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JimizoOct. 24, 2014 - 01:07AM JST
You still haven't explained why a particular view of religion is twisted. Conflicting sects have been killing and demonizing each other for centuries and many still do. What authority do you reference to call any interpretation of a religion twisted? You also seem to put forward the idea that Islam is separable from the Koran ( accepted by Muslims as the perfect word of god ) or Christianity from the bible. Don't you accept that the Koran and the Hadiths contain verses which incite violence towards those who don't share a particular belief? On whose authority do you tell Christians that discrimination of homosexuals is wrong when it is clearly stated and punishable by execution in the text and not refuted by Jesus in the New Testament? I certainly don't know the correct interpretation but I can say that these texts contain ideas I would regard as evil. Can you tell us the correct interpretation?
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JimizoOct. 23, 2014 - 08:57PM JST
'notice Brendan Rogers not so smug now.'
I don't remember him being smug. Liverpool were outplayed and couldn't defend last night. Great to see a round of applause from the Liverpool fans for Ronaldo, an ex-Man U man. Top fans who don't deserve Balotelli - an utter knob.
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JimizoOct. 23, 2014 - 04:51PM JST
'The Bible has been used as a context for millions of killings. Are you saying Christianity is inherently evil?'
Anything which advocates slavery and executing people for things like homosexuality is evil. Wouldn't any morally normal person agree?
JimizoOct. 23, 2014 - 03:33PM JST
'But the very fact that you need to identify one group of Muslims against another group of Muslims'
I think you'll find it's the religious who are most guilty of identifying one group of Muslims against another and in the case of Sunni and Shia are prepared to slaughter them on that basis. This has nothing to do with Islam? What
other basis would they find to do it?
'The problem isn't Islam'
If someone were to start a cult and write a book which contained incitements to kill and this caused the murder a particular group, the fault would lie with those sickos who followed the message and the cult leader and text would be completely blameless?
JimizoOct. 23, 2014 - 02:30PM JST
'But the Muslims I know (and I know a lot) are totally appalled by groups like this.'
Being the well-educated, decent person you are, I'm sure your Muslim friends are the same. That doesn't mean that there are many ( more than many people care to acknowledge ) Muslims who have morals and hold beliefs which are not too far removed from those of 1400 years ago. Nor does it mean that the texts don't contain verses justifying atrocious acts. Murderous fanatics such as IS attempt to justify their atrocities with reference to religion, not nationalism or other causes. That's what they say. I see no reason not to take them at their word on this.
JimizoOct. 23, 2014 - 01:09PM JST
I'm not convinced the likes of IS or Al Qaeda are examples of people twisting religion. It seems to me those who stay closest to the texts are often accused of twisting it. People like IS can and do reel off verses to justify their actions. Those verses are there for all of us to see. Progressives will reel off the verses justifying their view and fundamentalists will reel off verses justifying their view. I don't know who has the authority to say who is twisting what.
JimizoOct. 23, 2014 - 12:42PM JST
'Simply because it is common doesn't make it a part of the religion, Jeff! A lot of bad things are a part of the "Christian world" but that doesn't make them a part of or even influenced by Christianity.'
Very true but can you convince anyone that a violent organisation called 'Islamic State' in favour of imposing brutal Islamic Law has nothing to do with Islam? Religion is hardly incidental here, is it?
JimizoOct. 23, 2014 - 09:11AM JST
Excellent post. Glad to see some actual knowledge and sanity prevailing on this thread after the madness of the first two contributions.
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JimizoOct. 22, 2014 - 08:40AM JST
This should help the lonely nights in the Osaka Kobans fly by.
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JimizoOct. 21, 2014 - 07:46AM JST
Make the penalties harsher. Make sure these filthy devices are as scarce as possible.
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JimizoOct. 20, 2014 - 11:12PM JST
'Actually, Kickboard, I came on to do just that. He's doing very well for Milan. If only he could do as well for the national team.'
23 goals in 59 games from midfield including goals in World and Asian Cups ( he was voted player of the tournament in 2011 ). I'm just wondering what you would regard as playing well for the national team.
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JimizoOct. 20, 2014 - 09:05PM JST
Is there any possible topic on this planet on which you are unable to bring up 'Communist China'? Lazy, arrogant and frankly inept politicians have been found abusing taxpayers' money yet again. This isn't about the dark forces of the left which seem to whirl around in your fevered imagination. Politicians should follow the law and stop abusing people's hard-earned money. It's pretty simple.
Posted in: Trade, justice ministers quit as Abe loses 2 of his 5 women ministers
JimizoOct. 20, 2014 - 05:05PM JST
'Jimizo- Define "well educated". :)'
The ability to read the basic characters used the script of your native language would be a good start.
JimizoOct. 20, 2014 - 04:15PM JST
Male or female, this side of Japanese politics has not and will not change. Political blue-bloods with all the laziness, complacency and arrogance of those believing they were born to rule continue making politics in this country a joke. This is a well-educated country with many smart people who could offer something better than this and have the common sense to understand that misuse of taxpayer cash actually matters. The problem could be that these smart people are smart enough to know how difficult it is to enter this club and take their talents elsewhere.
JimizoOct. 20, 2014 - 12:52PM JST
Some game at Loftus Road. I felt sorry for QPR who deserved a point for sheer effort but they missed sitters and scored 2 oggies. Harry first in the sack race?
Posted in: Liverpool wins thriller in Premier League
JimizoOct. 20, 2014 - 12:43PM JST
He's in very good form and proving many doubters wrong including many AC Milan fans. He said he was good enough for one of the top leagues and it seems he was right. Good on him.
JimizoOct. 19, 2014 - 10:45PM JST
'...the guys who tried to sweep the sexual exploitation by priests under the carpet here'
Call it the sexual abuse and rape of children rather than 'exploitation'. I also prefer the word 'criminals' to 'guys'. Anybody who attempted to cover up one of the worst crimes imaginable ( including the disgusting violation of deaf children ) and in some cases shifting them to another area where they continued to prey on the defenseless should be serving a life sentence.
Posted in: Setback for Pope Francis as synod fails to agree on gays, divorcees
JimizoOct. 19, 2014 - 06:31PM JST
Sorry, careless phrasing. I should have said 'I've heard the message' not 'I've seen the message'. I've heard many, particularly those on the US right, pointing out that Jesus didn't repudiate the Hebrew Bible's murderous hatred of homosexuals and this showed his approval of this attitude. The same people tend to overlook his attitude towards money and forgiveness of course.....
JimizoOct. 19, 2014 - 06:09PM JST
'I'm not religious, but this just doesn't make sense to me. Didn't Jesus hang out with, like, prostitutes and tax collectors (what could be worse than a tax collector?), and tell that thief who got crucified next to him that he could go to heaven, and say something about not coming to call the righteous, but rather sinners to repentance? What, Jesus's standards weren't high enough?'
I've seen the message of Jesus interpreted as justifying homophobia, capitalism, owning weapons, pacifism, communism, violent revolution etc...I like to see him as a hippie socialist. The conservatives point out the fact that he didn't mention homosexuality and so they refer to the barbarism of the Hebrew bible ( which advises execution of homosexuals ) to justify their bigotry. The progressives point out that he didn't mention homosexuality and assume that he didn't see it as important. The common sense approach would be to understand that we shouldn't look to the moral outlook of a first century Jewish preacher to decide moral issues in 2014 and geriatric virgins(?) are not the best people to approach on sexual matters.
JimizoOct. 18, 2014 - 09:58AM JST
'China reacted with renewed anger on Friday.
So who actually give a hooting duck.
China stop repressing your own people, let hong kong choose who to vote for, leave Tibet, show some humanity instead of criticising others about what they do on their own soil, in their own time, on their own dime.'
It's become the usual refrain of apologists to point out China's dreadful human rights record or Korea's bloody-mindedness as a way of not dealing with the obvious - this place enshrines those guilty of disgusting crimes and it's museum attempts to whitewash them. This place is toxic and disgraces the memory of the decent who fought and died. I notice Taiwan also issued a rebuke. Can you point to Taiwanese human rights violations or Taiwanese bloody-mindedness towards Japan as a way of not dealing with the point?
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