But the very role of government and public policy is to have a rational and objective view on what is reasonable for citizens to do and not do as part of civil society.
Who decides whether the government's public policy is rational and objective?
quick google search yields:
difference: 51,346,352 unattached males
difference: 10,689,084 unattached females
It's like US politicians puffing out their chests and bragging about cutting the deficit by a couple billion dollars when we're over seventeen trillion dollars in debt and still growing by almost a trillion dollars per year.
Keep that in mind during this election cycle, please, so that we don't wind up like Greece.
If they want more then they can produce more. If they don't care then let them produce less. All it requires is that we stand by the principle that "if you don't work then you don't eat".
Wait... isn't there a name for this already?
Jesus had a reputation for being precisely the opposite of what you insinuate. He wasn't the least bit interested in making political points against the Romans. Furthermore, re-read Mark 12:15-17.
1 Corinthians 6:7 (NIV)
7 The very fact that you have lawsuits among you means you have been completely defeated already. Why not rather be wronged? Why not rather be cheated?
8 Instead, you yourselves cheat and do wrong, and you do this to your brothers and sisters.
9 Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men
10 nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.
11And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.
"Give to Caesar that which is Caesar's, and give to God what is God's," is actually a direct challenge to throw the Romans out of Judea, a statement made within the Court of the Gentiles on the temple grounds.
Here's the actual text:
Matthew 22:15-22King James Version (KJV)
15 Then went the Pharisees, and took counsel how they might entangle him in his talk.
16 And they sent out unto him their disciples with the Herodians, saying, Master, we know that thou art true, and teachest the way of God in truth, neither carest thou for any man: for thou regardest not the person of men.
17 Tell us therefore, What thinkest thou? Is it lawful to give tribute unto Caesar, or not?
18 But Jesus perceived their wickedness, and said, Why tempt ye me, ye hypocrites?
19 Shew me the tribute money. And they brought unto him a penny.
20 And he saith unto them, Whose is this image and superscription?
21 They say unto him, Caesar's. Then saith he unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's; and unto God the things that are God's.
22 When they had heard these words, they marvelled, and left him, and went their way.
The people who were listening to Jesus at the time apparently disagree with you and with Reza Aslan: they took the statement to mean that they should pay their taxes.
So either you're malicious or you should consider reading a little bit before tipping your fedora.
Nobody is saying you have to celebrate same-sex marriage
They're being forced to participate in the celebration of something they deem deeply abhorrent.
Rather than forcing someone to do something how about we consider this little concept called liberty and NOT force them to do anything. There are, no doubt, other cake shops in the area where the offended gay couple can go to get a cake.
And this is also why moral relativism is a societal cancer.
Auto is the most braindead addition in history, it causes bugs, loses all the advantages of a typed language, and only needs to exist because they fucked up the STL by not using proper inheritance.
You. Are. Talking. Out. Your. Ignorant. Ass.
Auto SOLVES every single one of those things you're complaining about.
Shut up. Now.
The overall process involves making conjectures (hypotheses), deriving predictions from them as logical consequences, and then carrying out experiments based on those predictions to determine whether the original conjecture was correct
Reproducible / empirical experiments exist or are possible:
- - vaccines
- - GMOs
Reproducible/empirical experiments do not exist or are not currently feasible:
- - the big bang
- - evolution (not the same as adaptation or micro evolution)
- - the age of the universe / earth
- - global warming (that is, whether it's actually a problem not whether it's occurring or not)
So you see, dywolf, it seems like conservatives/libertarians/anyone-else-who-disagrees-with-you-on-these-points is more pro-science than you are. Perhaps, in the future you should beg the question a little less when trying to make yourself sound intelligent.