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  • 12/17/12--10:21: On the Tragedy in Newtown
  • I hate having to write posts like this, but it’s too huge a story to ignore. Less than two weeks before Christmas, America is again reeling from a mass killing – one of several this year, but the worst in a while – at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Not counting the [Read More...]

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    I hope there’s a day when I won’t have to write about the latest mass murder in gun-crazed America, but today isn’t that day. This time, the tragedy took place in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, where a young family – Yusor Mohamad Abu-Salha, her husband Deah Shaddy Barakat, and her sister Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, all [Read More...]

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    By now, you’ve heard about the massacre at a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina where nine people were murdered, including Clementa Pinckney, the pastor and a state senator. The alleged shooter, Dylann Storm Roof, wore the patches of white-supremacist regimes, told police that he wanted to start a race war, wrote a virulently [Read More...]

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  • 10/14/15--06:00: Against Religious Fatalism
  • Last month, construction was in progress at the Masjid al-Haram in Mecca, the holiest mosque in Islam, when a heavy crane collapsed in high winds and crashed through the roof of the mosque. Over a hundred pilgrims were killed and almost 400 were hurt or trapped beneath falling debris. An employee of the Saudi Binladen [Read More...]

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    You probably don’t need me to fill in the details of the latest shooting rampage in gun-sick America. This time, the target was a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado. After a multi-hour gun battle with police, the attacker was captured alive, but not before he’d killed a police officer and two civilians. By now, these [Read More...]

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  • 12/07/15--06:00: The Case for Prayer-Shaming
  • In the aftermath of yet another horrific mass shooting in San Bernardino, California, this one apparently committed by a Muslim couple inspired by ISIS, the Daily News ran this amazing front page: An early look at tomorrow’s front page… GOD ISN’T FIXING THIS: https://t.co/eKUg5f03ec pic.twitter.com/j4gEFg9YtJ — New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) December 3, 2015 This was, [Read More...]

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    The NRA and right-wing Christianity are locked in a vampiric embrace.

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    When does compassion take us further from a better world?

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    What we can teach our children about tragedy, and what we can learn from them in return.

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    Rand's villains resort to persuasion and democracy, while her heroes rely on terrorism and violence.

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    Last week, students at over 2,500 schools walked out of class to protest gun violence. In Washington, D.C., the walkout ended up as a march and sit-in at the White House (which, predictably, ignored it). The kids’ TV channel Nickelodeon went off the air in solidarity. Most were high schoolers, but some students who joined […]