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JimizoJul. 31, 2016 - 05:05PM JST
"There he goes again. Trying to be a politician instead of a pontiff. How about encouraging them to practice christianity?"
I don't hear the Republicans complaining too much when politicians keep dragging religion into politics.
This goes both ways.
Posted in: Pope to young: Try politics, activism; don't be couch potato
JimizoJul. 31, 2016 - 09:56AM JST
Well, fancy that. More trash-talk for the trash who like this sort of thing.
Posted in: Trump attacks Muslim father's convention speech
JimizoJul. 31, 2016 - 12:06AM JST
"Cut the guy a break. He visits one on the most horrific sights in the world and you guys bash him and Religeon. Have some respect for the millions of men women and children who were murdered in the holocaust."
I actually have some respect for this pope. I just think that admitting his organization's complicity with the Nazis and even helping some of the Nazi butchers flee from justice would be honest. We usually expect the same from leaders of nations who have skeletons in the wardrobe.
He is the leader of a church and a state.
Posted in: Pope visits Auschwitz, meets survivors
JimizoJul. 30, 2016 - 11:30PM JST
"Has the Vatican given a clear apology to you yet?"
No. I don't understand your point. It makes no sense. The Vatican has apologized for past appalling behaviour and I was wondering when they'd get around to this. Visiting places like this would be an opportune moment. It took them quite a few centuries to apologise for the Crusades and for persecuting Galileo.
Maybe wait a few centuries before an apology for supporting the Nszis?
JimizoJul. 30, 2016 - 06:53PM JST
Yes, but Trump's statements make his supporters whoop at rallies. So there, Mr or Ms smarty-pants.
Posted in: U.S. allies in Asia prefer Clinton to Trump, security experts say
JimizoJul. 30, 2016 - 06:45PM JST
The idea of a Muslim putting his or her life at risk by approaching the UK police to reveal a terror plot doesn't have any grounds to support it. Comparisons with trigger-happy police in the US don't really wash here.
If you accept my contention that approaching the UK police isn't a life-threatening thing to do, would you then condemn those who don't approach the police?
Posted in: Islamic renewal
JimizoJul. 30, 2016 - 06:37PM JST
"Sanders is choosing the lesser of two evils."
"evils, is right. Sorry that excuse doesn't cut it at all. Bernie knows full well what Hillary really stands for and in whose interests she is working. As for getting his concerns on the agenda we know where Hillary will consign them should she be elected,"
I'd say in most situations you'd have a point but Trump is a real danger to the US. He has to be beaten. His dinner bells for racists and bigots, his childish hair-trigger temper and utter lack of knowledge make him a terrifying prospect. Hillary is dodgy and uninspiring but nothing like this unpredictable man child.
He must lose in November. Sanders no doubt despises Clinton but he's right to do everything he can to stop Trump.
Posted in: Trump says Sanders 'sold his soul to the devil'
JimizoJul. 30, 2016 - 01:38PM JST
Let's try to cut through the erm, sophistication, and get a few straight answers. In fact let's limit it to one.
You believe reporting terror plots to the police but it's understandable that some wouldn't because they've had bad experiences with the law. Is 'understandable' the right word here? I don't doubt that Muslims and other minorities have suffered discrimination from the police in the UK but are you seriously putting forward the idea that every encounter with the police is potentially life threatening? I'm not aware of too many incidents of Muslims being killed by UK police officers. Can you support this claim?
Let's try this again. Do you think there is any justification whatsoever for not informing the police of a terrorist plot? My answer is a resounding no despite the discrimination which undoubtedly exists.
JimizoJul. 30, 2016 - 12:27PM JST
"Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Friday said that Bernie Sanders “sold his soul to the devil” in deciding to support Hillary Clinton for president."
Sanders repeated many times before he conceded that Trump must never become president. Trump stands for things ( racism, division, misogyny, bigotry etc. ) which Sanders despises.
Most of the Trump supporters here find it difficult to give Trump a ringing endorsement. Most of the Clinton supporters here find it difficult to give Clinton a ringing endorsement. That's understandable. It's very much a lesser of two evils argument.
Sanders is choosing the lesser of two evils. Given the US has a very limited choice in elections, it's the grown-up thing to do. The idea of being grown-up isn't something which registers with a man who throws out childish nicknames, sulks with a face like a smacked arse and gets into silly Twitter fights.
JimizoJul. 30, 2016 - 12:10PM JST
Has the Vatican given a clear apology for its open allegiance with the Nazis and other fascistic movements in Europe yet? I remember John Paul II giving a vague apology for anti-Semitism but I don't remember him clearly addressing it.
JimizoJul. 30, 2016 - 01:03AM JST
Your posts are the most evasive and opaque I've ever read.
Let's try a few yes/no questions:
Is the idea of throwing homosexuals in jail a bad idea?
Is not telling the authorities of a plot to kill innocent citizens a bad idea?
Is religion a valid basis to discriminate?
Yes or no answers to these questions would be refreshing.
JimizoJul. 30, 2016 - 12:23AM JST
"What do you care? You're not American. So you've lived in TX for a while. No biggy. If republicans are "bottom feeders" what does that say about crooked Democrats??"
The US is the most powerful country in the world ( chant, whoop, dress up as a cowboy, drape yourself in a flag or whatever ) and who is in charge affects the lives of many. The last time a Republican was in office, he embroiled my country in a disgusting bloidbath in Iraq and saw the world economy nearly go off the cliff on his watch. I see Trump as even more dangerous than the cross-eyed, semi-literate, bible-thumping rich kid who destroyed America's reputation.
I wish you could keep these clowns within your borders. If you could, vote for Cletus with his bible, flag and assault weapon and I wouldn't care less.
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JimizoJul. 29, 2016 - 11:02PM JST
"Hillary is so crooked, Caligula would be blushing. She makes L.B. Johnson look like an honest man."
It's pretty comical that the Republicans see Johnson as a standard of dishonesty when they have Richard Nixon on the books.
Incidentally, Nixon left office with the lowest approval ratings of any postwar US president. He was closely followed by another Republican, George W Bush. If Trump gets in, I'll predict he'll be out with approval ratings even lower than these Republican bottom feeders.
JimizoJul. 29, 2016 - 10:47PM JST
"complete with patronizing comparisons of timelines that put "them" x-hundred years behind "us"
Calling it patronizing doesn't make it false. I was once told by a Dane living in the UK how backward the British view of sex was. I agreed with him. My friend in the UK is a practicing Catholic and a history lecturer who told me that it's no accident that European fascism was embraced most warmly by Catholics. You've got to be honest about these things.
To be honest, I'm more concerned about the ideas of the faithful in my own country of birth. A recent poll showed that over half of UK Muslims want homosexuality criminalised while another poll revealed that less than half would be prepared to tell the authorities about a possible terrorist plot by fellow Muslims. This concerns me very much.
I'll call the beliefs of many Muslims living in the UK both backward and dangerous. If you don't think the idea of throwing homosexuals in jail is backward, please tell me why. A person's deeply held religious beliefs should never be seen as a cloak for uncivilised ideas. Call it out every time and make it clear that these ideas are hateful, barbaric and uncivilised. I know I'm repeating civilised here. It's the key word.
As Salman Rushdie once said, call it out every effing time.
JimizoJul. 29, 2016 - 10:33PM JST
I just watched the Clinton speech. Let's be honest, she is a bloody awful speaker. Michelle Obama, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama were top drawer. Hillary's speech was like listening to Neil Young sing after listening to Marvin Gaye*.
*Marvin Gaye was a supremely gifted vocalist and songwriter. He was a black man who wrote songs about things like environmental problems, the horror of war and racism among other things. I just wasn't sure if some Trump supporters would get the reference.
JimizoJul. 29, 2016 - 03:56PM JST
"My ears deceived me during Hillary's speech. They chanted, "USA, USA, USA." They even waved lots of American flags.
Uh-Hmm . . . but when Trump supporters do this kind of activity -all of a sudden it's considered "hate" or "racism." Incredible"
What's your obsession with people chanting and waving flags ? You do realise that elitists like Trump and Clinton regard this kind of bahaviour as moronic and these people as morons?
I had more respect for my Jack Russell puppies who learned to sit on command and not crap on my mother's carpet.
JimizoJul. 29, 2016 - 03:39PM JST
"I have no doubt Clinton will steadily make the world more dangerous should she become president."
Possibly. She is a hawk. On the other hand, Trump is capable of destabilizing the planet quicker than you can whoop and driving civilised society off the cliff.
JimizoJul. 29, 2016 - 02:35PM JST
"Or take Pakistan, where there are senseless "honor-killings" all the time. Those knuckledraggers got a long-long way to go."
To be fair, honour killings are not limited to Pakistan or Muslims.
JimizoJul. 29, 2016 - 12:50PM JST
"I have nothing but the highest regard for people within a religious group making a call to reform it. So Raza gets full kudos from me."
Same here. Those who speak out are often putting their lives in danger by doing so. These people have real guts.
I just hope that people face the fact that reform is badly needed. Some won't even admit that.
JimizoJul. 29, 2016 - 10:03AM JST
"Another key aspect of Islamic reform is to learn from other faiths. How have they reformed by putting aside some notions from centuries ago, that are no longer compatible with the 21st century? In Islam, there is the idea of “armed jihad,” which was valid in seventh-century Arabia because there were no nation states, borders or the United Nations. Tribes only knew how to deal with other through armed warfare (which is essentially the meaning of armed jihad). The reform movement asks for Islamic leaders to delete the notion of armed jihad from the understanding of Islam today."
It's interesting that this article doesn't mention the example of the prophet and this excerpt is an interesting way to deal with his example. I remember watching a debate on Islam and when one Muslim described the prophet as "a mercy to the world", he was left a babbling shambles when confronted with the facts of Mohammed's brutal and bloody wars. The best he could come up with was a disingenuous reply of self-defence and the facts are debatable. It reminded me of nationalists throwing up a smokescreen when confronted with the facts of their beloved countries' historical brutality. Another writer posed the awkward question of is the conduct of IS so different to the example of the prophet.
I suppose the honest answer is butchering people is disgusting and always has been regardless of nation states but that's far too honest for many of the devout. They tend to get a bit touchy about criticism of the greatest man ever lived.
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Jul. 31, 2016 - 06:26PM JST
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