9/11 and Islamophobia

September 11, 2011 Leave a comment

As the anniversary of 9/11 was approaching these past few days I began to reflect upon the state of the world a decade later. Radio programs, news channels and online writers provide a lot of gut-wrenching images and moving things to think about. Yet one thing kept coming to the forefront of my mind: How would any of this have happened without Islam?

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Categories: Politics, Religion

Politics of Planned Parenthood

Planned Parenthood was founded in 1916 to provide birth control and reproductive health services. Today, it consists of more than 800 health centers around the country serving more than five million clients annually. Their services include contraception, cancer screenings, pregnancy testing, STD testing, sex education, and (yes) abortion. Remarkably, this organization was nearly the sole reason behind a shutdown of the federal government this month. Why? Now that is a good story.

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Categories: Politics

Ugly truths of a balanced budget

February 22, 2011 Leave a comment

Listening to some politicians you would think all we needed to do to balance the budget was eliminate a few minor programs and root out waste, fraud, and abuse. Refreshingly on February 14th, freshmen Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) injected some reason into the conversation saying that the federal government “can cut all of the non-military discretionary spending and not balance the budget.” This claim was verified by Politifact.org and speaks to the true scope of our budgetary quagmire. Let’s take a look at some of the ugly truths of balancing the federal budget.

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Categories: Politics

Bachmann and Palin miss the point on obesity

February 17, 2011 Leave a comment

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn) recently took exception to Michelle Obama publicly promoting breast-feeding as a positive choice for childhood health. Her criticism echoes that of former Gov. Sarah Palin who has also attacked the first lady’s ongoing efforts to curb childhood obesity. This theme of government bashing and anti “nanny-state” rhetoric is not only toxic politics, but it seems to miss the point that an obesity problem even exists.

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The universe is in us!

February 3, 2011 Leave a comment

As a non-religious person it can be rare to encounter truly inspiring words about the cosmos, humanity and our lives. However, scientist Neil deGrasse Tyson delivers such inspiration beautifully in this short clip:

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Categories: Science

Where are our Sputnik goals?

February 1, 2011 Leave a comment

When the Soviet Union beat the United States in putting a satellite in space back in October 1957 it sparked a collective urgency and enthusiasm to beat them to the moon. President Kennedy inspired Americans with the words, “I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to the Earth.” Yet, when President Obama evoked the emotion of our generation’s “Sputnik Moment” during the State of the Union I was left without a clear and inspiring goal. What specifically are we trying to accomplish? Read more…

Categories: Politics

Why the flood is a myth

January 24, 2011 Leave a comment

A few years ago, in a local laundromat, I overheard a well-intentioned elderly gentleman proselytizing to some of the other patrons. I knew my turn was coming, and sure enough, he approached me as well. The man eagerly shared, “Did you know they found Noah’s Ark on Mt. Ararat? The Bible is real! The kingdom of God is coming.” Being somewhat confused on how best to respond, and not seeking confrontation, I just nodded and said “okay, thank you.”

In retrospect, I should not have tolerated this spreading of unreason, however innocent. Without being mean spirited, I should have patiently explained that he was mistaken about the Ark and pointed out how the flood never happened. Any person who thinks it through will quickly notice that the story absolutely must be a myth. Read more…

Categories: Religion, Science