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On 5/17/2018 at 11:59 AM, LawrenceA said:

Yeah, political leaders as the Antichrist is silly, but so is the concept of an Antichrist to begin with. The whole of Revelation is ridiculous tripe that some have used to make life miserable for other people for centuries now, which is particularly egregious since many scholars believe it was all allegorical references to the reign of Nero nearly 2000 years ago. 

Evangelicals are crazy nutbags but I wouldn't call religion "tripe." Hegel's writings on religion and the self-consciousness can be very enlightening. 

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15 hours ago, mr6666 said:

UN Jerusalem vote: General Assembly rules against US, declaring recognition of Israel capital 'null and void'

Several Latin American and African nations abstain from vote after America threatened to cut aid programmes

 

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/un-jerusalem-trump-vote-result-decision-general-assembly-null-void-a8123106.html

The US has veto power, so the UN is null and void.

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5 hours ago, Gershwin fan said:

Evangelicals are crazy nutbags but I wouldn't call religion "tripe." Hegel's writings on religion and the self-consciousness can be very enlightening. 

I didn't call religion tripe. I said that Revelation was tripe. Taking the Book of Revelation as literal truth is something I've had to put up with my entire life here, as this area is chock full of "true believers" who take it all very literally and very seriously. 

I still recall that when the first laser barcode scanner was added to a local supermarket, many customers refused to use it as they said that it was the Mark of the Beast. 

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4 hours ago, LawrenceA said:

I didn't call religion tripe. I said that Revelation was tripe. Taking the Book of Revelation as literal truth is something I've had to put up with my entire life here, as this area is chock full of "true believers" who take it all very literally and very seriously. 

I still recall that when the first laser barcode scanner was added to a local supermarket, many customers refused to use it as they said that it was the Mark of the Beast. 

it has long been understood that the imagery of Revelation are symbols...

just like the MLK sculpture.

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john on the isle of patmos 2000 years ago was shown all these visions and the key is to interpret their meaning and what they represent.

for instance it as long been thought that the **** of babylon represents the catholic church.

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It's not even clear who wrote this wild farrago of technicolor nonsense.

It's really weird, even for the Bible, which is full of weird things.  

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58 minutes ago, JakeHolman said:

 

 

History is replete with people using children as pawns to push their agenda! Bad in this country as well, political wise. :angry:

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https://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-usa/u-s-to-withdraw-assistance-from-northwest-syria-u-s-officials-idUSKCN1IK024

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration will withdraw assistance from northwest Syriadominated by Islamist factions and focus recovery efforts on areas where U.S.-led forces have retaken territory from Islamic State in the northeast, U.S. officials with knowledge of the decision said on Friday.

CBS, which first reported the story, said tens of millions of dollars will be cut from previous U.S.-backed efforts in the northwest, including projects for “countering violent extremism, supporting independent society and independent media, strengthening education, and advocating for community policing.”

U.S. officials told Reuters that humanitarian assistance would not be affected in the northwest around Idlib province, which is the largest chunk of Syrian territory held by insurgent factions, including al Qaeda’s former affiliate in the Syrian war.

“U.S. assistance for programs in northwest Syria are being freed up to provide potential increased support for priorities in northeast Syria,” a State Department official told Reuters.

 

A second official said the administration believed it wanted to move the assistance to areas where the U.S. had more control.

President Donald Trump in March froze more than $200 million in funds for recovery efforts in Syriawhile his administration reassesses Washington’s role in the Syrian conflict. The review is still under way, one U.S. official said.

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http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-44178771

An alliance headed by a former Shia militia chief who led two uprisings against the US-led invasion of Iraq has won the parliamentary elections.

But Moqtada Sadr, who is also staunchly opposed to Iranian involvement in the country, cannot become prime minister as he did not stand as a candidate.

However, he is expected to play a major role in forming the new government.

The party of outgoing PM Haider al-Abadi was pushed into third place, behind a pro-Iranian alliance.

Mr Sadr's win represents a remarkable comeback for the cleric after he was sidelined for years by Iranian-backed rivals.

These elections were the first since Iraq declared victory over the Islamic State group in December. Some 5,000 American troops remain in Iraq supporting local forces, which were fighting IS.

Final results released by the election commission early on Saturday showed Mr Sadr's Saeroun bloc won 54 seats, compared to Prime Minister Abadi's 42. The pro-Iranian Fatah alliance went into second place with 47 seats.

But Mr Sadr's nationalist alliance - formed of his own party and six mainly secular groups, including the Iraqi communist party - failed to win more than 55 of the 329 seats up for grabs, so he faces the complex task of drawing together a governing coalition.

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http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-44178078

Saudi authorities have arrested seven women's rights advocates, weeks before the kingdom is due to lift its ban on women driving, rights groups say.

The reasons for the arrests were not clear, but activists say authorities are attempting to silence the women.

The kingdom's state news channel reported that they had been arrested for contacts with a foreign power.

Saudi Arabia has strict laws requiring women to seek male permission for various decisions and actions.

 

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7 hours ago, jakeem said:

Trump’s surprising decision last summer to align himself with the Saudis over Qatar, a US ally, looks a little different in light of today’s NYT bombshell about SA & UAE offering help to his campaign.

 

7 hours ago, jakeem said:

Joyce Alene Retweeted Eli Stokols

Trump’s crazy anti-Qatar policy, despite the presence of 11,000 US service members & a key air base in that country made no sense. Until today.

 

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The anti-Qatar policy is being mostly driven by Israel, their renewed 'friendship' with Saudis and hate of all things Iran, and the fact Trump can't say 'no' to Bibi.     All US actions under the Trump admin in the region are driven by this.    

 

 

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https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/05/critics-denounce-south-carolina-anti-semitism-law-180513113108407.html

Civil rights activists are opposing the passage of a bill that equates criticism of Israeli policies with anti-Semitism in the US state of South Carolina.

The new bill would effectively deem any criticism of Israel in publicly funded schools and state colleges as "anti-Semitic".

Unable to pass it as a standalone law for the past two years over questions about its constitutionality, supporters of the measure used a legislative tactic known as a "rider" to insert it into the state's 2018-2019 budget. The measure will expire after one year.

Supporters of Israel see the controversial bill as a triumph, arguing that any criticism of Israel is inherently anti-Semitic and should be banned on college campuses.

Opponents argue the bill is politically motivated and has nothing to do with the actual issue of anti-Semitism. They argue the law will instil fear in academic circles and create self-censorship among professors and students who will be reluctant to include Israel in political discussions.

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39 minutes ago, Gershwin fan said:

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/05/critics-denounce-south-carolina-anti-semitism-law-180513113108407.html

Civil rights activists are opposing the passage of a bill that equates criticism of Israeli policies with anti-Semitism in the US state of South Carolina.

The new bill would effectively deem any criticism of Israel in publicly funded schools and state colleges as "anti-Semitic".

Unable to pass it as a standalone law for the past two years over questions about its constitutionality, supporters of the measure used a legislative tactic known as a "rider" to insert it into the state's 2018-2019 budget. The measure will expire after one year.

Supporters of Israel see the controversial bill as a triumph, arguing that any criticism of Israel is inherently anti-Semitic and should be banned on college campuses.

Opponents argue the bill is politically motivated and has nothing to do with the actual issue of anti-Semitism. They argue the law will instil fear in academic circles and create self-censorship among professors and students who will be reluctant to include Israel in political discussions.

The CA State University system got very close to passing the same law but failed to gain the necessary support.

Hopefully if such a law is passed it would be found unconstitutional.   Sadly our Federal government already is too pro-Israel.    But passing laws restricting free-speech is going way too far.  

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On 5/19/2018 at 4:12 PM, NipkowDisc said:

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The next thing the "Justice League" will be fighting. :D

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