I hope good intentions count for something. I've seen many times in my own life when I was really trying to do the right thing only to find out weeks, months, years later even that I was actually doing the wrong thing. I'm very aware of my own capacity for self-deception. It's a weakness. May God have mercy.
I like the Fatima prayer. It acknowledges the reality of hell and the power of God to save us from it, even the worst of us, all in a few sentences.
No need to be snarky. The definitions of sexual assault has changed before and will likely change again. There's no reason to assume it will be static. Pederasty was (is?) a phenomenon accepted in highly refined cultures. Why is the legal age to consent to sex 18 (or maybe 16 in some jurisdictions)? Why not 14? 13? Where is the line drawn and why can't that be challenged in a court of law? And is pedophilia illegal? Maybe there are laws against child porn and such but just having a sexual attraction to children is not a crime. If you are going to condescend to people at least make sure what you're saying is correct.
That article is just cherry picking a bunch of confederates who said blatantly racist things and believed in black slavery like they believed in the gospel. It's not including all those people who fought for primarily for states rights and who, actually, were against slavery and racism.
I don't really consider myself invested in this thread. There's like three gay threads and two other threads about racism. Times are busy. Sorry it seems dismissive but attentional resources are limited. I came in here to speak my peace not to debate really. But in any case it's been a consistent pattern even when I'm not being flippant.
I've never seen the movie Frozen (I know, I know. I'm missing out), so I feel like the princess would be a lie. Mulan, well that would just complicate things wouldn't it? People might start thinking I'm Asian :P.
There's a difference between flying the flag over a public building and flying one over your own house. If you're cool with a lot of people thinking you're racist, then fine, fly your flag. Maybe you're not racist but people are going to think that you are. You say "the vast majority" of southerners doesn't think it's racist I think the "vast majority of black people" think it's racist. Forget logic here, we're both talking about our perceptions and both talking out of our ass. This is all about feelings really. I've also done a lot of studying on institutionalized racism and I'm pretty closed-minded on the subject. It exists. Microaggression is a real and damaging phenomenon. Social engineering is real and damaging phenomenon. These beliefs do inform my feelings toward the confederate flag. I'll admit that. I suspect we are not operating from this same premise? I'm all for letting the defeated side tell their story, are you? In every case? I'll remember this if and when we have discussions about the terrible crimes the church or the US government have committed against people who they have subsequently silenced
In summation the confederate flag should be banned from public buildings not private property just like the swastika should be, but if you choose to fly either for reasons noble or vile don't be upset with the social consequences.
I personally take people seriously when they vocally glorify demons and stuff even if they don't really believe in that "fairy tale" and are doing it for shock value. I don't screw around with that stuff.
No, but that has little to do with withdrawing from the state. I like the idea of building a separate society. I don't think that's fundamentally anti-Catholic. Almost like when you look at the early church who had no power in the prevailing political class until what, 300 ADish? We're certainly losing political power. That's a reality we have to deal with.
The Cross is much more important and sacred than any flag so, no. I haven't read any of your posts Knight (why I "failed to address" your points). I don't think it matters. I know that the confederate flag may represent a bunch of great things but that it's a symbol of racism and white supremacy is also undeniable. If it stands for anything noble, it's been hijacked. Again it's a freaking flag. I know it's used to taunt black people and make them constantly aware of where they stand in society. Although I know Soc thinks that we are post-racial and that all we have now are race-bating pc bleeding heart liberals. I don't know where you stand Knight. I don't know if or why you feel particularly strong about keeping the flag, but I won't shed a single tear if and when it comes down. They can burn em for all I care.