Category Archives: Religion

Tunisia Fights Terrorism

Among the ongoing mantras of Fox News and Republicans is that America is engaged in a conflict with Muslim nations. Tunisia was the origin of the now forgotten Arab Spring and for decades has been a center of moderation in religion. Even today, there are still Jews living in this Muslim area and a high proportion of educated Muslims remain secular in spirit and practice. So, it was not surprising that Islamic terrorists decided to blast away at their fellow Muslims. They attacked a major museum in Tunis. Reports indicate a group of gunmen emerged from vans and blasted away at tourists who had come to inspect ancient Roman ruins. At least nineteen are dead and dozens are wounded. President Beji Caid Essenbi blasted Islamic terrorism. It may be difficult for Republicans to grasp that thousands of moderates inhabit the nation of Tunisia.

In one sense, Tunisia represents the failed dream of the Arab Spring. That movement was organized by young Muslims seeking a new brand of their religion that would create societies in which people could enjoy democracy and freedom of religion. Given the chaos in Egypt or Libya or Syria it is now clear that was a dream, not a reality. Conservatives rule in Muslim lands in the Middle East. So, what is the destiny of those seeking the democratic dream?

A Shooting In Russia

Russian opposition leader Boris Nemstov is dead. That we can confirm, but everything else that has been written about this murder is confusing to say the least. According to Russian authorities, if one can ever believe Russian authorities, Zaur Dadayev was the man who killed Nemstov. Everyone agrees that he came from Chechnya and has ties to other people in that land. At this point, the story becomes somewhat murky.

1. Dadayev claims he killed Nemmstov because of religious reasons, Nemstov was Jewish.

2. Dadayev claims he killed Nemstov because the Russian supported Charlie Hebdo.

3. Dadayev claims he killed Nemstov for the $85,000.

4. Dadayev claims there was some sort of power struggle in Chechnya and somehow killing Nemstov was part of the mess.

5. Dadayev claims he had some other guys with him. He had to pay them for the job.

Vladimir Putin wants the world to know he was nowhere near Moscow at the time of the murder. I think he was in Siberia with his tigers.

Oh well, one day, we will get to know who did what and why they did it.

There Is Nothing To Fear!

I devoted thirty years of my life to the study of the history of crime in the United States and the world. I taught courses in the history of crime that included members of police departments. If there is one thing that I know is what has happened in the past and present about the issue of crime. At this juncture in American history the rate of crime is at its lowest. Americans today are safer than at any point i n our history. Criminals no longer linger on highways ready to hold up stage coaches and we actually have police forces. The initial police forces in America first appeared about the 1850s and 1860s. Prior to that point no policemen were on the streets of our cities and thus any person was subject to violence at the hands of criminals. Gangs roamed the streets of most American cities and they robbed and killed people. TGhe murder rate in New York City during the 19th century was about ten times the current rate.

So, what is reality to the current frightened American public?

1. There has been no terrorist attack since 9/11.

2. Actually, if normal procedures had been followed in the Bush administration to check on terror groups there never would have been a 9/11.

3. Ironically, in the nineteenth century there were stricter laws about weapons than in current America.

4. Today, anyone can employ the services of companies that provide protection against robbery. If you want to be safe, pick up the phone and get your home secured.

The sky is NOT falling. We are safe and secure. It is the best of times to be alive in modern America if you do not want bad people to kill or rob you!

Rick Perry To Run For President Of ISIS!

There is good news for Texas Governor Rick Perry. If he does not make the cut to run for President of the United States there is a new opportunity awaiting him in ISIS. A new video depicts young boys receiving training in how to fire a weapon and learning that one must die for God. They are told in this video that a good boy is ready and able to confront the “enemies of God.” Examine the record:

1. Rick Perry believes that young people should be trained to carry weapons. ISIS believes this.

2. Rick Perry believes that Barack Obama is the son of the Devil. ISIS believes this.

3. Rick Perry believes in God. ISIS believes this.

4. Rick Perry believes it is never too young to train children in use of weapons. ISIS believes this.

5. Rick Perry would so love to die for God. ISIS agrees with this view.

I wonder if the new eye glasses that Rick Perry wears are simply a secret communication devise that is linked to ISIS headquarters??

Give Students Guns, Not Grades

I sometimes wonder whether or not allowing the people of Texas was among the greatest mistakes in the history of this nation. The Texas legislature is ready to pass a law that allows students in public colleges and universities to come to class with a concealed weapon on their person. I spent fifty years as a teacher which included time in a Harlem junior high school, a small town high school and a few other places. I taught gang leaders in Harlem and according to the state of Texas it would have been OK to allow these kids to come to class with a weapon. I know, the Second Amendment says anyone is allowed to carry a gun anywhere. I thought in Dodge City one had to check your weapons with the sheriff in order to come to town, but that was America then, and now we have a new America.

There are no words one can express about this growing madness in America. We are NOT adhering to the ideas of our Founding Fathers. We are not adhering to the values of Americans in the nineteenth century. We have become a nation of crazy people following crazy ideas that inevitably will result in crazy acts in our colleges.

Bibi, It’s Not Barack!

Bibi Netanyahu will undoubtedly become the next prime minister of the state of Israel. Of course, he will become prime minister and completely lack any concern about one out of five citizens of this country because they are of the Muslim or Christian religion. He sunk to the lowest form of politics in his quest for power. Throughout the campaign he appealed to the forces of hate in Israel who simply do not regard anyone other than a Jew as a human being. I hate to make this analogy, but exactly what was different from the Nazi claim that Jews were a lower race than Netanyahu depicting Palestinians as lacking the qualities of human beings. He argued they were lower forms of people.

President Obama spoke the truth: “The United States and this administration are deeply concerned about the rhetoric that seeks to marginalize Arab Israel citizens” and undermines the democratic process. I am certain many American Jews support Netanyahu. The problem is that it is impossible to be a Jew and hate Arabs. I realize Bibi wants to wait out Obama and expect the next American president will just love his hate. Will that person believe that hate is the path toward Middle East peace?

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

We offer samples of headlines that appeared in the world press along with our comments.

Norway, Norway Post: “Social Worker Guilty Of Sex With Clients”

Now, this is one social worker who seeks to get close to her client.

USA, aol: “Sue Over Frozen Dinner”

At least you could warm up the frozen dinner!

Turkey, Hurriyet: “Terror Camps Active”

If you are going to have terrorists, the least you can do is let them do their job.

China, China Daily: “Should Nude Tourists Be Blacklisted?

They should be seen but not heard.

Egypt, al-Ahram: “Stop Makine Home Made Bombs”

Idiot,not in the house, go outside and play!

On Being A Jew In Modern World

As one who was raised in the Jewish faith I increasingly find myself in a similar position to those who were raised as Muslims. We both have to endure the reality that people from our faith utilize hate and fear and violence against those who are weaker. In America, more and more Jews devote their lives to the plight of our endangered billionaires who are oppressed by the evil Barack Obama. Ah, for the days when Jewish leaders marched hand in hand with Martin Luther King and Jewish boys were murdered by the Ku Klux Klan. We Jews used to lead the fight for social justice in America, we Jews fought for the rights of Hispanic immigrants, it was Jewish union leaders who established the initial schools in the South which were open to both black and white people. Heck, half of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade which fought against Fascists in Spain were Jews. We Jews wanted a world in which ALL humans, including Muslims enjoyed the right to a life of peace and prosperity.

We Jews used to believe that is one person in this world was oppressed, so were we oppressed. Today, I head Jews speak in angry and hateful terms about Muslims or poor people. I feel lost in the modern Jewish world now that Benjamin Netanyahu is again leader of Israel and will continue his hateful policies toward those who are not Jewish. I have no idea who he is other than a bigot and hating man. Frankly, I feel ashamed to be part of the modern Jewish world in which hate has replaced love.

Putin Returns, So Does Death

Russian President Vladimir Putin appeared in Moscow after several days of absence. He made one of his threatening speeches in which he informed the world there were moments when the Russian army entered the Crimea when he thought about the need to get his nation’s atomic weapons ready for use. Yes, the man of steel just wanted to send a message to the Western world that he is capable of anything and everything. The comment was designed to send fear into the hearts of those who do not seek to destroy this planet. I am certain that the people of Russia now have another source of pride. They are led by a man who is ready to destroy the world in order to restore the pride of Russia. One wonders if the people of Russia grasp that if their leader ever fired an atomic bomb, dozens of atomic weapons would descend upon them.

Things are back to normal in Mother Russia. Fighting again in Ukraine, death and destruction and warnings about Russia being surrounded by forces of doom. Putin is the Russian answer to our Ted Cruz or Tom Cotton or Sarah Palin. Nut cases who shout without paying attention to the meaning of their words of anger and hate.

The American Politician

I confess to having been born at another time in another America when those of differing political views had lunch together, played poker together and even went out for a drink with one another. Heck, there used to be an annual softball game between Democrats and Republicans. The current hatred between those of the two major parties only has one prior comparison, the years of 1860 and 1861 when the nation was torn apart due to the election of Abraham Lincoln who most Southerners believe wanted to end their precious slavery and take away their property rights. It is amazing how contemporary members of the Republican party echo these fears. Nonstop rants about property, shouts about the man from Africa, oh, that was a common charge about Abraham Lincoln. The gap grows wider each day between members of our two leading parties.

I was recently reading a book which dealt with George Washington during the 1780s when the nation lacked an efficient central government. Washington was upset at the lack of a powerful central government which could control and dominate states that lacked any sense of being part of an AMERICA. He completely opposed state rights and thought believing in one’s state before the nation was the hallmark of a political leader lacking faith in the United States of America. It is no surprise that the new Constitution begins with a statement about “we people” rather than “we states.”

A major problem with modern American politicians is their lack of knowledge about the history of this nation. If one serves in Congress then one serves the American people, not your congressional district and not your state. How about requiring politicians to pass a test on American history??