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Attack, Slaughter and Enslave: Gimme That Old Time Religion?

To understand the cultural forces propelling ISIS, analysts turn to the 18th century and the rise of Wahhabism. Unfortunately for Ibn Abd al-Wahhab, who wanted to reform Islam without violence, his movement was taken up for political reasons by Muhammad Ibn Saud, who, like any self-respecting desert chieftain, sought to take over as much of … Continue reading

STOP THAT “Share-or you will go to hell” stuff

I try (not always successfully) to limit my criticism to groups to which I belong. I mean, “not in my name,” right? I am American, so I can criticize bad things America does, because “not in my name.” I am Polish and have been distressed that Poland has been misbehaving. Hey Poland, “not in my … Continue reading

Unasked Questions: Is what we are doing moral? Is it right?

We have to ask ourselves when studying history: 1) Who wrote it? 2) Why did they write it? 3) Whose voice is not being heard? For example, in Latin III we translated Julius Caesar’s Gallic Wars. As a straightforward military-type, his language was considered simple enough for stumbling third year Latin students. Few would question … Continue reading

The Devil: Know Your Enemy

Take the devil as a metaphor for the shadow side of human nature or as a supernatural being-either way; it is good to know your enemy. I just finished Hannah Arendt’s The Origins of Totalitarianism and couldn’t help but think: they sound just like the devil, who Jesus described as, “A liar and the father … Continue reading

One Easter morning, on the beach

Several years ago, when I was living four minutes from the beach, I thought it would be cool to go and watch the sun rise. Lots of churches have sun rise services outdoors and the congregation huddles on folding chairs and listens to a sermon and sings happy songs. I always thought we should sing, … Continue reading

No, Religion is NOT the Enemy

You can choose any group of human beings and, focusing only on selected actions, you can make them out to be evil. This is because let’s face it, human beings sometimes do evil things. Throughout my life time I have witnessed a constant demonization of Christians. Christians are charlatans, destroy native cultures, control their people … Continue reading

Silly Things Atheists Say

I just read an article on an alternative news site titled, “Religion is important to understand.” The author has noticed that under obfuscating theological jargon, the religions of all humans have many things in common. I have noticed this, too. He lists several possible ‘explanations’ for the existence of this phenomenon, but leaves one out: … Continue reading

Christian, Not Judeo-Christian

In doing research on racism, which I despise as an anti-human attitude, I came across references to Geert Wilders, an uber-blonde Dutch politician whom people accuse of racism. I always like folks to speak for themselves, so I watched some of his speeches on Youtube.   He’s an odd sort of guy, doggedly persistent with … Continue reading

Phony Choices: Capitalism vs Communism

Many Americans, after sixty years of intense propaganda, react to the words “communism” “socialism” or “leftist” the same way your knee reacts when the doctor taps it with that little rubber hammer. This reflex proves that the sixty years of propaganda has done its job. It is high time to be free of that reflex. … Continue reading

Critical Thinking Downhome Style

“We’d like the answer to life, the universe and everything. We’d really like an answer. Something simple.” Douglas Adams, Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy I was afflicted with the western quest for certainty most of my life. The quest for certainty is why we quote authorities, spout talking points and print bumper stickers. The very worst … Continue reading