Robert Chapman 
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Re: “From a theological standpoint, Richard Mourdock was right

we started as a "Christian" nation

This remains a very controversial point.

Church attendance was required by nearly all states under the Confederation by blue laws which were repealed by the first amendment of the US Constitution.

We rejected the establishment of Christianity as the nation's religion as our first act as a country.

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Posted by Robert Chapman on October 25, 2012 at 4:12 PM

Re: “From a theological standpoint, Richard Mourdock was right

I am curious, what theological authority are you consulting to make your assertion that conception by rape is a divinely ordained act?

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Posted by Robert Chapman on October 25, 2012 at 4:07 PM

Re: “Batman is an Atlas Shrugged-loving ass and Superman is a commie pinko

Actually as one who read and enjoyed all the above as an adolescent, I think the sociological analysis is quite off the mark.

All comic books are written and printed as commercial entertainment. They have price wars, they get revenue from ads for absurd products like 50 yard eavesdropping devices, Charles Atlas exercise books and x-ray glasses that can see through brasseres.

There is no sociological trend or message from the creators, only the keen appreciation of what will get tweener boys to part with four bits.

The elevation of Batman and other comics to movies has NOT changed the escapist nature of this genre.

We go to watch the Dark Knight simply to suspend disbelief and get caught up in the spectacle of the 4"x4" panels on the big screen.

An article about what drives us to that might have some insight, but no one but pretentious blowhards like Matt Taibbi think there is any underlying import to comics.

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Posted by Robert Chapman on August 8, 2012 at 4:53 PM

Re: “My father built a business from scratch when no one would help him

The president believes this is impossible. This is a quote taken from your article

Thank you for your article. It is good that things worked out so well for your father.

Filial devotion, though does not allow you to be untruthful.

It is very unseemly to look for insults where none were intended.

What was your Mom doing while Dad was building the business?

Where did you parents learn the virtues of hard work and honesty that made them successful/

There was no church, no school, no road at all in your parent's lives?

Did your Dad use electical cables, tools and outlets that had specific standards and capacities? Unless he made them all from scratch at home, he was relying in industry standards, and industries depend on the government in many ways.

I can accept that you might disagree with President Obama on the level of government involvement, and that is one of the issues we are trying to settle in this election.

But you may not put words in his mouth or state what he believes or doesn't.

President Obama made his point persuasively enough that tens of millions will go to the polls in November and re-elect him.

We have a matter of disagreement, there is no insult intended.

When I hear you raising this as a matter of insult, I feel like you are unfairly trying to silence me and disrespecting my views.

Hiding behind your Daddy's accomplishments to be so disrespectful, disrepects him, too.

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Posted by Robert Chapman on July 31, 2012 at 11:04 AM

Re: “America's senseless War on Drugs is a war on black and Latino men

America, with these ignominious incarceration rates, is way down on the list of safest nations, ranking 83rd.

Is it possible to think that the USA's 83rd ranking as a safe place might be the cause of high incarceration rates?

Is Mr. Ravenel seriously suggesting that releasing felons with drug records back into their communities would make those communities safer and reduce the debilitating social pathologies associated with addiction and trade in illegal drugs and controlled substances?

Wouldn't Mr. Ravenel's outrage over the racial disparity in the prison system be better directed toward better education and more assertive hiring practices for people of color?

Prevention is nearly always cheaper than fixing problems.

The crime and drug problems will not go away with releasing felons. Mr. Ravenel is simply tired of taking any measures to improve things and advocates headlong, cowardly retreat.

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Posted by Robert Chapman on June 20, 2012 at 11:33 AM

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