There is a rather disconcerting idea touted by so-called progressives on the order of: Islamophobia is on the rise in the West: most particularly in Europe and the United Sates. The idea itself presupposes that there is such a phenomenon as Islamophobia and that it is some nefarious and specious contaminant in our cultures and, that if left unchecked, would see the unrelenting evisceration of the dignity of Muslim peoples. Read more
Republicans – because they’ve figured it out that they’re losing on the economic politics of this next election, they’re returning to one of their old standbys – social issues. We’re back to the same wedge issues that they’ve used in the past to divide us and to change the subject. Read more
To finish the title of this article is to remember an old cigarette commercial that anyone who’s old enough to remember cigarette commercials can remember. That brand of cigarette was Salem Cigarettes and the commercial sang a song that went like this:
You can take Salem out of the country but, you can’t take the country out of Salem.
So in this case I refer to religion and government instead of Salem cigarettes and the country. In other words:
You can take Government out of religion but you can’t take religion out of government. It would have been just too long of a title but I hope you get my point. Or I should say – this is what Republicans seems to want us to believe nowadays. Read more
It’s time to rethink our values and fight for what’s right! Over the past three years we have turned (all of us) a blind eye to clear and unapologetic racism from people, organizations and yes corporations towards Muslims. Back in 2009 Rachel Ray was in a major Dunkin' Donuts campaign, in the commercial Rachel Ray was wearing a Scarf that some viewers felt looked too much like traditional Muslim fashion. Read more
In case you missed some of the lowlights of the 20th century, one charismatic pastor from Florida is trying to bring them back. Yes, Pastor Terry Jones of Gainesville is planning a Koran burning for the ninth anniversary of 9/11. Read more
Right after the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003, a dry cleaner's storefront was vandalized and set ablaze in Modesto, California. The reason? The business was named "French Cleaners." Read more
This is a great timeline that shows what happens when fear takes over for rational thought. Please see below:
Peter Stuyvesant, director-general of New Netherland, tried to have Jewish refugees expelled, claiming they would "infect" the colony. Read more
WASHINGTON — The American soldier who disappeared June 30 from his base in eastern Afghanistan and was later confirmed to have been captured, appeared on a video posted Saturday to a Web site by the Taliban, two U.S. defense officials said.
The soldier is shown in the 28-minute video with his head shaved and the start of a beard. He is sitting and dressed in a nondescript, gray outfit. Early in the video one of his captors holds the soldier's dog tag up to the camera. His name and ID number are clearly visible. He is shown eating at one point and sitting on a bed. Read more