fatherof5 3 weeks, 6 days ago on Letter - Bible makes clear homosexuality is wrong

Here's an argument for biblical tolerance that I read a couple of years ago and thought was pretty helpful. Read it if you are open to hearing another perspective.

I will also suggest this video of a talk given on the subject a couple of years ago in a Presbyterian church. While you may or may not agree with its conclusions, it is respectful and scholarly, and illuminates the argument against the traditional Biblical interpretation on homosexuality. If you have the time to watch it, I highly recommend it.

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fatherof5 1 month ago on Editorial - The movement to remove Confederate battle flag welcome

Namvet, no one is saying Confederate flags should be erased from history, just as no one is saying Nazi flags should be erased. We just shouldn't fly them because of the dark history they symbolize for so many. Not a difficult concept.

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fatherof5 1 month ago on Strictly - Average wage in Washington state rises to nearly $54,830 in 2014

Well...this article says wages overall grew 4.2%. And since we know that state employee wages have been frozen for six years, that indicates that private sector wages probably grew 5%-7% in 2014.

Do you have different stats?

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fatherof5 1 month ago on Supreme Court extends same-sex marriage nationwide

Those words were antithetical to the entirety of the rest of the law. The Supremes got this one right.

It is a good day. Be happy for those who love each other, those who have endured discrimination, and those who can keep their healthcare. Be happy for them.

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fatherof5 1 month ago on Supreme Court extends same-sex marriage nationwide

After tragedy last week, this has been a great week for this country. Confederate flags are coming down, millions can keep their health insurance and all of the benefits of Obamacare, and gay couples and their families can count themselves as equal under the law across the nation.

No one was harmed, but many were finally validated.

Here are Anthony Kennedy's beautiful words: No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were. As some of the petitioners in these cases demonstrate, marriage embodies a love that may endure even past death. It would misunderstand these men and women to say they disrespect the idea of marriage. Their plea is that they do respect it, respect it so deeply that they seek to find its fulfillment for themselves. Their hope is not to be condemned to live in loneliness, excluded from one of civilization’s oldest institutions. They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right. The judgment of the Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit is reversed.

It is so ordered.

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fatherof5 1 month ago on Strictly - Average wage in Washington state rises to nearly $54,830 in 2014

State employees are slated to get 2.5% this year and 2.5% next year. Teachers will get 1.5% to 2% this coming year. All of this after six years of wage freezes. So, I don't know what the heck you are talking about.

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fatherof5 1 month ago on Column: Our sad response to mass shootings is to pack more heat

We are going after drunk driving. Also, the gun death statistics in this meme are extremely misleading.

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fatherof5 1 month, 1 week ago on Editorial - Lawmakers have no excuse for not approving budget

There is no ringing of truth. It is simply a furthering of innuendo about people you do not know and a situation that has been presented ambiguously for a wide range of interpretation. You use words like "stole" and "fraud" that the investigators (i.e. the people who know what happened) did not use or imply about these school employees. Ergo, tasteless.

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