Tom Martin 
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Re: “Charleston's new law could improve how hate crimes are counted

Jadenova, of course hate crimes committed by anyone who commits a hate crime. It does not matter if the criminal is Christian or Jewish or Muslim or atheist or Buddhist or whatever faith, or whatever race, or whatever sex or sexual orientation or whatever. If they commit a crime and it is accompanied by intimidation based on any of the specified categories, it is a hate crime. That should be clear from the wording of the law. Nationwide people of whatever faith, race, etc. have been convicted of hate crime. So better not commit a hate crime.

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Posted by Tom Martin on December 13, 2018 at 7:47 AM

Re: “Words matter more, party matters less, and other observations from the 2018 Charleston midterm elections

Sense A, no, there is plenty of evidence that racial differences in IQ are not genetic.
See for example the book The Bell Curve Wars, ed. by Steven Fraser. On page 40, Richard Nisbett writes: "The study identified 63 children in a sample of black Chicago schoolchildren with IQs of 125 or above and 28 with IQs of 140 or above. On the basis of their self reports about ancestry, the investigators classified the children into several categories of Europeanness. The children with IQs of 125 or above, as well as those with IQs of 140 or above, were slightly less likely to have substantial European ancestry than was estimated to be characteristic of the U.S. black population as a whole at the time."
On page 104, Andrew Hacker writes: 'Earlier in the century, such social scientists as Henry Goddard and Carl Brigham saw nothing untoward in identifying regional races within Europe which had varying mental capacities. Thus they felt free to pronounce the intellectual primacy of persons of "Nordic" stock, while citing the stunted facilities of swarthier "Mediterranean" and "Alpine" strains. And to sequester the best, they opposed intermarriage.'
Or in another book, Measured Lies, the Bell Curve Examined, on page 15, J. L. Kincheloe and S. R. Steinberg write: 'Research on the educational performance of low-status groups in other countries provides important insight into the shortcomings of The Bell Curve. In Sweden, Finnish people are viewed as inferior - the failure rate for Finnish children in Swedish schools is very high. When Finnish children immigrate to Australia, however, they do well - as well as Swedish immigrants. Koreans do poorly in Japanese schools where they are viewed as culturally inferior; in American schools, on the other hand, Korean immigrants are very successful.'
William E. Cross, Jr., reports on a study, on page 338: 'Black (IQ = 118) and biracial (IQ = 117) children raised in white middle-class homes developed IQs that were almost one standard deviation higher than the black (IQ = 103) and biracial (IQ = 105) children raised in black middle-class homes.' He gives the reason why they are less successful in black middle-class homes, that these homes are often in neighborhoods with a lot of poverty, as middle class blacks found it often difficult to get homes in better neighborhoods.

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Posted by Tom Martin on November 22, 2018 at 7:04 AM

Re: “Defying state leaders, Charleston may soon punish hate crimes on its own

Crimes such as robberies are not hate crimes. They are crimes of greed. Robbers like their victims, because they can get money from them.

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Posted by Tom Martin on November 22, 2018 at 5:49 AM

Re: “How do Christians justify Trumpian politics?

Tom Parker, I certainly did not vote for Trump. And as I predicted when he was elected, he turned out to be the worst president we have had for decades.
The comment I wrote was to answer the question of why did some Christians who knew Trump was evil, still vote for him. The answer lies in the unbiblical but currently popular doctrine of conservative Christians that abortion is a sin, and that this doctrine is so important that it has to be imposed on our laws, abortion has to be banned, freedom of religion does not matter, it does not matter if someone believes it is not a sin, this supreme doctrine has to be imposed on all.
So because Trump promised to nominate very conservative justices to the Supreme Court, with the hope of overturning Roe v Wade, they felt they had to vote for him, in order to impose their doctrine on us. They would have voted for Satan himself, if he promised to nominate very conservative justices to the Supreme Court.

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Posted by Tom Martin on November 19, 2018 at 10:17 AM

Re: “How do Christians justify Trumpian politics?

Actually, many Christians have become convinced that abortion is a sin, and many consider this doctrine to be so important, that they want to impose it on the rest of us. Regardless of the fact that the Bible never calls it a sin, except for one passage in the Law of Moses, where abortion against the wish of the woman is called a sin. Of course that is a different issue. That is illegal here in the US too.
So anyway, Trump promised to nominate lots of very conservative judges, who would be for banning abortion based on the wishes of the woman, and even Supreme Court justices who would feel the same. That is why many Christians voted for him. Some feel Trump was sent by God to make sure that Roe v. Wade is repealed.

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Posted by Tom Martin on November 18, 2018 at 5:16 AM

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