jtthomas16's comment history

jtthomas16 said...

"You can safely assume that you've created God in your own image when it turns out that God hates all the same people you do."

  • Anne Lamott
February 27, 2013 at 4:46 p.m.
jtthomas16 said...

Easy, Ike, though I wholeheartedly agree with your positions, being in the supposed "chains", myself, but let's keep in mind that the views and values this deranged individuals are spouting off is in no way Christian. It's "Christian". Christ was about love, and there are a great many number of gay Christians, myself being amongst them, who seek out God and are of the Christian faith, but they not the form of "Christianity" demonstrated by comments on this thread. Conservatives seek to excise scripture that supports their already held beliefs and ignore those that they find inconvenient. One must take the scriptures in their entirety, but also realize the conditions under which they were written and the intended audience. The Torah is sacred, yes, but more than that, it is a guide book for a group semi-nomadic, destert-dwelling people, for whom the issue of life and death were a daily concern. Per the tale of Sodom and Gamorah where Lot attemps to offer his daughter up in exchange for the safety of the angels and Lot explains his reasoning for this, “Look, I have two daughters who have never slept with a man. Let me bring them out to you, and you can do what you like with them. Don’t do anything to these men, for they have come under the protection of my roof”(19:8). This is another example of the Torah as a "guidebook", because to deny hospitality to any visitor almost certainly meant their death from exposre. The cleanliness rituals and regulations were there to keep the ALIVE. "In fact, the first use of the term "homosexuals" in an English Bible did not come until 1946, with the publication of the Revised Standard Version of the New Testament."

http://www.hrmcc.org/Resources/StudyDocuments/bibleand.htm

February 25, 2013 at 11:16 a.m.
jtthomas16 said...

Mr. Stewart, you couldn't be more wrong. The Mormon church is in no way Christian. You said that it is closely aligned with Baptists and other protestants. This is a fantasy. You refute the claim that they are polytheistic, which is also quite erroneous. The Mormon church does not believe in God the way Christians do. Christians believe in The Trinity. Meaning, there is God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirt, three different manifestations of one (1) God. Mormons, on the other hand, believe that these three incarnations are completely separate entities; Jesus being separate from The Father, inheriting his "godly" power from The Father in a lineal fashion, i.e. "The New God". Also, Mormons believe that Christ and Satan were brothers, but one won out, hence our current situation... I guess I must have been sick that Sunday(?)... If one really wishes to find out what the Mormons believe, bypass "The Bood of Mormon", and go straight for "Pearl of Great Price" and "Doctrine and Covenants". After a brief encounter with these two, one could never mistake Mormonism for Christianity, again.

October 10, 2012 at 12:49 a.m.
jtthomas16 said...

Jeff, I completely agree. I think what we have here is journalistic bias towards a certain candidate. The only thing they said about Mr. Brown is that he is the current chair of the Hamilton County Democratic Party. It was stated as if that is grounds to dismiss him entirely as a viable candidate. I see ethical journalistic flaws in this story. Being one who is studying English at UTC, journalism being one of the main concentrations in the curriculum, I see this endorsement as a poor example of journalism. According to the Society of Professional Journalists, one must "Avoid conflicts of interest, real or perceived, Remain free of associations and activities that may compromise integrity or damage credibility and Deny favored treatment to advertisers and special interests and resist their pressure to influence news coverage." These are just a few excerpts of the guidelines that a credible journalist should follow. Whoever wrote this endorsement has blatant disregard for these guidelines and therefore, is not a credible journalist. The Free Press should be hiding their face in shame and should be considering if this type of journalism has any place at a seemingly legitimate newspaper.

July 28, 2010 at 12:41 p.m.
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