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  1. Wallaby

    Politics Should Australia become a Republic?

    Can we just put the Royals in a little box and ship them off to Anmerica to become Disney stars? https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/oct/15/green-royals-saving-the-planet-helicopter-queen-charles-william-climate
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    Religion Ask a Christian

    A shame he didn't tell anyone else how to do it, and left millions to die of preventable diseases over the next 1900 years (until humans discovered how to without God's help). Oh well, mysterious ways, God's plan etc.............................
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    Religion Ask a Christian

    He will be, because he can't rely on any God to look after him.
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    Religion Ask a Christian

    If you need to believe in a god and the threat of divine punishment to be a good person, then by all means, please keep believing that.
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    Religion Ask a Christian

    Those questions have very little to do with religion. A man called Jesus may well have existed. Dunno. So what? I'm having the traditional end-of-year family gathering that people have been having for centuries. Originally based on the northern winter solstice (probably why Constantine...
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    Religion Ask a Christian

    Bullshit.
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    Religion Ask a Christian

    Santa is 'My First Religion' for kiddies. It prepares them for a life of Christian fantasy worship. Consider: 1. He's always watching you - judging your actions. You are never alone. 2. If you are good, he will give you a reward - so you try and be good. Not because it is the right thing...
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    Religion Ask a Christian

    What I have said is 'Morals are not absolutes'. I use morals as guidelines for my actions. I am responsible for my actions. The guiding principle is The Golden Rule - however you wish to frame that. A phrase that is sometimes used is 'Individual well-being'. Basically - don't do things that...
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    Religion Ask a Christian

    As I said (if you bothered to read) - 'Societal laws are absolute' - you cross them and you will have to answer to the legal system. The laws are based on broad moral principles as followed in the community, but laws are not moral absolutes. The judgements about those actions (and any...
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    Religion Ask a Christian

    No morals are absolute. All moral judgements are situational. We use broad moral principles as guidelines (mostly based around the Golden Rule), but these are then shaped by perceptions and reactions to events. Different societies will have different moral judgements about different...
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    The Law Royal Commission into Child Abuse

    At least governments have some form of legal oversight, and aren't a complete closed shop with their own laws, rules and punishments.
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    Society/Culture Climbing Uluru to be banned in 2019.

    Pretty much my take. I respect their right (or anybody's) to hold any wacky belief they want. And there's a lot of wackiness out there. I respect their right to request people to respect that belief by taking appropriate actions. I respect other people being respectful to their wishes about...
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    Politics The Republic - no way

    I don't think we need a referendum to change the head of state. We merely need a referendum to change the Head of State from the Queen (or British Sovereign) to President 'as elected by the Australian People'. We have changed our election rules many times over the years (we didn't have...
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    The Law Royal Commission into Child Abuse

    I wonder if the church will sell anything to fund legal costs for it's accused members.
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    Society/Culture Why are we so selfish?

    I think it's proof of Darwin's Theory about the struggle to survive. If you are completely altruistic, you probably won't live long enough to breed and pass on those genes to offspring. You don't see the big, strong puppy in the litter giving food to the weakest runt - guess who lives and...
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    Religion The God Question (continued in Part 2 - link in last post)

    Watch the video - it's some pretty good stuff. He's not saying anything more than Einstein or Davies did - just that there's some underlying 'force' (for want of a better word) that exerts some control over the universe at a base level (as evident by physical laws that seem immutable), that at...
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    Religion The God Question (continued in Part 2 - link in last post)

    So? Maybe the 'point' of the universe is stars and lumps of rocks. It's just physics. Why does there 'have' to be something?
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    Peter Norman - a black mark in Australian sport

    It's actually at San Jose State University (Smith and Carlos both went to SJSU). Norman agreed with the artist to leave his space blank to encourage others to 'take a stand' against something they disagreed with rather than just stand passively by. It's now one of the major photo-ops for...
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    Australia nanny state: Have we become a nation of idiots?

    Why don't we legislate for compulsory helmets in cars? There are huge numbers of head injuries caused by hitting ones head against the inside of a vehicle in an accident. A brief internet browse turned up that the chief cause in the USA of Traumatic Brain Injury is from falls - particulkarly...
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    Science/Environment Whaling - What's The Big Deal?

    Why is that fine? If killing whales is wrong, and unnecessary why do we still allow it for 'cultural' reasons? We don't maintain slavery for 'cultural' reasons - we don't do bear-baiting or lock people in the stocks anymore, yet those used to be part of European culture. Chinese medicine using...