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  1. Yes, so many of the atheists that I have met are of the "God doesn't exist, and I hate Him" variety. The most diehard ones seem to have some hurt deep down inside that they blame Him for (just a generalization based on my experiences). Regarding the Christian's, "you shall know them by their works". Lutheran's seem to be divided on many fronts, I know that there are vast theological differences between the ELCA, LCMS, WELS, etc. Even the Anglican church and the Episcopalian one were at odds years ago, I think the Episcopalians were kicked out of the Anglican commune if I remember correctly...
  2. Lol. Yes, talking about Eucharist with a Protestant is always an interesting conversation.
  3. No, I wasn't addressing you directly. Just saying that anyone who is concerned about the skin-colour of Jesus are missing the entire point of Christianity. Anyone can be saved through him, not just one race. I had two separate thoughts going trying to prove the point. The Bible scripture was not related to Cornelius, but the point is that all the nations (people) will stand before God and judged based on their actions. No special treatment for being white or black was what I was trying to say. I linked the story of Cornelius to prove the point that God does not really care about our race; Jews and Gentiles were two entirely separate "cultures" (if you will) at that point, and had Peter not had the vision of being told to eat "unclean" foods, he may not have ever visited Cornelius. Thinking of Jesus in terms of race is one-dimensional thinking that divides people rather than bring them to Him. Point being that God's salvation is available to anyone who desires it, regardless of skin colour.
  4. I am sure that this thread will turn out nicely lol. Let me preface by saying that I am a Roman Catholic myself : If you are concerned/consider it important whether Jesus was white, black, Chinese, etc., I have doubts as to whether you are as "Christian" as you may claim to be. In the Christian faith (any denomination), Jesus came to save all, regardless of whatever skin colour you may have. Cornelius the Centurion may be a good story to read up about as well. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cornelius_the_Centurion Matthew 25 : 32-46 "and all the nations* will be assembled before him. And he will separate them one from another, as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33He will place the sheep on his right and the goats on his left. 34Then the king will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father. Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. 35h For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, 36naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me.’ 37Then the righteous* will answer him and say, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? 38When did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? 39When did we see you ill or in prison, and visit you?’ 40i And the king will say to them in reply, ‘Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.’ 41* j Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you accursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42k For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, 43a stranger and you gave me no welcome, naked and you gave me no clothing, ill and in prison, and you did not care for me.’ 44* Then they will answer and say, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or ill or in prison, and not minister to your needs?’ 45He will answer them, ‘Amen, I say to you, what you did not do for one of these least ones, you did not do for me.’ 46l And these will go off to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”
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    Just a reminder ...

    Fair enough, different strokes for different folks in life lol, I used to be the same way, only using it to keep in touch with long-distance alumni/friends/etc. I later adopted the philosophy that you probably had my phone number or personal email address if you were important enough to me in life, I never kept in touch with half of the people that I had "friended" on there lol. There is a true saying that you learn the first day in the software development industry : Garbage in, garbage out. I later realized that this applied to other parts of life as well, including the mind. You fill your mind with negativity, only negative will appear in your life; fill it with positivity, and positivity will show it self. Amazing how our minds are impacted by the things we choose to put in them.
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    Google Search

    I think that the Communist Control Act is still in effect, but would probably be struck down by SCOTUS if it were ever challenged. Interesting to know though. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Communist_Control_Act_of_1954 Interesting to know as well. The culture wars are seemingly becoming corporatized now, which is why I asked. Many companies are "choosing sides", some are publicly supporting BLM and the related activities, while others ie. Goya, Red Bull, MyPillow, are going in the opposite direction. Just concerning for me, as I think political views are becoming far too emphasized when looking at a person. Could be where I am, but politics has always been something that I believe should be kept out of the workplace (along with other heated topics. ie. religion). Do whatever you want on your free time, but keep it to yourself when on company time is kind of my philosophy. Regardless of political leanings, everyone has bills to pay, family to feed, things to take care of, etc. Talking politics while "in the shop" only creates the possibility of conflict is my perspective on it, nothing much to be gained.
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    Just a reminder ...

    Getting off of mainstream social media (ie. Facebook, as this technically is a social media forum) was one of the best decisions that I have ever made in life. Like a bottomless cesspit of negativity.
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    Google Search

    Just curious regarding this point, and anyone else with sufficient knowledge of the different US federal/state legal codes can feel free to answer as well, but would political affiliations stand as a protected status anywhere is the United States? What I am basically asking is whether it would be possible to discriminate based on political leanings when it comes to hiring/terminating employees as a business owner. If I wanted to not hire someone (or fire them in an at will state) because they are a Democrat/Republican, would I be liable to face any legal repercussions?
  9. No doubt that COVID-19 is impacting businesses hard, particularly MSME (Micro Small and Medium Enterprises) ones who may have a hard time accessing capital to reopen/maintain operations. Key difference though from my perspective : nobody necessarily caused COVID-19 (although I have heard that evidence does exist on the Dark Web proving that it was released from the bioweapons lab in Wuhan, I haven't checked personally), but people made the deliberate choice to loot/vandalize/destroy businesses in the areas affected. When it comes to reopening, it will definitely play a role in helping the owners to make a decision. Let me put it this way, why spend thousands/tens of thousands/hundreds of thousands of dollars to reinvest into a community for the possibility of them looting and burning it down in the near future again? I guess everyone's perspective on the issue is different depending on their situation in life, I tend to view things from a more business-oriented point of view personally.
  10. I thought that I was the only one who saw so many parallels lol. It truly does seem that the United States is splitting between "East" and "West" in the sense that it seems that the two sides of the political spectrum have irreconcilable visions of what America should be. I always noticed in the past that no matter what, whether you were a D or R, you were always considered an American first and foremost. Nowadays, it seems that there is a lacking sense of cohesion and national pride, and that your political affiliation is somehow more important than your nationality. I have spent time thinking about a post-America world before, it would be only be natural when comparing other nations documented in the written records of human history; every empire eventually falls. Think that even during the Victorian Era, Great Britain used to be considered the premier world power; it wasn't until the 1900s that the United States rose to the heights where it currently exists today. The sun eventually did end up setting on the British Empire, and America rose up in its place. I sometimes think about who will rise up in America's stead when the eventual fall occurs. Is an example of what you mean like why incarceration rates between the races are different in the States?
  11. I was in the process of moving there years ago, but it didn't work out; God knows why. Sometimes, I look at all what goes on over there and am pretty happy that it did not work out lol. I visit all the time when I get tired of living on a rock; lovely country. One of these days it is my intent to ride through all 50 States (I have been on most of the east coast ones, need to get out west now) and do a mega-tour really. Love Florida personally (although everyone in the Caribbean has a relative or two living in Palm Beach, Miami, or Ft. Lauderdale lol). It has always amazed me how no matter where you are in the world, you can find American news being discussed. I have always compared the US to the Roman Empire in terms of how far its influence stretches (difference in time period notwithstanding).
  12. Was not responding to anything you wrote in particular, was offering more of my own personal thoughts on the situation surrounding all of the race politics in the States right now. I have had no affiliation with the US for a while now, but I still have family that lives over there. As far as I know, even much of the commercial store frontage in Palm Beach County was destroyed and vandalized as a result of the riots. Do not take offense at this, but put yourself in the shoes of a business owner in an area that has been affected by all of this tension : would you ever inject your own personal capital/stick your neck out on the line in these areas ever again if your business had been destroyed as a result of all of this? It is easy to take for granted how much these issues rest in the mind of business owners, do you think that all of the Walmarts and Targets that were looted/burned in Minneapolis will ever rebuild? Say goodbye to jobs created from every business that closes down, which takes food directly out of peoples mouth. Individually, it may not be much but when it starts happening en masse, that's where the problems start to really hit home. Not familiar with the book in particular, but define inequity in what sense? Inequity in earnings, wealth, etc are all possible things to discuss. Obviously not, but there will be lasting effects from these riots. When business owners leave, and the money stops coming in, that is when things will truly start getting rough.
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    Will Trump Drop out?

    Remember that following Romney's loss in 2012, the GOP leadership came to this same conclusion. I forget what the report was called, but it outlined several platform pivots that the GOP needed to make in order to make inroads among the Hispanic community and win future elections. When Trump received the nomination, that plan was scrapped. Honestly, only first-generation Hispanic immigrants tend to hold to the traditional social conservative values from my experience. Take the Cuba-American community for instance, many of the first-gens will vote Republican because they know very well what they fled, but the second and third-gens have no idea what it was like back home, and as such, tend to trend more blue if they live in a big city (assimilated would be appropriate I guess). Even with the first-gens Hispanics too, it depends on how devout they are. Some are "Catholic", while some are Catholic (if you get what I mean).
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