Donald Trump just gave another major speech, this time in Warsaw, Poland. In this ancient city, the capital of the fabled Polish people, he spoke on national identity. Trump stands accused, again, of white supremacist racism. While Trump, during the 2016 Presidential election, sometimes tweeted things posted by white nationalists, he never spoke well of its figures like Jared Taylor or Richard Spencer. President Trump has continued this. The accusation that he is a white nationalist is belied by his latest speech. “The world has never known anything like our community of nations. We write symphonies. We pursue innovation. We celebrate...Read More
Author: Christopher McDonald
The Book of Proverbs says that even a fool is thought wise if he holds his tongue. Many might wish that of our current President, who has no problem with Tweeting whatever foolishness pops into his head. However, our last President has decided to go abroad and voice his own brand of foolishness, one that may be far more harmful. A recent speech that Barack Obama gave on nationalism and patriotism has some very serious implications. “An Aggressive Kind Of Nationalism” In a recent speech in Jakarta, Indonesia, Obama said, “We start seeing a rise in sectarian politics, we start...Read More
Obamacare was passed in 2010. During the 2014 mid-term elections, Republicans campaigned on the promise to overturn the bill. They swore repeatedly that, if elected, they would repeal and replace Obamacare with something better. At first they claimed they needed a Congressional majority to overturn Obamacare, and they got in. Then they said they needed the White House, and they got it. So why, in the name of John Adams, have they not followed through? They voted more than 50 times to repeal Obamacare through various bills, all prior to 2017. So why are we now looking at mere...Read More
I buy a lot of books. No scratch that. I buy a huge number of books. I adore books. In an average year I will buy dozens of books (whether I read them all in that time is debatable). I frequent used book stores and thrift stores, searching for forgotten works of wisdom and wit. I also enjoy buying books online, especially from Amazon. Amazon almost always has what I need at a reasonable price, as well as a dozen other things I very much want. So into the Amazon cart they go! At last count, my Amazon cart has a...Read More
FGM, or female genital mutilation, is a rite of passage for young girls, found in many parts of the world. The practice is largely found in Africa, and in some parts of the Muslim world outside of Africa. This practice is among the vilest things that may be done to a girl. It is justified on grounds of keeping a girl sexually pure, and thus more valuable when it comes to marriage. It is unclear why or when FGM began to be practiced. The practice is best known among Muslims, and among those it is African Muslims who are most infamous for it. It is the case that FGM is found in nations with a substantial Christian population such as Benin, 42%, and Cameroon, 40%, though it is not clear that African Christians or animists practice FGM. For our purposes we will look at FGM among Islam. Among Muslims FGM is justified upon grounds of Islamic teaching, as well as tribalist ideas of honor. It is found in the Hadith, the saying and deeds attributed to Muhammad, that circumcision is to be performed upon both boys and girls. It is likely that Muhammad borrowed male circumcision from Jewish communities in Arabia. Circumcision has also been practiced among ancient Egyptians, and other groups, including Christians. As the world turns some women, who have survived FGM, are speaking out against it....Read More
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