Is that funny

I sit in the lunch in a restaurant and eat my kebab. If a couple in, he says, we will get to the window, which he finds funny. I find funny, he repeated. I wonder what he finds so funny about it. Run down around clowns? Did I miss something? Is listed below a satire…

Condoms and the Catholic church: a short history

For the past 42 years the church has shackled itself to a dogma that many of its adherants have simply ignored. No papal decree has been more flouted in the last half century than its repeated insistence that artificial birth control is morally wrong and sinful and none has alienated – or been ignored by…

Burka ban: protection or violation the civil liberties ?

The French National Assembly last week approved by a vote of 355 to 1 a measure which would ban women from wearing the burka and the niqab in public places. France is home to an estimated 5 million Muslims, or 6 percent of the population. An estimated 2,000 French Muslims wear the niqab. The less-restricted…

Even atheists should welcome Benedict’s visit

Despite his uncuddly image, the pope has a message for believers and deniers alike. You know the world’s natural order has settled down again when the Free Church of Scotland has voiced its disapproval of a papal visitation. Several months have elapsed since it was announced that Benedict XVI would be embarking on a pilgrimage…

A System called Apartheid

Well Jo’anna she runs a country She runs in Durban and the Transvaal She makes a few of her people happy, oh She don’t care about the rest at all She’s got a system they call apartheid It keeps a brother in a subjection But maybe pressure can make Jo’anna see How everybody could a…

The Pen is Mightier than the Sword

‘The pen is mightier than the sword’ was coined by Edward Bulwer-Lytton in his play Richelieu; Or the Conspiracy, in 1839: True, This! – Beneath the rule of men entirely great, The pen is mightier than the sword. Behold The arch-enchanters wand! – itself a nothing! – But taking sorcery from the master-hand To paralyse…

The Spiritual Side of Sustainability

After writing my vision of sustainability I have started to think about sustainability as a religious revival of sorts. There have been many religious movements in the past that I feel share a lot with the current sustainability and social justice movements. I’m by no means the first to make this connection. Paul Hawken comes…

A common Moral Dilemma

I teach in a non-sectarian school. In lieu of religion, we have Values Education which focuses on values such as nationalism, environmentalism, freedom, human rights, peace, and for 4th year high school, a little bit of philosophy. These are values which I think are as important as reading, writing, and basic arithmetic. I believe the…

Romans for American Christians

If indeed you call yourselves Christians, and rest on grace, and make your confidence in God; If you say you know His will, and approve the things that are excellent, being instructed out of the Word; If you are confident that you are a guide to the blind, a light to those who are in…