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SHAME ON THOSE DOG OWNERS who did not pick up their dog poop. That’s required if you are going to go around the downtown area. Better not try that poop abandonment act around Augusta Common or First Saturday!

HOW WASTEFUL OF THOSE GRU higher-ups to buy up to $33,000 per desk type of furniture! Is this why they have such high student fees? That’s disgusting.

THE REPUBLICANS HAD BETTER not touch my Social Security or Medicare unless they refund every penny I’ve ever put in to those systems. That’s only fair. I have been saving quite conservatively on my own in my bank accounts, IRAs, etc. and can do so with *all* my monies. I’m not paying for Republican porks or perks or discounts to millionaire oil barons and businessmen.

YES, THE CATHOLIC CHURCH has had some horrible scandals and there is no excuse. However, the level to which the media has allowed the disgusting and disrespectful comments to continue at every level is really inexcusable, from the pope to the traditions. Even Pat Robertson and the Grahams make fun of Catholicism which is unacceptable.

NEXT ELECTION, VOTE out the entire Blythe City Council and especially the mayor. They haven’t done a single thing since they been in office. We still don’t have any sidewalks for our children to walk on, and no crossing guard at the elementary school.

I’M A BIT CONFUSED. It is OK for the federal and state governments to prohibit parents from marrying their children, to prohibit siblings from marrying each other, to prohibit close relatives from marrying each other, to prohibit polygamy, to prohibit people from marrying animals, and to prohibit people from marrying buildings Some woman wants to marry the Eiffel Tower. BUT it is not OK for the federal and state governments to prohibit same-sex marriages.

I WONDER IF THE First Lady will be attending the funeral of the murdered toddler in Georgia?

I WONDER HOW MANY of those people who showed up to get that food for free with all the bags and boxes really needed the food or did they just want another free handout.

WITH REGARD TO gay marriage, remember God didn’t destroy Sodom for serving 20 ounce sodas.

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mrenee2003
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mrenee2003 04/10/13 - 06:58 pm
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Red Headed Step Child

Aww, is someone forcing you to marry a homosexual?

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Red Headed Step Child 04/11/13 - 08:02 am
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@mrenee2003

Aww... not at all. My point is that you can't push one side's "beliefs" without taking away from the other side's. If an atheist imposes their beliefs on me, then that offends me - for example, those that were pushing to have nativity scenes removed at Christmas because it "offended" them... If I impose my beliefs on an atheist, then that offends them. Who "wins"? No one. Everyone wants what THEY want - someone is always going to be "offended" because to the best of my knowledge, there is no happy medium here.

I personally could care less if homosexuals marry. I could personally care less if you believe in God - it's YOUR choice, and not my place to judge. But who are you to say that YOUR rights take precedence over mine? That's the point.

If you can figure out a way to make both sides happy, I'd love to hear it...

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mrenee2003 04/11/13 - 09:11 pm
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Red Headed Step Child

Your rights are not violated if someone wants a nativity scene removed from a tax-supported institution. I am not aware of any instance whatsoever of an atheist/non-Christian filing a lawsuit to have a nativity scene removed from private property. Christians have no right to have religious symbols placed in a public institution anymore than a Muslim, Jewish person, or Buddhist. No one should have to be subjected to religious materials when they get their driver's license renewed, their traffic tickets paid, or when they enter the public school system. Sorry, this country was not founded on Christian principles; Thomas Jefferson, in particular, was worried about the very issues we face now -- preferential treatment toward particular religious establishments. It's why the good people in Texas (school textbook hub) have made great efforts to have Thomas Jefferson removed from your child's textbooks. I'm curious, how does allowing homosexuals to marry violate anyone's rights? What specific rights are violated?

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Red Headed Step Child 04/12/13 - 08:49 am
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I understand what you're

I understand what you're saying, but it seems you have missed my point. It could be argued that as a tax payer, I SHOULD be able to see religious symbols wherever I want to - just as you argue you should NOT have to see them as a tax payer....right? I get the "separation of Church and State" - I support the reason for it. But invariably, we are heading towards a society (in my opinion) where anything Christian is being systematically taken away - like saying "Merry Christmas" for crying out loud. That's something that has been done for a L O N G time - why all of a sudden is it offending people? If someone said "Happy Hanukkah" or "Happy Kwanzaa" or "Happy Sabbat of Samhain" or whatever other religious / cultural event greeting to me, I'd simply say thank you and move on. Everyone wants tolerance, but no one wants to give it, or so it seems.

Again, my simple point is that one side can't have what they want and not deprive the other of what they want - and as I posted previously - I'd love to hear of a solution from you...

As for your question regarding same sex marriage - it's my opinion that it's not so much a rights issue as it is a morality issue. A lot of people, not just Christians, deem it immoral. Again, that's my opinion of why some people have reacted the way they have. I personally don't attempt to monitor or manage anyone's morals - that's for them to do. But that's me...

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mrenee2003 04/12/13 - 11:07 am
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Red Headed

Are you prepared to see other people's religious symbols in a tax payer supported institution? If you believe you have a right to see your particular religion's symbols, are you OK with going to the DMV and seeing the Star of David, Crescents and Moons, and Hindu Gods and Goddesses? Because if you, as a tax payer, have a right to see your Christian symbols, doesn't every taxpayer have a right to see theirs? This calls to mind the representative in LA that wanted to give school vouchers for people to send their kids to private, religious schools. But then tried to block people from using them to send their kids to non-Christian religious schools. That's the problem: people want their particular religion supported. I am on board with religious symbols as long as every person that pays taxes gets to see his/her religion represented.

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Red Headed Step Child 04/12/13 - 03:46 pm
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Yep.

I don't have a problem with it at all..and never implied otherwise. To each his own...

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