What the Hell Is He Saying? Pope Says God Not 'A Magician, With A Magic Wand'

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...according to the pontiff, believers should not view God as "a magician, with a magic wand."

Source: Pope Says God Not 'A Magician, With A Magic Wand' : The Two-Way : NPR.

What does that mean? Of course, Christian shouldn't view God as a magician; but what is Francis' exact view on it?

Look, I don't think he's thinking about it correctly. I based that upon all the other controversial things he's said and done where he never bothers to elaborate in ways showing he is fully consistent with the Gospel text.

So what is the right way of looking at God vis-a-vis magic, etc.?

Magic is either fake, as in the Las Vegas show variety (entertaining but still simply sleight of hand) or it is a term meaning supernatural but with the origin of the power unknown. That's not what Francis is saying though. He's saying that God is not the author of amazing miracles.

Now, he may not intend to be going that far; but his constant failure to flesh out matters leaves his statements able to include such sweeping conclusions. He leaves atheist and homosexuals and others simply gleeful. He aids in misleading billions of souls.

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Tom Usher

Let me be clear. I adhere to theistic evolution. I also believe in intelligent design, which is actually redundant. Theistic evolution is holding with intelligent design, by definition. Intelligent design, contrary to the impression given in the linked article, is also not a relatively new concept but rather quite ancient. It far predates the "Scientific Creationism" of what are termed biblical fundamentalists and literalists. To be further clear though, I also believe that God certainly had the power to instantly create an entire universe that appears to be the product of a big bang of tens of billions of years prior.

Do I think that's what God did? No. However, there's absolutely no way of proving it either way.

How does Francis square his statement with Jesus performing miracles? How does he square it with Jesus sayings about the power of God?

Perhaps the whole thing with Francis is bad translations and bad reporting, though I doubt it.

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Bisexual Son of Lesbian Parents: What It's Like to Face the LGBT Inquisition

Read this: What It's Like To Face The LGBT Inquisition.

It's insane. What typical young orphan in an orphanage doesn't yearn for both a father and a mother to love him or her? Why would any homosexual couple, whether male or female, not understand that two men can't take the place of a mother or that two women can't take the place of a father?

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Tom Usher

I was a single parent and raised my daughter for many years knowing full well that she was deprived of a mother in the house. How could I deny it and consider myself even remotely honest?

Of course she would have been better off with both parents: father and mother. Only the most extenuating circumstances makes the absence of either understandable. As I said, there are orphans. Homes can also become too broken to be healthier together than separate. It doesn't excuse the wickedness that breaks a home, but it is the truth and must be faced.

What is the matter with this brave new world that a bisexual man raised by two lesbians has to face what he deems an inquisition simply for speaking the truth that he felt deprived of a father? He was deprived of a father.

Why is the world dumbing down so?

Well, the truth of his statement threatens the LGBT "marriage" narrative, doesn't it. Note the absence of the question mark there.

There is something profoundly wrong with any movement where the truth is a threat.

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No Surprise Here: Right-Wing Nationalist Parties Dominate Ukrainian Parliamentary Elections

Fiscal right-winger Poroshenko and his neoliberal/austerity buddy, Obama

Fiscal right-winger Poroshenko and his neoliberal/austerity buddy, Obama

Parliamentary elections in Ukraine Sunday delivered victories to a number of right-wing nationalist parties in a vote that was boycotted by the vast majority of the electorate in the country’s east. ...
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... The Central Election Committee estimated voter participation in the southwestern city of Odessa at just 13.2 percent, and in Donetsk and Luhansk at 14.6 and 13.1 percent respectively. In May, dozens were killed in Odessa when pro-Kiev fascist forces trapped anti-government protesters in the local trade union building, massacring them and then setting the building alight.
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The People’s Front, which will be Poroshenko’s main coalition partner, is pressing for the retention of Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk in his present post. Yatsenyuk, who has been overseeing the initial implementation of International Monetary Fund austerity policies in Ukraine, was identified as Washington’s chosen candidate to head the government in a leaked telephone conversation in the lead-up to the ouster of Yanukovych.
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The Poroshenko government aims to use the election to provide a democratic fig leaf for the imposition of austerity measures demanded by the IMF and European Union, and the crushing of all opposition to its right-wing, nationalist program. He and the Western media are hailing the election as a triumph of Ukrainian democracy and a sign of the population’s “pro-European” orientation. This is part of the effort to lend legitimacy to the civil war being carried out against pro-Russian separatist regions in the east and the implementation of deeply unpopular cuts to social spending.

Source: Right-wing nationalist parties dominate Ukrainian parliamentary elections - World Socialist Web Site.

See also: What's going on? Ukraine "involves human-rights atrocities comparable to Israel-Palestine, yet even 'Democracy Now' reports it like the NYT reports Israel-Palestine"

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