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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

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

Happy Holidays

December 24, 2010 Leave a comment

It is again that wonderful time of year dedicated to peace, joy, and… the “War of Christmas.” Amid the gift giving, celebration with family, and general good will is a rehashed annual conflict over the nature and meaning of the holiday season. Christians argue that secular forces are dismantling their prized religious celebration while secular advocates argue that Christians don’t deserve a monopoly on holiday cheer. The debate rears its head every year so let’s look at it through a reasonable┬álens. Read more…

Categories: Religion