Monthly Archives: December 2010

George W. Bush and the Dark Side of Religious Fundamentalism

A mouth that prays, a hand that kills. – Arabian proverb “How do you find a lion that has swallowed you?” asked Swiss psychologist, Carl Jung, commenting on the moral dilemma posed by the “shadow,” his insightful term for the … Continue reading

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Why Are the Islamic Movements so Deluded?

It is time for the Islamic movements to recognise the real world, and come out of their fantasy about being victorious and stupid conspiracy theories that are product of elderly Arab men gossiping in coffee houses. Warfare has changed considerably; a Woody Allen type of character can easily eliminate a brigade of fierce Mujahideen from the cockpit of a F16. The battles are not determined by the bravery of soldiers, but by possessing the means to fight a state with immense firepower. Since in practical terms, only a state can fight another state that brings to the subject of the return of the Islamic State (Caliphate). Unfortunately, this word seems to have intoxicated those who advocate the Caliphate, their thought process is simplistic – once the Caliphate returns, it will unify the Muslim nations and displace the US leadership. Of all the people, one would expect Islamic activists to be sober, and take heed from history. Continue reading

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Peace!

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Judge Not

Copyright © 2010 Scott F Paradis The first sin of ego is hubris – arrogance. The arrogance of ego is to insist, “I know best.” “I know what is right.” “I know the answers.” “I know the way.” “And the … Continue reading

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“Take a Breath” (The Place of Religion in Normal Discourse)

It seems it is often true that when I engage a Muslim in discourse, the topic often morphs into a discussion of religion, and how the West does not understand Islam as a religion of peace.

While I agree that this is an important topic, and one I often emphasize myself, it is not the only topic. Today I criticized an acquaintance for suggesting that people in the West “seek to demolish Islam.” He also said, “Ask God to bring together the Muslims on the truth and make them victorious over their enemies.”
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No Refusal For The Holidays by Jason Epstein

It’s no surprise that drunk driving car accidents that result in wrongful death and personal injury spike during the Christmas and New Year holiday season. Research by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) shows that fatalities increase on average by 20%. Continue reading

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