i think we create a whole lot more by insisting on ridiculous, harmful, ineffective abstinence-only sex education and maintaining economic systems that create destitute lower classes where wedlock childbirth is far more common than in upper classes.
seems like he was apologizing for allowing medieval theology constructed to cull mosaic cosmogonies into sanctifying oppressive structures and behaviors to inform his own action, which then reproduced those ideas at the structural level. also what it means to believe christ has been changing for two thousand years, so "christ hasn't changed" is a moot point
uhhh, yes, we're comparing the united states to other nations with stable democratic governments. alternatively you could easily post statistics that suggests nations like, say, somalia have gun violence equal to the united states. in fact go ahead and make that argument for us please
edit: also if you're tired of people whining about gun deaths why don't you move to a country where people don't whine about gun deaths? there's a nice little graphic a few posts up that highlights some good places to start :-)
i think you underestimate the english-speaking abilities of migrant populations, and of transnational culture in general. hell, i follow facebook groups that post in thai, lao, and german on facebook, despite having limited grasps of those languages, and i'm able to pick stuff up just from that. i imagine hispanics do the same with english networks. but language, thought, and cultural are all inextricably intertwined, and the politicalization of the language people speak means that invariably peoples' ugly thoughts (which often reflect a hateful culture) will come out, so it's unsurprising to see peoples' spittle-flecked rage all over the huddle, even at the expense of fellow panthers fans
i think you misunderstand me. i don't think you're an idiot even though i disagree with you on nearly everything. you are one of my favorite posters in this forum and probably the most knowledgable of the consistently conservative posters. that said, let's recognize that knowledge is a production. knowledge is produced by various forces and then sanctified by other forces, all endowed with authority. for instance, "guns don't kill people, people kill people" is a knowledge, and it's produced by ideological authorities (e.g. radio commentators, politicians, political lobbyists) and sanctified often by the same people, endowed with the leadership positions to galvanize them. in this sense, "guns don't kill people, people kill people" is a particular knowledge with its own internal logic that constitutes a part of a larger system, a system that endows the people it produces with this same internal logic. broken down in simpler terms, if a population of people subscribing to this system of knowledge have kids, or constituent relationships with relatives, church-goers, friends, etc., then they are likely to generationally pass this knowledge downward, where it spreads memetically through like-minded constituent networks (particularly in the age of the internet, which has thoroughly muddled everything.) does this mean that your adherence to this logic makes you a dumbass? no, no more than anyone believing anything produced by a system of knowledge production is a dumbass. we are all subject to the systems that produce us. while i believe it is possible to transcend them (simply by becoming aware that knowledge is a production of systems) i can't exempt myself as a production of a system. i am not the product of one single system (are any of us?) but i am the product of my experiences, many of which have been ones which allowed me to see faults in the internal logics of some of those systems (many of which actually originally produced me) compared to the knowledge available to the whole. tldr: i don't think you're an idiot, and i don't think anyone has true agency over their beliefs.