Does President Obama Read the Qu’ran?

The U.S. White House arranged an international summit that was held this week in Washington, D.C., to address Islamic terrorism around the world. President Obama spoke at it. But as always, he refrained from using the expression "Islamic terrorism." The reason is that he does not think such terrorists are genuine Muslims. I don't agree with him about refusing to use that expression, but I do sympathize somewhat with him about this subject. There have been many misdeeds committed by professing … [Read more...]

The Pope Is Right about Freedom of Expression

Roman Catholic Pope Francis sounded off yesterday about the Charlie Hebdo incident--Muslim terrorists assasinating 17 people in France because this French magazine published a cartoon satizing the Prophet Muhammed, which is considered "blasphemy" to Muslims. The pope was flying in an airplane with journalists to the Manila, Philippines. He denounced those killings and said freedom of expression is "a fundamental human right." He added, "There is a limit. Every religion has its dignity ... In … [Read more...]

Did Al-Sissi Say Revise the Qu’ran?

On April 4, 2014, I posted an article on this blog entitled, "Are We Doing Enough About Islamic Suicide Bombers?" In it, I quote several disturbing, hostile verses in the Qu'ran (Koran) that advocate killing and beheading people who don't accept Islam for themselves as their faith, which it often calls "unbelievers." Sometimes, it designates "Jews" and "Christians" as "unbelievers." The Qu'ran often tells Muslims to "fight for the cause of God." Sometimes, this statement is in a clear context of … [Read more...]

Palestinians Seek Membership in the Criminal Court of Justice

The U.S.'s concerted efforts at diplomacy in reviving the peace process in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict fell apart early this summer. Since then, matters have signicantly deteriorated, especially because of last week. Israel and the Palestinians are getting farther and farther apart.This past week the Palestinian Authority (PA) applied for membership in the International Criminal Court (ICC), which is located in the Hague, Netherlands. It was the PA's planned move after the UN Security … [Read more...]

Jethro Will Always Be Jethro

Donna Douglas┬ádied yesterday at 82 years of age. She played a starring role as Elly May on that beloved but whacky TV sitcom comedy┬áThe Beverly Hillbillies. It was one of American television's most watched series, and it ran for nine years. It was about a poor, backwoods family that struck oil on their land, making them filthy rich. They then moved west to Beverly Hills, California, next to Hollywood. Enjoying the "good life" in sunny and culturally-modern California, however, did not take the c … [Read more...]

Nuclear Disarmament Goes to the World Court

Soon after WWII ended, the U.S. and the Soviet Union began their Cold War nuclear arms race which continued for more than a generation. From 1946 to 1958 the U.S. government detonated 23 atomic bombs as tests both above ground and underwater in the Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands located in the Pacific Ocean. The U.S. had convinced the islanders to temporarily leave their homes, telling them they could return afterwards to their land that would not suffer any ill-effects from the … [Read more...]

“The Interview” Was a Bad Idea

The past few weeks there's been a lot of media attention about Sony Pictures Entertainment's political comedy movie "The Interview." It is reportedly a satire about two American journalists who go to North Korea. The U.S. Central Intelligence Agency persuades them to assasinate current President Kim Jong-un, who is portrayed negatively. They do, and the film shows them blowing up the President's head. Crass! When the North Korean government learned of the film, it called it an "act of … [Read more...]

Torturing the U.S. National Conscience

The U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence released its 6,000+ page report last week on the interrogation techniques of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) that it has exercised on captured, suspected terrorists following 9/11. The CIA calls it "enhanced interrogation techniques" (EITs); the report calls much of it "torture." The primary technique that has been debated for years now is "waterboarding." The purpose of the report is to stir the national conscience into passing laws in … [Read more...]


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