The first mistake of every anti-Christian argument is generalizing a title given to literally thousands of religions. Each with it's own definition of what was written in not one, but hundreds of versions of a collection of books that can vary drastically from one version to the next. Not every version of the Holy Bible even has the same books in it.
Saying "Christians are this or that" is no different than saying "Europeans are this or that" or "accountants are this or that".
The only truth you can say about Christians in general is "Christians believe in a God named Jesus". Everything else has as many exceptions as rules. And there may even exist a sect of Christianity that would consider that debatable to some degree.
Even hell is arbitrary to Christianity. Some versions of Christianity believe hell to be a "self-induced state of being" others believe it to be "whatever those who go there make it". Some consider it permanent, for others it is temporary, some even consider it a metaphor.
And the last mistake of every conversation about Christianity is when Christians from many different religions come out in troves to provide the teachings from their version of it. God knows I've made that very mistake too many times on here and in conversation else where.
No Christianity debate can be final, as no one group of people can ever complete the points for every religion that calls itself Christian.
I still believe apologetic behavior can improve relations between Christians and non-Christians, but I don't feel this is my calling and it should probably be left to somebody who has a degrees in Theology and Philosophy.
A Christian denomination is an identifiable religious body under a common name, structure, and doctrine within Christianity. Divisions between one group and another are defined by doctrine and church authority. Issues such as the nature of Jesus, the authority of apostolic succession, ...
I have here an old article and a newer one talking about the "healthcare problems" of Washington state.
I was born in Washington state. I have been a resident my entire life with my four years in Mexico being my only exception.
Journalist like to point how our socialist laws sans individual mandate caused all of our health providers to leave the state. What they don't like to tell you is how new companies sprouted from their remains founded by locals that are now healthcare behemoths that gives us low cost health care with lower deductibles than any where else in the country.
Oregon is trying to make their citizens complacent with their $2000 annual deductibles by showing how our companies left, because it is easier than actually doing work. I hear people in Portland complaining about their health plans, yet I don't hear that in Vancouver, WA just across the river... hmmm...
In fact Oregonians most beloved and Oregon founded healthcare Kaiser Permanente has it's plans based out of Longview, WA.
They will tell you that Washington has seen nearly all of it's health care providers leave the states. What they forget to mention is that these are the same ones now getting sued by other states for illegal practices. While all of the good providers like Grouphealth and Kaiser never left and have since flourished in the absence of piss poor companies.
Most importantly though. Above all other things. You don't hear Washingtonians complaining about how their health care was from 1998 to 2010. Those 12 years that the New Yorker claimed that we had "no healthcare providers available" when "it was impossible to for insurers to do business" yet somehow, magically, we all seemed happy with the healthcare we had that by some mystical means kept showing up in the form of health care cards that allowed us services at no additional charges time and time again. Oh the humanity!
Snark aside. States where the exchanges haven't done that great seem to be using us as some kind of example of how bad it could be. Which is funny considering how great it is going up here.
Sadder still, The New Yorker, up until their system started to go tits up had been claiming us as the model for health reform. Amazing how fast your friends can turn on you when they don't get their pony for their sweet sixteen.
Government CANT force corporations to do anything. It's not even possible. The very idea is naive.
It will sooner rain chocolate sprinkles while we all start farting rainbows than any government can grasp any control over a single multi-national multi-billion corporate conglomerate.
Nobody likes that, well nobody not watching Fox news, but it is reality and it isn't going to change just because we join hands and starting singing "we are the world".
We tried it with Haliburton, now half of their HQ staff is in Dubai. Tax free and living an anarcho-libertarian wet dream. We also tried it with our food industry. Now Grupo Bimbo makes most of our processed foods, hiring illegal immigrants, owned by deported immigrants.
The president right now is trying to simplify our code and reduce the long term tax rate and it is one of the few things I can agree with him on.
Good for you Obama, yes you can! Well, at least I hope you can.
"Our tax system should not reward U.S. companies for giving up their U.S. citizenship." —Treasury Secretary Jack Lew on why it's time to prevent multinational corporations from avoiding taxes: http://wapo.st/1Anutu4
What ever happened to the world to make every problem in the world someone else' fault. If we spent as much time fixing our problems as we did pointing fingers we probably wouldn't have these problems.
S.E. Cupp states the case for atheists joining the conservative ranks.
S.E. CUPP: I don’t know, I don’t believe in God but I’m not mad at him.
I became an atheist because I’m not a joiner, I didn’t ...
Also, I should point out that I'm not attempting to flame our president, but point out my long standing point that presidents in general get far more blame and credit than they are actually worth.
European bank practices crashed our economy out of greed and US/Chinese manufacturers fixed it out of necessity.
The government helped by changing regulations and picking up a bunch poor investments to float us through the hard times (both W. Bush and Obama did a lot of this), but did nothing nor had/has the power to do anything to actually repair the damage.