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[22 Oct 2007|03:14pm]
Is God a Libertarian?
October 20th, 2007 · 5 Comments
From the title the reader would be forgiven for thinking this article is concerned with some quite grand political and theological concepts. Alas I must begin somewhere a little less lofty: doggy sex.

A friend of mine has fallen on difficult times and needs to come up with some money making ideas. One idea he had was to take his dog, introduce it to another dog, make lots of little dogs, and punt them on at £200 a go. He managed to find a guy who owned the same breed of dog as him and asked if he would be interested in doing a spot of doggy breeding. The reply my friend got was bizarre indeed: “I’ll have to pray about it.”

So there we go. Half the world is starving, the Middle East is a mess, and according to some of the least alarmist green campaigners the world will be melting into a puddle sometime in the next few months, and despite all this this guy thinks that God actually gives a fiddler’s fuck whether or not his bitch gets jiggy with the German Sheppard down the street. I’ve heard some very bizarre prayers in my time: a woman asking God to make her sick cat well, another woman asking for God to help her lose weight so as to fit into a smaller dress size, and a guy asking God to help him stop smoking.

OK. I’m not God (there goes your belief system, eh?) but if I was God these would be my answers to such prayers:

1. Doggy sex? Who cares. Be fruitful and multiply. Just pick their shit up off the street.

2. Take your cat to the vet and have him kill the damned thing, I hate cats, and only created them to give dogs and pigeons something to do. Buy a gerbil.

3. Stop stuffing your fat face with cakes and move your arse once in a while. Haven’t you evolved past the stage were homo sapiens first lifted their knuckles off the ground and hauled themselves upright onto their feet?

4. Stop buying cigarettes and putting them into your mouth.

Or, to summarise: for God’s sake get up off your own arse and do something for yourself for a change. Be responsible and stop expecting divine handouts all the time.

What is it that makes these folks pray the way they do? Is it that Christianity has tended to be cast in terms which lessen individual responsibility for one’s own life: from the doctrine of original sin, to the notion that God has a plan for all our lives, to the rather more absurd notion that our lives have been predestined. These and other religious teachings have heavily denigrated individual responsibility, which may go some of the way to explaining why Christians tend towards more collectivist brands of political ideology and political goals that ride roughshod over individual freedom and rights in favour of “society.”

A year or two ago a telephone poll for Radio Ulster’s Sunday Sequence programme revealed that over 70% of callers (the vast majority of which are Christian) stated that they believed capitalism to be incompatible with Christian faith, in fact capitalism seemed to be used as a byword for oppression and exploitation of the poor rather than an expression of freedom and individual responsibility.

One of the ironies of Christian opposition to capitalism is that many Christian critics advocate socialism as an alternative. Capitalism is to them an unchristian political philosophy because they think it exploits the poor. However, in advocating socialism they are supporting a political philosophy that effectively justifies state theft of individual property and money in the name of “a fairer distribution of wealth.” Socialism robs individuals of what is rightfully theirs and gives it to those who have no right to it, since they have not worked for it. It also denigrates personal responsibility - which is the very foundation of any coherent notion of morality. This is supposedly more ‘Christian?’

Capitalism is about freedom: the freedom to choose; and personal responsibility: for the choices we make. For instance, capitalism allows us to choose whether or not we want to be charitable or miserly. Capitalism does not advocate either, contrary to popular belief that it encourages the latter. It is left up to each individual whether or not they wish to donate money to help others. If Christians or any other group wish to support charities or impoverished people then they are perfectly entitled to do so. Anyone who believes in redistribution of wealth is entitled to do just that - with their own wealth - if that is what they wish. All that capitalism denies to people is the right to redistribute the wealth of others without their complicity.

Sometimes Christian socialism is justified by appeal to Jesus’ own teaching about the poor and the oppressed. However, concern for the poor and oppressed is not the same thing as being socialist. I am a capitalist and I have as much concern for the poor as do my more socialist friends. Anyhow, Jesus teaching about looking after the poor presupposes personal responsibility. His message was one for each and every individual. Nowhere does Jesus ever teach socialism or state redistribution of wealth. He teaches freedom, personal responsibility, and moral conduct, and these are actually hindered under a socialist system, which takes the power and responsibility that individuals should have over their own lives and concentrates it in the hands of the administrators of the state. A socialist system does not allow individuals to dispose of their wealth in a moral way. Their wealth is taken from them and used in whatever way the government sees fit - whether that be for homeless people or for the promotion of generally non-Christian ideals - such as gay and lesbian societies. Removing freedom and personal responsibility - thus removing the very basis of morality - can hardly be compatible with the ethos and teaching of Christ. Lets be very clear. Not only is it anachronistic to call Jesus a socialist, it is also to ignore some central tenets and implications of his teaching.

The central tenets of capitalism are not merely compatible with Christian faith but directly mirrored by some central Christian themes. Perhaps Christians need to get to grips with their own faith and take a little bit of personal responsibility for themselves. Did God give you a mind? Use it. Stop expecting divine help for every aspect of your life: what job, what partner, what dog to bonk your German Sheppard. Use your brain, take responsibility, and make a decision. Like the adherents of many other religions Christians could do with a good healthy does of libertarianism.

Will Christians agree with me? They’ll probably have to consult God first.

Stephen Graham
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[24 Jan 2006|08:47pm]
"Some things just never change"


It's funny how most of you fucks will forever be ignorant. I laugh at your choking on pety drama. You'll never learn, any of you kids.
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[24 Jan 2006|08:31pm]
I'm actually quite amazed. Not too long ago I asked a guy who stole Abstract Words from Travis, Steve, and I to remake me mod, and he did. I don't know what I expect to get from it, but I'm kinda amazed that over all that time people still tended to post in it. Weird shit.

Just thought I'd say hello to some of you, along with post the comment about Abstract Words. Hope your holidays were good, enjoy the ones to come as well.
Leave Me Behind

[20 Dec 2005|01:04pm]
" As I stood before her holding her arms from her touch, I stood staring into her honey brown eyes losing myself, for the time I stood there all I saw was those beautiful eyes and that happiness I had given her stirring inside."


Just got my old cingular phone back on and came across this text message, along with some others. Thought I'd write this in here as a reminder to myself to always remember never to be so foolish again.


Figured I'd say Happy Holidays now. Take care, everyone.
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[18 Dec 2005|09:33am]
Needed somewhere to put this so I can find it easier. All the time I've known of Static-X, and it's been on my computer since Sep. '04, I never known this song was by them till today. Either way, good stuff.


I'm winning you're losing
I'm falling your agony
lower than lower
before your forgotton memory

Heaven your hell
I'm killing your fantasy
more and more
you follow your deepest reality

You're trying to take me
You're trying to make me
this is the only
give me the only thing
tired of trying
i'm tired of lying
the only thing i understand is what i feel

Identity, fantasy, heresy
killing me
lower than lower before
this faintathy.
hypocrite, lunatic, fanatic, heretic
more and more
you follow your deepest reality

You're trying to take me
you're trying to make me
this is the only
give me the only thing
tired of trying
I'm tired of lying
the only thing i understand is what i feel

(repeat 4 times)
hypocrite, lunatic, fanatic, heretic

(repeat twice)
You're trying to take me
you're trying to make me
this is the only
give me the only thing
tired of trying
i'm tired of lying
the only thing i understand is what i feel.
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[14 Nov 2005|04:31pm]
charizardfrench: everytime I give it out, "what does charizard have to do with the french?"
charizardfrench: lol, yea
St0n3dSe12en1ty: ROFL
St0n3dSe12en1ty: Who the fuck was stupid enough to ask that?
charizardfrench: alot of people -.-
St0n3dSe12en1ty: Wow.
charizardfrench: humans are stupid, it sucks



That made my day, thank you, Laura.
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[21 Oct 2005|11:09am]
"The man who insists upon seeing with perfect clearness before he decides, never decides. Accept life, and you must accept regret."

-- Henri-Frédéric Amiel (1821-81),


Happy Halloween to all of you who still use this. (Sure, it may not be Halloween yet, but I highly doubt I'll post again.)

Ha, might as well do Christmas now too. =P Happy X-mas.
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[26 Jul 2005|03:10pm]
Well, I have put it off for long enough... By popular demand, I bring you... Myself







Well, been quite a while since I've wrote anything in here, besides the quote... but that doesn't really count. I don't know where I last left off, so I can't really begin from there (plus, that would just be rediculously long). So, I decided I'll just sum up my whole summer so far and some of the current events that have happened.
I was going to start off with the summer, but I want to jump back into the school year first. I screwed around with a lot of drugs over the past school year. I don't care to name any, though. But, met a great new friend the recent school year. He kicks so much ass. I met him in my second hour class, turns out we ended up having 2nd, 3rd, and 4th together, go figure. His names Adam Bange. If you have never met white trash/punk, that's Adam in a nut-shell. :) We used to do all kinds of crazy shit during and after school, it was good times. I don't know how many times we have almost been arrested now. =P I just really wanted to put a note in here about that cause it's really important to me that I include him. After Travis just decided that our friendship was dirt, I didn't really have a close friend like that again, besides Matt and Felix. I'm just happy I got another friendship like Travis and I had, and I'm happy I was fortunate enough to come across him. Love ya, Bro. SEE YA THIS WEEKEND TO PARTY! It will be a birthday bash! Mwhaha!
Now, into the summer. Will first go into my job. For the first month and a half of summer, I worked. I worked at Rolladen, making shutter parts. Wasn't bad, I had fun, easy work, guys out in the shop were cool. I ended up quitting though, mainly cause my mom kept using it as leverage. So, I dropped it. Now I just sit around again, enjoying the last weeks of my summer before I have to go finish High School. I'm hopeing to graduate early this year, but that all depends on some test I have to take and when I can take them. Latest is March I believe. =/ But, no worries here.
As for the rest of my summer and for what's going on now, it's all up in the air. Don't know, don't care, just going to enjoy myself. Well, I didn't want to go into too much detail due to me being a very boring person. But, I'll see everyone around, and I'll try to post more to keep those of you who want me to update more.





I decided to put a little closing sentence for those of you who might bitch and rant about experimenting with drugs:

Shove it up your ass, I really don't fucking care.
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[21 Jul 2005|07:17pm]
""Only in the agony of parting do we look into the depths of love."
-- George Eliot (1819-80),"


Always been a one-liner.
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[01 Mar 2005|08:52pm]
I post only for one reason...

http://www.livejournal.com/users/amerkan/109082.html#cutid1



I had to, I thought it would be so much fun, and, indeed it was.
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[20 Feb 2005|01:11am]
Heh, I said the one before was my last post, but right after I posted it, I got this stupid shit. I thought before I fade out, I would give you all one more final laugh:

Bishonens Tears: HellsLostSpawn: dude...
Bishonens Tears: ?
HellsLostSpawn: you gotta tell samantha to shut the fuck up. I just found out today, but she keeps talking shit about my mom. and not that what she says is true, because shes an ignorant whore who is un-informed, but bcause it just pisses me off.
Bishonens Tears: 2 things.
Bishonens Tears: 1.Who is an ignorant shit?
HellsLostSpawn: did u get what i typed or do u need it again?
Bishonens Tears: HellsLostSpawn: you gotta tell samantha to shut the fuck up. I just found out today, but she keeps talking shit about my mom. and not that what she says is true, because shes an ignorant whore who is un-informed, but bcause it just pisses me off.
HellsLostSpawn: yea exactly what i said
Bishonens Tears: I don't give a fuck what you said, I asked a damn question I'm still waiting for a response for...
HellsLostSpawn: you did?
Bishonens Tears: No shit.
HellsLostSpawn: it must have ben when my aim froze
Bishonens Tears: 1. who are you calling an ignorant shit, my cousin?
HellsLostSpawn: yes.
Bishonens Tears: Ok.
Bishonens Tears: Now, for my next question.
Bishonens Tears: 2. What makes you think I give a fuck? I hardly even see Sam anymore, and even when I do, I don't talk to her about shutting her mouth.
Bishonens Tears: She is a big girl, she can do what she wants, and she can deal with it.
HellsLostSpawn: well i thought she would listen to you of all people.
Bishonens Tears: Bro, reread what you wrote.
Bishonens Tears: If you weren't being an ignorant little shit, and contradicting yourself, then maybe I would have been a little niger.
Bishonens Tears: nicer*
Bishonens Tears: My point is.
HellsLostSpawn: well what ever...i just thought you would be able to keep her mouth shut, because i belive she respects what you tell her. But it dosent matter, if i hear her with my own ears and im in a pissy mood ill slap the bitch
HellsLostSpawn: now for your point....
Bishonens Tears: Well, if you are going to be a fucking pussy and hit a woman, maybe I should come after your ass?
Bishonens Tears: You are twice her size, and you may be twice mine, but doesn't mean I won't take you down.
Bishonens Tears: Once again, you contradict youself.
Bishonens Tears: yourself*
Bishonens Tears: What happened to "womanizing assholes, I'll shoot them"
HellsLostSpawn: the whowl hit a woman thing dosent apply when the woman isint being lady like..or at least respectful. and i dont realy have a problem with you.
HellsLostSpawn: *whole
Bishonens Tears: I don't care who you don't have a problem with.
Bishonens Tears: You want to sit here and make threats?
HellsLostSpawn: threats are empty. what i say is not.
Bishonens Tears: Well, how about this.
Bishonens Tears: I'll make her go to your house with me sometime soon.
Bishonens Tears: And I want to see you try to smack her infront of me.
Bishonens Tears: I don't give a fuck who you are.
Bishonens Tears: You aren't going to talk down to me, or my family.
Bishonens Tears: If you weren't such a dumbass about your wording, then maybe this wouldn't have just become a bigger problem.
Bishonens Tears: You used to atleast have some dignity and respect, looks like you lost it up your ass with your head.
HellsLostSpawn: im having net problems so if you just typed after"If you weren't such a dumbass about your wording, then maybe this wouldn't have just become a bigger problem. " your gona have to re type it
Bishonens Tears: Bishonens Tears: You used to atleast have some dignity and respect, looks like you lost it up your ass with your head.
Bishonens Tears: Bishonens Tears: You used to atleast have some dignity and respect, looks like you lost it up your ass with your head.
Bishonens Tears: Bishonens Tears: You used to atleast have some dignity and respect, looks like you lost it up your ass with your head.
Bishonens Tears: Bishonens Tears: You used to atleast have some dignity and respect, looks like you lost it up your ass with your head.
Bishonens Tears: Bishonens Tears: You used to atleast have some dignity and respect, looks like you lost it up your ass with your head.
Bishonens Tears: Bishonens Tears: You used to atleast have some dignity and respect, looks like you lost it up your ass with your head.
Bishonens Tears: Bishonens Tears: You used to atleast have some dignity and respect, looks like you lost it up your ass with your head.
Bishonens Tears: Bishonens Tears: You used to atleast have some dignity and respect, looks like you lost it up your ass with your head.
Bishonens Tears: Better?
Bishonens Tears: I could spam it some more, if you would like, that is...
Bishonens Tears: Well, guess you are done wasting my time.
Previous message was not received by HellsLostSpawn because of error: User HellsLostSpawn is not available.
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[20 Feb 2005|12:36am]
This will be my last post.

Goodbye.
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[18 Feb 2005|02:52am]
Update.
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[07 Feb 2005|12:25am]
"Here's to lookin at you, Kid."

zZzZzZz
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[21 Jan 2005|07:51pm]
Women suck...
Women suck...
Women suck...

Now please don't let me fall for that innocent smile again...
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[18 Jan 2005|05:29am]
Been up since 3 trying to find things to keep me occupied. I'm so fucking bored. In 20 minutes I gotta go get ready for school and whatnot, so I just hope it doesn't blow too much today. Think I might go in late so I can have some coffee this morning to help me out, but I'm not sure yet...

When the fuck is early release?!

I need to use the bathroom...

I ate donuts...too fast, I feel sick now too. -.-

This is still boring as hell...I thought writing in here might actually kill it slightly, along with time...I guess not though...

Coffee is your friend...

Yeah, fuck this.

End.
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[17 Jan 2005|04:51am]
I...
Need...
Sleep...



...zZzZzZz...
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[10 Jan 2005|02:11am]
I would love to actually have something to fucking do, I'm so fucking bored, it's sickening. 4 hours before I have to wake up too. -.- I fucking hate not being able to sleep, damnit.
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[09 Jan 2005|02:22pm]
I G O T S O S H I T F A C E D L A S T N I G H T ! ! !
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[08 Jan 2005|04:14pm]

 

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