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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Comments Which Conservatives Block From Their Blogs For October 22, 2014

Oct 15

To R. Scott Clark and his blogpost containing a quote about Modernity and its exclusion of God from its view of the world. This appeared in Heidelblog

Yes, movements like the Modernity are reactions against God, but they are also reactions against Christians as they try to represent God. To deny that is to deny history and, in a sense, to externalize sin.

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Oct 20

To R. Scott Clark and his blogpost quoting R.R. Reno and his lament over the intolerance of progressives. This appeared in the Heidelblog

Let me ask, who was tolerant during the times when Christianity held sway over our laws and culture so that we had blue laws or laws criminalizing homosexuality? How tolerant were those laws? And it wasn't progressives who supported Jim Crow. So how tolerant were those conservatives, note that not everyone did, who did support Jim Crow?

And how tolerant is of Christians who wanted to prohibit gays from marrying or the right to deny gays access to public goods and services provided as provided in a capitalist system?

The overgeneralizations made about an undefined group only shows a certain degree of intolerance. In fact, having just retired from a university system I can tell you that there no "progressive" domination over conservatives at least from what I saw.

Yes, Christians can have concerns over some events that seem to threaten religious liberties. But considering the intolerance showed by some conservative christians in the past, isn't the new growing intolerance a display of the pendulum swinging in the other direction? And if that is the case, then before wringing our hands in anxiety over an anticipated loss in religious liberties, perhaps we should show contrition for our role in placing or maintaining the pendulum when it was in our favor. Besides, the spread of Ebola, new wars, increasing damage to the environment, growing wealth disparities and so on are not enough to make the future seem dark. We needed this particular pendulum swing to tell us to "abandon hope all ye who enter"? The good news is that angst only over this pendulum swing is not intolerance. It is, however, evidence of self-absorption.

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Oct 21

To Elise Hilton and her blogpost on human trafficking. This appeared in the Acton blog.

Perhaps we should consider another factor that contributes to human trafficking; it is the free market. After all, trafficking supplies a cheap source of labor which, in turn, holds down costs that are passed on to the consumer--sweatshop is supported by the free market too and for the same reason. And we have trafficked labor right here in the US some of whom pick our produce. So a question we might want to ask is, is the free market too free to eliminate trafficked labor?

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To Bruce Edward Walker and his blogpost on the failures of "left-leaning" religious shareholder activists. This appeared in the Acton Blog

That "left-leaning" religious shareholder proposals are rejected and that such religious shareholders suffer a disconnect, presumedly from the other shareholders, imply what? That people favored profit over principle?  And if so, are we bragging or complaining about that? Do we ask if shareholder priorities are dominated by the love of money? 

Finally, couldn't we ask if those shareholders so easily sacrifice workers' jobs and the environment for the sake of an increase in the ROI also  suffer a disconnect?




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