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Elsewhere on Objectivist-Trumpism Living, the Republican run-off between Luther Strange and Roy Moore was highlighted. ... It made me wonder just what qualities and policies an Objectivish person might celebrate in the Republican candidate for the December 12 special Senate election. I have narrowed it down to 24 attributes exemplified in direct quotes from the man ... "Homosexual conduct should be illegal" “We have blacks and whites fighting, reds and yellows fighting, Democrats and Republicans fighting, men and women fighting. What’s going to unite us? What’s going to bring us back together? A president? A Congress? No. It’s going to be God.” "Now, I haven't seen one thing in the press about this, and yet the President of the United States will not produce his birth certificate [...] That's very strange indeed. Why we don't hear about it — because the press won't report it." "We have child abuse, we have sodomy, we have murder, we have rape, we have all kind of immoral things happening because we have forgotten God.” “False religions like Islam who teach that you must worship this way are completely opposite with what our First Amendment stands for" “I want to see virtue and morality returned to our country and God is the only source of our law, liberty and government” "I'm sorry but this country was not founded on Muhammad. It was not founded on Buddha. It was not founded on secular humanism. It was founded on God," “[Islam is] a faith that conflicts with the First Amendment of the Constitution” “Just because it [homosexual behaviour is] done behind closed doors, it can still be prohibited by state law. Do you know that bestiality, the relationship between man and beast is prohibited in every state?” “There is no such thing as evolution. That we came from a snake? No, I don’t believe that.” “Homosexual behavior is a ground for divorce, an act of sexual misconduct punishable as a crime in Alabama, a crime against nature, an inherent evil, and an act so heinous that it defies one’s ability to describe it.” "When we forget God, we lose the only true basis for morality and ethics, and we are cast upon the shifting sands of moral relativism in which anything goes, including lying, cheating and stealing." “God’s laws are always superior to man’s laws.” “Buddha didn’t create us. Mohammed didn’t create us. It’s the God of the Holy Scriptures. They didn’t bring a Quran over on the pilgrim ship, Mayflower. Let’s get real. Let’s go back and learn our history.” “You think that God’s not angry that this land is a moral slum? How much longer will it be before his judgment comes?” "God is the only source of our law, liberty and government," "The free exercise clause of the constitution does not apply to any religion but Christianity." "Anytime you deny the acknowledgement of God you are undermining the entire basis for which our country exists." “Muslim Ellison should not sit in Congress” “We’ve got to remember that most of what we do in court comes from some scripture or is backed by scripture.” “‘It was the general, if not the universal, sentiment in America that Christianity ought to be favored by the State’” “There are communities under Sharia law right now in our country. Oklahoma tried passing a law restricting Sharia law, and it failed. Do you know about that?” "But to deny God — to deny Christianity or Christian principles — is to deny what the First Amendment was established for. The rights of conscience are beyond the reach of any human power; they are given by God and cannot be encroached on by any human authority without a criminal disobedience of the precepts of natural or revealed religion."
Popping this into a topic of its own ... from here: Jordan Peterson has had more than one go at a definition of God this week. Each of the succeeding ones strain my conceptual vocabulary. Apparently, in an extended conversation with Sam Harris, he figured out what Harris sees as "God." A fair ways from anything as simple as The Creator of the Universe, The First Cause, but maybe close to other vaguely promising takes: The Ground of Being. That Ineffable Thing. Maybe the fun part of understanding Peterson is when he tells people without faith (in gods) that they are fooling themselves. Of course they believe in god/s. Deep Down somewhere. Here is David Pakman giving a couple of issues a go. Not as interesting as speculating on the money troubles at ARI, perhaps, but hey.
I patronize the local atheist boutique to buy bumper stickers, pens, pencils, lapel pins, and badges. This one sat on my desk for a couple of weeks. Then, I had a reply. "Watches only prove that beaches were not designed to be watches." The fallacy goes to the root of arguments for atheism. You cannot prove a negative assertion. When you try, you run into non-sequiturs. Complete essay here: http://necessaryfacts.blogspot.com/2017/03/of-watches-and-beaches-and-atheists.html