Porn enslaves men, devalues women, demeans sex, encourages immorality(& therefore contributes to the spread of STDs), often damages relationships, sometimes ruins marriages, greatly offends the God, the giver of sex, sometimes encourages acting out of what is seen, and encourages unhealthy lust/passions in everyone. It is not healthy for any person and cannot truly satisfy. There are right and wrong uses of everything and imo, porn is not a right use of the gift of sex. When we thumb our nose at the Creator's helpful guidance/commands concerning sex, we reap the consequences and learn the hard way. I have nothing against her personally, but I'm sorry that she chose to enter that profession.
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Interesting! But WHY? If a foetus is only a clump of cells, what's the problem here? Why are these women so adversely affected by the discharge of a clump of cells?
OH! Maybe these women realize that they just lost a BABY!
I guess those who want to get pregnant see it as a baby and those who don't want to be pregnant, try hard to convince themselves it is nothing more than a clump of cells.
"Lighten up! It was only a clump of cells!"
Hmmm. Doesn't seem like a very encouraging thing to say to these women who are grieving over the loss of their baby, but basically, this is what the Pro-Choice folk have to say because they could never advocate for the right to kill an unborn baby, right?
Or could they? Nothing would surprise me any more. We keep sinking to new lows every week/month/year. Some have actually advocated for the right to kill newborns who survived abortion!
"The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?"
Seems like a very accurate statement even though these words were penned over 2500-2600 years ago! We humans have not improved at all. Where is the evolution? All I see is things getting worse! The heart is sinful and capable of real evil.
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Never, but I am married with a family so am not out late running around the city.
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"Whether or not the goddess of the sun actually hid near Amano Yasugawara, one can really feel the spirituality of the place while embarking on the short walking route from Amano Iwato Shrine."
The author sounds as if he/she is unsure if this happened or not. Sigh.
I guess for the sake of tourism, you have to write the article like that, but I think we all know this never happened and that it is just a cave like any other cave.
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Well, I guess Japan's communists are getting a glimpse of what real Communism is. I'm glad they are finally seeing Communism for what it really is, but I'm not sure it will do any good.
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"Hollywood's brightest stars sparkled Sunday on the red carpet at the Golden Globes, the first showbiz awards gala of 2020."
OK, if you say so, but I wouldn't be caught dead wearing a goofy outfit like that! I wonder how much that cost. Wonderful use of money. Seriously, this hollywood stuff is just over the top and a waste of time. It's not reality. Who cares?
I will say though that this guy, whoever he is, should be applauded for having courage to wear that goofy thing out in public!
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OK, that's being a bit too judgmental. Even some couples in the US sleep in different rooms yet have a good marriage. Plus, this lady had dementia. Who knows whether she might have made noise at night. Criticizing them for only speaking to each other once a month when you know nothing of the circumstances is just being plain old judgmental.
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Indigo, I think that is a bit harsh. I don't think it means they have no respect for Christianity. Actually, I think they have real respect for Christianity, but yes, it is too bad they miss the most important part of the holiday. But look at it this way. At least it provides a good chance for us to share the true meaning, hope, and joy of Christmas. So actually, I'm glad that they decorate for the holiday, even if they don't fully understand it. And, to be honest, I think they do a good job of decorating as well.
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THere is no excuse for that kind of behavior. The man should be fired immediately and the whole employment environment at that company should be investigated. It's not like they didn't know this was happening. They allowed him to treat their employees like this. The employee should sue the company. Big changes need to be made there.
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China is scary. They have long tentacles that are reaching even to Japan! They think they can bully the whole world and make them do their bidding. Often times, the lure of money through trade agreements enables them to do that. Many of us are suckers for money and will quickly sacrifice our own principles for a buck. It is true that the human heart is sinful.
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This is so sad. I've known numerous people with the same problem. It's like the Japanese gov't gives their citizens the right to kidnap their kids and prevent them from having any contact with the estranged parent who is often foreign. But in this case, many of the parents seem to be Japanese! Family relationships are often really screwed up here and it is the kids who suffer. This lady is probably telling her kids all kinds of lies about their father, but sometime, when the kids grow up and learn the real story, it might backfire in a dramatic way!
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"The education board put the four teachers on leave starting Oct 1."
This should have been reported by other employees long before it got this far. I am glad however, that these teachers were placed on leave and are being disciplined for their harmful actions. Bullying is common among children, but there are a lot of adults who act like kids as well - and that is even more shameful!
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"My understanding of hate speech was insufficient."
No doubt about it. It was simply a matter of an insufficient understanding of hate speech.
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So sorry for the students who had to put up with this abuse and harassment! Some days I'm embarrassed to be an American. Other days, I feel proud, but today is not one of them.
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As a Christian, I hate to jump on the Kanye bandwagon until we know this is really genuine and not a PR ploy like his wife is known to do. But whatever his motives, it seems like he has a positive message for today's youth. So many artists are out there promoting sex, booze, rebellion, drugs, etc. It's refreshing to see someone standing up for what is right and even admitting his own struggles in the past. That is not easy to do and it gives me some hope that his conversion might be genuine. Time will tell. Celebrities can often fall hard because they are so much in the public eye and there will be people out there who want him to fall so he will have to on guard. Anyway, I'm anxious to hear his new album.
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I have a better idea. How about if we just get rid of those scenes? Then there will be no need for this kind of thing. It will be good for the actors as well.
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That is a great idea! Let's do it!
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Yeah, and like Al Gore the Climate Guy said, the arctic ice is gonna be totally gone by 2013. Wait! That was 4 years ago and look at the arctic ice today! Deeper and wider than it's been in a long time. Hmmm. Obviously our climate models are not very accurate!
The climate changes all the time. It changed before man affected it and it is still changing today. There were ice ages in the past and antarctica was forested at one point. What we don't know is how much man effects the climate. There are so many factors involved here and so many different greenhouse gases that it is really hard to know if we can ever really know these things.
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Actually I think this is a very interesting idea. A bit strange, but it does help people judge personality more accurately and personality in a marriage is all important. Of course looks are important too, but in this type of a situation, it probably provides a better way to judge a person.
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"The motive of the attack at the Roman Catholic St. Yoseph Church in Medan, the capital of North Sumatra province, was not clear."
Sometimes the police seem to be mentally challenged!
Facts: The guy was a Muslim. He was using tactics often used by Islamic terrorists. He tried to set his bomb off and kill lots of people - Where? In a Christian Church!
Let's see! I wonder what could have motivated him to do such a thing!
OK, OK, granted there is a small outside chance it was some kind of a personal vendetta against the priest or something like that, but come on, terrorism is terrorism. It's not really all that hard to figure it out.
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I think marriage gets a bum rap these days because we are mostly in it for our own benefit and do not really commit to each other like we should. I believe the Creator knew what He was doing when He established marriage as the norm. Unfortunately, many of us evaluate marriage using a "me first" type of standard. If we can see the immediate benefit, then we'll do it. But true love involves sacrifice and commitment and when both sides understand this and are willing to work on it, the value is there and outweighs the sacrifices made. We all have our moments which makes it difficult for our partner to put up with, but learning to forgive and work through issues leads to a deeper more stable marriage. Sure, you can avoid the commitment, use your partner for sex, save your money for yourself, and live for yourself and be relatively happy for a while, but we were made for relationship and marriage has always been the foundation of society. the further we stray from this, the worse off our society(and we personally) will be. Child rearing takes time, patience, commitment, love, sacrifice, and money, but I love it! It's worth every bit of whatever sacrifice is involved. "Me first" is not always the way to happiness.
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However, a recent survey shows there’s at least one situation in which Japanese guys are generally more willing than girls to raise the stakes in a relationship.
Right. Guys get the benefits of a relationship without commitment.
One woman said: "Living together can make you lose the impetus to get married.”
Exactly. And, actually statistics show that couples that live together are more prone to divorce than those who do not. It's common, but there are good reasons to avoid this.
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No, but if the choice is him or Hillary, it's a no brainer for me. It would be a reluctant yes, but how sad that it has come down to these two!
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Posted in: Infidelity is immoral and will be criticized by the public, but it is not directly related to politics. Miyazaki should not have resigned. It might have been tough, but the correct thing to do would h See in context
I disagree. Immorality is a character issue and character is important in politics. We all have character flaws, but when we break marriage vows, this reveals something about a person and it does definitely make it difficult to trust what they say and promise as a politician. It is hard enough to trust even without that kind of an issue.
And in Miyazaki's case, his hypocrisy did him in - taking maternity leave and then betraying his wife and child in their time of need!
I agree with his decision.
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I watched the whole thing and didn't even catch any of the overtones. Dumb out of touch Caucasian I guess.
But I do have problems with the Black Lives Matter movement because it seems racist to me. Some of it's supporters were making up racist things to make whites look bad and trying to foment anger among the blacks.
I'm a support of All Lives Matter because blacks are no less and no more important than anyone else. Black Lives do matter, but that doesn't make it right to discriminate against others and falsely attack/accuse them.
And it doesn't mean that there is racism behind every black death at the hands of whites - unless you are willing to see racism behind every white death at the hands of blacks.
So, All Lives Matter because Racism is Wrong.
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Why no mention of Star Wars here?
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Posted in: If you found a bag with a large sum of money in it, say 10 million yen, in some isolated spot, and there was nothing to indicate who the owner was, what would you do with it? See in context
"it seems that most Japanese will take it and report it to koban except some kinda jerks/idiots. It must be a criterion of ordinary Japanese."
I'd rather call it doing the right thing.
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My point is, Cleo, that there are more than just two categories for people. It is possible that any white terrorist or Muslim terrorist is truly mentally ill. AND, that their illness influenced their actions.
At the same time, it also is probably true that there is a tendency to do just what you said. And that is wrong. Each case needs to be decided based not on skin color, but on the actual evidence. I think we can all agree on that.
I think the definition of what is terrorism also comes into play here as well. Is any murder an act of terror?
For me, I see terrorism as random killing that stems out of some kind of ideology. You could have a pro-life terrorist if that ideology is what prompted them to act, although by that very act, they are showing that they are not truly pro-life.
You could have a Christian terrorist if that person's faith is what prompted them to try and kill other people, but again, their actions are totally against what they profess to believe in.
The difference between these and Muslim terrorists is that their actions can easily fit with their beliefs because there are so many verses in the Koran that, if you read it for what it says, call for killing, violence, beating, taxing, looking down on, etc of non-Muslims.
It is totally different than the "love your enemy" teaching of Christianity - which isn't often carried out very well either. But for instance, look at how the US treated Japan after WWII - and Germany. And look at how ISIS and the Taliban and Al Qaida treat their enemies when they defeat them. The difference is night and day!
There is no other religion in the world that believes in converting people by force! In Christianity, such a thing is absolutely impossible. An insincere conversion is not a conversion at all. Force does no good, but Muslims are all concerned about the outer appearance as opposed to true heart change.
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Yawn. Thursday. Wake me up if the turn out not to be white males.
Open mouth, insert foot! Happens so often when we make assumptions and jump to conclusions without all the evidence.
I seriously doubt that skin color has anything to do with this kind of a crime. My bet is that it has far more to do with a person's beliefs than their skin color. Some of the terrorists have been Muslims. Some have been atheists who singled out Christians. Some have been racists - the white guy who killed some blacks in a SC church. Some have been mentally ill - probably like the recent Colorado shooter. Some have been troubled kids. There was an Asian shooter on a college campus in VA a year ago or so, but I doubt it had anything to do with his skin color. I bet it was other influences in his life that prompted that. There was a black guy who tried to kill a bunch of people at the Family Research Council, but he was stopped by the security guard fortunately. He was a left winger and that was the inspiration for his crime, not his skin color. So, I don't quite get understand your racist comment here.
You are free to disagree with me, but from my perspective, these crimes have nothing to do with skin color.
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