Last night, the Secular Coalition for America sent us the following statistics as part of its call for an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act to provide for the hiring of nontheistic chaplains in the U.S. military:
Religious Preference of Servicemembers and Chaplains Religious Preference % of all Servicemembers % of all Chaplains None [...]
The only thing that can stop a bad man with a gun is a good man with a gun? Seven thousand men with guns couldn’t stop this one man with a gun from shooting two people he was angry at. [...]
This inscription appears in the entrance to the American Museum of Natural History in New York City.
Problems abound with Theodore Roosevelt’s statement, “If I must choose between righteousness and peace, I choose righteousness.”. Roosevelt places peace and righteousness at odds with one another; many would say that peace, and nonviolence more generally, [...]
If we only look at the politicians, it’s easy to get discouraged. So many of them promise to act against powerful institutional interests and for the rights of everyday people, then gain office and turn out to do the exact opposite. Watching these politicians is important, if only to prevent their worst excesses, but it [...]
At midnight this weekend, Earthdance participants will dance to the same song all at the same time, and recite a Prayer For Peace in unison. Most of the time, it’s members of military organization that engage in such synchronized movements, marching in lock step to the beat of destruction. [...]
This morning, I passed by a rally against “NATO/Israeli Imperialism” and for “friendship with Syria.” Earlier this morning, I read an editorial asking me to “stand with President Obama” during this “time of crisis.”
I too would like to rally or stand, but I want to know where I’m standing and who I’m rallying with.
As Barack Obama prepares to rush off into war in Syria, the American people should pause, and consider what he says skeptically. [...]
If the U.S. military budget has really crippled training, how come there’s still enough money in for training to send pilots halfway around the world to attack enemy coral reefs? [...]
The following is a poem written by a 6th grade student in 1962. I found it yesterday in a stack of papers left behind in a garage by a teacher, who died decades ago.
Oh, to be an atom Having so much power. Why, when a single neutron hits me Boom! How the people cower!
With a Democrat in the Oval Office, few congressional Democrats are willing to counsel against American involvement in overseas wars. They’d rather not make their own party’s leader look bad. [...]