Catholic apologists don't represent "real" Catholicism.The Catholic Church and the Orthodox Churches are the "same" and "believe the same things."The Catholic Church has oral traditions that came before the Bible and are authoritative.I like the part where he claims that "We [Protestants] have no canon other than the Bible itself . . . No one has produced any transcript or recording of any definitive 'oral tradition.'" [NB: That is particularly interesting because the canon of Scripture is itself a Tradition and is not explicitly mentioned by Scripture.][Catholic apologists'] hate-filled rhetoric comes at a time when Evangelicals are most willing to discuss issues.""Catholic apologist = hate-filled liar. That's just the sad fact."
November 10, 2009
Rule 1: Don't be afraid to fight the good fight, but understand that, nowadays, it may become a street-fight.Rule 2: If you're going to street-fight, you had better know how to street fight.Rule 3: Always adhere to the Pell Protocol — If you're going fight, fight to win.
Peter Kreeft, Benjamin Wiker, Robert George, Dinesh D'Souza (who has debated Christopher Hitchens quite effectively many times), Helen Alvare, Alan Keyes, Father John Corapi, or Dr. Scott Hahn. There are other worthy contenders, to be sure, but these folks are an excellent start.
During an exclusive interview with ABC News’ Jake Tapper today, President Obama said that penalties are appropriate for people who try to “free ride” the health care system but stopped short of endorsing the threat of jail time for those who refuse to pay a fine for not having insurance.
“What I think is appropriate is that in the same way that everybody has to get auto insurance and if you don't, you're subject to some penalty, that in this situation, if you have the ability to buy insurance, it's affordable and you choose not to do so, forcing you and me and everybody else to subsidize you, you know, there's a thousand dollar hidden tax that families all across America are -- are burdened by because of the fact that people don't have health insurance, you know, there's nothing wrong with a penalty.”
Under the House bill those who can afford to buy insurance and don’t’ pay a fine. If the refuse to pay that fine there’s a threat – as with a lot of tax fines – of jail time. The Senate removed that provision in the Senate Finance Committee.
Mr. Obama said penalties have to be high enough for people to not game the system, but it’s also important to not be “so punitive” that people who are having a hard time find themselves suddenly worse off, thus why hardship exemptions have been built in the legislation. . . . (source)