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Old 06-28-2009, 04:31 PM
 
Location: Jonquil City (aka Smyrna) Georgia- by Atlanta
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Keep in mind that bans on gambling and prostitution are not limited to states where the RR has a lot of power. Every state, except Nevada, bans prostitution. Most states ban gambling with some exceptions.
Most states do not ban ALL gambling including Catholic Church bingo and state lotteries. Only Republican states do that and not even all of them.
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Old 06-28-2009, 04:33 PM
 
Location: Texas
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Most states do not ban ALL gambling including Catholic Church bingo and state lotteries. Only Republican states do that and not even all of them.
That's why I said with some exceptions. And, FYI, even though the TX GOP platform says they want bingo and the state lottery banned, they are permitted here as of now.
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Old 06-28-2009, 04:43 PM
 
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A sorry attempt on your part to equate our founding fathers with religious extremism. No sale. No dice.

Our founding fathers were NOT religious extremists, in fact, they wanted to keep religion out of the new government they established. So it has been all these years, so it will be. The RR will NOT turn our nation into a theocracy.
In the history i have read they wanted to keep government out of religion by keeping the state from actaully naming a national religion. It was common in europe for the sate to offically indorse a religion to the exclusion of all others.As late as 1870 hwen the education reform act was pasewd in Britainthier were stil religious test at Oxford;cambridge against Roman Cahtolics;Jews;desenters and people of no belief by the government. This is what the founding fathers want to prevent and even more when the constitution was written.To stop government from naming a state approved relgion and to protect all religions from discrimination and state control.
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Old 06-28-2009, 06:59 PM
 
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I reluctantly remain a Republican, but continue to grow more and more frustrated with the sh*t the RR tries to pull.

I knew the Texas state Republican Party platform was socially conservative. I'd read parts of it and read a lot about it, but didn't realize exactly how extreme it was and how far they actually took it. I just read it in its entirety and am baffled.

The good news - the TX platform has been lauded as one of the most socially conservative state ones in the country, the national platform is not nearly as bad as this, and most candidates for state offices in TX are nowhere close to this extreme. It still frustrates me immensely.


http://www.texasgop.org/site/DocServer/FINAL_2008_PLATFORM.pdf (broken link)

Some examples:

1) the word "God" is mentioned probably about 100 times, if not more, and they want to dispel the "myth" of separation between church and state

2) they actually want to ban all forms of pornography and want homosexual acts criminalized

3) they want to ban abortion, but they apparently want no exceptions and they also want to ban certain forms of contraceptives (seems so counterproductive....contraceptives PREVENT the need for abortion)

4) they want a state law to force teaching intelligent design in public schools, want a state law banning teaching any sex ed other than abstinence only in public schools (goes back to the abortion thing....comprehensive sex ed can REDUCE abortions among the young) and want to revise rape laws to include consensual sex between teenagers in the same age range, while making the death penalty a punishment option for rape

5) they want to end the state lottery
In other words, turn Texas in Afghanistan.

The main problem of the republican party is indeed the religious right. However if they can move away from that towards more libertarian ideas and platform, they can re-galvanize the republican party, re-capture the youth vote (ron pauls popular there) and turn it back into the party of Reagan. The democrats would be in trouble.

This country needs less government not more. But we need suitable opposition to the democrats or we are going downhill economically.
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