idea here I think, is that as a non-christian I do not celebrate the birth of christ... that's the plain simple truth. 

HOWEVER, the timing of the season is important. Mid winter is a much needed time to reconnect to family, home, and recharge the internalness of being human just stepping away from work for a couple of days and celebrating helps kick the hell out of winter blues. (I live in Canada - winters are [used to be anyway] long and grey, dreary and cold - and severely lacking in Vitamin D) Psychologically this mid winter holiday season is quite simply a requirement. 

So for me, as an agnostic, the winter holiday season is celebrated with lights, feasts, family, friends, gifts, super cheesy decorations, snowmen, warm cocoa, wine and egg nog.  If I do pull 'traditions' out of a beat up old travel trunk.. they are chosen for the sense of happy memories everyone shares. You'll find as many manger scenes in my home as you'd find of any other winter festival myth including santa, poseidon, sol, mithra... but I think the hogfather is my favouritest. 

The bee in most secular bonnets is this winter festival 'ownership' by christians that while it's relatively new is very domineering and a little close minded at excluding what the season really is. The whole "Remember the true meaning of Christmas" mantra simply gets a little tiring when most of the people scowling it out are in fact forgetting the original meaning/reason of the season. That regardless of which myth you celebrate - it fills a human need during a difficult season to get together, kick up our heels and just be joyful in the very face of bitter cold ice and snow.. here anyway... there's nothing better than flipping hardship the joyful bird. 
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"All told, Christmas is mainly a public nuisance. People would be better of if they paid no attention to it."
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Ah, no wonder. You're welcome. 
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President Bill Clinton signs the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances (FACE) Act. This new law made the blocking of entrances to reproducti

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King Henry VIII of England publicly burns the writings of Martin Luther in front of St. Paul's Cathedral, London.

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Eugenio Pacelli, the future Pope Pius XII, is born. Pacelli will be pope during the period of World War II, forcing him to address issues an

Today in History: 26 April 1933: Hitler Signs Nazi-Vatican Concordat, Pu...
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Upon signing the Nazi-Vatican Concordat, Adolf Hitler puts his support behind the elimination of secular schools in favor of religious schoo

Today in History: 14 May 1925: Former Law Professor John Randolph Neal W...
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Today in History: 13 March 2003: Human Footprints from 350,000 Years Ago...
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The journal Nature reports that a set of 56 human footprints have been found in Italy's Roccamonfina volcano complex, north of Naples. O

Today in History: 16 March 2003: Archbishop Oscar Lipscomb Admits Lettin...
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Catholic archbishop Oscar Lipscomb of the Mobile, Alabama archdiocese admits that he permitted Rev. J. Alexander Sherlock to remain in the p

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French philosopher Voltaire dies. Voltaire was one of the most famous of the French philosophers during the French Enlightenment in the 18th

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The Coinage Act of 1864 is passed in the United States, causing the motto "In God We Trust" to first appear on U.S. coins. Eventua

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L. Ronald Hubbard Jr., the son of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard, testifies that his father was obsessed with controlling and destroying

Today in History: 12 April 1922: Hitler Claims as a Christian He's Oblig...
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Adolf Hitler says during a speech that, as a Christian, he feels an obligation to be anti-Semitic because the Jews are doing so much damage

Today in History: 3 May 1985: L. Ron Hubbard's Military Records to be Re...
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In Portland, Oregon, Circuit Judge Donald H. Londer rules that records of L. Ron Hubbard's World War II military service and medical tre

Today in History: 21 March 1966: Ginzburg v. US - Ralph Ginzburg Convict...
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Decided: Ginzburg v. United States - The Supreme Court rules 5-4 against magazine publisher Ralph Ginzburg, upholding his conviction for dis