Category Archives: 1st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution

Reflection on an Anniversary

It seems odd to be talking about the 10th “anniversary” of 9/11, because we have no real closure. Each of us harbors a queasy feeling at the base of our being that says the event is not over. We know … Continue reading

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Counter Protest to Westboro Baptist Church

Lance Corporal Matthew Snyder, U.S. Marine Corps, died defending the Constitution of the United States and all Americans. As a retired Marine myself, I am proud of Matthew for his service in which he made the ultimate sacrifice of his … Continue reading

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Why Egyptians Should Demand Freedom of Religion in Their Constitution

Freedom of Religion is the first of the Freedoms mentioned in the 1st Amendment of the Constitution of the United States. We Americans had good reason for putting it there! European colonization of North America was largely driven by religious warfare. It is very likely that a majority of Americans are descended from peoples who were seeking Freedom of Religion. I know my ancestors were. Continue reading

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Constitution for Egypt Revolution 2.0 and Beyond

The 45 words of the 1st Amendment to the Constitution of the United States are the essence of the strength of the United States. I say this because the rights contained there allow us to build our country by a tempering process analogous to turning iron into steel by pounding the impurities out of the iron.

Whenever any of our thousands of religious, ethnic, national, social, political and many other interest groups comes up with a bad idea, these Freedoms allow the other groups to beat it out of the system by vigorous debate. Whenever a good idea comes from any group, we all adopt it quickly, which often assures that such ideas will be adopted around the world. Continue reading

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Economics Trumps the Myth of Military Power

What we have seen in Tahrir Square in Cairo, the streets of Tunisia, and throughout the Middle East is populations fed up with being starved by their own leaders. We will see economic opportunity improve in those countries, and the threat of terrorism aimed at the United States gradually fade away, once these economic inequities are rectified. The people don’t need guns to achieve these results. What they need is an understanding of the power of economics. Continue reading

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We Fear You!

Many Muslims are bitter about the attitudes of people in the West toward their culture and Islam in general. This bitterness is both justified and not, but in this post I will be discussing ways to change the status quo. Continue reading

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Pregnant Nun Provides Big Dividends! (Gaming the Media!)

So what does this prove? It proves what a fool’s errand it is to try to ban any information in this World. Continue reading

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What Do You Expect? (Criticizing Reticence of Muslims)

Essentially all of my Muslim friends are cynical about the prospects of attitudes towards Islam changing in the West, as well they should be! Today, when I shared my views about Rev.? Terry Jones, one acquaintance responded by simply sending this link, with no comment. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-11236158 . I infer that he is saying to me that I am on a fool’s errand, because I’m up against western politicians. After reading the article I ask, “What do you expect?” Continue reading

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"Ten Reasons to Burn …" Analyzed (In My Opinion)

The Rev.? Terry Jones needs money! This can be the only reason why he would stir up this controversy about burning the Koran. There will be enough Americans who believe such crazies to get him over his cash crunch. But that does not mean that he represents anything like a majority of American, Christian, or Western thought. CNN, MSNBC and other inflamers need money too! That’s why they let this crackpot stir things up instead of ignoring him. Continue reading

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Dear Muslim Friends

I am sure you have seen the political controversy that has recently been stirred up by our political nut cases about the proposed Mosque in Manhattan, near the site of the former World Trade Center. Continue reading

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