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George Washington Was Wrong (Religiosity, Felicity and Prosperity)

The following declaration issues forth from the Baptist church in South Somerville, Maine:

George Washington never actually said these exact words in 1789 or at any other time. What Washington actually said, in his 1789 Inaugural Address, was this:

“I dwell on this prospect with every satisfaction which an ardent love for my Country [...]

Michael Grimm, What Do You Do With Boys?

It’s time for a simple personality test: What Do You Do With Boys?

Do you…

- Read boys bedtime stories? – Make them a nice warm breakfast? – Provide them with quality education by giving adequate funding to public schools? – Set up the Xbox and play video games with them? – Tell them that [...]

Libertarians, How Do You Feel About the Rand Paul Plagiarism Scandal?

Since he appeared on the national scene in 2010, Senator Rand Paul has been a favorite of libertarians in the United States. Libertarians assert “the right to life — accordingly we support the prohibition of the initiation of physical force against others,” and also emphasize “the right to property… and the prohibition of robbery, trespass, [...]

Big Pile Of Guns Fails To Deter Shooting

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. [...]

Buddhist Violence Erupts Again

American Buddhists have an irritating habit of chiding members of other religions, droning on about the brutality associated with others’ beliefs, while promoting Buddhism as a model of serene nonviolence, full of wise “mindfulness”.

Recent news reminds us that Buddhist religion can get its followers’ minds full of dangerous hatred.

This spring, I reported on [...]

From Humor to Horror in Turkey: How Could They Beat Their Own People? (…)

This morning, as I looked to the popular headline service Twitter for accounts of secular protest across Turkey, what struck me first was the humor in a pair of photographs from Ankara and Adana:

What whimsy, I thought. What fun. But then I thought about why some of these largely peaceful protesters are [...]

People Getting Married Is Worse Than Violent Assault, French Protesters Say

The French right wing moral code: Allowing people who love each other to get married is wrong, but engaging in violent riots is morally upright. [...]

Catch A Peace Tiger By The Tail

This week, we have added a tiger to our menagerie of animals for peace. Is that safe? Shouldn’t we remember Life of Pi, for goodness sakes?

It’s true that we all have the capability to act violently. We may even have the propensity toward violence.

That doesn’t mean we have to act violently.

The [...]

While Gun Deaths Decline and Schools Remain Safe, Americans Flip Out

The National Rifle Association has been using the death of a small number of children to try and mandate the use of armed guards in every school across the country. Not coincidentally for a group funded by gun manufacturers, that would require school districts everywhere to buy a large number of guns. But is such [...]

Boston Rallies to Redirect Budget Cuts from Human Needs to the Military Budget

At 11 AM today, a large coalition of groups assembles outside Boston’s North Station in a rally for the reprioritization of the budget from warfare to human needs. Participating groups include:

Budget for All Coalition Mass. AFL-CIO Mass. Jobs with Justice Mass. Alliance of HUD Tenants American Friends Service Committee Mass. Peace Action Disability Policy [...]

School Shootings are Less Likely than Asteroid Hits. No, You Don’t Have to Scare Your Kids.

When I picked up the Bangor Daily News this morning, I read columnist Sarah Smiley insisting that she “had to tell” her children about last week’s school shooting incident in Newtown, Connecticut. Adults absolutely have the right to feel the way they want to feel about the shootings in Connecticut. But do we “have” to [...]