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Let's keep it civilized. In logic there is a fallacy known popularly by its latin name: ad hominem. It means, literally: against the man. It is the fallacious method of argumentation in which a person substitutes an attack on his opponent's argument by attacking, instead, his character. No ad hominem here. In plain internet-speak, NO MEANINGLESS FLAMING. Above and beyond what should be considered a general prohibition on ad hominem, the general rule regarding being respectful of the Rangers on this site is in full effect. This is not primarily a political site - it is primarily the internet home of the Rangers on this board. Colloquially, it is "their house." If you are going to participate in the discussion here, you should do so with the same manner of polite deference you would yield if you were a guest in someone's living room. You might disagree with them, but you would do so in a manner reflecting your status as a guest. The same applies here. So just to restate this for emphasis, there are two cardinal sins in this forum, and they are (in order):
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Gentlemen, we live in important times. As we speak, our fighting forces are spread around the globe fighting a war on terror, and there are changes domestically in both politics and culture that will shape the future of our nation, and, indeed, the world.
So without further ado, let the discussion commence....
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28JUL04 - The name of this forum is "News, Politics, and Policy." Notice it is not, "News, Politics, and Theology." If you have arguments about your religion vs. other religions, this is not the appropriate place to have these discussions. Hijack a thread along one of these tangents, and you risk having it deleted. Many political issues are inextricably tied to religion, and within that context it is fine to discuss the political aspects of the issue. But pontificating on religion, or debating the nuances of various faiths, is prohibited in this forum. If you've got a hankerin' for a little religious discussion, if you dare, I humbly suggest you see the resident chaplain - otherwise known as the Pastor of the Book of the Yellow River - Ranger Abell9.
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