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The 1st Pillar of Liberty

In Maryland, a high school Student objects to an assignment on the basic tenants of Islam. Her father claims that the School is violating the 1st Amendment, specifically in that it is forcing his daughter to profess Islam by learning about the Shahada, the 1st Pillar of the Islamic faith. The Father tells his daughter to refuse to do the assignment and he files suit against the school.

Once upon a time (1997), I went to Israel and the Temple Mount where I had the opportunity to visit the Dome of the Rock and the Mosque that is there. Several people in our group strenuously objected to going inside (they were not forced to do so) and they refused to go in. But they also made it clear to those of us who did go inside that we were somehow or another denying our faith and insulting G-d.

So which is it? Is a school lesson about the basic fundamentals of Islam as a part of a course on world History from 1500c.e. to the Present a violation of the establishment clause or is it just an academic exercise?


The PLRI Preztel

Dave’s day is off to a painful and frustrating start. First, he fell out of bed this morning and hurt himself. Then he got into a discussion over public sector pay with a public sector person. It’ll get your blood going, but it’s not the usual calm morning he has getting Ben ready for school and reading things of interest to himself.

The PLRI PretzelTrumps call to ban all PLRI entry into the country – for any reason, including US Citizens who are returning from abroad – has the nations buzzing and arguing. Is Trump a racist xenophobic Islamophobe? Or is it true that we have – as a nation – done this sort of thing before? Is it Constitutional? Is it legal? Is it beneficial? Would it work?

The real question is, as always, under the surface of the position that Trump has posted on his site. And that is, is conducting foreign and/or domestic policy on the basis of poll numbers really the best way to conduct that policy?

Only people you trust can hurt you, which would mean that perhaps we need to look at who and why we trust. After all, the US Government admits it had a program to monitor communications for all Americans in order to keep us safe from the terrorists. But it didn’t work, did it?

The whole issue has the whole country – and especially the GOP – twisted into a gigantic pretzel.

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YOU ARE WRONG! (Which Means That I am RIGHT!)

Welcome back from the extended Thanksgiving break, I hope that you had a wonderful time. We did, except that we forgot to get sweet potatoes and so we had no delicious yams. Alas.

ColoradoShooter-660x330I almost didn’t want to upload this show, as it is sure to piss off… well.. pretty much everybody, left and right. The simple truth is that neither side knows what is going on with Mr. (or Mrs.?) Dear, but both sides are so determined to make certain that the event fits their agenda AND that makes the other side WRONG, so that there is no objective or critical thinking going on.

Did the Planned Parenthood videos “cause” the shooting? If you believe so, do you also believe that Adam Lanza was equally influenced by violent video games and films? If Dear is “not” a Christian because YOUR beliefs mean as a Christians YOU do not behave “that way,” are not the Muslims who proclaim ISIL as “not Muslim” because that’s not how THEY behave as Muslims also correct?

If you believe that we just need to try and understand the ISIL terrorists and relate to them on their level, do you also believe that such an effort must be made to understand why Dylan Roof hates black people? Or why Christians (in your view) shoot at Planned Parenthood? 

And if you believe that Islam is a political system, do you not also accept that throughout history Christianity has been a political system as well?

At the end of the day, it’s possible, if not probable, that the Police simply do not yet know what Mr. Deer’s motivation is or was.

And any attempt to inflict our agenda’s upon his actions, is nothing more than an attempt to make the other side wrong, rather than discover the truth.

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