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    04-29-2016, 02:20 PM
    Well, states don't have rights. They have delegated powers. This is important to remember. You have rights. The state does not. On that issue, originally state constitutions trumped the Federal constitution when they contradicted. The US Constitution only applied to the Federal government. With guns you will probably just have to create a movement to change NJ law. On the second issue, you're friends are correct, state's "rights" arguments have been used to prop up things like segregation and slavery. But Federal supremacy has been abused in the exact same ways. Everything you know to be wrong with the government, every issue of abuse, mismanagement, and violation? Federal supremacy. This idea has a long history of evils too. The Alien and Sedition Acts, Indian Removal and land confiscation, the Fugitive Slave Acts, drafts, the Civil War, segregation (remember segregation was ruled legal by the SCOTUS originally and thus legalized across the country), state sanction eugenics and sterilization programs, Federal seizure of gold, fiat currency, the PATRIOT Act, and on and on and on it goes. Neither argument is without blood or oppression, so if the issue is what limits the capability the most of a group of individuals to oppress another, then the "state's rights" construction is much preferable over the idea of complete Federal supremacy.
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    04-29-2016, 02:06 PM
    Molyneux is off the rails and has been for a long time. He is veering into complete narcissism, if not already there.
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    04-29-2016, 02:04 PM
    Not at all. The "State" cannot own land. The government is neither an individual nor a group of individuals. Therefore it cannot have any rights, including property rights. "State" land is nothing more than unowned land. And movement across unowned land is never restricted. To think otherwise is to turn the State into a King, automatically controlling all land and doling out as it chooses, a modern day feudal system. This might explain why some seem to think property taxes are just, the lord demanding his cut of your work on the lord's land, but it is completely antithetical to any formulation of individual liberty. So crossing a state or national border, across unowned land, is not trespassing in the least.
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    04-29-2016, 01:57 PM
    Ron has clearly come out AGAINST having a border wall. "Rep. Ron Paul has a problem with the idea of a U.S. border fence. 'The people that want big fences and guns, sure, we could secure the border,' the congressman noted. 'A barbed wire fence with machine guns, that would do the trick. I don’t believe that is what America is all about. Every time you think about this toughness on the border and ID cards and REAL IDs, think it’s a penalty against the American people too. I think this fence business is designed and may well be used against us and keep us in. In economic turmoil, the people want to leave with their capital and there’s capital controls and there’s people controls. Every time you think about the fence, think about the fences being used against us, keeping us in.' http://nation.foxnews.com/ron-paul/2011/09/07/ron-paul-border-fence-will-be-used-keep-us
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    04-29-2016, 01:53 PM
    What a change from when he was protesting war and the military back during Vietnam. HOw unsurprising. Those in power want more of it. What better way than to subject every American to even further brainwashing through "basic training"?
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    04-29-2016, 01:33 PM
    " All voting is a sort of gaming, like checkers or backgammon, with a slight moral tinge to it, a playing with right and wrong, with moral questions; and betting naturally accompanies it. The character of the voters is not staked. I cast my vote, perchance, as I think right; but I am not vitally concerned that that right should prevail. I am willing to leave it to the majority. Its obligation, therefore, never exceeds that of expediency. Even voting for the right is doing nothing for it. It is only expressing to men feebly your desire that it should prevail. A wise man will not leave the right to the mercy of chance, nor wish it to prevail through the power of the majority. There is but little virtue in the action of masses of men. When the majority shall at length vote for the abolition of slavery, it will be because they are indifferent to slavery, or because there is but little slavery left to be abolished by their vote. They will then be the only slaves. Only his vote can hasten the abolition of slavery who asserts his own freedom by his vote." Exactly. Government action only leads to more corruption and problems. Individual action, not collective inaction, is the real answer.
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    04-29-2016, 01:18 PM
    Neither should the government be allowed to control a person's right to travel across unowned property and for human capital to travel where it will for its benefit. The government shouldn't be allowed to regulate the market in any way. Yet, you're still supportive of that. Doing what is right isn't hard. Only when you get the government involved, only when you treat the "country" as a person - the ultimate in Corporate Personhood- is there an issue. What is good for the individual is what matters, not for some faceless monopolistic bureaucracy.
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    04-29-2016, 01:14 PM
    After the US had done everything it could to goad it. FDR was chomping at the bit to enter the war.
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    04-29-2016, 01:10 PM
    Of course, people often turn to violence when constantly frustrated and treated wrongly. How many here endorse similar tactics when confronting the State? Well, Trump is the State personified. Many of those people involved have had everything from their labor to their person made literally against the law. Violence begets violence.
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    04-25-2016, 07:43 PM
    When you say 'Commie', to whom are you referring to? The BBC? And what of your propaganda? What shall we call it?
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    04-24-2016, 06:00 PM
    The Triumphant Entry By Dr. Haralambos M. Bousias, Great Hymnographer of the Alexandrian Church Triumph presupposes victory and victory a legitimate struggle and difficult battle. The crowned victor lauded by the crowds enters his homeland triumphantly through arches erected for his welcome. In spiritual battles, which are much tougher than the worldly, military, local and national ones, since the opponent is relentless, tenacious and ferocious, the victor is accompanied by the eternal Victor, He Who told us "without Me you can do nothing" (Jn. 15:5), and is praised by the Holy Angels as he enters the heavenly places.
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    04-24-2016, 11:59 AM
    The Eastern Orthodox Christians commemorate Holy and Great Friday this Friday coming up. :)
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    04-24-2016, 11:55 AM
    Homily for Palm Sunday (St. Gregory Palamas) The sermon below (Homily 15) was delivered by St. Gregory Palamas on Palm Sunday of a year between 1347 and 1359, in a church in the city of Thessaloniki. “In an acceptable time have I heard thee, and in a day of salvation have I helped thee,” said God through Isaiah (Isaiah 49.8). It is good today to speak these words of the apostle to your charity: “Behold, now is the accepted time; behold now is the day of salvation” (2 Corinthians 6.2). “Let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us work the works of light. Let us walk honestly as in the day” (Romans 13.12-13). The commemoration of Christ’s saving passion is at hand, and the new, great spiritual Passover, which is the reward for dispassion and the prelude of the world to come. Lazarus proclaims it in advance by coming back from the depths of Hades and rising from the dead on the fourth day just by the voice and command of God, who has power over life and death (John 11.1-45). By the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, children and simple people sing praises in advance to the Redeemer from death, who brings souls up from Hades and gives souls and bodies eternal life. “What man is he that desireth life and to see good days? Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips that they speak no guile: depart from evil and do good” (Psalm 34.12-14; compare 1 Peter 3.10-11). Evil means gluttony, drunkenness and dissolute living. Evil means love of money, being greedy for gain, and injustice. Evil means vainglory, arrogance and pride. Let everyone turn aside from such vices and do those things which are good. What are they? Self-control, fasting, chastity, righteousness, almsgiving, forbearance, love, humility. That by so doing we may worthily partake of the Lamb of God who was sacrificed for our sake, and so receive the earnest of incorruption, and keep it as an assurance of the inheritance promised to us in heaven. Is it hard to do what is good, and are the virtues more difficult than the vices? That is certainly not how I see it. The drunken, self-indulgent person subjects himself because of this to more sufferings than someone who restrains himself; the licentious person suffers more than someone chaste; someone striving to become rich more than someone who lives in contentment with what he has; the person seeking to surround himself with glory than someone who passes life in obscurity. Since, however, the virtues seem more difficult to us because of our love of comfort, let us force ourselves. “The kingdom of heaven suffereth violence,” it says, “and the violent take it by force” (Matthew 11.12). All of us, eminent and lowly, governors and governed, rich and poor, need diligence and attention to drive these evil passions away from our souls, and introduce the whole range of virtues in their stead. Farmers, shoemakers, builders, tailors, weavers, and in general all those who earn their living by their own effort and the work of their hands, provided they throw out of their souls the desire for riches, glory and pleasure, are truly blessed. These are the poor to whom the kingdom of heaven belongs. It was on their account that the Lord said, “Blessed are the poor in spirit” (Matthew 5.3). The poor in spirit are those whose spirits, or souls, are free from boasting, love of glory and fondness for pleasure, and therefore either choose to be poor in external things as well or else courageously bear involuntary poverty. Those who are rich and comfortable, and enjoy fleeting glory, and in general all who long to be like them, will yield to more harmful passions and fall into other worse traps of the devil, which are more difficult to deal with. When someone becomes rich, he does not lay aside his desire for riches, but increases it, grasping at more than he did before. In the same way, pleasure lovers, power seekers, the dissolute and the debauched increase their desires rather than renouncing them. Rulers and eminent men...
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    04-24-2016, 11:52 AM
    We have arrived at Holy Week and the Passion of our Lord. His life-giving Passion began at Bethany, from the village of Martha and Mary. This is where He set out with the little donkey and His disciples in order to make His entrance into Jerusalem. We witness Him Who sits upon a throne of glory simultaneously sitting upon a throne of humility. This is what our Lord wanted to teach us by mounting this humble animal: humility. With His humility our Christ prompted everyone down here on the earth—even the small children—to sing praises: “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!” (Mt. 21:9). With His humble entrance before the multitudes of people, He moved and shook up all of Jerusalem. “Who is this person?” exclaimed everyone who was unaware . All the people raced to cut branches from palm and bay trees in order to lay them down before His path. Yet, take a look at how the things of this world change so quickly. On Sunday the crowds were crying out, “Hosanna to the son of David! Blessed is He who comes,” as well as many other things; four-five days later, however, they shouted, “Away with Him, away with Him! Crucify Him!” (Jn. 19:15). This is how things are on the earth. Nothing is stable. One moment the world exalts a person and the next moment it degrades him. Man is unstable; his works are unstable; his thoughts are unstable; everything in his life is unstable. The humility of our Christ is truly remarkable! It is awesome! We witness the God-man humbly and unpretentiously seated upon a young donkey. His holy example is such a beautiful lesson for us. As we proceed through the most sacred week of His Passion, His supreme humility becomes even more pronounced. We see Him enduring tortures, ridicule, and slaps. We watch Him suffering the hardship of imprisonment, lifting the Cross, and eventually falling to His knees from the weight of the Cross. Who can fathom that God on earth was slapped by a human hand made of clay, by the hand of the creature whom He fashioned with such beauty, perfection, and wisdom! This person whom He created as “a god by grace” upon the earth afterward raised his hand and hit God! If our child were to hit us, we would rise up and protest, “How you dare hit me? Your mother, your father…?” But what is a mother or a father when compared to God on the earth? They are just fellow human beings made of clay. This is where the beauty of Christ lies: His humility! If He were not humble, He would not be God. He is not a dictator; He is not a ruler; He is not haughty. His glory is His humility. An excerpt from The Art Of Salvation By Elder Ephraim of Arizona
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    04-24-2016, 11:52 AM
    Blessed Palm Sunday to my my brothers and sisters celebrating today! Hosanna! Blessed is He Who comes in the Name of the Lord! Blessed is the King of Israel!
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    04-21-2016, 08:17 PM
    What an absurdly stupid argument. Colonialism screwed millions of lives, and continues to do so now. The problems with Africa? A direct result of the carving up of Africa by European powers and the artificial creation of centralized powers and nations based on the whim of the imperial powers. The Middle East's political situation comes from the exact issues. You also display an incredible ignorance about the condition of the natives that were conquered and dominated before they were conquered, as well as incredible level of arrogance about the worth of European thought and Native forms of civilization, culture, religion, and government- the later of which you most likely have no real understanding of or education on beyond what your ignorant self read on Wikipedia. You also apparently have no understanding of anarchy is either. How does anti-liberty garbage like this get traction on this site?
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    04-12-2016, 04:40 PM
    This is an excellent article pertaining to the topic of the laity in the Eucharist assembly https://avowofconversation.wordpress.com/2010/05/31/the-sacrament-of-the-assembly/
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    04-12-2016, 04:12 PM
    That's the way it should be done, and how it was done from the earliest established liturgies of the early Church! After all, all those present in the liturgy are active participants in the service to the Lord, giving the amen, responding to the exhortations of the priest and deacons, and co-worshipping together the Holy Trinity as one body of Christ. It is unfortunate that in time much of this understanding has been lost amongst the local Churches (especially in the west) and has been relegated as a service done primarily by a particular choir. Acoustically, this may be pleasing, since a choir often contains the most talented singers from amongst the parish, but the purpose is for the choir to lead all the other members of the congregation (the laity in particular, including the children), into participation in the prayers, hymns, and doxologies offered to God. I too grew in a parish where, with the exception of a few members singing from within the pews, the choir hymned certain parts of the liturgy while the laity were more observants rather than active participants, at least externally. It wasn't until just recently, after studying the liturgical developments of the early Church, that I learned the truly important role of the laity in every divine service of the Church. In fact, without a laity to witness and co-worship along with the ordained clergy, a Divine Liturgy is impossible to take place and forbidden by the Holy Canons. Now, I am much more engaged in the liturgical services, singing along with the choir while standing in the nave, bowing and kneeling at the appointed times, responding to the exhortations of the clergy, and praying to God along with my fellow members the intercessions of the Church for peace in the world. So too have I found the parish in general become much more active with the hymns and prayers. This reversion is happening in many parishes, having been helped by the likes of men like Father Alexander Schmemann and his contemporaries. It is not a mere mental assent and approval of what the priest is saying and doing, but rather a cooperation and communal prayer of our mind, our soul, and our body, with not only the priest, but with those around us, and even with those far from us in spatial distance and even historic time, yet together, present before God and His Heavenly Hosts and in unity as members in Christ. And it is this experience of the Holy Church and the members in it, and, above all, the grace of God (by Whom all things find life and being), whereby the liturgies and the prayers we have now are the same in foundation and basic form which existed from the very beginning of the history of the Church.
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    04-06-2016, 02:47 PM
    Great article: Link: http://www.bio-orthodoxy.com/2016/04/orthodox-christianity-and-role-of.html#more Orthodox Christianity and the Role of Science By John Tachos 1. The Christian distinction between Science and Faith
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    04-06-2016, 10:53 AM
    PRESIDENT OF KENYA POSTHUMOUSLY AWARDS MUSLIM KILLED DEFENDING CHRISTIANS Nairobi, April 4, 2016 The president of Kenya Uhuru Kenyatta has posthumously awarded the Muslim teacher Salah Farah who was seriously wounded at the end of 2015 shielding Christians and died in January 2016 at Nairobi Hospital, reports Blagovest.info. In December 2015 terrorists from the Al-Shabaab Somali-based militant group attacked a bus travelling from Nairobi to Mandera which is situated near the border with Somali. The jihadis ordered the Muslims to move aside, intending to shoot the Christians. However, some of the Muslims would not walk away and even formed a human shield between the Christians and the terrorists.
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    04-05-2016, 03:36 PM
    Love does not depend on time, and the power of love continues always. There are some who believe that the Lord suffered death for love of man but because they do not attain to this love in their own souls, it seems to them that it is all an old story of bygone days. But when the soul knows the love of God through the Holy Spirit, she feels without a shadow of a doubt that the Lord is our Father, the closest and dearest of fathers, and there is no greater happiness than to love God with all our mind, with all our heart and with all our soul, according to the Lord’s commandment, and our neighbor as ourself. And when this love is in the soul, everything rejoices her, but when it is lost sight of, man cannot find peace, and is troubled, and blames others as if they had done him an injury, and does not realize that he himself is at fault: he has lost his love for God and has accused, or conceived a hatred for, his brother. Grace proceeds from brotherly love, and by brotherly love is grace preserved; but if we do not love our brother, then the grace of God will not come into our souls. - St. Silouan the Athonite
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    04-05-2016, 03:13 PM
    Celtic monks possibly predate the Vikings arrival! http://www.ronpaulforums.com/showthread.php?273301-Orthodox-celtic-monks-the-first-in-america
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    04-03-2016, 09:10 PM
    If the past 2 decades have demonstrated anything, it would be that the US is by far the greater threat to world peace.
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    04-03-2016, 09:06 PM
    With regards to which nation has shown greater restraint and has also sacrificed more to protect the Christians from the genocides happening in the Middle East, you are right there is no competition. One nation has been instrumental in aiding the genocide, while the other one is Russia.
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    04-03-2016, 07:02 AM
    Lol! Narrow it down the amount of times our nation has done that, and get back to me!
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    04-02-2016, 07:48 PM
    Oh, you mean that time when the democratically elected leader of Ukraine was overthrown with the help of CIA operatives?
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Our Constitution does not enact any one theory of marriage. The people of a State are free to expand marriage to include same-sex couples, or to retain the historic definition. -Chief Justice Roberts
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If the people who are disturbed by their own latent desires would just do battle with their own latent desires, rather than deciding that those who share those desires and give in to them are the enemy, then libs like the one in the OP wouldn't have a leg to stand on. He wouldn't be discriminated against, and therefore there would be no problem to solve. And when he proposed this sort of radical solution to the non-problem, he would be laughed at, and the children wouldn't have to deal with the

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