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    Quote Originally Posted by Goldwater View Post
    Homosexuality brought down the Roman Empire?

    I am kidding, but I think how decadent its leaders became might have had a bit to do with it
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    Quote Originally Posted by Goldwater View Post
    Homosexuality brought down the Roman Empire?
    Doubtful. The stigma surrounding homosexuality was virtually unknown to the Romans and Greeks. Women were seen as weak and stupid - only good for bearing children. Plus, you can't exactly bring women with you on campaigns designed to conquer the world, can you?

    Julius Caesar, Alexander the Great, Sophocles, Euripides, Aristotle, Zeno of Elea, Socrates and Hadrian - all either known or suspected to have had male lovers at some point in their lives.
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    Quote Originally Posted by xavierob82 View Post
    The original Christmas was a Roman pagan holiday, complete with sexual orgies, drinking binges, praying to phallic symbols, and all-around debauchery (also, gifts were exchanged, which is where we got the tradition). It had nothing to do with the birth of Jesus. The early Christians simply pulled the date out of their ass to correspond to the Roman pagan winter festivals.

    So yes, wilbur is correct. It has come full circle.;)

    Who really cares that some celebrated it as Pagan festival and others as a religious "Holy Christ Mass"

    Facts are that this country and Christianity are linked regardless.


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    Quote Originally Posted by wilbur View Post
    Ahh how things come back around full circle. In days gone by, Christmas holidays were celebrated by massive amounts of drinking and cross dressing (seriously).
    How about this deal, you can have Dec. 25th back, and "gay" will go back to meaning happy, sound fair? The "what it used to be" argument is fertilizer. Oh noez, the RCC chose the date of a pagan holiday to celebrate Jesus' birth to help cut down on the celebration of the former. Get over it. The date is known to be inaccurate, but that is not the point. The point is, just like Linus tells us every year, "Unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord."
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    Quote Originally Posted by xavierob82 View Post
    The original Christmas was a Roman pagan holiday, complete with sexual orgies, drinking binges, praying to phallic symbols, and all-around debauchery (also, gifts were exchanged, which is where we got the tradition). It had nothing to do with the birth of Jesus. The early Christians simply pulled the date out of their ass to correspond to the Roman pagan winter festivals.

    So yes, wilbur is correct. It has come full circle.;)
    Yet it wasn't called Christmas so it isn't the same holiday. Obviously nowadays Christmas is not about sexual orgys.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Troll View Post
    Doubtful. The stigma surrounding homosexuality was virtually unknown to the Romans and Greeks. Women were seen as weak and stupid - only good for bearing children. Plus, you can't exactly bring women with you on campaigns designed to conquer the world, can you?

    Julius Caesar, Alexander the Great, Sophocles, Euripides, Aristotle, Zeno of Elea, Socrates and Hadrian - all either known or suspected to have had male lovers at some point in their lives.
    Is that supposed to illustrate how enlightened they were?
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    Quote Originally Posted by enslaved1 View Post
    How about this deal, you can have Dec. 25th back, and "gay" will go back to meaning happy, sound fair? The "what it used to be" argument is fertilizer. Oh noez, the RCC chose the date of a pagan holiday to celebrate Jesus' birth to help cut down on the celebration of the former. Get over it. The date is known to be inaccurate, but that is not the point. The point is, just like Linus tells us every year, "Unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord."
    The "what it used to be" argument isnt 'fertilizer'... it squarely puts the 'How dare you modify X, or trample on the eternal and unchanged institution of X' arguments out to dry.... which often centre around x-mas and marriage.

    But in this case I wasn't really arguing anything.. just pointing out some odd and amusing trivia.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wilbur View Post
    The "what it used to be" argument isnt 'fertilizer'... it squarely puts the 'How dare you modify X, or trample on the eternal and unchanged institution of X' arguments out to dry.... which often centre around x-mas and marriage.

    But in this case I wasn't really arguing anything.. just pointing out some odd and amusing trivia.
    I think traditions bond societies and give us a sense of belonging....which isn't such a bad thing.

    The big problem with progressives today is that they believe that they are so enlightened over their elders that it's in everyone's best interest to modify X.
    As if the only reason's those who devised X did so because they were benighted or they simply wanted to control others or had some other evil intention.

    Sometimes X was the conclsuion reached by historical trial and error. X meant more probability for success in society. I'm refering more to marriage than Christmas.....but you made an interesting point.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wilbur View Post
    The "what it used to be" argument isnt 'fertilizer'... it squarely puts the 'How dare you modify X, or trample on the eternal and unchanged institution of X' arguments out to dry.... which often centre around x-mas and marriage.
    Splain the difference Lucy. If it's horrible to turn Dec. 25 from a Winter Solstice orgy into a celebration of Jesus' birth, why is it not horrible to change the many millennium old practice of marriage between man and women to include whoever and whatever the participants want?

    But in this case I wasn't really arguing anything.. just pointing out some odd and amusing trivia.
    Nope, not arguing, just antagonizing. You're good at it, and you're more intelligent about it than most stirrers. Don't be so modest.
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