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Not Even Gods Of War Can Kill Ideas With Bombs

photo by Jaqian via Flickr

Human beings understand that an idea can have formidable perseverance, when they agree with it. In fact, so fervently do people believe this, falling on one’s sword to protect the idea is considered an honorable exit from this terrestrial sphere. So, it goes without saying that human beings understand an idea can survive violence, even…
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Conservatives Sow A Special Kind Of Fear

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Liberal or conservative, rich or poor, black or white, religious or not, all people have irrational fears, but it is the conservative who sows the most special kind of fear. Some people have an aberrant fear of spiders, while others might have an unreasonable reaction to clowns. Maybe we all fear death, but some of us…
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The World Didn’t Change With The Paris Attacks. You Did.

Do people realize the world didn’t change on 11/13/2015? Do people realize the world didn’t change on 9/11/2001? Suddenly, all we can talk about is terrorism. Never mind that terrorism exists every day for innocent people in the Middle East. But yet, when privileged people in the West experience terrorism, everybody must acknowledge it, complete…
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Pope’s Philadelphia Visit: Center City In Total Lockdown

photo by Julian Ortiz via Flickr

I don’t understand why more people aren’t pissed off about the closing of major arteries and highways in and around Philadelphia due to the visiting Pope, not to mention the tax dollars spent on it all while fire stations, libraries, and schools close. I just got back from spending today in Philadelphia, and was happy…
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Congress Shall Make No Law: Religious Freedom, And The Absolutist Exercise Thereof

First Amendment - photo by Kyle Dickson

As of April of this year, some twenty states had enacted so-called “religious freedom” laws, with similar legislation pending in another half-dozen states. But why do states need such laws when the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution states that congress shall make no law prohibiting the free exercise of religion? The modern “religious freedom” movement,…
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