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James A Watkins For President - 2012

  1. BDazzler profile image81
    BDazzlerposted 7 years ago

    Here are several reasons, I honestly believe James A Watkins should seriously consider running for President in 2012.

    1. He treats everyone with grace and respect. 
       A. Politics can get pretty ugly on hub pages.  Right wing and left wing calling each other names. Whether you agree with him or not, he will always treat you with dignity and respect. (Whether you deserve it or not!)

      B. He addresses issues not people.  I've seen him called some pretty ugly names by people who disagree with him.  He can hold his position without taking it personally (even if it's meant personally!)


    2.  His view and knowledge of history gives him a context from which to make solid "long term" decisions that will stand up to time.

    3. His ideas are GOOD.  Yes, he's conservative. But it's not a "I'm conservative because my daddy was."  He knows WHY he believes what he believes.  He knows where his ideas come from.

    4. He's well traveled.  Although the US was founded as an isolationist nation, our choices(like it or not) have global implications.  James understands and loves people from other cultures and nations without thinking he has to be like them or even be liked by them.

    5. He has  failed spectacularly.  I've read his hubs. He has been open about his failures. There's a strength to that kind of humility. He's had some pretty high climbs and therefore some pretty hard falls.  And he has gotten up, brushed himself off and kept going.

    You can't buy, rent or learn that kind of life experience.  It has to be earned through the school of hard knocks.

    Even if you disagree with his politics and ideas ... you have to admit, the man is a class act in every sense of the word.

    James A Watkins For President - 2012!

    P.S. James Watkins did not know or "approve" of this post!

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      Brenda Durhamposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      I've enjoyed James's writings, the ones I've had time to read, and yes he seems like a good guy.
      As far as voting for anyone, I'd have to know exactly where they stand on several issues;  they'd have to actually be transparent instead of just sayin' they are (like Obama and his stooges); and they'd have to.....want to run for Office!  haha Does James wanna run for Office?

      Of course they'd have to hold to the Republican Platform to get my vote; and show no signs of reverse racism; stick up for State and national sovreignty, and have some over-all common sense.  But heck, who am I?  Just a simple country gal clinging to her pepper spray and Faith.  wink

      1. BDazzler profile image81
        BDazzlerposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        Take a look at his hubs about his plan to unite America and Late Great United States.

        I disagree with him on the legalization of drugs, but ... I consider that a minor issue ... dude knows his constitution and the role of government. And dang, he actually believes it. 

        As far as transparency ... He put his bankruptcy on his hubs ... that could not have been pleasant or easy...

        Of course, you never get to know anybody, really via the web or TV or whatever ... but what I see so far, I like ... A LOT ...

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      cosetteposted 7 years ago in reply to this




      groovy idea! James Watkins is HubPages' Ferris Bueller - everyone adores him. yeah...i can see it...

      http://i46.tinypic.com/2hi9jxt.jpg

      i will campaign for him but only if he appoints me Feng Shui and Bunny Rescue Czar. wink

    3. blondepoet profile image75
      blondepoetposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      You forget an important one....he is awfully hot as well. smile
      And I bet he does not wear a toupee.

      1. BDazzler profile image81
        BDazzlerposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        Well BP, I didn't even think of that one ... sorry!

        1. blondepoet profile image75
          blondepoetposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          It is quite ok I had fun evaluating LMAO!!

          1. BDazzler profile image81
            BDazzlerposted 7 years ago in reply to this

            Yeah, it's the whole hetro thing  ... when I think of "Hot Hubber" I might think of you, but I wouldn't think of James big_smile

            1. blondepoet profile image75
              blondepoetposted 7 years ago in reply to this

              Aww gee whiz you just went to the top of the class LMAO. smile smile

    4. tony0724 profile image61
      tony0724posted 7 years ago in reply to this

      I have immense respect for James to be sure. I do not know whether he would want to be infected by the virus of corruption that permeates from Capitol Hill. However I would have more trust in James then anybody who currently resides in Washington DC. Especially 1600 Pennsylvania Ave ! smile

      1. BDazzler profile image81
        BDazzlerposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        I think that because he has been both rich and poor he will be less susceptible to Washington corruption.  His hub show the character of a man who has been through the fire.

        Want to ... that's another issue. I honestly hope he would consider it. 

        I know he COULD do a good job.  I just don't know if he's electable or would want it.

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      Baileybearposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      I don't agree with you
      eg your points 1. & 2.  although is  'gentlemanly' a lot of the time, when it comes his views (he can't divorce politics & religion), he does call names and is very black-and -white eg calls people that don't share his views 'demon-possessed' , 'evil' etc & uses sweeping statements like 'all socialists are atheists' etc

  2. Misha profile image73
    Mishaposted 7 years ago

    LOL I love James - but as a writer. But then I don't vote anyway smile

    1. BDazzler profile image81
      BDazzlerposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Well ... we could make you a birth certificate with Adobe like our current presidents' and you could be his running mate. tongue

  3. Deborah Demander profile image91
    Deborah Demanderposted 7 years ago

    This is a great idea. It's time for a strong grass roots candidate, who doesn't crack under pressure, as Ross Perot. He is smart, well travelled, grounded and a man who stands behind his beliefs. Lets get it growing.
    James A Watkins for president!

    1. BDazzler profile image81
      BDazzlerposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Oh, yeah!

  4. donotfear profile image91
    donotfearposted 7 years ago

    Wow. I'm impressed.

    I think James would make a great political figure. There are lots of open slots. Only thing is the liberal left media would focus on his "not so perfect past" so they could slime him before the world, like they always do. It's their job.

    James Watkins for political office? Not a bad idea.

    1. BDazzler profile image81
      BDazzlerposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      He's done SO well on coming to terms with his "less than perfect" past and I honestly think that is one of the things that qualifies him.  ... Yes, I think the leftist media would have a field day ... and I also believe James could take it.

      1. donotfear profile image91
        donotfearposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        I agree.....
        But the 'Left Press' fights dirty without a fair game. They'd tear him up, chew him up, and spit him out. I'd like to see how he would handle it though, cause he seems to be so gracious that it would literally blow their leftin-lovin mind.

        But, YES, he could take it. Could we actually convince everyone else that overcoming adversity in life is a good trait?  Seems like the trend is toward "oh my perfect past with no blemishes, all American, goody goody." 

        I'd rather have somebody who's "been there, done that" than these other joke-sters that get up there and hurl projectiles.

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    Brenda Durhamposted 7 years ago

    BDazzler,

    I did read another hub of his and loved it.
    The one about the Late Great U.S.

    He even had the guts to stand up for traditional marriage and show the bad consequences of the politically-correct "alternative".   Unlike many who call themselves Bible-Believers.   So yeah I respect him a lot already.

    1. BDazzler profile image81
      BDazzlerposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      All I know about him is what I read on hub pages, but I tell you truly, from what I've seen so far, I think he would get us back on the road to peace and prosperity.

  6. Paraglider profile image89
    Paragliderposted 7 years ago

    James is an excellent writer, researcher and scholar. More than that, he is a gentleman. However his tendency to court populist acclaim and his addiction to a failed dualistic dialectic would deny him my nomination.
    But I'd support his candidature to host an Art Appreciation TV series.

    1. BDazzler profile image81
      BDazzlerposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      One of the problems with democracy is that the skill set required to win elections does not necessarily match the skill set to lead well.

      In general those from Europe disapprove of the way we have done things in America.  They always have.  I would have preferred the isolationist doctrines pre-Wilson.  I honestly think we sided with the wrong team in WWI and therefore caused the Great Depression and WW2. 

      WW1 was not about "making the world safe for democracy" that was a spin ... it was just the logical conclusion of all the crown heads of Europe doing what they did...

      We should have stayed out of it.  Then, I would be able to say with good conscience, "Leave Us Alone what we do doesn't matter to you."

      Sadly, it does.  I would like for the US to be more isolationist, but that's no longer an option.

      All that to say ... I see where you're coming from, but it's <snicker> very un-American.

      I think his "pouplist" thing makes him electable, and his talent and knowledge make it possible that he could lead well.

  7. CMHypno profile image89
    CMHypnoposted 7 years ago

    Being from the UK I can't vote for James, but can we swop him for Nick Clegg or David Cameron?

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      Brenda Durhamposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      I'll swap Obama for either of those.   Just 'cause we'd KNOW they were from another country and could act accordingly on that fact.  The foreigner we know is better than the one claiming American patriotism....

  8. habee profile image90
    habeeposted 7 years ago

    I'd vote for James! He could make me education czar!

  9. livelonger profile image88
    livelongerposted 7 years ago

    Yeah, a guy who compares gay people to pedophiles. Hmm... don't think I'll be supporting anyone like that. We've already had one Jerry Falwell.

    1. BDazzler profile image81
      BDazzlerposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      A man is known by his enemies as well as his friends ... sometimes more so.

      1. livelonger profile image88
        livelongerposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        I'm not sure what you mean by that. I don't think only leftists would be offended by his repeated suggestion that gay people want to support pedophilia. Do you support that?

        1. BDazzler profile image81
          BDazzlerposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          I believe that the people in political power behind the gay movement, specifically Barney Frank and Larry King are pedophiles and support pedophilia, yes.

          Lest you think that's a "Republican" point of view, I believe HW Bush was involved in a cover up on the issue.

          1. livelonger profile image88
            livelongerposted 7 years ago in reply to this

            Based on what evidence?

            1. BDazzler profile image81
              BDazzlerposted 7 years ago in reply to this

              I believe this story to be true:
              http://www.tomflocco.com/fs/PhotographerTied.htm

              1. livelonger profile image88
                livelongerposted 7 years ago in reply to this

                Because you choose to believe unsubstantiated conspiracy theories does not mean that gay people being portrayed as supporters of pedophilia is right (in either sense of the word).

                But thank you for sharing this; it certainly explains a lot about you and what you choose to believe.

                1. BDazzler profile image81
                  BDazzlerposted 7 years ago in reply to this

                  Please do not put words in my mouth. I did not say, nor do I believe that all gay people support pedophilia.... I said I believe that the several powerful politicians behind  the movement are pedophiles.

                  1. livelonger profile image88
                    livelongerposted 7 years ago in reply to this

                    I didn't. I said you're supporting someone who has made repeated claims that gay people support pedophilia, and then you back up your support pointing to a conspiracy theory about a coverup involving a couple of politicians.

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    Brenda Durhamposted 7 years ago

    I doubt any conservative expects a leftist to support him.
    Not everyone is  like Obama who straddles the fence at his own convenience just to gain support from all corners.

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      paarsurreyposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      James A Watkins For President - 2012

      What is his standing in the politicians in the line? I know little about them as I don't live there. America is the Capitol of the world; I should know though

      Thanks

      I am an Ahmadi peaceful Muslim

      1. BDazzler profile image81
        BDazzlerposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        He is a hubber, his ideas and histories are quite clear in his hubs. I recommend reading them.

  11. manlypoetryman profile image69
    manlypoetrymanposted 7 years ago

    What we need is someone who will not "cowtail" to the powers that be...EVERYWHERE! (I mean for crying out loud...you're the President of the United States...there is no more butts left to kiss at that point!)

    James could do this as well as anyone...with the demeanor and decorum he has shown here in Hub World. A President should be a normal person concerned with normal things that effect or deter from the everyday normal common good. Who could do this better, then a good ol' down-to-Earth Hubber...I ask you?

    James A. Watkins in 2012!

    1. Paraglider profile image89
      Paragliderposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      {{ (I mean for crying out loud...you're the President of the United States...there is no more butts left to kiss at that point!)}}

      Um, how about China - you know, these guys who are holding all your debt??

      1. BDazzler profile image81
        BDazzlerposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        Yeah, the problem is that works both ways ... you know what happens if we don't/can't pay? 

        Not sure who's bright idea this whole deficit spending plan was ... but it has to be fixed..

        1. Paraglider profile image89
          Paragliderposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          BD - it can't be fixed, except by re-inventing the world. Usury was deprecated in your favourite book, but espoused by your favourite nation.
          The problem is that usury works within any single generation, but cannot be handed down to succeeding generations unless they have 'dominion' over new nations to exploit.
          You've run out of new victims. Time to pay the bill. China expects wink

          1. BDazzler profile image81
            BDazzlerposted 7 years ago in reply to this

            Yeah, that's gonna suck ... wink

          2. livelonger profile image88
            livelongerposted 7 years ago in reply to this

            Who's our favorite nation?

            1. Cagsil profile image60
              Cagsilposted 7 years ago in reply to this

              Does it really matter? hmm

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                kimberlyslyricsposted 7 years ago in reply to this

                sad

                touche

              2. livelonger profile image88
                livelongerposted 7 years ago in reply to this

                Unless you can read his mind, why are you answering a question I asked Paraglider?

            2. BDazzler profile image81
              BDazzlerposted 7 years ago in reply to this

              I think he was taking to me ... he knows my favorite nation! smile

              1. Paraglider profile image89
                Paragliderposted 7 years ago in reply to this

                I was, and I believe yours is the USA. But in fairness, usury has been espoused by every nation. The US just happened to be the first to apotheosize it so comprehensively.

                1. BDazzler profile image81
                  BDazzlerposted 7 years ago in reply to this

                  Debt is one of those things I wish I had listened more to my grandparents about ...  I've finally gotten ALL my credit cards paid off, I owe only on my house.

  12. tobey100 profile image61
    tobey100posted 7 years ago

    I second the nomination.

    1. kimh039 profile image91
      kimh039posted 7 years ago in reply to this

      James strikes me as a respectful and civil gentleman.......with an interest in politics.  Civility in politics would be refreshing.

  13. Me, Steve Walters profile image66
    Me, Steve Waltersposted 7 years ago

    He gets my vote, also! Just takes someone with a little schmartz...in the ol' brain dept. James qualifies for that!

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    Brenda Durhamposted 7 years ago

    Oh my.
    Steve, I have a friend whose husband has the same name as yours, first name and last name!
    But you're not him; I checked your pic and profile.
    But that was quite a coincidence when ya put your name on here.
    smile

  15. prettydarkhorse profile image63
    prettydarkhorseposted 7 years ago

    he has a good graps on politics, a little bit conservative but a firm ground on values pertaining to family and  social values. He is a gentleman yes and his politics is accomodating.
    He knows history and economy as well -- well grounded.

    YES for his nomination, although he should open up  a little bit more on his views about family, gay issues -- mostly social issue.

    1. BDazzler profile image81
      BDazzlerposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      He has written a hub on his view of the homosexual political agenda.  LiveLonger is correct, it's not in the least, from a political standpoint, "Gay Friendly".

      BUT ... I still say he treats individuals who choose that lifestyle with respect.. He simply adamantly opposes their politics.

  16. livelonger profile image88
    livelongerposted 7 years ago

    *sigh*

    I think it's sad that some people like to delude themselves into thinking the gay agenda involves anything more than equality under the law.

    I suppose it's easier to concoct conspiracy theories and cherry-pick Biblical quotes to justify keeping a group of people as second-class citizens under the law.

    The only solace I see is that your numbers continue to dwindle.

    1. BDazzler profile image81
      BDazzlerposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Please show me any hubs or forum posts in which I have used the bible to attack gay people.

      1. livelonger profile image88
        livelongerposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        I was talking about James. You're on the same page as him with regard to the "gay agenda," right?

        1. BDazzler profile image81
          BDazzlerposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          In general that's true.

          I generally try not to use scripture to advance a specific political point of view.  And I do try very hard to be sure that when I quote a verse, it's for the purpose it was intended within context. 

          If I had failed to do that, ... if I had misused scripture for my own agenda ... I was already planning an apology hub, because that would have been wrong of me.   

          I do not subscribe to the general theory that one must be on the political right to be acceptable to God.

          I believe you believe that "all you are asking for is equality under the law ..."  But I don't believe that's really what's going on. wink

          I see you as deluded as you see me.  That's the wonderful thing about delusion ... you don't know you're deluded tongue

  17. livelonger profile image88
    livelongerposted 7 years ago

    So what does the gay agenda entail beyond equality under the law?

    1. BDazzler profile image81
      BDazzlerposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Like any other special interest group, special privileges:

      Examples:

      1. "Hate Crimes" ... somehow beating you up because you're homosexual is worse than beating me up  because I'm heterosexual? Sorry... doesn't cut it.

      2. "Hate Speech" ... somehow disagreeing with you is "hate"?

      I don't believe that's "equality" I believe it's "special privilege".

      I just re-read two of James hubs on the issue.  I can find  nothing in them I disagree with:

      http://hubpages.com/hub/The-Homosexual-Movement
      and
      http://hubpages.com/hub/The-Homosexual-Agenda

      I saw nothing on them I consider an abuse of scripture and, in fact, in the hubs themselves, I saw no "cherry picked" bible verses.

      1. livelonger profile image88
        livelongerposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        Hate crimes/speech legislation is controversial and not every gay person supports it. You do know, though, that hate crime legislation *would* cover a straight person being beaten up for being straight by a gay person, right? (It just doesn't seem to happen all that often)

        Regardless, this is the only other thing beyond marriage equality and ending DADT that comprise the "gay agenda" (one that is increasingly supported by straight people, too). Rights for pedophiles and other things that conspiracy theorists like to imagine gay people want won't be any more true just because you want to believe it.

        1. BDazzler profile image81
          BDazzlerposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          Well ... I guess I can put you down for a "No" then, when we start our James A Watkins For President 2012 Fundraiser, eh?

          1. livelonger profile image88
            livelongerposted 7 years ago in reply to this

            I'll leave that up to you. lol

          2. Mark Knowles profile image60
            Mark Knowlesposted 7 years ago in reply to this

            BD - you surprise me - just when I was  thinking you are a tolerant person open to other ways of thinking - you go remind me you are just another Kristian intent on making everyone else believe the same garbage you do. My way or the high way like wot Jeebus sed.  LOL

            Oh well - Even Jeebus warned against the Federal Reserve. Still - you guys are pretty selective about what you believe huh? sad

            1. BDazzler profile image81
              BDazzlerposted 7 years ago in reply to this

              Shucks Mark, I was thinking about forging some citizen papers for you and getting you into a cabinet position. 

              Dang, gonna have to re-think that plan.

              But to answer your question seriously ... No plan to make people believe what I believe, would just like to have someone who believes what I believe in charge.  Minor difference.

      2. anandpokar profile image60
        anandpokarposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        1.  Hate crime legislation protects all people on the basis of sexual orientation, just like they protect all people on the basis of race.  Hate crime legislation does not only protect homosexuals and not heterosexuals.  So beating you up because you're homosexual is the same as beating me up because I'm heterosexual.

        2.  I don't know who is passing hate speech laws in the US, we don't have any of that and cannot under freedom of speech.

        The similar comparison is also to black people.  The hate crime legislation protects whites as well as blacks, and they aren't passing hate speech laws either.

        So since those aren't special privileges being sought for gays only, could you cite if there is actually anything beyond equality that they are seeking?

        1. BDazzler profile image81
          BDazzlerposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          I responded to Live Longer because he and I have had amiable conversations in the past.

          Your assertions contain a myriad of axioms at odds with my fundamental world view.  As I have no desire to change your mind, I respond in politeness to say I know from experience you would be insulted.

          I have no desire to insult you, but I can't think of a response that you would not find insulting.

          Live Longer asked if I support James A Watkins political stance on the homosexual agenda.

          I do.  I stand by that.

          I do not expect you to.

          I'll put you down for a "No" on the fund raiser as well.

          1. anandpokar profile image60
            anandpokarposted 7 years ago in reply to this

            I do not understand, what I have posted are all facts about the law, and facts about what many other people think... I don't understand what axioms I have posted, or if you are saying these facts conflict with your world view and you refuse to accept them.

            And why would you think explaining your view about special privileges would be insulting?  It seems if it's not possible to explain your logic without you being insulting, then your world view is not based on logic but based on hatred.  Do you not wish to explain because you are aware of this, and do not wish to have your views addressed and converse about them to learn, but to harbor them in secret?

            Also, do you assume I'm gay, and that's why you think I'd find it insulting?

  18. Cagsil profile image60
    Cagsilposted 7 years ago

    Because, when a question is irrelevant, it is meaningless in any form, regardless of who is being addressed. hmm

    1. livelonger profile image88
      livelongerposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      That's rather rude of you to police other people's questions to other people, isn't it? Why don't you just ignore them?

      1. Cagsil profile image60
        Cagsilposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        Then how does one person learn anything without doing something? hmm

        1. livelonger profile image88
          livelongerposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          Weren't you just trying to shut down my attempt to ask a question? (One that Paraglider answered quite nicely)

          (This side-thread is getting a little ridiculous... hmm)

  19. iantoPF profile image88
    iantoPFposted 7 years ago

    I am proud to say I am a fan of James A. Watkins. His writing is masterful and clear and his historical works are references in themselves. I recently wrote a Hub on "Hubbers who help me" and James is the first on that list.
    Would I support him for President? resoundingly No. For the record I am a red dyed in the wool Socialist. Unlike James I consider the future of the Human race is moving resolutely to the day when the ownership of the means of production, distribution and exchange will be in the hands of those who produce not in the habds of venture capitalists. So James and I are on opposite ends of the political spectrum. Yet I would welcome him into my home and treat him with the respect a gentleman deserves.
    One aspect of his writing that I personally find fascinating is that though I disagree with almost everything he says in political terms, he makes me think about WHY I disagree. That is a valuable service in itself.
    But to support his political agenda?  NO.

    1. BDazzler profile image81
      BDazzlerposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      This is why I think he'd make a good leader.  Even his opponents respect him.  That's rare these days.

  20. JulesGerome profile image60
    JulesGeromeposted 7 years ago

    I read a couple of hubs that I didn't like at all. So no, I wouldn't vote for him. I was surprised of some of the comments as well.
    Anyway everybody is free to dislike some kind of people.

  21. skyfire profile image73
    skyfireposted 6 years ago

    He lost my respect when he expressed his opinion on science, evolution and society.

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      Baileybearposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      same here - and then he went further with loads of personal attacks - apparently I am the devil. 

      Sounds like the last thing the US needs is delusional leaders that keep people in the dark ages because of their superstitions

      http://hubpages.com/hub/Skepticism-abou … ted-States

  22. skyfire profile image73
    skyfireposted 6 years ago

    James is good guy and i've respect for his views but when he opens his holy diary with claims that have 0 proof it gives no difference of impression between him and TK to me. Sorry if it was reality check in their own words back to them. If james is going to stand for presidents position then put paarsurray for noble peace prize,let's play fair.

    Sometimes it's really funny to see people who make comment against evolution when they have no clue about single cell, speciation and abiogenesis. This applies to james and many other theists here and if you point that out then they call it personal attacks forgetting their own lack of education and manners when they do it on their hubs. You'll find people who have no clue about how to differentiate between galaxy and universe talk about jesus who died on cross helplessly being universal savior. People who have no clue where earth stands in milky way talk about universe being created by their bible or quran author. I wonder if they have stretch of imagination towards planets and species 10x bigger in size than ours.

    More than 40-50% theists here are for some agenda or for religious preaching (take paar for examples) and all they do to this place is post some verse spam without any proof of their claims. No wonder these guys think we're devil and our heart is blinded by satan against god.

 
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