Maybe I missed something in the post-election flurry, but in the wake of the recent Democratic victories, why did Nancy Pelosi take such pains to assure everyone that “impeachment is not on the table”? Is she already looking to run for president in 2008 and doesn’t want to offend people? Personally I’d love to see […]
This article in Slate.com was helpful to me. Here’s an excerpt: Modern evangelicalism emerged from an early-20th-century conflict between Protestant liberals and fundamentalists. The fundamentalists felt that the liberals had strayed too far from the teachings of the Bible and urged a return to the most orthodox teachings. The evangelicals staked out a middle ground—more […]
I think so. The rampant commercialization of the U.S. becomes powerfully evident whenever I return from an extended trip to a country where people don’t wallow in materialism (on this exact point, see this post by Mindy Carney). Americans are professional buyers and horders of things they don’t need. I believe that the trojan horse of ubiquitious […]
In the Bible, Genesis chapters 7-10 describe a great flood that destroyed all human life on earth, except for Noah and his family. Bible scholars claim this event occurred about 4500 years ago. This raises two questions I have been unable to answer: 1) If all human life on earth descended in the past 4500 […]
It should now be clear to everyone (though, sadly, it is not) that the threat of terrorism has been drummed up for political gain by neoconservatives.
In the past, politicians often offered us hope. In recent years, they have found it more useful to claim that they are protecting us from nightmares. Thus, they often claim that they are rescuing us from horrible dangers we cannot see, by conducting their wars on “terror” and immorality.
In reality, they have been offering us dark illusions and fantasies. Until two days ago, those politicians with the darkest imaginations had become the most powerful.
For those of you wondering how this insanity came to be, consider viewing the BBC’s superb documentary: “The Power of Nightmares: The Shadows In The Cave.”
Here is a taste of this gripping three-part documentary (If these links don’t work, try Here’s a new set of links that work on Google for the three parts of the documentary. Part I Part II Part III ):
There are dangerous and fanatical individuals and groups around the world who have been inspired by extreme Islamist ideas, and who will use the techniques of mass terror – the attacks on America and Madrid make this only too clear.
Andrew Sullivan brought my attention to this startling 11/8/06 admission by Rush Limbaugh: There have been a bunch of things going on in Congress, some of this legislation coming out of there that I have just cringed at, and it has been difficult coming in here, trying to make the case for it when the […]
I remember in my college days in the late 70’s and early 80’s taking a course in International Law with Professor Jean-Robert Leguey-Feilleux Ph.D. The course included a discussion of terrorism. Dr. Leguey-Feilleux told us one of the issues before the United Nations and the international community was a definition of “terrorism.” The best definition […]
I stumbled across this Bible punishment quiz this morning. It’s pretty straightforward, based on the Bible and therefore shocking. It’s a good thing no one (not even Fundamentalists) reallys follow the Bible. If you do well on this quiz, feel free to take other Bible quizzes, all of them equally based on the Bible (or fundamentalist interpretations […]