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Wednesday, February 15. 2023
What Are Judeo-Christian Values?
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Why is everyone so nasty about that nice Italian lady?
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" What Are Judeo-Christian Values?" These values are what has kept the western countries/cultures going through so many years. The leaders of those countries are trying to get rid of those values. With those values being killed you can see what is happening to the people. Just look around in the US. No moral values at all , crime rampant, and general degradation of life.
What Are Judeo-Christian Values?
The concept is relatively new, only becoming a prominent notion in the twentieth century. Many Muslims, Islam being an Abrahamic religion, believe Islam shares the same set of values. And not all Christians and Jews hold those same values. Keep in mind that Christianity has a very long history of antisemitism.
Every race and every culture holds "anti-other" beliefs. Right now blacks are going through an anti-white orgy and they drip with racism.
At the basic level there is a fundamental difference between the Jewish and Christian religion and people who talk about religion recognize this and discuss and even argue over it it in much the same way that Ford and Chevy owners argue about the pros and cons of their favored car or truck.
I think your point is unnecessarily inflammatory but then again you are unnecessarily inflammatory.
Thank you Just Me. I wanted to respond to the entity that thinks "they" know everything true in the world, but my blood pressure might go through the roof.
JustMe: Every race and every culture holds "anti-other" beliefs.
That's right. In-group/out-group dynamics are deeply rooted in human evolution.
JustMe: Right now blacks are going through an anti-white orgy and they drip with racism.
“It is an unhappy truth that racism is a way of life for the vast majority of white Americans, spoken and unspoken, acknowledged and denied, subtle and sometimes not so subtle — the disease of racism permeates and poisons a whole body politic.” — Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
JustMe: I think your point is unnecessarily inflammatory
You mean true. (You didn't contest a single point we raised.)
As a white person knowing tens of thousands of white people I can tell you confidently that almost all of them do not think about race at all. They think about family, work, homes, health, schools, food, and a hundred other things. Race only comes up when pushed into the discussion by a provocateur or when it interrupts your daily life as in a mugging in a big city.
My black family members are obsessed with race and seemingly unaware of their obsession with racism to the point that they see it everywhere even when there is none. Sadly I suspect that simple fact of life is responsible for Dr. King's comment that you quoted. Of course he did grow up in the Democrat South where most Democrats were indeed racists.
"You mean true. (You didn't contest a single point we raised.)"
Uncontested does not equal true. The majority of your points (ever) are not worthy of being contested.
JustMe: As a white person knowing tens of thousands of white people I can tell you confidently that almost all of them do not think about race at all.
Not everyone has the privilege. As King said, racism is often "unspoken," "denied," "subtle." His was a statement of systemic racism, something built into the social fabric that most whites can safely ignore, like water to a fish.
JustMe: Sadly I suspect that simple fact of life is responsible for Dr. King's comment that you quoted.
"First, I must confess that over the last few years I have been gravely disappointed with the white moderate. I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro's great stumbling block in the stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen's Counciler or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate who is more devoted to "order" than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice; who constantly says 'I agree with you in the goal you seek, but I can't agree with your methods of direct action;' who paternalistically feels he can set the timetable for another man's freedom; who lives by the myth of time and who constantly advises the Negro to wait until a "more convenient season." — Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
eeyore: Uncontested does not equal true.
True; but, having taken time to respond to an on-topic comment normally entails addressing the comment. Notably, you, too, have failed to address any of the points, or the topic itself. What about them Abrahamic religions? Or the relative recency of the entire notion of a Judeo-Christian ethic?
eeyore: The majority of your points (ever) are not worthy of being contested.
The favorite answer Quibble-DickZ uses when cornered by the truth.
Jews and Christians do not worship the same God that Muslims worship. That is an absurd statement.
jack walter: Jews and Christians do not worship the same God that Muslims worship.
They all worship the God of Abraham.
The climate crisis is that they still don't have all your wealth and all your rights.
It's a bit late to complain about missile costs as that money had already been spent. And these things have "shelf lives" so that if they go unused they will be decommissioned so not using them saves nothing.
It's funny, I read the article on Giorgia Meloni and couldn't help but notice that the criticism of here fit the leaders of the EU, Democrat party and Justin Trudeau.
Why is everyone so nasty about that nice Italian lady? . . . Or that she’s a competent administrator
She makes the trains run on time.
And what was the purpose of showing an article about the fascist Mussolini, in the connotation of Meloni - who isn't even mentioned there? Is your smear that she is really the Progressive Left's Fascist-of-the-Century, this week? I really think you have run out of wind, and are simply engaging in infantile behavior to get a rise out of people. It won't work - your arguments are poor.
Now go ahead, little person, and have your last word.
Aggie: And what was the purpose of showing an article about the fascist Mussolini, in the connotation of Meloni - who isn't even mentioned there?
Because Meloni's personal history and her party's historical roots are in fascism. She claims to have left those roots in the past, but it is a valid concern, especially in the context of Italian politics. The article suggests that "making the trains run on time," implies one can ignore that concern.
(Heh. That history also shows how silly it is to claim that fascists are somehow on the political left.)
Now do the Democrat party's "historical" roots and Brandon's personal history as a comparison.
Ad hominems are easier than giving reasoned criticism. Freeze and marginalize the person is the Alinsky way.
Hoss: Ad hominems are easier than giving reasoned criticism.
It's hardly a trivial concern that Meloni's personal history and her party's historical roots are in fascism.
Nikki Haley is running for president. I don't trust her. She is Mitt Romney in a dress. I think she would at best be Democrat light and slowly destroy our country. She isn't a conservative she is a opportunist. We need a presidential candidate who will come out and say that on their first day they will declare a national emergency on the border, begin an expedited effort to complete the wall and commit resources to finding and deporting every person in the country illegally. We need to declare that Mexican cartels to be terrorist organizations and we need to totally and completely shut the border and all air or boat traffic to Mexico until they become full partners in our effort to stop illegal immigration and drug smuggling. Also our Northern border is becoming a route for illegal immigration and the same effort should begin there as well.
I have noticed over the years that often big earthquakes come in threes and in different parts of the world. Oh, maybe not always threes, sometimes twos or fours or even fives. But the real point I'm trying to make is after that big quake in Turkey I would be worried if I lives in the earth quake zones of the world and especially in California. I don't know what the odds of a big quake on any given day in Southern California but I bet they increase dramatically after a big quake somewhere else on the planet. I think too that California is overdue for another big one. Just saying.
With these gargantuan, global events, one needs to look at the bigger picture. The area of Turkey where this earthquake struck, was predominantly Armenian for many centuries until around 1914. Now, there are no Armenians in this region. They were the victims of a huge Genocide by the Turks.
Maybe, what goes around, comes around. All the more reason to worry, if you live in California.
Most reasonable people at least move to the political center occasionally or even completely agree with the other side once in a while on a particular issue. Zachriel is a miracle. He never wavers from the 'progressive' orthodoxy. A true zealot.
Lord Heathen: Most reasonable people at least move to the political center occasionally or even completely agree with the other side once in a while on a particular issue.
Actually, our very first response to JustMe was in agreement about in-group/out-group dynamics. Our position is that facts and logic are the basis of valid arguments. Values can be important but are not always arguable.
In particular, we are rather fond of humans. Call it a peccadillo, if you like. Humans thrive in liberty. Free speech, free association, and private property are intrinsic to the human condition and are important bulwarks of liberty. That is our position. Sorry if you find it somehow radical.
Quibble-DickZ: That is our position. Sorry if you find it somehow radical.
Well, kinda sorta maybe.
Y'all left out the irritating condescending pedantry part, dintcha KiddieZ?!
A common oversight.
Why is everyone so nasty about that nice Italian lady?
If I had to guess, it's due to either racism or global warming. Either way, eating more bugs would solve the problem.
I love how the climate crisis people conveniently forget all the "existential threat" deadlines they've given us that have come and gone. But, they're hoping to reshape the American economy (not for the better) and get a new tax revenue stream out of it, so don't expect the "crisis" to go away any time soon.
I guess the whole DEI shtick is no different: race-baiters and those suffering from acute white-guilt keep trying to force their agenda on to the public for their own personal ideological benefit. America is worse off for it, but when has the left ever cared about America as a whole; they only care about what America can do for them. Can you imagine JFK imploring a group of democrats "Ask not what your country..." He'd be villified and tossed out of the party.
Nah, they've just pushed the deadlines out to 2100.
By then everyone predicting this crap will be dead.
The trouble was that they had the dates for the apocalypse way too soon. If you're prophesying disaster, better not have it in your lifetime. But they were too busy setting up the scam to remember that. "Give money to us lest ye be smote with the Apocalypse Hammer Of Warming!" is probably a lot more effective if you can say it's within five years, but in year 6 you better have a good reason why Miami isn't underwater.