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Old 06-11-2017, 09:42 AM
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If this liberal is your friend, it may be more of a 'this is an opportunity I think you may benefit from, by which your perspective on the world and its social phenomena might be broadened.' But I say this as one who knows nothing of the story you're talking about.
There is basically a crisis in the US that kills the president and congress and a group of evangelicals take over the government to establish order by establishing a totalitarian theocracy. Things like STDs have caused fertility rates to drop substantially and only a few women are able to give birth. The government kidnaps these fertile women and turns them into concubines for the religious leaders even though they have wives(but who are infertile) so they can still reproduce.

The story is about one of those concubines.
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Old 06-11-2017, 10:34 AM
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Even if we were to fall under a theocracy, we are in no danger of infertility. The subject matter is certainly nightmarish, though.
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Old 06-11-2017, 10:40 AM
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Even if we were to fall under a theocracy, we are in no danger of infertility. The subject matter is certainly nightmarish, though.
That is why I don't want to watch it. It is just terrifying and not interesting.

BaronGrackle would never do that either!
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Old 06-11-2017, 11:49 AM
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That is why I don't want to watch it. It is just terrifying and not interesting.

BaronGrackle would never do that either!
So you operate under the WWBGD system I see. Not a bad way to go through life I suppose.

Just... stay away from the harbors yeah?
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Old 06-11-2017, 11:51 AM
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So you operate under the WWBGD system I see. Not a bad way to go through life I suppose.

Just... stay away from the harbors yeah?
What?
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Old 06-11-2017, 01:29 PM
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That is why I don't want to watch it. It is just terrifying and not interesting.

BaronGrackle would never do that either!
There's also the fact that the author of the book spoke about Texas' abortion laws and how forcing women to have children is a form of slavery. There's an article on it I'll link here, but I have to question a lot of the intent behind it. What the fuck does "hyper-relevant" mean?

Article here.
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Old 06-11-2017, 01:58 PM
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What?
I don't have a habit of explaining jokes. I'm sure you'll figure it out, it's not hard
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Old 06-11-2017, 02:02 PM
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What?
Think about it.
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Old 06-11-2017, 02:14 PM
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What would Baron Grackle do?
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Old 06-11-2017, 02:34 PM
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What would Baron Grackle do?
And lo, behold the Miracle of Darrowmere, in which the Saint Alleria struck down the infernal juggernaut using naught but simple arrows.
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Old 06-11-2017, 02:58 PM
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And lo, behold the Miracle of Darrowmere, in which the Saint Alleria struck down the infernal juggernaut using naught but simple arrows.
When questioned, an alteraci survivor taken from the sinking ship had this to say.

"It was the damndest thing, there I was cleaning an oil-pipe below deck when this arrow comes through the window, passes through the lantern catching fire, and then hits the tank. Whole thing went up pretty quick after that."
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Old 06-11-2017, 07:52 PM
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So you operate under the WWBGD system I see. Not a bad way to go through life I suppose.

Just... stay away from the harbors yeah?
Who wants to sing?

If all the folks of Titan race
Were gathered together in one place
Then I'd prepare to end this war
With one good blast upon that shore

Ha, ha, ha, you and me
Little brown jug, don't I love thee
Ha, ha, ha, you and me
Little brown jug, we'll rule the sea



EDIT: But srsly BG would become Catholic so you always have that option PJ.

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Old 06-15-2017, 04:18 PM
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When will the government finally step up and remove tax-free charity status from churches that insist on being political?
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Old 06-15-2017, 04:23 PM
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When will the government finally step up and remove tax-free charity status from churches that insist on being political?
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/...b003d5948cf12e
I agree the tax-exempt status is problematic. I'd rather there be no strings.
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Old 06-15-2017, 04:27 PM
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I agree the tax-exempt status is problematic. I'd rather there be no strings.
I mean, the law for it is pretty clear. Politicians just refuse to enforce it due to the fear of backlash from religious people.
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Old 06-15-2017, 04:30 PM
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Couldn't they donate to political entities then?
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Old 06-15-2017, 04:37 PM
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Couldn't they donate to political entities then?
Yes. There's nothing stopping churches from dropping their 501(c)(3) status and being allowed to engage in political speech (which is the same thing as donating money according to the SCOTUS). Instead, they blatantly break the rules of their status while continuing to be a drain on our resources.
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Old 06-15-2017, 04:41 PM
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Yes. There's nothing stopping churches from dropping their 501(c)(3) status and being allowed to engage in political speech (which includes donating money according to the SCOTUS). Instead, they blatantly break the rules of their status while continuing to be a drain on our resources.
How are they a drain on our resources? The government isn't entitled to that money. We don't need them to buy votes or advanced their personal political ambitions. That money belongs to the people that donate to the church and they decided where it should go.
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Old 06-15-2017, 04:57 PM
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How are they a drain on our resources? The government isn't entitled to that money. We don't need them to buy votes or advanced their personal political ambitions. That money belongs to the people that donate to the church and they decided where it should go.
They get all kinds of government services that they pay nothing toward. Fire, police, military, etc.
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Old 06-15-2017, 05:00 PM
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They get all kinds of government services that they pay nothing toward. Fire, police, military, etc.
All the people that donate to pay for those things in their actual jobs unless they are on the government payroll.
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Old 06-15-2017, 05:05 PM
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All the people that donate to pay for those things in their actual jobs unless they are on the government payroll.
I give money to all kinds of organizations in exchange for services. They still have to pay taxes.
If they want to at like a PAC, then they should at least be subject to 527 instead of 501(c)(3).
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Old 06-15-2017, 05:09 PM
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I give money to all kinds of organizations in exchange for services. They still have to pay taxes.
If they want to at like a PAC, then they should at least be subject to 527 instead of 501(c)(3).
Go alienate all the religious people. They would just unite against you.
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Old 06-15-2017, 05:19 PM
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Go alienate all the religious people. They would just unite against you.
What they're doing is blatantly illegal. Churches who follow the law can keep their 501(c)(3) status. Those that don't lose it. It's as simple as that. Why do you want to protect these people breaking the law?
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Old 06-15-2017, 05:22 PM
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What they're doing is blatantly illegal. Churches who follow the law can keep their 501(c)(3) status. Those that don't lose it. It's as simple as that. Why do you want to protect these people breaking the law?
I don't really trust your definition of law.
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Old 06-15-2017, 05:23 PM
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I don't really trust your definition of law.
501(c)(3) charities are not allowed to engage in political speech. Am I wrong?
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