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  1. The colonists' rebellion was illegal. But they never agreed to be militarily occupied after the French and Indian War concluded. Those kinds of things tend to stir resentment toward authority. Resentment translates into political action, and political action sometimes cannot be resolved through peaceful means.
  2. "The Confederacy" was an illegal enterprise. Statehood was granted to each new state by the original 13 states with the legal agreement that they would exist as singular political bodies subservient to the supremacy clause of the Constitution. The moment that a "Confederacy" was formed, they had broken the law and they no longer had any rights. You arrest people who break the law, or else the law is rendered meaningless.
  3. I get the impression that most American Christians believe in "the elect" theology, whether or not they belong to a "Calvinist" sect, or even know what Calvinism is.
  4. That's my perspective as well. The Bible is basically just Hellenized "Epic of Gilgamesh" fan fiction, plus some pseudo-philosophy from some eccentric people. The kind of stuff Jörg Lanz von Liebenfels would have written if he'd lived in ancient times.
  5. The Gospel of Mark doesn't read like oral history at all. He's just intertextually re-writing Greek Old Testament stories with some Homeric bits. And if the other gospels take Mark as their base text, that means they aren't oral history either. All religions consist of made-up stories intended to keep people in awe. Christianity's no different.
  6. I've read that the Nazis were much more lenient toward Denmark, Norway, and Sweden than others because these countries were Nordic, and therefore part of the Aryan master race that Hitler and company were trying to preserve.
  7. The most surprising aspect of the Bible is that a significant number of people were willing to go to the trouble of copying it down, word for word, year after year, century after century. Why? Why did people allow the Epic of Gilgamesh and the Enuma Elish to fade into dust, forgotten, but not the Bible? Texts live a very fragile existence. It's astonishing that people didn't simply give up copying it down at a certain point. The second most significant aspect of the Bible is that non-Jews were strongly attracted to it, even though it is clearly written solely for Jews. That's very strange. Why the attraction? If there was similar attraction to other religious texts, we have no record of it. We have no record of Greeks appropriating the holy scriptures of Syrians or Persians, even though they were deeply interested in the Persians. There must have been a large number of people who played significant roles in this process, but we have no idea who they were, why they did it, when they did it, or where this process occurred. The appropriation of the Hebrew Bible by non-Jews is the most shocking example of intellectual property theft in world history. Not simply for the theft, but for having the audacity to demonize Jews in the process. There is no parallel to this crime in ancient or modern history.
  8. It isn't surprising that 1 Corinthians 13 is cited so often, as it is one of the very few passages in the entire New Testament that has any philosophic or literary value. That's not very impressive when you consider that Shakespeare, for example, has hundreds of passages of profound meaning, and he wasn't claiming to be a god or inspired by a god. 98% of the Pauline epistles sounds like they were written in a lunatic asylum by a deranged psychopath. It's cultic psycho-babble meant to instill fear, paranoia and guilt on the reader or listener.
  9. I thought Mexico was paying for the wall. Turns out it was the US taxpayer. Trump lied. Big surprise.
  10. What's wrong with the Confederacy, racism, etc? According to the today's conservative-libertarian philosophers, the Civil War was about state's rights, which is a noble thing worth fighting for. The same philosophers also state that IQ tests demonstrate that blacks are mentally inferior to whites, so if that's the case it logically follows that mental inferiors should be separated from the superiors. Also, what's wrong with secession? I heard from a lot of conservatives here in Texas that they want to secede from the USA. What you describe are all conservative-libertarian ideologies and interests.
  11. Who made the idiotic decision to have some multiple-bankruptcy real estate con artist address a group of graduates at a college? What the hell would he have to say? "Inherit millions from your daddy and you'll be a success in life. If you don't inherit millions, you come from a family of losers."
  12. The author certainly makes it clear that fundamentalist Christianity = political conservatism. The Senate majority is Republicans, and Republicans are the instruments of God's will.
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