First, I did not mean to equate the USMC with the KKK, my intention was to draw upon your expertise about how troops who surrender are supposed to be treated, and what is completely unacceptable, and in fact, criminal. If I did not make that clear, I offer my complete apology. The slaughter of the troops took place while he was a general of the Confederacy preceding his creation of the KKK. So, what I was comparing was what a trained uniformed fighting force is doing, by order of its commanding general, not what a group of terrorists were doing. Why you keep bringing it back to the KKK is only because you are trying to make an unrelated point, while not addressing the question.
Originally Posted by Randy West
Second, what I was trying to point out is what Catholics show as a separation of mortal and venial sins. While both are sins, they are not the same thing and do not compare. Senator Byrd certainly committed what I consider a venial sin. As such, I consider myself capable and given his stated repentance for that sin, required to forgive it. Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest committed what I consider a mortal sin, and as such, no such forgiveness from me. You keep comparing the two, while in fact, the magnitude of what they actually did, was gigantically different.
It would be the same as saying (and I am going to ask you to pick your own metaphor, because argument my metaphor is always pointless) a 5'8" man who is 10 lbs overweight and a 5'8" man who is 250 lbs overweight are the same because they are both overweight.
Finally, Byrd did by actual work, over a lifetime, try to overcome his bad decision. Forrest did no such thing. So, once again, I point out, while your statement of my past is accurate, your comparison, in my opinion, makes a false comparison.
Last edited by cabernetluver; 02-11-2011 at 04:53 PM.
Here is the question of the day, does anyone think that wealthy people should pay a lower percentage of their income to taxes than middle class people? Don't argue tax brackets, just a simple question. Do you think someone earning 46 million dollars should pay a lower percentage of their income than say someone earning sixty thousand?