The purpose of terrorism is, of course, to terrorize, and they are succeeding at that. Hundreds of thousands have now fled Iraq and Syria as a result of ISIL's unparalleled violence and mastery of social media. One has to ask: who would be susceptible to their recruitment?
Though I expect more from our whole society, I am saddened and outraged that most of the executions in our country are carried out by states that are predominately Christian. In Georgia, people who claim to follow Jesus are largely responsible for executing Warren Hill.
More and more, we live in a world where the religious beliefs of those who want to refuse health care services trump the rights of patients who deserve and need those services. This is untenable. The time has come to return the focus to patients.
As the debate on government spending continues, our military expenditures are a cancer that eats away at our society, economically and morally. Where are the voices of faith who question the militarization of our society and the state of endless war we now take for granted?
It's no surprise that support for torture is strong among Republicans. But it's new and especially bad when they support it for no special reason, addressing no particular dire event or emergency, but just, you know, because.
I'm happy to say I've been able to develop a friendly, respectful, even grateful relationship with that voice which I depend upon as a wise editor. In fact, I've given my editor a name: Andy. I just told Andy to pipe the hell down because I feel I have a very good answer to your question.
Just like having the support of a team, a clique, a crowd, or a family, acknowledging "being human" can be the catalyst in preventing one's path down a very destructive road. Allies of the "underdogs" play such an important role.
We find these views to be mutually relevant... that all people, by virtue of their basic humanity, deserve the opportunity to live, work, and associate according to the dictates of their own consciences and capacities
When I was growing up there was shame. Shame is defined as, "a painful feeling of humiliation or distress caused by the consciousness of wrong or foolish behavior." But this feeling seems to have disappeared from the way we do business in this country.
If we oppose war, if we stand in horror at every nuance and detail of it that comes to our attention, if we grow less "knowing" and "sophisticated" as the days pass and the machinery of empire grinds on -- this cynicism is our dilemma.
Any sort of third world travel means you'll have to pick a stance on begging. I personally decided to "just say no." Is that a heartless, Western-centric way of looking at things? Perhaps. But there is a big exception too.