Archive for July, 2006

Belief-O-Matic — Personality quiz about your religious and spiritual beliefs

| July 31, 2006 | 3 Replies
Belief-O-Matic — Personality quiz about your religious and spiritual beliefs

Belief.net offers Belief-O-Matic: Even if YOU don’t know what faith you are, Belief-O-Matic™ knows. Answer 20 questions about your concept of God, the afterlife, human nature, and more, and Belief-O-Matic™ will tell you what religion (if any) you practice…or ought to consider practicing. I took the quiz tonight.  The questions were straightforward and well thought […]

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War is Peace

| July 31, 2006 | 2 Replies
War is Peace

As reported by Think Progress, President Bush is now arguing that war is a healthy catharsis: President Bush proudly declared that American foreign policy no longer seeks to “manage calm,” and derided policies that let anger and resentment lie “beneath the surface.” Bush said that the violence in the Middle East was evidence of a […]

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A plug for Bill Moyers’ PBS program, ‘Faith & Reason’

| July 31, 2006 | Reply
A plug for Bill Moyers’ PBS program, ‘Faith & Reason’

This is a plug for Bill Moyers’ PBS program ‘Faith & Reason.’  The byline for the program reads, “In a world where religion is poison to some and salvation to others, how do we live together?”  It features interviews with renowned authors, scientists and religious leaders, talking about the intersection (and conflict) between religious faith and […]

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Is it possible to support the troops, but not the war?

| July 31, 2006 | 2 Replies
Is it possible to support the troops, but not the war?

Paul Rieckhoff raises this issue in Huffpo.  Good insights, along with a wide range of comments. 

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Why is there no book of Jesus in the Bible?

| July 31, 2006 | 27 Replies
Why is there no book of Jesus in the Bible?

Let’s imagine you want to buy two pounds of Golden Delicious apples.  Unfortunately, you are too busy to go to the grocery store yourself, so you send your son to buy the apples.  Now, suppose that instead of going to the grocery store and buying the apples, your son goes out and finds a dozen […]

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New Civilian Casualty Theme Park lets you experience the thrills and spills of being a CIVILIAN WAR VICTIM!

| July 30, 2006 | 1 Reply
New Civilian Casualty Theme Park lets you experience the thrills and spills of being a CIVILIAN WAR VICTIM!

I didn’t know that they had amusement parks like this, until I recently saw this advertisement . . . ADVERTISEMENT Americans are unfairly deprived of what it’s like to be a genuine civilian war victim.  Americans experience the effects of bombs and bullets from a distance, through antiseptic television reports and glitzy video games.  Our […]

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How we know the Bush Administration is losing its so-called “war on terrorism”

| July 29, 2006 | Reply
How we know the Bush Administration is losing its so-called “war on terrorism”

One of the most fundamental principles of any war is that, to win, you must divide your enemies and unite your friends.  This principle is know by various names, including “divide and conquer” and “strength in numbers.” How well has the Bush Administration applied this principle?  Throughout the Middle East, radical Muslims are more united […]

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Stop and think about sex offender registries.

| July 29, 2006 | 3 Replies
Stop and think about sex offender registries.

In a political climate drenched with debate as well as petty fighting, many people embrace bipartisan cooperation when it makes one of its rare appearances. A no-brainer of a bill feels like a relief, and it indicates that Congress actually has the ability to conduct business in a productive way. The uncontested passage of a […]

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Do animals have rights?

| July 28, 2006 | 11 Replies
Do animals have rights?

A few weeks back, one of my teachers asked the class to make a five-minute PowerPoint Presentation on any topic of our choice. I chose to address a question which has long intrigued several people around me, including my classmates: “Why am I vegan?” I thought long and hard on how I should present my […]

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