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Old 04-30-2004, 02:51 PM   #46
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Offiss please stop drinking or smoking whatever it is you are on, as it is obviously affecting your brain. Assuming you have one.

For one, your writing (note the spelling) style, grammar and spelling are atrocious. If you expect people to take what you have to say seriously, then I suggest you learn how to say it properly.

As to religion, you better stop talking out of your ass. Whilst this kind of talk is OK on the web, where nobody knows who you are, if you repeated some of your garbage in the street, particularly amongst the ethnic communities, you might find yourself very unwelcome in the least.

You appear to be a bigot, judging by your comments, and a particularly ignorant one at that. If you truly represent Americaís views (I actually doubt that very much), then shame on America.

There are probably more Muslims in the world than Americans, and 99% of them have no desire to attack (literally not figuratively) America or itís people. From your rhetoric and support for the crap spouted by our respective leaders (Blair and Bush in case you were unsure), you would probably be quite happy dropping nukes all over the middle east, rather than try to understand why there are elements of Muslim culture that dislike America (or more accurately itís politics). If thatís the case, I hope you never venture overseas.

I for one happen to agree with the war in Afghanistan, considering the Talibanís stance on terrorism. However, Iraq is a completely different kettle of oil, and if you think that has anything to do with Muslims, you really are as misguided and ill educated as you sound.
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Old 04-30-2004, 03:19 PM   #47
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Most religions are founded by war, and you mighty Christians took part in a sickening holy war, remember the Crusades? Or Killing Indians that wouldn't convert? Organized Religion normally teaches good morals, but that's all it's good for. It's been the same shit since Greek mythology recycled and regurgitated in a slightly different form. (Saints = Greek Gods. They have a god for everything, Christians have a Saint. There are tons of parrallels. Read Age of Reason by Thomas Paine (the reason our country exists is because of him) he'll be happy to show you all the problems with Christianity. Hell, at least two people were dead before they supposedly wrote their books in the bible. That's always been quite a task!
Ahh Daseal, Daseal,

Your thought process sometimes shows such a waste of almost usuable raw material. And I would suggest to you, that neither Christ nor Buddha would agree with your statement that the organized religions which grew from their inspiration were "founded by war". Rather, in most cases, once a religious movement gained momentum and temporal power through the its spiritual energy and inspiration, those seeking temporal power attempted (and often succeeded) in corrupting and assimilating the power associated with the spiritual leadership. Although the ideal of closer individual and corporate communion with the ultimate "is" of the universe through ritual worship and study has, in many cases, been corrupted, to bash either the concept, accomplishments or continued potential good of organized religion is ignorant and short sighted. It is similar to saying, because business corporations do bad things, the concept of corporations is bad and came about only through greed.

Throughout history, organized religion (not just christianity) has been a vehicle through which men and women, however flawed, have attempted to pool their knowledge and understanding of the universe's infinite essence. To do so, they have adopted rituals and symbolism to address, describe and teach about the infinite. In its purest form, organized religion preserves and adds to knowledge from generation to generation. In this way, it reminds us of the focal point and helps us to remember that which has already been learned so we don't have to keep reinventing the wheel.

Does organized religion exist in "its purest form"? Yes, at times and in places. Has it been corrupted and its spiritual power been appropriated to accomplish temporal ends at odds with the religion's underlying teachings? Duh. How can this happen? Because while God inspired, organized religion is inevitably human run. Guess what? humans screw up, have flaws, get envious, greedy, etc.

You may choose to be an agnostic. That's fine. But before blasting "organized religion", please try to understand its true purpose and benefits.

Tools are what we make of them and accomplish that which we inspire. Organized religion, for the most part, through the thousands of years of human existense, has been a tool for good by operating as vehicle through which corporate knowledge is shared, deeper insights to our purpose on this world gained and practical assistance is given to those who wish to do good.

[By the way, the books entered into the Bible were decided by committee over a hundred years after most of the original disciples had died. Most of the books and letters assembled in the current Christian Bible were traditional documents of the church and the names attached to them were often in the way of communal reputation - Bible historiography and critique is actually a fascinating subject which I would gladly discuss with you.]

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Old 04-30-2004, 05:49 PM   #48
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Hey guys,

Looks like things may be getting a little heated on this topic. Let's agree to disagree and move on if the discussions can't stay civilized. I'd hate to see someone get booted because they lost their cool.

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Old 04-30-2004, 06:01 PM   #49
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Backrow: I don't agree with every war, but I do think that it should be avoided at all costs. Being in the service yourself I think you can appreciate the fact that I try to avoid war. No one want's to be put in imminent danger if it can be solved with a little bit of tact and a few concessions by both sides. I agree with the war on Afghanistan, I agree with World War II, I agree with wars when they are necessary to stop an imminent threat, we are attacked, or an ally needs help. I do however disagree with frivilous wars based on bad intelligence. I think that going to war is something you better be damn sure of before you start sending people's families in to battle. I came across a bit too harsh. I don't "hate" Christians. I think that Christianity is a great outlet for people to gather and gain spiritual health, but it's when people depend on it too much, or breathe too much into it that I get put out. The average Christian, I have nothing against, just like the average Muslim, Jew, Gypsy, whatever. It's when someone takes it to an unreal level that I get upset. The main difference is I can't bring myself to support a President who hasn't done that much in office. I wasn't exactly a huge Clinton fan, I did like the economy, I could care less about the blow job, but he did an even worse job than Bush when it came to the environmental issues.

Skinsfan: you're right. Offiss and I are on polar opposites of this issue. That's just how the ball tumbles. It's amazing how two people (Offiss and I) can agree fairly often on certain matters, but when it comes to politics we have totally opposite opinions. Part of the reason I like this country is people that have totally different opinions can be respected for having them.

Offiss: I'm suprised a Patriot such as yourself will call the man who singlehandedly sparked the revolition a moron. Without Thomas Paine and his propaganda filled pamphlet entitled "Common Sense" we would be discussing this over tea and crumpets (sorry for the stereotype, anon!). He was a great friend of Ben Franklins who brought him to this country. His paper sold like hotcakes and with it people made their congressmen vote for revolution, in states, such as Virginia, that weren't for revolution at the time. We would probably have never broken free of Brittish control if it weren't for Common Sense. The man is a great author and one of the most gifted minds to ever set foot in the country. Common Sense is not a long read, I suggest you pick it up sometime.

I'm not trying to conjure up sympathy for my stance. It's my stance, and unless I get overwhelmingly convinced the other way, I'm not going to change it. People can take my opinions or leave them, however they are my opinions and you'll have to live with this. Muslims don't want war, I promise you that. At least not most of them. There are a few crazy ones, just like there are a few crazy Christians. Did everyone say OH CHRISTIANS ARE AWFUL when Timmithy McVeigh (sp?) bombed Oklahoma? I don't think so! They said it's a crazy white guy, his religion didn't even come into play. I'm not trying to have the Muslim's come off as scott free. They make their fair share of mistakes. However, I don't have time to play both sides of the ball, and since everyone is taking your side, I want to illustrate the other. I don't see any problem in that what so ever. Look at Israel, when Britain took that land, if I were living there, I'd be mad too! You're telling me if Canada came in and said we're taking Colorodo for the Indians, because it's their favorite skiing resort (I know it's a bad analogy to compare holy lands to ski resorts, but stick with me) you'd be mad. And you don't even live in Colorodo! I don't mean to bash America. Sure, we have problems, but we also have huge upsides. We're all aware of this, and I'm not going to keep coming. If I come off as an America basher, I'm sorry. A Bush basher, definitly! The US does a lot of humanitarian aid, which I applaud them for but 40 mil more would be incrediable!

If you think that you "threw my argument back in my face" I don't think you did nearly that. I haven't said I hate anybody, at least not in the sense you refer to. I respect everyone on this board, and their opinion, not to mention your right to it! America is far from the most tolerent country. Almost any of the major countries in Europe don't care what religion you are. There is a lot of racism in our country, there's no way to deny it. It's somewhat natural in my opinion, but something we must overcome. As said above, most of the world is Muslim, so they obviously are doing something right. Not bad for being "godless" heathens, right?

Offiss, do you know what Agnostic is? It's not Atheist like often believed. It means I believe in a god, but I'm not sure exactly what. I feel that every man builds his own hybrid religion and as long as you live a good life and try your best to stick true to your morals and scrupples, then there will be no trouble in the afterlife.

JoeRedskin: I used the wrong word when I said that religions were founded by war. I didn't mean it quite like that, but most religious books have a lot of battles and fighting in them, do you not agree? I mean, Jesus himself died in quite a gruesome manner, there were wars, and religion has done a lot to fuel tensions leading to wars. I don't think someone could argue the other way very well.

I do agree that FOR THE MOST PART organized religion has done good. However, it has also done a lot of bad things. I mean warm meals for the homeless, blankets, food drives, the charitiable things that Churches do are countless. I thank them for that. However, organized religion has also caused a lot of suffering throughout the world for some times. Some of the nastiest, longest wars are because of religion. Look at the Middle East now and see how things are happening.

I would love to talk to you about religion sometime, JoeRedskin. I have quite a few questions for you, things I have always wondered. Perhaps you can clear some of them up for me. Do you have AIM? If so, try IMing me Daseal0
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As with any good thing Daseal, its misuse can have evil consequences. Further, how better for evil to discredit good than by taking potent tools of good and using them for evil purposes. Undoubtedly, countless wars have been fought in the name of God; torture, greed, lust and many many other abuses have justified, sanctioned or otherwise corrupted the power created by humanity's attempt to jointly worship and understand "God". To me, however, this does not discredit the use, encouragement or growth of organized religion. Rather, what the misuse of organized religion should show us is not that organized religion itself is bad but that it is a powerful force and, as it can be manipulated, we must be careful invoking the name of God in causes which require the use of destructive force against others.

As for the middle east, is it your assertion that organized religion is the root of its current problems?? I would suggest to you (as I thought you were trying to point out in other places in this thread) that the majority of organized islam opposes the radical fundamentalism which is the root of so much of the ME's problems right now. -- In fact, I think the ME demonstrate's my point exactly. It is not Islam that calls for the destruction of the US or for sunni to kill shi'a; it is the misuse of that religion by certain radical clerics and their followers that is the root of the region's problems. By taking sayings and lessons out of context and twisting them to selfish ends in an effort to gain temproral power, these small factions corrupt the essentially peaceful, positive message of Islam.

I also am afraid I disagree with you on T. Paine being a great mind. Undoubtedly, his "common sense" was a large motivitional factor in sparking the revolution. I read it ages ago, and as I recall, it struck me as rambling, reheated, less thought out Hume w/ a pre Marxian bent. I will look at it again. It is my understanding, however, that Paine was considered pretty much "out there" by the other founding fathers. Other then his pre-revolution writings, he was not much of a mover and shaker in early American politics. Both he and Sam (not John) Adams were pretty much marginalized after the war.

I may have AIM, I don't know - what is it?. I am a completely useless on that sort of stuff. If I can't point and click, I am pretty much lost. : )
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Old 04-30-2004, 07:08 PM   #51
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Hey guys,

Looks like things may be getting a little heated on this topic. Let's agree to disagree and move on if the discussions can't stay civilized. I'd hate to see someone get booted because they lost their cool.

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Please don't boot me pleeeaaaaaseeeee. I can't help it if Daseal is a godless, commie sympathizing, american bashing jerk; and that offiss is a neo-skinhead, fundamentalist uberpatriot war monger!! I must set them right, I must, I must!!!
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Old 04-30-2004, 07:30 PM   #52
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To come back to the original purpose of this post (and not to interrupt the debate), but it appears that the US Government has in fact declared Pat Tillman a hero. He was awarded the Silver Star today for performing his duty "without regard to his personal safety". He returned to an ambush to save the remainder of his platoon who was surrounded by hostile forces.

From the AP...

The Army gave the following account of Tillman's actions:

"Tillman's platoon was split into two sections. Tillman was the team leader of the lead section when the trail section began receiving suppressive mortar and small-arms fire. ... [The] cavernous terrain made it extremely difficult to target enemy positions, and there was no room for the trail element to maneuver out of the kill zone.

Even though his element was out of the area that had come under fire, Tillman "ordered his team to dismount and maneuvered his team up a hill toward the enemy's location," the Army said.

During the battle, he issued "fire commands to take the fight to the enemy on the dominating high ground," the statement continued.

"Only after his team engaged the well-armed enemy did it appear their fires diminished."

Because of Tillman's leadership and his team's efforts, the trail section under fire "was able to maneuver through the ambush to positions of safety without a single casualty," the Army said.


He did save many of his fellow soldiers. This would make him a hero in the traditional sense of the word.
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Old 04-30-2004, 08:51 PM   #53
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Please don't boot me pleeeaaaaaseeeee. I can't help it if Daseal is a godless, commie sympathizing, american bashing jerk; and that offiss is a neo-skinhead, fundamentalist uberpatriot war monger!! I must set them right, I must, I must!!!
Let's just keep things under control, that's all I ask.

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Old 04-30-2004, 08:59 PM   #54
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Anything I say I don't mean as hostile, even though I know it comes across as such.
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Old 05-01-2004, 12:21 AM   #55
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what is it about politics that sets almost everyone on the defensive? personally i don't care as much as i should about what's going on with the government but when someone has a viewpoint different from myself, then it's on like donkey kong.
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Old 05-01-2004, 12:29 AM   #56
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Probably because so much of a person's value system gets tied up in political ideaology. It's not just that you disagree with a point of view - by disagreeing with someone on some of these points, you are in a very real way calling into question their view of right and wrong.
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Old 05-01-2004, 12:42 AM   #57
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i hope they don't allow this stuff to happen cuz from all the interviews and whatnot, this is the type of stuff Tillman didn't want any part of.
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Old 05-03-2004, 06:50 PM   #58
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If Anyone watched the Memorial for Tillman, one of his fellow Rangers told the story of his death. It was quite a heroic event if you ask me.
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Old 05-03-2004, 07:45 PM   #59
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Guys, please take the hostilities somewhere else, like personal email or IM. This is a Redskins/Football message board.
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