Don't be silent on morality

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Gay-rights activists, with an assembly of elitists wielding their muscle in the media, education, health care, government and within some churches, have accomplished a civil and moral coup within just a few years.

Homosexual behavior is now being heralded as a civil rights issue as well as a morally neutral lifestyle that any enlightened Christian must concede to. Like the emperor who has no clothes, many U.S. citizens seemingly welcome, encourage and smile at our friends who march proudly through city streets around the country during the month of June. Somehow we have come to believe that if popular opinion has changed, this makes homosexual behavior both a right and morally acceptable.

I don’t buy it. I can’t buy it. Scripture doesn’t buy it. And my church/denomination that includes more than 1 billion people worldwide doesn’t buy it.

According to Jesus, “History has not known a man born of woman greater than John the Baptist.” (Matthew 11:11) John the Baptist opened his mouth and said to King Herod, “It is not right for you to live with her.” (Matthew 14:4) John simply said what he believed to be the truth. What happened to John? Those in power made sure he lost his head for saying something so unpopular.

We are living in a new age of martyrs. But hopefully (at least not yet) we will not lose our heads for saying homosexual behavior is not right. The martyrdom is more subtle. If you don’t keep quiet and go along with the popular flow, you can (and will) lose your job. You can (and will) be ostracized by your colleagues. You can (and will) be excluded from certain professions. The reality of losing your job and livelihood for holding to a biblical belief is pretty Orwellian in a country known for religious freedom and tolerance.

Every Bible-believing Christian has to make his or her own choice in the days ahead on whether to keep silent or not. It’s lonely identifying with John the Baptist. Will we choose greatness in the kingdom of God, or greatness and acceptance in the world?

Who would have thought that, a few years ago, martyrdom would come to the doorstep of America?

Dan Almeter

Augusta

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specsta
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specsta 06/22/12 - 02:30 am
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The Real Moral Issues

If the letter writer thinks that there is something so horrific and immoral about homosexual behavior, isn't that a personal/spiritual issue between the LBGT community and their own God? Why does Mr. Almeter feel that it is his business to condemn folks that he does not know? How does their lifestyle choice harm HIM?

I'll tell you a few things that are morally reprehensible: corporations raking in billions while oppressing their workers and paying them slave wages; a plentiful disbursement of money to incarcerate non-violent offenders, but cutbacks in education; unlimited funds to build bombs and war toys, yet no money to fund food stamp and welfare programs for the needy; veterans and children and senior citizens who lack adequate healthcare, yet our elected officials have the best healthcare in the world.

These things are actual atrocities and moral issues worthy of our attention - not someone's personal lifestyle choice that you don't agree with.

myfather15
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myfather15 06/22/12 - 05:04 am
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Why does the homosexual

Why does the homosexual community feel the need to shove an unnatural act down the throats of the majority?? Yes, WE are the majority. In EVERY vote that has taken place, legalized gay marriage has been voted down by no less that 63% voting against it. Does that stop them, Oooooh heavens no, they will just use liberal federal judges to legislate their will upon the people.

The fact is, whether you believe we came from monkeys (which is ridiculous) or the big bang theory (also ridiculous), or you believe in a higher being that created all life, some how, some way, a natural order of proceation came about. That is a female and male of EVERY species, mates and reproduces and replentishes the world. There is not a single species that two of the same sex reproduce. Yes, a dog will hump just about anything, including my leg, does that mean we should do as the dogs do? This is ridiculous. Maybe we should also start eating our vomit.

The fact is that I'm a very conservative person. EVERY conservative that I know (and I know LOTS), could care less who people want to sleep with in their bedrooms. There isn't a single conservative that is trying to ban or make it illegal for people to choose homosexuality. They and WE are just saying we will not accept it as being the "Norm" and recognize it as legal marriage. God gave us free will, PERIOD. We must give that free will to others, including homosexuals. They must be free to make their decisions and also to be held accountable for their FREE WILLED decisions. If we interfere in that we are interferreing with Gods way. Yet that doesn't mean we have to legalize such things and accept them as "Normal". They are not normal and shouldn't be recognized as such.

Liberals have done a brilliant job for years of muddying the water. They make right seem wrong and wrong seem right (does the Bible speak of this?). They have pushed the homosexual agenda into the civil rights argument because they know that touches peoples hearts. There have been certain people treated unfairly in the past because of the color of their skin. WE THE PEOPLE recognized that and changed and became better people for it. Now liberals see the opportunity to use the same compassion to win this homosexual rights argument. If you lump it in with the same civil rights argument, people will fall for it, because it appears to be the "right" thing to do. But thats in appearance only. There is no doubt that a person is born a certain color or race, thats a given. But there is MUCH doubt about a person being born homosexual. Some scientists claim they are, some claim they aren't, same as global warming. I believe its a choice, period.

When a man can natural procreate with another man, or a woman NATURALLY procreate with another woman, I will be the first standing in line to tell my congressman or woman that I want him or her to legalize gay marriage. Until that day, I shall ALWAYS stand strong for my morals and stand strong against legalize gay marriage. You all have a blessed day.

myfather15
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myfather15 06/22/12 - 05:14 am
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Everytime specsta talks about

Everytime specsta talks about "Non violent offenders" you can gaurentee they are talking about drug offenders. I've heard this argument so much it makes me sick. Drug dealers ARE VIOLENT OFFENDERS. Its the nature of their game. Yes, I know what your argument would be, if we make drugs legal it would take away the gangs and violence. NOT TRUE. Drug dealers MUST be violent by the very nature of the "profession" they choose. They must be willing to deliver revenge if someone doesn't pay them. They must be willing to defend their "goods" with violence because the people they deal with are looking to rob them. The vast majority of shootings you hear of in the CSRA are drug related.

I've interviewed numerous drug dealers, very recently. The growing trend in the drug world is for someone to order a large quanity of drugs from a big dealer and have it delievered or meet them somewhere. The problem is the buyer doesn't exactly plan to buy the drugs, but instead plans to rob the drug dealer of his "goods" and money. Knowing that most drug dealers aren't going to rush to the police and report that they were robbed of their cocaine. So its an easy target, but not if the drug dealer is also packing, then it becomes the violence you see on the news.

I know this is off topic, but I can't stand it when people refer to drug dealers as non-violent. They ALL are violent, they just may not have committed a specific violent offense. If your caught with any drug with possession with intent to distribute, it should be considered a violent offense, period. These people are profiting off the demise of thousands of people. They are selfish beyond words and they shall pay a extremely high price one day for their financial gain from hurting others. God shall see to it, and it SHALL happen.

carcraft
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carcraft 06/22/12 - 05:32 am
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Well their life style choice

Well their life style choice is harming me because it is destroying a Church I care about, (the Episcopal Church), it is creating severe problems in the Catholic Church (people that have had same sex unions are now suing to have those unions recognized by the Catholic Church). Not one state where homosexual unions have been on the ballot have they won so this is not by the will or consent of the people.

freeradical
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freeradical 06/22/12 - 06:03 am
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The homosexuals lead the per

The homosexuals lead the per capita way with every form of sexual

disease. They were the trendsetters were AIDS is concerned and they

are still leading the way in this country where it is concerned.

Their newest , most favorite disease is gonnoreha .

The per capita rate among homosexual men is more than double that

of the rest of the population.

Why would you encourge some one not to smoke but where a much

more disease ridden lifestyle is concerned say , " you go for it man " ?

We all pay for it.

JRC2024
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JRC2024 06/22/12 - 08:20 am
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As my father says, drug

As my father says, drug dealers are dangerous people. Having several friends that I went to high school with get involved in drugs I watched them destroy their life and saw them get arms broken, jaws rewired and dog bites from pit bulls treated because of that awful habit and both are now dead at a young age. That is why I never care if a drug dealer is killed while selling his life killing material. As far as homosexuality is concerned, I will never change my opinion that it is not right and will always be against the laws of nature. I will not bother them but will disagree with the term "marriage" between homosexuals. Don't try to make me believe it is alright with flags and a month devoted to their cause.

burninater
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burninater 06/22/12 - 08:57 am
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Yawn.

Yawn.

jic
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jic 06/22/12 - 09:03 am
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the Episcopal church is just fine
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Carcraft, the church is just fine. People are leaving the church because of sanctimonious old bigots like we see here, not glbt's. And the old bigots are dying off, not soon enough for me, and will take their hatred with them.

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faithson 06/22/12 - 09:48 am
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agree if you like, not if you don't

gotta love those who 'demand' their religious rights be implemented upon the general public because it is the 'right' thing to do. Most of us 'believe' it so it must be, by 'natural law', a proverbial 'absolute' and we ALL know how easy 'absolutist's' are to get along with... so please don't shove your 'absolute' ideology (segregation comes to mind) down OUR throats, we are more 'let livers' than 'my way or the highway', a philosophical lifestyle more and more embrace.

TParty
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TParty 06/22/12 - 09:50 am
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I love how the letter writer

I love how the letter writer quotes Jesus, but not the quote where Jesus condemns homosexuals.

Or how the letter writer forgot the parable of not being quick to condemn when one is not blameless and tempering justice with mercy, with "he that is without sin, cast the first stone".

Always remember- you were taught your religion, and gays were born gay. So, I think I know where the problem is....

Iwannakno
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Iwannakno 06/22/12 - 10:14 am
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Yea..
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Cause throughout history Christians have been moral and respectful when it comes to human rights....

InChristLove
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InChristLove 06/22/12 - 11:19 am
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TParty, you will not find

TParty, you will not find anywhere in the Bible where Jesus condemn anyone because that was not his purpose on this earth, but with that being said, you will find many where he teaches us not to sin, not to give in to our fleshly desires or the desires of this world. He warns us over and over again about living a Holy and acceptable life. Just because someone states according to scripture a particular action is a sin does not mean they are condemning those who practice that sin.

You say religion is taught and that is correct and religion can be wrong. You say gays are born gay, and that is yet to be determined true or false. But spiritual truth, that is the Word of God, will always be truth and you can disagree with it, twist it to mean what you want, but the fact is, God's Word will always remain true and though we can not specifically find the words "Jesus said homosexuality is a sin", his Word does state that we are keep our bodies holy and acceptable, seeking to be like Him, refrain ourselves from sexual immorality (sex outside the bonds of marriage is one), and that any other sin is done outside the body but sexual sin is done within, indicating that the result from sexual sin was more deadly to us. You can choose to believe otherwise, that is your choice but there are still those who truly wish to obey and honor our Lord and Savior by trying to live righteously and if pointing out (not condemning or judging) that certain behaviors in our society are wrong then that is your problem, not ours.

Fundamental_Arminian
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Fundamental_Arminian 06/22/12 - 11:50 am
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Courageous warning well put

It's great that the letter-writer is courageous enough to speak out about the sin of homosexuality. Yes, the Bible clearly presents homosexuality as a sin, and Christians have consistently warned people about it over the centuries.

There's a big difference between warnings and condemnation. Warnings come from people who care enough to persuade sinners to repent while there's time to receive forgiveness in the Lord Jesus Christ. Condemnation comes from God when all opportunity for forgiveness is gone. People who warn about sin should be appreciated, not persecuted.

Homosexuality, like other sins, is not genetic. The Bible is clear that homosexuals can be delivered just like thieves, liars, and adulterers:

"(9) Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, (10) nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. (11) And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God" (1 Corinthians 6:9-11 English Standard Version).

TParty
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TParty 06/22/12 - 12:21 pm
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"[Jesus] warns us over and

"[Jesus] warns us over and over again about living a Holy and acceptable life."

And where does it say don't be gay? That being gay is a sin?

InChristLove
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InChristLove 06/22/12 - 12:47 pm
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1 Corinthians 7:2 "But

1 Corinthians 7:2 "But because of the temptation to sexual immorality, each man should have his own wife and each woman her own husband. "

TParty, according to scripture I think it is very plain to those who truly are seeking the truth concerning what Jesus approved or disapproved of. If He states that sexual immorality is a sin and He states that each man should have his own wife and each wife have her own husband, then it is apparent (at least to me) that anything sexual outside the bonds of marriage between a husband and a wife is a sin. You may wish to use the excuse that Jesus didn't say these words but according to scripture God appointed his apostles as spokesmen to spreading the things that He taught them throughout His ministry. You have the choice to believe it or not to believe it.

TParty
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TParty 06/22/12 - 12:58 pm
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So by that argument, it's a

So by that argument, it's a sin to not have a wife, or husband. Right? Otherwise people might be tempted to sexual immorality.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 06/22/12 - 01:10 pm
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No TParty, that is not the

No TParty, that is not the argument.

Read the artilce in the link I've attached and maybe this will explain some of your misconceptions.

http://www.contenderministries.org/articles/christianliving/homosexualit...

TParty
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TParty 06/22/12 - 02:17 pm
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Yeah, I'm not going to read

Yeah, I'm not going to read articles about the bible- you should read the words in the bible to know it. And if it says "because of the temptation to sexual immorality, each man should have his own wife and each woman her own husband. " that would mean that to not marry is a sin. Nothing about gays, or anti-gay. Just says "folks need to marry or it's a sin."

InChristLove
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InChristLove 06/22/12 - 03:20 pm
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Well TParty, if you want to

Well TParty, if you want to remain uninform and without knowledge (could have chosen a better word but Sean will chew me out for "insulting" someone) then that is your choice not to read the clear and indepth article explaining the passage concerning sexual immorality and marriage. I believe you don't wish to read it because you know the Bible is correct in saying homosexual behavior is a sexual sin.

Scripture states because sexual temptation exist, if you can not control yourself, it is better to marry, NOT it is a sin if you don't marry. There are many who do not marry and devote their life to Christ without the destraction of a spouse of family responsiblities.

The issue you are trying to avoid is not whether it is a sin to marry or not to marry but the fact that scripture does speak of sexual sin being anything other than the ordained covenant of marriage between a man and a woman. Changing focus does not deny the truth of God's Word.

faithson
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faithson 06/22/12 - 03:36 pm
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faith

it by faith that we are saved, a faith that builds character from understanding that we are to go about doing 'good'. Now if one's sexual proclivity does not fit the norm and yet they have faith and go about doing 'good', who in the Lord's name am I to 'accuse' them of not being 'salvageable'. Some may condemn from their 'HIGH' perches, but those who live humbly, with faith and trusting in the Lord, will find such trifles as judging others, no matter, of little importance to themselves.

iLove
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iLove 06/22/12 - 03:41 pm
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In a perfect world
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WHAT IF...all of the positive posters who are against homosexual behavior met downtown this weekend and communicated/ share the Word of God with the attendees and pray with them?

kmb413
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kmb413 06/22/12 - 03:49 pm
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1 Corinthians 7:8-9

"Now to the unmarried and the widows I say: It is good for them to stay unmarried, as I do. But if the cannot control themselves, they should marry, for it is better to marry than to burn with passion."

There you go TParty, you would rather read the word than an article about the word. I have provided the answer to your question. It is not a sin to stay unmarried.

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Fiat_Lux 06/22/12 - 03:51 pm
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Good letter, Dan,

as usual.

So much darkness around us, and how fast it is growing. It truly is a time that tries men's souls and can only be navigated with faith and great courage.

Ad maiorem Dei gloriam.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 06/22/12 - 04:02 pm
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Faith, no one has said that

Faith, no one has said that those who commit sexual sin are “unsalvageable”. Thank the Lord for His forgiveness and Grace by which we are saved. I hope you weren’t referring to me when you stated “condemn them from their “High” perches, because nowhere in my comments have I condemned anyone. Speaking truth in love, concerning sin is not judgmental. Do you think Jesus was being condemning when he told the adulterress to go and sin no more. What about the sick man he healed on the Sabbath, he told him to go and sin no more. Was Jesus being condemning or judgmental?

InChristLove
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InChristLove 06/22/12 - 04:06 pm
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ILove, there is a time and

ILove, there is a time and place for everything. Do you really think that the Word of God would be any more receptive at the Pride Festival than someone trying to tell a bunch of drunks that alcohol is harmful to them? Unless God convicts the heart where the sinner is willing to seek or listen to the Truth, I seriously doubt hearing the Word of God would make a difference.

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carcraft 06/22/12 - 05:37 pm
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JIC, The Episcopal church is

JIC, The Episcopal church is not doing just fine as you suggest, It's membership roles are less than 2 million and continue to decline, it is Demographically an old white persons church (very little diversity) and the offerings are in decline. http://in.christiantoday.com/articles/episcopal-church-face-declining-me... The charismatic faction of the denomination, responsible for much of its new church planting in the recent past, has almost completely departed, as have a significant number of low church evangelicals,” said Walton. That is the take away paragraph of the article! Second, projected revenues are down about 5% from the previous triennium. Diocesan commitments reflect a 9% decrease and investment income an 8% decrease. http://blog.ethicalmusings.com/2012/04/episcopal-church-finances-part-1.... Hardly the image of success. When the old "bigots ddie off there won't be any one to support the church or fill the pews. Episcopal churchs are dieng off right and left. http://www.anglican-mainstream.org.za/2011/09/episcopal-church-insurance... Now you may not agree with the source, but I will bet that you can't refute the statistics! So now please explain to me how the Episcopal Church is doing OK?

carcraft
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carcraft 06/22/12 - 05:49 pm
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InChrist Love- about your

InChrist Love- about your 11:19 post. I do believe, if you read the scripture, you will find that Christ does condemn people. He condemns the Religious leaders regularly. "They make their disciples twice the sons of Satan that they are", I do believe that qualifies as condemnation. What about "You are as white sceplechers, clean and white on the outside but full of corruption on the inside?" Christ condemns those that hurt children. "It would be better for you to put a grinding stone wheel around your neck and be cast into a lake than to hurt one of these." Those are according to the transilation of car craft so maybe not enterly accurate but the idea of Christ's condemnation is there!

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 06/22/12 - 06:38 pm
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Specsta, I couldn't give you a thumbs

up for the entire post of liberalism, but I certainly agree with this statement:

"How does their lifestyle choice harm HIM?"

Live and let live Mr. Almeter. You do not have to embrace their lifestyle, but you do have to allow them to go their own way without harassment. You imposing your Christian religious doctrine on others is no different than the nuts in the Middle East wanting to impose their Koranic teachings on us.

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12barblues 06/22/12 - 06:42 pm
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Ironic

Isn't it ironic that the organized religious ones are the ones who are the most divisive and intolerant.

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virgilkane 06/22/12 - 06:46 pm
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Good point, 12bar

Good point, 12bar

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