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    04-18-2019, 03:01 PM
    Anyways, your interpretation of the chapter is complete nonsense. You are only shaping it to fit your world view, as I already mentioned. You said the reason for submitting to the authorities is "simply a matter of general practical advice." Yet this can easily be proven false. It did not just say "Obey the authorities just so you don't get punished by them." It also says that it is A MATTER OF CONSCIENCE. It says disobeying the leader is rebelling against God. It defines right and wrong in this chapter, not based on the commandments or laws written in the bibles, but whatever the authority asks of you. This chapter is just "might is right" bullshit, and reading this I can understand why this idiotic country thinks it has the right to bomb or threaten any country on the planet that doesn't play ball.
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    04-18-2019, 02:43 PM
    Why does your god create people for the explicit purpose of doing terrible things to other people, and then your god punishes those same people for the actions he predestined them to do? Your religion is nonsense
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    04-18-2019, 02:27 PM
    They bear the sword for whatever they want, cuz whatever they want is what god wants, according to that chapter.
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    04-18-2019, 02:20 PM
    Normally I would agree with you, but then I read "rulers do not bear the sword for no reason" and realized that there must be a good justification for why the government needs all my belongings.
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    04-18-2019, 11:49 AM
    Yep, the primary difference is being able to choose your owner. If all the owners offer the same meager wages when they can invariably afford to pay so much more, the real-world result is indistinguishable from slavery. No wonder there is such a huge problem with worker suicides in East Asia. The system you are defending is hell on earth.
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    04-18-2019, 10:00 AM
    What does, in your opinion, constitute slavery? Not being able to choose who is your owner? It's a distinction without a difference
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    04-18-2019, 09:56 AM
    No, you have no understanding whatsoever of the book you claim to be the word of god. You have warped the meaning of its passages to fit your own worldview. It's so obvious it's fucking pathetic. This is what the chapter says: Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. Those in authority are THE SERVANTS OF GOD. What is a servant? "a person who performs duties for others." The procurement of taxes by those in authority is thus done with the explicit endorsement of your god. Even if the one in authority demanded 100% taxation on your every belonging, then it is for your good, because rulers only bring punishment on the wrongdoer.
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    04-18-2019, 09:36 AM
    You keep claiming irrelevancy, yet you are not capable of distinguishing between the current wage-slave system and the slavery system of old in any way. Slaves picked cotton all day, their owner got all the rewards of the cotton, but provided some food, some clothes, and some shelter for the slave to continue working. Under such a 72 hour work week system, the worker will work all day, and the owner will get all the rewards of the work, but will provide the workers with enough money for some food, some clothes, and shelter and little else. The only difference I can see is that maybe the worker can seek a different employer, who may or may not be slightly better. The self sufficient homesteader, that you mentioned, is obviously not a slave. To whom would he be a slave? To his own survival necessities?
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    04-18-2019, 09:03 AM
    Are you really this stupid? Apparently so. A self-sufficient homesteader is reaping 100% of the benefits of their labor. For the most profitable companies, that percentage is far less than 100%... obviously. Much closer to 1% than 100%. Their competitors have the same exact goal, to earn as much money as possible for their shareholders. When the vast majority of jobs in an area are providing the bare minimum in compensation and long hours every week, how many options do workers really have? This "negotiate for more pay or get a new job" sounds good in theory, but it's pure fantasy for the vast majority of people in practice. But keep defending the desires of the ultra wealthy to extract as much money from their workers as possible, with as little compensation as possible. No, it isn't. And if you find me another verse that indicates the opposite position, why does your god inspired book have contradictions? Because there is no good reason to believe your book or your god have any truth in them whatsoever. https://biblia.com/bible/esv/Rom%2013.6%E2%80%937
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    04-18-2019, 08:28 AM
    If someone needs to work 72 hours a week to "make ends meet" while working for a multi billion dollar company, it is no different than slavery. For every dollar of value these workers are providing to their company, they are getting a fraction of a fraction of a penny in return. But god forbid such companies be taxed, that would prevent them from expanding and creating more wageslaves!
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    04-15-2019, 02:16 PM
    Trump is an excellent father because only excellent fathers talk about banging their own daughters
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    04-11-2019, 10:12 PM
    please do not venture too far out into the real world, you belong in that subforum only
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    04-08-2019, 02:23 PM
    yet you had a retard as your governor
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    04-08-2019, 09:53 AM
    average IQ: 4. Vermont 103.8 19. Indiana 101.7
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    04-02-2019, 01:12 PM
    Yep, exactly. For example, when I facetime with my family, the quality of the picture is far worse than what it would be if I simply filmed my face and shared an uncompressed file that way. It is totally normal and expected that the quality of the livestream video is quite poor.
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    04-01-2019, 05:59 PM
    So it's difficult to see one person's head at a certain angle in the video, therefore it's fake? You can't distinguish people's faces, because the quality of the video is pretty low... obviously. The people in the mosque aren't mostly wearing white, therefore it's fake? As a former muslim who has been to many different mosques hundreds of times, people wear all types of clothing. Some wear western clothes, some wear traditional clothes, whatever. Your "timeline" of events is totally wrong btw. At 6:53 that was the first time he is entering the main room, he was not "going back to the room" as you falsely stated. We have 15 minutes of flawless footage depicting the murder of dozens and dozens of inviduals, and you point to a handful of instances where you can't see clearly what's going on due to low camera resolution and camera perspective. This event happened, you have to be a complete retard to continue denying it.
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    03-31-2019, 10:15 PM
    There is blood near the victims, you can see a large pool of blood at 10:32. Truthfully, anyone who thinks this event was fake is a complete retard.
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