Archive for April, 2011

Early Start

April 7, 2011

When I was a college student I thought that it would be handy if I were able to get by on less sleep.  It seems that I am now being granted my wish.  There are nights when  I will go to sleep about eleven and wake up at three.  I will toss and turn, trying unsuccessfully  to go back to sleep.  I have finally decided that I might as well accept, that on those mornings, I will get an early start to my day.  This happens maybe three or four times a month.  I have heard that other people my age have similar experiences, so I am not worried about it.  I feel fine.  I simply get more hours in my day, just like I wanted thirty years ago.

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Contrasting Religious Response

April 5, 2011

Christian Bibles are burned.  The response is to express sorrow, be thankful if no one is hurt…and send more Bibles.

A pastor of a small church in Florida burns a Koran.  The response is sorrow…and anger, rioting and people die.

No one is concerned about Christians erupting in violence if their sacred book is burned.

Last summer, when a pastor in Florida first announced that he was going to burn a Koran there was widespread concern about how Muslims around the world would respond to the image of their sacred scripture being burned.  There was legitimate fear that such an image would evoke violence and strengthen the resolve of terrorist groups that already call America the
“Great Satan”.

It is an interesting contrast in religious response to the same action.

1000 Dead Civilians?

April 4, 2011

Last week I heard that our primary reason for the use of military force in Libya was to protect civilian life.

Saturday, I read about 1000 civilians that had died in the Ivory Coast due to internal conflict.

Should we have been involved there as well?

If we are trying to protect civilian life there are many places in the world experiencing turmoil.

We cannot be everywhere.  How will we decide who gets our support?

Our interjection of force into a nation’s internal conflict is not the way to go.