Category Archives: Human Rights

Clear Thinking in Four Easy Steps

I ran across this graphic from a paper called Character and Leadership: Situating Servant Leadership in A Proposed Virtues Framework, co-authored by Jim Lanctot and Dr. Justin Irving. Something about it immediately tingled my “clear thinking sense” (like Spidey sense, … Continue reading

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Everyone Should Get Their Own Bathroom

Is that the solution to the pressing problem of transsexuals using public bathrooms? Perhaps first we should ask whether there is a problem. Many of the “religious freedom” bills being pushed through in several states address this very issue, whether … Continue reading

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Organized Insanity

Religion can be a comfort in times of stress and times of loss. It can encourage believers to work together and accomplish good things. Religion has its benefits, but it is often ridiculous and harmful. Mohammad Akhlaq was killed because … Continue reading

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Marriage Equality at Last

Just a note to express how happy I am that the Supreme Court (in a five-four decision) made the right choice. Anyone of legal age will be able to marry who they choose, regardless of gender, in all fifty states. … Continue reading

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Pope Francis Attacks Free Speech

The Pope defends freedom of speech but says, “You cannot make fun of the faith of others,” according to the Guardian. Overall, Pope Francis has been a huge improvement over the last pope, but he has come out completely on … Continue reading

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This is Not the Prophet Muhammad

(Update below) I have to admit I don’t quite understand why some religious people get upset by what they consider to be forbidden images of their gods or other holy beings; Muslims in particular, regarding likenesses of the Prophet Muhammad. … Continue reading

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Je Suis Charlie

The Slate headline reads: News Outlets Are Censoring Images of Cartoons That May Have Incited Charlie Hebdo Attack. Whatever else we say, I insist that what incited that attack was not humorous cartoons, but a perverted religious faith. The sadly … Continue reading

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Pro-Life and Pro-Choice

I posted this in 2009, back when I still considered myself a Christian. My views on this subject are pretty much the same now. “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you.” Jeremiah 1:5. I am pro-life. Of course … Continue reading

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Christian Nation

For those who think that the USA is, or ever has been, a Christian nation, remember that the good European Christians who founded it did so by killing and enslaving non-Christians. Those good Christians robbed the land from the Natives and … Continue reading

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Life Begins at Consciousness

I once said that the issue of consciousness does not determine at what point a developing human being becomes a person, at what point life begins. I think I was wrong about that. Perhaps that is exactly the criterion we … Continue reading

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