Category Archives: Freedom of Speech

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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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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A Fine Line and the Role of the Media

In the days following January 4, 2011, the world saw the consequence of allowing civil society to be dominated by violent rhetoric in the extreme. Pakistani citizens were threatened with death by violent means if they even offered condolences to the family of Salman Taseer, the just assassinated Governor of the State of Punjab, Pakistan. Continue reading

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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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Hear These Brave New Voices

My readers need to hear the voices of Fadila Al Jaffal, Mahaliyah and Suheir Hammad! 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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Equality for Arab Women

It demonstrates how things are changing in the Muslim World, and how Muslims themselves must find ways to make their own changes. I here provide you with links to the various segments of this debate, carried on YouTube®, leaving comment to you. I have provided here only a few interesting quotes from each segment. Continue reading

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America’s Right-Wing Fringe (Tea Party and Far Right Wing): Part 1

It is silly season in American politics, so we have to hear endless harangues by America’s right-wingers about their unsupportable claims about practically everything. This is because our networks feel somehow compelled to give them equal time to speak, even though they don’t speak for all that many Americans. Continue reading

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Dear Clara (@ Women's Rights in Islam and the West)

I certainly sympathize with your point about not being subjugated. My point in part is that subjugation and abuse of women is a worldwide problem and phenomenon. Many US divorces are brought on by this. In my opinion, Muslim women also do not want to be subjugated, and they are now seeing that women outside the Muslim World are standing up for their rights. This information dissemination cannot be stopped. As this process happens, Muslim women will naturally stand up for their own rights, and the nature of Islam itself will change. But this will take much courage and a very long time. Continue reading

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