This week, the U.S. Congress ought to be voting on whether to authorize Barack Obama’s new war against the Islamic State. However, members of the U.S. House and Senate are in a rush to leave Washington D.C., so that they can gather money for their re-election campaigns, so no such vote will take place. What [...]
I’m an atheist. I don’t believe in the reality of gods, literally or metaphorically. Nonetheless, I find religions interesting in the way that they play with ideas, and am interested exploring the ideas that the gods proposed by religious groups represent.
My starting point in these explorations is the understanding that not all gods are [...]
Given that it’s a congressional election year, most journalists are sticking to the old political formula of Democrats versus Republicans. In three weeks, however, a message from another political direction will be delivered to the White House.
On September 23, activists from the National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance will deliver a letter to the [...]
I spent most of today traveling and unaware of events, so when my son piped up with the merry question “Are you read for World War 3?” I answered with a glib, “is it really scheduled for tomorrow? Good thing I didn’t bother with that haircut.”
Then I read the news. Cut the jokes; the [...]
Yesterday, as many members of Congress urged the Obama White House to bring the American military back into Iraq to get the USA involved in the Iraqi civil war, one member of the U.S. House of Representatives urged restraint, saying, “Today, we are less than 4 percent of the world’s population, and we have a [...]
Imagine what would happen if Congress passed a law requiring that war memorials show visitors the complete, unfiltered experience of our country’s wars. [...]
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, [...]
There’s a huge amount of doubt about claims of chemical weapons use in Syria right now. When there’s doubt about whether people can be trusted, the default position should be to NOT send them weapons and money. Apparently, Robert Menendez doesn’t seen things that way. [...]
I had no idea until I read this piece that the original purpose of Mother’s Day was to protest war. Here is the founding Mother’s Day Declaration by Julia Ward Howe in 1870:
Arise, then, women of this day! Arise all women who have hearts, whether our baptism be that of water or of fears!