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Amy, if you haven't - you should read "The Essence of Christianity" by Ludwig Feuerbach
The whole point of Christianity, since Roman times - especially Catholicism, is to find a path to God and heaven, from this "impure earth" and our "sinful flesh of a body."
Of course, other sects of the religion may not emphisize it as much before but it is a major part of Christian dogma.
Sheldon, I'm not sure I understand. "Dogma" as distinct from what? And there may be some aspects of dogma that all denominations of Christianity share, but I don't think this is 1 of them.
Amy - point taken, that's why I said dogma.
Sheldon, I think that's overgeneralized. Many denominations don't take such a position, & there's even an organization called the National Religious Partnership for the Environment (http://www.nrpe.org/)--which includes the US Conference of Catholic Bishops!
Actually Mark and Amy - Santorum's position on the environment is consistent with the dogma of Christianity and many other organized religions.
They despise the earth and the human body, as they're considered just a temporary route to heaven. After all, they are always looking forward to the end of days.
Mark, good point, esp. given that Santorum is Catholic! The other part is that he apparently thinks humankind will be just fine if we don't take care of the earth.
Santorum's position on the auto bailout was reported quite extensively - he was/is against it:http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/17/us/politics/in-detroit-santorum-defends-opposition-to-auto-bailout.html
and many npr segments in the last week
So the payroll tax "holiday" will take billions out of the SS stream, some holiday. Just like the Bush tax cuts - stealing Americans' money by bribing them with it.
I love experts
Sad that we should be overwhelmingly "thankful" that congress managed to half way do their job on the Nth something attempt.
If Santorum is going to keep pushing his religious rhetoric, there is something that reporters should ask him about -
Senator Santorum claims that Obama's concern for the environment is "anti-Religion", or even "anti-Biblical", so ohow does he respond to this official position of America's Catholic Bishops -
"As people of religious faith, we bishops believe that the atmosphere that supports life on earth is a God-given gift, one we must respect and protect. It unites us as one human family. If we harm the atmosphere, we dishonor our Creator and the gift of creation."
There's more - http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/human-life-and-dignity/environment/global-climate-change-a-plea-for-dialogue-prudence-and-the-common-good.cfm
I'n not saying that everyone else must follow the religious positions of the Bishops - I'm just pointing out that Santorum's claim that concern for the environment is an "anti-religion" position is, well, a bunch of garbage.
"Beaks in the pool"? I have no idea what that means. Did I hear it wrong?
PLEASE stop your "horse race" coverage of elections!
How about requiring ten minutes per day discussing the candidates and their stands on important issues?Ten minutes per day, please!
I read some comments from Santorum's 'Caffeinated Thoughts' interview and I'd say he's provocative, but those statements would appear much more relevant if they'd been from a catholic bishop than from a politician of any sort.
Santorum challenging Obama on his "Christianity." Without ever questioning the validity of religion itself.
Politics.....morons challenging morons over the validity of moronic ideas and fairy tales in order to win power over millions of other morons. The activities of morons really should not be the basis of intelligent adult discussions.
Meanwhile, the realists of this world are completely ignored, because people prefer the fairy tales supplied by politicians and religion to real life.
"....a visceral emotional issue" LOLJust call it what it is...plain old fashioned racism and xenophobia. Why be cowardly and dance around it???
It saddens me greatly not only that Santorum is attacking Obama on religion, but that nobody will have the guts to stand up and say IT DOESN'T MATTER. I would be an Obama supporter if he were muslim, or jewish, or hindu, or atheist, or anything else. That's what I was always taught was the basis of this country - it's depressing to see concrete proof otherwise.
The payroll tax is another vote-buying fraud by Barry Obama to win re-election.
It has repeatedly been shown by economists to produce a far weaker impact on helping the economy than a cut in income taxes or corporate taxes. But since 45% now don’t pay any NET federal income taxes (only the evil rich) and only evil corporations pay corporate taxes .... this maneuver reaches more voters and keeps them on the Democratic “payroll”.
And let’s not forget that this is only a one year tax “holiday” from seizing your money. You can’t imagine Democrats actually cutting permanent tax rates, can you? The American public, as it gets poorer under Obama, appears to be more easily bought these days.
And while we are discussing the politics of taxes, let’s celebrate that on April 1st, the U.S. will officially have the world’s HIGHEST corporate taxes (we were only #2) .... as Japan’s recent cut in its rate becomes effective on that date. Gosh, who said that Barry Obama isn’t fond of “American exceptionalism”?
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