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I Have a Dream, Too

March 31, 2012 Leave a comment

Counter-CutA sad commentary on the tragic deaths of Trayvon Martin and John Sanderson…

In 1963 Martin Luther King gave his famous “I have a dream” speech.  We all remember the charismatic description of his dream.  He summarized it as follows:

“I say to you today, my friends, so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.’”

Many of us in this wonderful nation shared that dream with him at the time and continue to share it today – independent of the color our skin.  That is why, my friends, there have been such huge changes in this nation; changes rarely experienced by any society in such a short time without overwhelming violence. Read more…

Arrested

March 30, 2012 Leave a comment

Counter-CutIt used to be perfectly proper and acceptable for someone to stand on a street-corner or sidewalk and make political speeches or preach.  It used to be quite acceptable to state the unvarnished truth in public as long as it was true.

That freedom is essential to a free society where the marketplace of ideas is vibrant.  Otherwise the minority can distort and muzzle the truth, and through falsehood subjugate the majority.  Freedom cannot exist long without free speech and free interchange of ideas. Read more…

The Lion King

March 30, 2012 Leave a comment

When a young male lion takes over the pride of an older male lion, the first thing he does is kill off all the cubs of the previous king.  Is he evil?  No.  He is just being a lion.

How does the young lion get to take over the pride?  He picks a fight with the king and wins.  Is he a bully?  No.  He is just being a lion.

Why does he pick a fight?  Because he wants the females and the reproductive rights.  Is he covetous?  No.  He is just being a lion. Read more…

Foundations: 5) Pascal’s Wager

March 26, 2012 3 comments

Pascal’s Wager has been controversial since it was posed over 300 years ago.  It has been widely analyzed, misunderstood, and misapplied to “prove” the existence of God.  It does no such thing.  Rather,

“Pascal’s Wager is an attempt to justify belief in God not with an appeal to evidence for his existence but rather with an appeal to self-interest. It is in our interests to believe in the God of Christianity, the argument suggests, and it is therefore rational for us to do so.”  (http://www.philosophyofreligion.info/theistic-proofs/pascals-wager/ ) Read more…

Foundations: 4) The Explosion

March 26, 2012 Leave a comment

When I hear an unexpected explosion the first question that comes to mind is, “What was that?  What happened?”
That question is immediately followed by, “What caused it?”
Finally, if I still haven’t found a satisfactory answer, I say, “Let me go see,” or “Let me find out.” Read more…

Foundations: 3) What Next?

March 26, 2012 Leave a comment

In “The Toxic Lie” we examined the issue whether “What you see is all there is” and concluded that there is more to this world than we can see.  When we think of the “world we can see”, we generally think of our physical Universe of three spatial dimensions and tend to forget about the fourth:  Time.

We are born, we live, and we die locked in time.  We are but a flash in the Universe.  But do we exist only in that brief moment, or is there more to our life than death?  We will examine that topic in this post. Read more…

Foundations: 2) The Toxic Lie

March 26, 2012 Leave a comment

“What you see is all there is.  If it can’t be seen, touched, heard, smelled, measured, or reproduced in the laboratory then it can’t be real.” That is the cornerstone foundational concept for most modern world-views.  Is that concept true? Read more…

Foundations: 1) Introduction

March 26, 2012 Leave a comment

This is the introduction to a series of posts addressing foundational issues of life that determine our world-view.  This particular entry introduces the need for a solid foundation.

Who Needs Foundations Anyway?

Whenever we build a house, we must first build the foundation.  If we lay a square foundation, we will end up building a square house.  If we lay a rectangular foundation, we will end up building a rectangular house, and so forth.  The foundation, though it may be invisible, defines the structure.  If we have to build a rectangular house but lay a square foundation, we’re doomed to failure. Read more…

The Parable of the Kosher Deli

March 12, 2012 Leave a comment

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I came across this article while doing some research for the last post, Ignore History and Gamble the Future.  The article is so significant that it could not be included in that blog, but needed to be highlighted as a separate entry because it was totally ignored by the mainstream media in the United States.

The article below is a must read to truly understand the core issue regarding Obama’s birth control/abortion mandate.  The abstract follows:

“(CNSNews.com) – On Feb. 16, Roman Catholic Bishop William E. Lori of Bridgeport, Conn., testified in the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee in opposition to the Obama administration’s new regulation that will force all health-care plans in the United States to cover sterilizations and all Food and Drug Administration-approved contraceptive, including those that induce abortions.

The bishop, who chairs the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Ad Hoc Committee on Religious Liberty, submitted written testimony which he called, “The Parable of the Kosher Deli.” Here the bishop used an analogy to explain the Catholic Church’s argument against the contraception mandate. The bishop’s “parable” was not reported in the establishment press. Fox News did quote one line from it, as did ABC–not the ABC here in the United States, but the Australian Broadcasting Company. Read more…

Ignore History and Gamble the Future

March 12, 2012 Leave a comment

One knows a person by the company he keeps; one knows what a person believes by what he promotes; and one knows a person’s character by the way he acts.  That is why employers ask for character references; that is why Congress questions nominees to high positions in excruciating detail regarding their past statements, positions, and writings.

Character does make a difference:  A person who places a high value on truth and moral integrity will be a much more reliable, predictable, and trustworthy leader in a position of authority than a person who does not.

In fact, one who does not place a high value on truth and moral integrity is extremely dangerous:  He is most likely to value personal success above all else and to justify whatever means are necessary – including illegal means – to achieve personal goals.  See “Discerning Truth” in Forgery or Reality. Read more…