Before his trip, Leigh Van Bryan wrote that he was going to "destroy America". He insisted he was referring to simply having a good time — but was sent home. Trade association Abta told the BBC that the case highlighted that holidaymakers should never do anything to raise "concern or suspicion in any way". The US Department for Homeland Security picked up Mr Bryan's messages ahead of his holiday in Los Angeles. The 26-year-old bar manager wrote a message to a friend on the micro-blogging service, saying: "Free this week, for quick gossip/prep before I go and destroy America." "The Homeland Security agents were treating me like some kind of terrorist," Mr Bryan said. "I kept saying they had got the wrong meaning from my tweet."
In case the intended meaning is lost in translation, he was talking about having a lot to drink."
Please show me where the New Testament supports violence. (Unless you can do so, you're blowing smoke.)
The Pope himself has ordered people to be burned at the stake and he has ordered people to go into the crusades; go look at their reasoning.
Or you can simply look at the story of Paul: here we have a man who persecuted and killed prior to his conversion to Christianity, but all of that was forgiven simply because he accepted Jesus. But the church he founded then simply continued to commit the same acts of persecution and killing against non-Christians.
This is common to any group of people, whether or not those people are Christian.
Any sufficiently large group of people contains people who commit violence, but that's not the issue. Atheism, chess clubs, or debating societies don't claim to instill a sense of morality into their members, so they can't fail at doing so.
But Christianity is explicitly about morality, about right and wrong. Therefore, how Christians behave tells us whether Christianity is effective as a moral philosophy.
Furthermore, when we examine Christian dogma in more detail, it becomes clear why Christianity fails to instill morality into its followers: with Christianity, acceptance of Christ is more important than moral behavior. That is an intrinsic moral flaw with Christianity and the reason why Christianity has a two thousand year history of violence and intolerance.
As much as I like the innovation to that goes into such ideas, I can't help but think of this as a hack to try and get the best of both worlds. I think it's poor design. Not to mention the problems with dual screen interfaces.
"Dear $cientology,You attempt injunctions.I respond.Shall we continue the game? Much Love, DEEP CLAM"
From: "Mike Kaplan" <email@example.com>
Subject: Fw: RE-ELECT FRANK HIBBARD, MAYOR OF CLEARWATER
Date: Sun, 6 Jan 2008 11:53:07 -0400
See below. Everyone in Clearwater MUST vote. Every vote will be needed to be
sure Hibbard gets re-elected. The alternative is Rita Garvey who is an SP.
— Original Message —
From: Shelly <mailto:shelly.bauer@Earthlink.net> Bauer
To: Shelly Bauer <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Sunday, January 06, 2008 8:09 AM
Subject: RE-ELECT FRANK HIBBARD, MAYOR OF CLEARWATER
DO YOUR PART
RE-ELECT FRANK HIBBARD
MAYOR OF CLEARWATER
TAKE NOTHING FOR GRANTED!
ONE SEAT LEFT
I have arranged a private one-hour luncheon with Ron Paul on 11/28 in St.
Pete when he will be in town for the CNN/YouTube Republican debate.
This luncheon is reserved for $1000+ donors to Ron Paul's presidential
campaign. 19 people so far have paid and confirmed and will have the honor
and pleasure of having lunch and communicating with Ron Paul directly.
Go the the HELP committee website. The link is here.
Here you will see the names of the Committee members on the left hand
of the page. Please go to the individual websites of the Republican =
(this will take just a bit of leg work on your part by putting their =
into Google) and calling their office or sending a fax to them (email is =
least effective) stating your opposition to S. 1375 The Mother's Act.
I downloaded myself a copy and started looking through them. I found an interesting one on pages 47-48.
Karin Pouw of OSA of CofS writes a message.
It's forwarded by Michael Genung. He's the guy who runs ACSR, Association for Citizens Sociel Reform. http://www.citizensforsocialreform.org/ ["CSR Background and Philosopy: CSR was founded in 2001 by a group of Scientologists and other like-minded individuals concerned with the escalating social ills in society. CSR's purpose is to work with in the field of public policy to bring about more effective and humane solutions to these social ills of illiteracy, criminality substance abuse and general decay of character."]
Then it's forwarded by Doyle Mills, of LEAF fame (Letters to the Editor Attack Force).
Then it's forwarded by Mary C. (possibly one of two Mary C's I'm thinking of, but unsure).
Then it's forwarded by Mike Kaplan, another person who runs an email list and forwards CCHR type stuff to CofS members.
If that ain't stringing a line from the CofS to CCHR and the CofS front group ("grassroots") movements, then I don't know what is!
Base 8 is just like base 10, if you are missing two fingers. -- Tom Lehrer