Chauncey DeVega wrote: ... Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala., said this during an interview on CNN: "My understanding is that [the new proposal] will allow insurance companies to require people who have higher health care costs to contribute more to the insurance pool. That helps offset all these costs, thereby reducing the cost to those people who lead good lives, theyâre healthy, theyâve done the things to keep their bodies healthy. And right now, those are the people â whoâve done things the right way â that are seeing their costs skyrocketing."
These comments are abominable. Brooks believes that babies and children with serious illnesses deserve their fate, or that those who have "done the things to keep their bodies healthy" and still develop chronic diseases like cancer have done things the "wrong way". The Republican Party's war on the American people and the common good should be condemned by all decent human beings. Any Republicans who vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act should be publicly shamed and voted out of office.
There is almost no such thing as non liturgical worship, John Y.--only formal or informal.
John MacArthur wrote: Before we really get into our worship, I pray a prayer, as you know, and itâs really a priestly prayer, itâs a prayer to bring the congregation before the Lord, itâs a prayer for the confession of sin, itâs a prayer for cleansing. Itâs a prayer for repentance, admitting my sin, the greatness of God, the glory of Christ, the wonder of the gospel. And I go through all of that pretty much every Sunday in that prayer because I want people in their hearts, first of all, to celebrate the greatness of God and the goodness of God and the grace of God and all of that. And then once weâve gone before God and opened up our hearts to Him, we come out of that confession, out of that repentance, out of that intercession and weâre ready, our hearts have been lifted up and weâre ready to sing. The sermon then comes to inform the foundation of all worship, and that is the truth. If youâre going to worship in spirit and in truth, you have to know the truth....I think the sermon, the truth, is the most important ingredient in worship.
Phil Johnson wrote: ... the evangelical movement has completely lost its spiritual influence, because the evangelical segment of the church has grown increasingly worldly. Evangelicals have become accustomed to compromise. They have abandoned (or else are in the process of abandoning) virtually all the doctrinal distinctives that made them distinct from Roman Catholics and nominal Christians whose faith amounts to a kind of civil religion. Evangelicals have pretty much forfeited whatever real moral and spiritual authority their movement ever had.
Abraham Lincoln said or, wrote: You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.
Molly Ball wrote: .... ...A year into Trumpâs term, the factories have not roared back. His accomplishmentsâa massive corporate tax cut, a strong stock marketâhave largely redounded to the benefit of the bankers and fat cats. Trump has taken few of his promised actions on trade and manufacturing. The American steel industry has suffered as the market floods with imports, forcing prices down, all while the Administration dithers and delays over tariffs....
http://JesusNoRepublican.Org wrote: Democrats have succeeded over the years in helping many, though not all unfortunate Americans to escape their deplorable conditions, with programs such as WIC, child labor laws, public school education through high school, Medicaid, minimum wage laws, the G I Bill of Rights, Social Security, Tennessee Valley (power) Authority, Rural Electrification Act, SNAP, civil rights, Affirmative Action and the protection of all kinds of threatened minorities, Medicare and Social Security, as I have laid out at my Democratic achievements page , which shows how inspired by the teaching of Jesus that party has been over the past century. But there's no guarantee that that huge number of benefits that liberal Democrats have achieved for the people of America will survive the kind of take-over of America's government that the country has not seen since the years that led up to the first great depression in the 1920's.
Robert Reich wrote: Donald Trumpâs promise that corporations will use his giant new tax cut to make new investments and raise workers' wages is proving to be about as truthful as his promise to release his tax returns.
The results are coming in, and guess what? Almost all the extra money is going into stock buybacks. Since the tax cut became law, buy-backs have surged to $88.6 billion. That's more than double the amount of buybacks over the same period last year, according to data provided by Birinyi Associates
Compare this with the paltry $2.5 billion worth of employee bonuses corporations say they'll dispense in response to the tax law, and you see the bonuses for what they are: a small fig leaf to disguise the big buybacks....
Money spent on buybacks isn't reinvested in new equipment, research or factories. Buybacks don't add jobs or raise wages. They don't increase productivity. They don't grow the American economy. [ ]
Jeffrey Sachs wrote: Semiautomatic assault weapons are not protected by the Second Amendment. The federal government and the states can outlaw them, a point underscored by none other than the late Justice Antonin Scalia, who emphasized that the Second Amendment protects gun ownership of the types of arms that were "in common use" in 1791, when the Second Amendment was adopted.
The Vatican can relax instead of a boring one on Franny apparently there have been some hot ones put out about other popes. They should serve the purpose of describing the papacy accurately.
Ishaan Tharoor wrote: Pope Alexander VI: A Spanish-born pontiff from the powerful Borgia family, Pope Alexander VI was infamous for his libertine behavior and nepotism. The latter was unsurprising â after all, his uncle was Pope Callixtus III, who had paved the way for Alexander's eventual ascension. Alexander was pope between 1492 and 1503. The intrigues, orgies and skulduggery that took place during his pontificate were enough to lead to a recent Showtime TV series, which reveled in the debaucheries and conspiracies of the Borgia family. Suggestions persist to this day that Alexander engaged in incest with his daughter, Lucrezia. When he died, his body rapidly decomposed and bloated, leading to suspicions of poisoning.
John MacArthur wrote: ...thereâs sort of a bottom-line principle for me when it comes to worship, and it is this. I donât want to do any music that is going to offend anybody who is there to worship. And I know this, that if we did on Sunday morning what a lot of churches do, which is nothing but flat-out contemporary kind of edgy loud banging, smashing, clanging music, it would offend a huge portion of our congregation...huge. Iâm not willing to do that.
Tim, I would suggest you read the Bible. At least many Lutherans know this since so many of their hospitals are known as Good Samaritanđ
Jesus wrote: .... 29 But he, desiring to justify himself, said to Jesus, âAnd who is my neighbor?â... .... 36 Which of these three, do you think, proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers?â 37 He said, âThe one who showed him mercy.â And Jesus said to him, âYou go, and do likewise.â
I suppose many on here were argue that Trump was and is such a good man, that is why he has so much money and wives
On top of that, the GOP should realize there is a http://tinyurl.com/gtbv58h (A Conservative Case for the Welfare State)---"Bismarck soon recognized that the anti-socialist law was not a wholly satisfactory solution of the socialist menace. The law was merely negative, repressive. Something positive must be done to make the industrial workers better off, and especially to make them feel that the German state was their friend and not their enemy...."
I'm not sure if the article mentions is it certainly didn't highlight it and it should haveâ
Paul Butler & Marvin Olasky wrote: The story sounds like something out of a movie.
In 2017, a talk show host on the Moody Radio Network blows the whistle on the leadership of one of American evangelicalismâs flagship institutions, the Moody Bible Institute (MBI). On Jan. 9, 2018, she escalates the pressure with a hard-hitting headline on her blog: âA Luxury Suite, Questionable Loan to Officer, & Gambling: The Disturbing Truth About Leadership at MBI.â Moody within hours fires her and sends a man to her house to seize her laptopâbut she is on her way to Mexico, with the computer....
Vann R. Newkirk II wrote: ...âOf all the inequalities that exist, the injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhuman.â In the moment, it reflected the work that King and that organization, the Medical Committee for Human Rights (MCHR), were doing to advance one of the since-forgotten pillars of the civil-rights movement: the idea that health care is a right. To those heroes of the civil-rights movement, it was clear that the demons of inequality that have always haunted America could not be vanquished without the establishment and protection of that right.
Notice the picture of the woman, Tim? Unless they did a very poor job of photographing she looks Black to me. The article said she was Afro-American, which means I assume she isn't Egyptian, Arab, or a White from South Africa! The article made a big point that she was Black. I just made a big point that it wasn't untypical and in fact perhaps less unusual for conservative Blacks than it is for Whites to be anti-queer.
I have read in other places that president Trump realizes he needs the support of white evangelicals, so he may loath the idea backtracking on Jerusalem
Daniel Pipes wrote: ...Mr. Trump thinks recognition solved the knotty Jerusalem issue, as though this were a New York real-estate transaction and he made a side-deal about zoning regulations or union representation. But it's not. Far from being "off the table," Mr. Trump's action made Jerusalem an unprecedented center of attention and contention.
...How will Trump react when he eventually realizes that Jerusalem remains very much "on the table" and that his grand gesture had the opposite effect from what he intended? My prediction: with a frustration and fury that could sour him on the Jerusalem recognition and on Israel; it could even prompt this temperamental and spontaneous figure to rescind the recognition.
Denis MacEoin wrote: Who is Keith Ellison?" There are no simple answers. Throughout a checkered career, this liberal American politician has adopted many guises and presented different messages. He is an African-American who has moved from the fringe to the center of politics. He is a Democrat with a predictably liberal voting record, yet he consorts with groups and individuals that represent a threat to democracy and America. He is a convert to Islam but challenges Islamic orthodoxy on numerous issues legislatively. He identifies strongly with his faith, yet the details of his conversion and his current sentiments as a Muslim are obscure....
If they're bringing in so much money perhaps the Greedy Old Party should reinstitute some of the beneficial programs they have cut or will cut.
The Washington Post wrote: ...President Trump proposed a budget Monday that hits the poorest Americans the hardest, slashing billions of dollarsÂ in food stamps, health insurance and federal housing subsidies while pushing legislation to institute broad work requirements for families receiving housing vouchers, expanding on movesÂ by some states to require recipients of Medicaid and food stamps to work.
The TrumpÂ budget proposal would gutÂ the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, better known as food stamps, by $17.2 billion in 2019Â â equivalent to 22 percent of the programâs total cost last year. It calls for cuts of more than $213.5 billion over the next decade,Â a reduction of nearly 30 percent,Â according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities....
Pew Research 2013 wrote: Among several religious groups, there has been relatively little change in these opinions over the past decade. Fully 78% of white evangelical Protestants view homosexual behavior as a sin; 82% said this in 2003. About as many black Protestants view homosexuality as a sin today (79%) as did so ten years ago (74%).
However, opinions among Catholics have changed substantially. In 2003, more Catholics said homosexual behavior was a sin than said it was not (49% vs. 37%). Today, a third of Catholics (33%) say it is sin, while 53% disagree.
There is nothing surprising about this black woman's opinion on homosexuality. Conservative Blacks do, however, have more than two moral issues to think about.
Michelle Boorstein wrote: "...black Christians in Alabama were motivated to turn out by issues such as mass incarceration, a struggling state educational system and a âmentality that continues to consider us as second-class citizens.â
James May wrote: ... There is no promise to preserve Scripture in which God has defined the exact form or location of such preservation. He has not guaranteed that copies precise in every detail would always exist upon earth. King James Only advocates have dictated how God must fulfill his promise, not the Bible itself. The Bible does not identify one particular manuscript, version, or translation as the one and only perfect Bible. Anyone who chooses to call the KJV the one and only perfect Bible does so without any instructions from the Bible itself about how to make his decision.... .... ... While every believing student desires perfect certainly concerning every word of the New Testament, such certainty is not available. King James Only advocates demand that God give them that which he in his wisdom has not. Their unbending commitment to this unobtainable goal has driven them into a heresy which denies the most undeniable facts. While many KJVers claim him as their hero, the knowledgeable textual scholar John Burgon refutes their error...
The cornstarch in the US mail, has a long, irritating history. I suppose I'm being halfway facetious, in having the post office install cornstarch detectors?
S. Crawford wrote: Federal authorities are investigating a new spate of incidents in which white powder has been mailed to schools and other locations locally and nationwide, with most bearing a Dallas postmark and return address.