According to "conservative," knowledge, logic, science, and common sense result in atheism. That seems to be the position religious fanatics are adopting, leaving themselves (and their children) in a dark corner of ignorance. Even the Catholic Church accepts evolution.
People with real faith can handle applying the golden rule ("Do unto others as you would have them do unto you") to all people, no matter their politics, religion, or sexual orientation.
The persistent, immature, and often highly personal attacks on Clay Bennett are uncalled for. The man is doing his job, and doesn't deserve constant abuse. I wish the TFP would do more to maintain a civil tone in the comments section.
Mr. Orr, my post is NOT in error. Flavius Josephus was born in 37 A.D. (aka common era), which is a few years after Jesus' death. So, the two never met; FJ only heard, or read, of Jesus from other storytellers. Also, please note: Josephus wrote "Antiquities" around 94 A.D., six decades after the death of Jesus.
It is acknowledged that a person named Jesus existed; what he said and did is the subject of much conjecture and quite a lot of fabrication by a variety of different storytellers, like those you have mentioned.
Mr. Orr, all we know of Jesus is folklore, written decades after his death by a variety of storytellers. You know that, right?
Sarah Steffner, thank you for an excellent letter. Yes, we can hope that politicians will protect average citizens and children from the paranoid insanity of the gun lobby. Unfortunately, there isn't much evidence to go on. Tennessee legislators seem fixated on making this state a haven for gunslingers. Soon, no one else will want to live, or vacation, here.
Gun owners believe they are responsible. However, many are not because they do not or cannot commit to the care and vigilance required -- to repeatedly practice with the gun, to repeatedly review safety requirements, to clean the gun, to store the gun safely, to store the ammo safely, to teach young people to respect the dangers, or to get psychiatric treatment for unhinged paranoia.
I recently encountered hunters on a rural road. The adults struck up a conversation while a teen in the group kneeled on the ground. While talking, I realized the young man had his shot gun pointed right at me. Not intentionally, just negligently. And, negligence with firearms often causes death. The adults didn't notice the kid was pointing his gun at me until I did. I'm sure they would all regard themselves as responsible gun owners, even if I had been (accidentally) shot. We hear gun owners ranting a lot about their rights, but doing very little to curb irresponsible management of their deadly toys.
Corker has proved that he is easily led by GOP extremists. We thought he would be independent and intelligent. Sad to say, he's been captured by the crazies. He even opposes a UN treaty that assures human rights to the disabled even though it is already US law. Does he forget that many of our disabled are military veterans who were injured defending America?
After more than six decades of living gun-free, I feel sorry for those who feel they need to carry weaponry. I have lived in big cities, and small towns. Although potential "situations" occurred, none would have been improved by me having a gun. A gun would only have made things worse. I'd hate to live in the minds of the paranoid freaks who feel fatally threatened by the simplest encounters. Loud music? Ice tea? Popcorn?
The men and women doing the work get to vote. That's fine with me.
Maybe all those mouthy GOP politicians would rather have a job at VW so they can vote on whether to have a union. Maybe we can arrange that.