Exploring the concept of religion from an objective, sociological standpoint, “The Comforting Illusion: Lifting the Veil on Organized Religion” aims to somehow reconcile our modern worldviews with ancient spiritual perspectives.
In the 1st Century CE, the Romans destroyed the second temple and purged all Jews from ancient Israel. The final battle was at Masada, wherein the final remnants of Jewish leadership perished by suicide just before the Romans breached the walls of the fortification. It was not until the 20th Century that the Jews began to return in significant numbers in response to the Nazi threats.
Gerrymandering is a process wherein politicians can determine the outcome of elections by drawing district boundaries in a manner that greatly favors their own party.
FORGOTTEN FACTS ABOUT HEALTHCARE 1) Healthcare is not like other forms of insurance. You cannot buy it by the slice. Everyone needs full coverage because no one knows what might happen. 2) Healthcare can be immensely expensive. Any health care issue can potentially cost one hundred thousand or even one million dollars. 3) Any formContinue reading “Forgotten Facts About Healthcare”
Historian Ken Burns’ new CNN series on the Viet Nam war opens many old wounds as we review its horrible history. We talk about the 62,000 Americans who died in that horrible war, but we never mention the one million Vietnamese who died in that war, and the utter devastation that we released on thatContinue reading “The Viet Nam War Revisited”
ELECTION REFORM Elections are the sacred well of democracy. When the waters are poisoned there is nothing left. Without fair and open elections the choices of the people are thwarted and democratic government collapses. When this happens, the government ceases to be the servant of the people, and instead allows the usurpation of government authorityContinue reading “Urgent Election Reform”
On May 22, 2011, a devastating tornado left the town of Joplin, Missouri in shambles. There were 162 dead and 1,150 people injured. St. Mary’s Catholic Church was in splinters. The Catholic priest was asked if God could have prevented the tornado. The priest’s response was that, “Of course he could. He is God andContinue reading “Faith Demystified – The God Paradox: when bad things happen to good people.”
As the Congress discusses the reconfiguration of our health care system, one “solution” that keeps coming up is various options related to health savings plans. These plans need to be recognized for what they really are, a con of the health care consumer. Sure, you can get health care, but you must pay for itContinue reading “Do Not Be Deceived By Health Savings Plan Proposals”
The Trump team has done nothing but lie to us. His people would tell the most outrageous lies throughout the election and transitional period. Now they are continuing their outrageous lies from the White House. On day one of the Trump administration, Saturday, January 21, Press Secretary Sean Spicer gave his first official briefing. InContinue reading “An Administration Based on Falsehoods”
When Religion Turns Toxic When religion turns toxic it can become one of the most destructive forces on the planet. Whether we are talking about the Crusades, Mayan human sacrifice, the Inquisition, the genocidal conquest of the New World, the KKK, the Salem Witch Hunt, Islamic terrorism, or the actions of the Westboro Baptist Church,Continue reading “Faith Demystified- When Religion Turns Toxic”