Source: Texas Republican Party
quote: why has he got a penis?
quote: Considering a shocking 83% on Americans are religions nuts i don't think you lot will "get over it" any time soon. Its one of the main reasons i avoid visiting the U.S.
quote: It's important that people know they are trying to do this.
quote: Sovereign Statehood is moving closer and closer every day to being a casualty of "progressive society." People should wake up before it is too late.
quote: There is no place for politics in the Supreme Court
quote: Uhh no, read what he said again. He said the bill was not Constitutional as is, then said if they changed the mandate to a "tax", it was. Judges aren't there to make changes to laws so that they can be given a pass. And that's exactly what he did. If a law is Unconstitutional as-is, then you strike it down. Period. Obamacare CLEARLY spells out that there will be a "penalty", NOT a tax. It was not a Constitutional law as-is when Roberts read it. This is the key issue, and no matter how much you might want Obamacare, it cannot be avoided.
quote: It is well established that if a statute has two possible meanings, one of which violates the Constitution, courts should adopt the meaning that does not do so,
quote: LOL okay Tayb. I know you're way left and wouldn't see reason anyway. But that's just hilarious.
quote: So even though the word "tax" never is actually used in the law. And it's specifically spelled out as a "PENALTY", you think it makes perfect sense that he interpret it as a tax?
quote: Tayb what kind of "tax" even exists for NOT buying a product? Do you realize how insane you're sounding?
quote: That fact that you want the Federal Government arbitrarily "taxing" you for NOT doing things makes me seriously question you as a human being. You're a robot apparently. It's completely unreasonable to expect to be taxed by the Federal Government for NOT buying a product or service that they provide.
quote: You want a Government with unlimited ruling power. Get out of my sight.
quote: if you replace the word "penalty" with the word "tax" the meaning or effectiveness of the sentence does not change.
quote: But this...this takes the cake. If the Federal Government can "tax" us for not buying a product (health insurance) what else can they now "tax" us for NOT doing?
quote: The only way to avoid Obamacare in America is to not live. Not really a good option.
quote: In no way should the Federal government have the ability to penalize us for buying one thing or another
quote: But if you have documents to prove it, then please present away.
quote: If you can't understand it as a living document that has to change to deal with changing times then it's useless.
quote: Are you saying it was ok that they allowed for slavery in it and explicitly said that taking a slave to a free territory didn't make them free?
quote: You also make it sound like its just twir regional problem, you don't think those same texans may move to your area? Other parts of the world?
quote: Because its their state they can do what they want?
quote: These days we have so many laws protecting children from their own parents but we can't protect those same children from the political and religious agendas of other adults?
quote: Why are you being so hostile?
quote: know the Earth is more than 6000 years old and evolution fucking happened! Get off the soapbox, I'm not agreeing with these people. I'm just thinking this is more sensational than anything to get worked up over.
quote: Actually a close friend of mine wrote a book about how in many cases liberals fight science and promote ignorance. Both sides do this at times.
quote: similar to Iran, in principal
quote: TextI cant comment for JM, or who in the GOP, but in my post the "they" I am referring to is the Christian right in general.
quote: The government shouldn't be doing the parents job.
quote: The purpose of government schools is to provide basic education skills
quote: Ummm... why isn't THAT the job of the parents again?
quote: The only fact that you just said is that the world is not flat.
quote: After this I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding back the four winds of the earth, that no wind might blow on earth or sea or against any tree.
quote: The Bible is book that takes understanding of the author. When you read a book by a specific author, you tend to understand the background of his writings or your will not have full understanding of what he is trying to convey. The Bible is the same, you have to understand the context of what is being written.
quote: How long was a day when God created the heavens and the earth? No one knows!
quote: You do realize that not all of the Bible is meant to be taken literally right?
quote: I consider myself a Christian
quote: Yes. Texas is such a theocracy. A theocracy is exactly what the GOP is looking to establish.
quote: The modern "progressive" as I see it seeks to turn our nation into a Socialist, secular country (not state as we should always have religion separate from government), completely cleansed of any notion of religion or free thought.
quote: But most of us couldn't care less what people outside of government do.
quote: Government's function is to establish and execute laws
quote: look at the state of California... All the nanny-regulation and absurdity there.
quote: Progressives want to be involved in every single facet of someone's life, right down to what they eat for breakfast and the words that come out of their mouth.
quote: They want the Federal Government to regulate and control everything.
quote: Both sides want the wrong thing, just in two different ways but through the same channels.
quote: You do realize that not all of the Bible is meant to be taken literally right?
quote: 1. In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.
quote: The theory of evolution is sound but it makes no attempts to explain the origin of species.
quote: I disagree with that statement entirely. It's spreading ignorance.
quote: What the REAL problem is, is that people who actually learn to think for themselves are less likely to fall into the religion trap. If you are actually capable of using your brain correctly, you're considerably less likely to just accept the fairy tales of any given religion as capital T Truth.
quote: You can say the exact same thing about scientific "Theory"...
quote: That's the real issue at hand...conservatives are afraid that if the schools actually start being effective at education, people will grow up to be too smart and religion will wither and die.
quote: Comments Texas GOP Communications Director Chris Elam..
quote: If parents still want their children to believe that Gawd created the world in 7 days etc. etc., then they can do that indoctrination at home/in the church.
quote: If a parent wants their child to believe the world is flat and that it was created by God in 7 days, then so be it.
quote: Genesis 1:16 New International Version (NIV) 16 God made two great lights—the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars.
quote: Apparently the moon is luminious. You can argue that is interpretation. But if the bible is really the words of God transcribed, surely he can word it better than that.
quote: The Earth is round and the universe is expanding:
quote: The earth "hangs upon nothing":
quote: The water cycle
quote: Otherwise we need to remove "The Theory of" part.
quote: The difference is I have a set of reliable documents written by those who claim to be eyewitnesses to supernatural events. There are none who claim that their witness is false either(the Bible says at least 300 people witnessed the crucifixion).
quote: controlled enough to quote Psalm 22 while he was being crucified which according to that same Psalm describes how Jesus was crucified. Written ~1000 years before Jesus was born by someone who had never seen a crucifixion since it hadn't been invented.
quote: Evolutionists believe that life came from nothing out of a soup of water and various minerals along with radiation.
quote: Thousands... They have found thousands of skulls and bones documenting every step of the way from early ape to modern human
quote: And yet science also teaches that the universe moves towards a state of chaos yet the world doesn't reflect that at all.
quote: Christian's believe in evolution from the point of creation, so don't act like we say everything now is exactly as it was in the beginning.
quote: I understand where the Texas GOP is coming from. There is absolutely no doubt in anyone's mind but the truly ignorant that school's today attempt to teach kids that believing in God is stupid (example: you) and that evolution is fact when it is merely a different world view. Parents have a right to fight against that.
quote: Nothing in biology above the 4th grade level makes any sense, except in light of evolution.
quote: What an idiotic comment. Evolution isn't scientific.
quote: It hasn't been observed
quote: the definition of evolution is changed to fit phenomena
quote: If evolution is a slow gradual change over millions of years
quote: So, is carbon dating accurate? It is for specimens which only date back a few thousand years. Anything beyond that is problematic and highly doubtful.
quote: By "fixed beliefs", the GOP clearly means "fundamentalist religious beliefs". In other words the party is afraid that teaching students to think analytically might disrupt illogical superstitions , such as creation myths , which scientific evidence does not support.
quote: So, we should piss on the ~83% values, morals, ethics so that the ~1.7% don't have a hissy fit?
quote: No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law ; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws .
quote: Christians morals, ethics, values built this country whether you like it or not.
quote: Not to be use to for "You can't say Jesus or God in public schools!"
quote: "You have to accept homosexuality & evolution even though your Christian beliefs contradict it."
quote: I won’t speculate as to the origination of “Mr. Wonderful”.
quote: What would the evidence look like?
quote: what I see and hear bespeaks intelligence, design, and purpose
quote: Maybe that is partly because I’m from a design profession and see and think in those terms.
quote: If there is a supernatural, what would the evidence look like?
quote: DNA with the incredible information encoding within, speaks of a higher intelligence and design sophistication
quote: there is the process of cellular division and DNA replication inherent in all living organisms
quote: It is simply too wonderful and amazing to be a product of mere chance.
quote: their conclusions on how it all came to be should be taken with a grain of salt
quote: I find the best that we can do is primitive in comparison to the simplest organism
quote: the fact that there is DNA and that it is highly structured information and replicates gives evidence of intelligence
quote: how many years would it take to write and compile the code for a primitive (at best) operating system like Linux or DOS?
quote: Not to mention the Texas school system in general is a joke, really. Teaching 3rd grade reading skills in high school should have been left in the 3rd grade. I remember coloring pictures in an sophmore year geometry class...yup that's a big WTF.
quote: I immediately saw that some people were interpreting the "which" as introducing an independent clause, whereas it was intended to introduce a dependent clause. That's why there's no comma. It's not "We're banning critical thinking skills programs, which focus on behavior modification". It's "We're banning critical thinking skills programs which focus on behavior modification".
quote: When will the thinking people in this country take back control? I'm tired of fundamentalists of all types making more noise than reasonable people. Fact is that most of the country is very close to the middle, with little separating the "left" from the "right". Sadly, we allow the Rush and Savage types to divide us.