Grrr … Argh … Rhetoric and Reality

Let’s write a reality check. I’ve heard a number of times over the past several months from news sources trusted by a great number of Americans, from pundits and political operatives and from a moderator...

Figs & Thistles: What is a Christian?

“A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian. This is not in the gospel.” — Pope Francis on a presidential candidate’s proposals to completely seal the...

Fox News and Journalistic Anemia

“Islamophobia is the accepted form of racism in America. Leaders … show us that you can take a potshot at Muslims and get away with it.” — Arsalan Iftikhar, human rights lawyer. February 4 on Fox...

Just Listening to NPR

I was just listening to a dialogue on our local NPR station involving experts from “both sides” of the “gun debate”. This was, of course, in response to the President’s speech outlining his latest push...

Reason, Guns and Cognitive Dissonance

This morning during my daily news reading, two seemingly opposing statements collided in my head. “An armed society is a polite society.” “I shot him/her because I thought he/she had a gun.” The former is an aphorism...

On Every Page: Bill Maher and the Qur’an

I read an article on Thinkprogress.com this morning that asks the question “Has Bill Maher Finally Gone Too Far?” with regard to his animosity toward Muslims and Islam. I personally think the answer is “yes”,...

My morning reading

Each morning, I spend some quiet time in devotion and study. My current study material is a 2005 missive from the Universal House of Justice (guiding institution for the global Bahá’í community) entitled One Common Faith. It is an...