Wisdom, logic and Common Sense
I drank whiskey with a stout chaser. I got sweaty and naked.
But the Roman Empire lasted so long because it wasn?t just military conquest but also built economic development. And it became an Ideal as well as a mere government. Remember the last form of the many attempts to bring it back was Napoleon finally declaring the Holy Roman Empire dead in 1806. What a run from 750 BC.
It must have be more of an acquaintance. Even so, having a $3,500 surprise is shady. I know many people that would think $300 for 10 photos is way overpriced, let alone the total (or additional) $3,500.
My boy Flounder from Animal House said it best:
I use Uhaul moving help - they are about half the cost.
You voting tomorrow?
Counterproductive?that pretty much describes the activities of Jesse Jackson, BLM, NAACP, ACLU, Al Sharpton, Rev. Wright, Eric Holder, President Hussein, the Congressional Black Caucus, the Democrat Party, and the mainstream "news" media.
Would you rather the Religion Channel on Disqus just be a circle-jerk about how great Christianity is? We're here to discuss(hence the name disqus) things about religion. If you don't like the discussion, don't join it. It's pretty simple.
It would be creating art endorsing something you are firmly against. It would be the same if someone wanted me to sculpt a bust of David Duke or create some sort of abstract painting with men in bedsheets and little swastikas. You can't (and shouldn't try too) compel someone to create art that they disagree with, anymore than I can force you to come into my place of business.
Politicians lie. A person that tells the truth can not get elected. Shame that people would rather hear good things that are lies instead of truths that scare them.
Christianity is the antithesis of paganism. (PLEASE, don't - don't - start with the tropes and memes about how some Christian holidays began from pagan celebrations.)
This is nothing like that situation. If it comes to blows, it will be an absolute bloodbath, with myriad casualties on both sides, until an invasion by a foreign power or a war of attrition annihilates one side.
Here's what the Bible says about treating foreigners. (Too long for the OP.)