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  • Medieval Golden Age, Modern Barbarism (Islam more civilized 800 years ago)

    10/22/2014 6:05:08 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 61 replies
    First Things ^ | ct 20, 2014 | Andrew Doran
    [Medieval Islamic astronomers predict eclipse of the moon] Earlier this year, as conflict raged in northern Syria, two professors, one Lebanese and the other American, both from elite universities in the Washington, D.C. area, passed the long night at Queen Alia International Airport in Amman, Jordan, drinking tea. They pondered the weighty issues of the region: whether the nation-state paradigm was the residue of colonialism or a reality to which nations of the Middle East must conform; American military engagement and its consequences; and, of course, the sources of violent extremism. At one point, the Lebanese professor lamented, “These...
  • At U-M, Sexual Violence Includes 'Discounting Feelings,' 'Withholding Sex'

    09/26/2014 4:30:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    Reason Magazine's Hit & Run Blog ^ | September 25, 2014 | Robby Soave
    The redefinition of the word violence continues among revelations that discounting a sexual partner's feelings and withholding sex constitutes sexual violence at the University of Michigan. The relevant info can be found at the university's "Stop Abuse" webpage: Examples of sexual violence include: discounting the partner's feelings regarding sex; criticizing the partner sexually; touching the partner sexually in inappropriate and uncomfortable ways; withholding sex and affection; always demanding sex; forcing partner to strip as a form of humiliation (maybe in front of children), to witness sexual acts, to participate in uncomfortable sex or sex after an episode of violence, to...
  • Regensburg Revisited: Faith, Reason and the Islamic State

    08/29/2014 9:16:19 AM PDT · by AncientAirs · 13 replies
    National Catholic Register | 08/28/2014 | FATHER RAYMOND J. DE SOUZA
    Is Islam inherently violent? Does it justify violence against infidels? Does it encourage the faith to be spread by the sword? The establishment of an “Islamic State” in northern Iraq this summer has brought such questions to the forefront in the face of the lethal brutality the Islamic State has unleashed against religious minorities, including the expulsion and killing of Christians. There are political and military aspects to those questions, but they are most fundamentally theological. Does God desire violence to spread his revelation? Theology addresses reality at its deepest level, and, therefore, theological ideas matter a great deal in...
  • Let Obama Golf. No President Can Be Mr. Fix-It (and We Shouldn't Let Him Try).

    08/20/2014 6:49:21 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 18 replies
    Reason ^ | August 20, 2014 | J.D. Tuccille
    "President Obama went back to his vacation on Martha's Vineyard Tuesday evening after spending less than 48 hours in Washington, leaving people puzzled over why he came back in the first place," Justin Sink wrote yesterday at The Hill. Actually, Obama probably dropped into Washington, D.C., in August--not the most pleasant time of year to visit the swamp that neither Virginia nor Maryland wanted--because he was getting his balls busted from every ideological point on the compass over his absence. Why won't he do something about the unrest in Ferguson and ISIL beheading James Foley? Ummm...What? Exactly? ... The United...
  • Obama and the Age of Reason

    06/18/2014 12:07:59 PM PDT · by MosesKnows · 10 replies
    Vanity | 6/18/2014 | MosesKnows
    When Will Obama Reach The Age Of Reason? Parents experience great pride when their child reaches the age of reason. The parental pride comes from evidence that their parenting achieved some success. The evidence is the first signs of their child accepting responsibility for their actions. The child’s position evolves from saying my homework got lost To I lost my homework.
  • The big bang is not a Reason to Believe!

    05/20/2014 9:28:21 AM PDT · by fishtank · 18 replies
    Creation Ministries International ^ | May 20, 2014 | John G. Hartnett
    The big bang is not a Reason to Believe! by John G. Hartnett A response to "A Response to Four Young-Earth Objections to Inflation"1 Published: 20 May 2014 (GMT+10) Astrophysicist Dr Jeff Zweerink works for the Hugh-Ross-led organization Reasons to Believe. He recently wrote the above article. Relevant portions of his words are reproduced (in green) with my comments interspersed. It could hardly be said that the Bible is giving a simplified account of the big bang/evolution history of the universe A remarkable correspondence exists between inflationary big bang cosmology and the Bible’s accounts of the universe’s origin. This is...
  • The big bang is not a Reason to Believe!

    05/20/2014 9:28:14 AM PDT · by fishtank
    Creation Ministries International ^ | May 20, 2014 | John G. Hartnett
    A pending proposal from President Obama to create a vast new wilderness area on the U.S.-Mexico border is drawing criticism from Republican lawmakers and local law enforcement officials who say it would significantly impede border security. The Obama administration is set to designate a 600,000 acre national monument in south-central New Mexico to be managed and controlled by the Bureau of Land Management, a federal agency. The designated land will be called the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument, and environmentalists have long-sought the designation. Utah Republican Rep. Rob Bishop, the chairman of a key subcommittee, blasted the plan in a...
  • Rand Paul Doesna t Know Much about Reagana s Budgets

    04/29/2014 12:45:39 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 7 replies
    National Review Online ^ | Patrick Brennan
    Ramesh and Reason’s Nick Gillespie have been going back and forth over Rand Paul’s claim (from a number of years ago) that Jimmy Carter was a more fiscally conservative president than Ronald Reagan. Mother Jones collected a series of appearances over the years in which the Kentuckian argues that Reagan’s budget performance, compared with Carter’s, is evidence Republicans don’t really mean it when they claim the mantle of fiscal conservatism. Gillespie argues that Reagan’s deficits means he wasn’t a fiscal conservative, while Ramesh argues (and Nick seems to agree to some extent) that probably a better measure is rate of increases in spending...
  • Feds to Take Over Oregon's Failed $300 Million Health Insurance Exchange [zero enrollees]

    04/24/2014 4:43:55 PM PDT · by grundle · 19 replies
    Reason ^ | April 24, 2014 | Peter Suderman|
    The state of Oregon received $303 million in federal grants—more than all but two other states—to build and operate a health insurance exchange, dubbed Cover Oregon, under Obamacare. One of those grants was a $48 million "early innovator" grant for states whose exchanges were intended to serve as models for the nation. The state was among the most enthusiastic about implementing the law, with Democratic Gov. John Kitzhaber touting both the law and his state's work building the exchange. The state's work on its exchange recieved praise throughout the media, and it was reportedly loved by the Obama administration: In...
  • Does Mozilla Dumping Its CEO Over Prop. 8/Anti-Gay-Marriage Stance = McCarthyism?

    04/07/2014 9:12:29 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Reason ^ | 04/07/2014 | Nick Gillespie
    So last week, Mozilla, the mission-based makers of lagging web browser Firefox, fired its newly appointed CEO Brendan Eich after the dating site OK Cupid publicized Eich's donation to Prop. 8, a California ballot initiative that barred same-sex marriage in the Golden State.As I wrote here and for Time: Now that we’re well past a subsistence economy, we live in a world of largely symbolic exchange, where we don’t simply choose something because we’re hungry or naked but because we want to make a statement about what sort of person we are, what sort of taste we possess, and what...
  • An Obituary For Our Dear Friend, "Common Sense"

    02/23/2014 11:01:37 AM PST · by OneVike · 17 replies
    TRC Magazine Facebook Page ^ | 2/22/14 | Steven W. McReynolds
    Obituary Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who has been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was, since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape. He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as: * Knowing when to come in out of the rain; * Why the early bird gets the worm* Life isn't always fair and maybe it was my fault. Common Sense lived by a simple, sound financial policy and a good reliable strategy toward life. * Don't...
  • A Review of Common Fallacies that Weaken Arguments

    01/02/2013 1:00:11 PM PST · by NYer · 21 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | January 2, 2013 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    It occurs that our capacity to converse and to set forth arguments for the truth are often hindered today on account of many factors. One of those factors is a paradoxical relationship between a kind of skepticism and and exaggerated insistence on absolute proof that results. The fact is, absolute certitude in our human condition is rare, and to insist on it is usually unreasonable. This of course does not mean that firm certitude cannot be had in many matters as well as lesser degrees that remain a firm confidence as to the facts in a matter.On Monday there was...
  • Reason and Emotion(1943)

    11/15/2013 8:31:52 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 8 replies
    You Tube ^ | 1943 | Walt Disney
  • Did Obama Lie for the Same Reason That Al Gore Lied?

    11/06/2013 5:59:17 AM PST · by MosesKnows · 21 replies
    11/6/2013 | MosesKnows
    Did Obama Lie for the Same Reason That Al Gore Lied? Al Gore’s position that man is the primary cause of global warming caused Gore to justify lying to the people because of the importance of his opinion. As I listened to Obama lie about his lies, I wondered if Obama applied Al Gore’s rationale to allow Obama’s mind to excuse his lie. Al Gore used the words “over-representation” when he lied. However, Al Gore never emphasized his lies by adding the word “period” to assure the people of the correctness of his lie. Al Gore said, in an...
  • The HealthCare Mash: a first rate Halloween "tribute" to ObamaCare

    10/31/2013 1:07:42 PM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 5 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 10/31/13 | Michael D. Shaw
    The original Monster Mash appeared in 1962. Fifty one years later a classical song is used to describe a classic governmental assault and screw up.
  • Thinking Clearly About Profiling

    07/28/2013 11:16:22 AM PDT · by Alex Baker · 21 replies
    RealityBatsLast ^ | July 27, 2013 | Bryce Buchanan
    THERE IS NOTHING MORE PAINFUL FOR ME AT THIS STAGE IN MY LIFE THAN TO WALK DOWN THE STREET AND HEAR FOOTSTEPS AND START TO THINK ABOUT ROBBERY AND THEN LOOK AROUND AND SEE IT’S SOMEBODY WHITE AND FEEL RELIEVED. REVEREND JESSE JACKSON NY TIMES, 12-12-93 Profiling is a very unsavory activity, we are told. There are marches against it and laws against it. Let’s consider what profiling is, starting with the definition of three terms relevant to the discussion : SNIP Here are some observable facts: 1. Rapes are primarily committed by men. 2. Major terrorist attacks, worldwide, are...
  • Debating Abortion 101: The Best Way to Expose Logical Fallacies

    07/17/2013 5:45:55 AM PDT · by don-o · 19 replies
    LifeNews ^ | July 17, 2013 | Josh Brahm
    In my last post I talked about something I’ve been noticing recently, that people, especially pro-life nerds like me, are tempted to talk about logical fallacies all the time in conversation. There are several dangers to this. I’ve argued already that the first danger is accusing somebody of a logical fallacy when they didn’t actually commit one. If you dedicate yourself to educating yourself on what the logical fallacies actually are before bringing them up, you will be a more effective debater. But there’s a good, better, best aspect to exposing logical fallacies while creating good dialogues with people. I...
  • The End of Reason: Does the phrase "faith Begins Where Reason Ends" make sense?

    07/15/2013 7:51:23 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Free Thinking ^ | 07/12/2013 | Andy Uyboco
    There is an oft-quoted phrase in Christian circles that goes “faith begins where reason ends” and I’m perfectly fine with that statement as it is. The problem I have is that a lot of people who use this phrase to defend their faith do not really go to the end of reason. They stop short of the end, refusing to take reason past a certain point, and declare that faith is now the operative agent. I, myself, have been guilty of this many times in the past. When I reached a point when I wasn’t able to understand some theological...
  • Psyche, Nous; Faith and Reason: The Classic View

    05/29/2013 3:16:41 PM PDT · by betty boop · 19 replies
    self | May 29. 2013 | Jean F. Drew
    Psyche, Nous; Faith and Reason: The Classic View By “classic view” we mean to denote the epochal legacy of ancient Greek philosophy, and the epochal genius of thinkers who could and did “isolate” psyche as a bona fide constituent of Reality. Instantly, there seems to be two problems. How is “Reality” to be defined? Who’s doing the “defining?” For answers to such questions, we must have access to Nous. This incredibly compact Greek word is usually translated into English as Reason. But the Greek nous carries other meanings as well: c.f., reason; mind; intellect; self-reflective consciousness; logic; creative will; truth....
  • 20 Questions Liberals Can't Answer

    04/20/2013 6:23:42 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 33 replies ^ | April 20, 2013 | John Hawkins
    "It is not enough for the insecure left to deem a position wrong; if it’s merely wrong, it needs to be argued about, and it can’t survive that. It must instead be morally abhorrent, so that the zealot reacts to the toxin of questioning much like a jogger coming across a decomposing body on the side of the road — it must be internalized that the correct response to such a horror is to retch, and faint, and call the authorities post-haste. This is how the leftist faith protects itself from the infection of doubt. (Meanwhile, of course, patting...
  • On the Splendor of God's Truth

    11/21/2012 1:45:27 PM PST · by ELS · 2 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | November 21, 2012 | Benedict XVI
    On the Splendor of God's Truth "Through Faith We Come to True Knowledge of God and Ourselves" VATICAN CITY, Nov. 21, 2012 ( Here is a translation of the address Benedict XVI gave today in Paul VI Hall. The Holy Father continued his series of catecheses on faith. * * * Dear brothers and sisters, We go forward in this Year of Faith, bearing in our hearts the hope of rediscovering how much joy there is in believing and of finding the enthusiasm to communicate to all the truths of the faith. These truths are not a simple message about...
  • A well thought out response by a man pointing out what Obamacare truly is!

    11/14/2012 2:50:07 PM PST · by Lucky9teen · 8 replies
    A well thought out response by a man pointing out what Obamacare truly is. Spread the word!!!! EVEN THOUGH ROMNEY ISN'T PRESIDENT WE WILL REPEAL THIS LAW!!!!!! (J) Free Home for any who will take it I was in my neighborhood restaurant this morning and was seated behind a group of jubilant individuals celebrating the successful passing of the recent health care bill. I could not finish my breakfast. This is what ensued: They were a diverse group of several races and both sexes. I heard the young man exclaim, “Isn’t Obama like Jesus Christ? I mean, after all, he...
  • The Principle of Contradiction: 8 things everyone should know

    10/05/2012 8:54:00 AM PDT · by concernedAmerican1 · 15 replies
    TFP Student Action ^ | 10-04-12 | TFP
    What is the principle of contradiction? In a nutshell, it’s this:  a thing cannot be and not be at the same time.  Saint Thomas Aquinas shows that not even God can deny the principle of contradiction, the absolute law of the order of being, because it is impossible for God to will the absolutely impossible (Summa Contra Gentiles, Book 1, chap. 84). Father Garrigou-Lagrange gives us eight principal reasons, based on Aristotle, for defending the necessity and real validity of the principle of contradiction. They are briefly: 1. To deny this necessity and this validity would be to deprive words of...
  • Mayor Bloomberg Says Cops Should Go On Strike Until Americans Give Up Their Guns

    07/25/2012 7:51:49 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 30 replies
    Reason ^ | 7-24-12 | mike riggs
    We've been hearing a lot of that recently. Earlier this year, The New York Times reprinted a Department of Justice press release and slapped this lede on top of it: “As violent crime has decreased across the country, a disturbing trend has emerged: Rising numbers of police officers are being killed.” Bloomberg and The New York Times are both wrong: In 2008, ten times more civilians regular people were killed by cops than cops were killed by perps. In 2011, 72 cops were shot and killed in the entire U.S.; in L.A. County alone, cops shot and killed 54 suspects...
  • Washington's Finest Moment

    07/06/2012 9:02:32 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies ^ | July 6, 2012 | Linda Chavez
    For all the talk of incivility in the Nation's capital, the last week has restored my faith in the basic decency of the people who live there. Although the storm that hit Washington and the surrounding area June 29 has not received as much national attention as hurricanes, tornados, and other natural disasters usually do, the human toll has been high. In the Washington metro area alone, five people died in the storm and more than 20 have died subsequently from the heat, as hundreds of thousands suffered days without electrical power. But through it all, most people have behaved...
  • Live at Rally Saturday - Reason & Repeal Obamacare Rally

    03/24/2012 8:34:26 AM PDT · by lward99 · 3 replies
    Times247 ^ | 3/24/2012 | Times247
    Dueling rallies in D.C. - should be fun to watch
  • Monckton’s Schenectady showdown

    03/12/2012 8:31:51 AM PDT · by Upstate NY Guy · 33 replies · 1+ views
    WUWT ^ | March 10, 2012 | Justin Pulliam
    Schenectady, NY - THE NEWS that Lord Monckton was to give his “Climate of Freedom” lecture at Union College in Schenectady, New York, had thrown the university’s environmentalists into a turmoil. The campus environmentalists set up a Facebook page announcing a counter-meeting of their own immediately following Monckton’s lecture. There is no debate about global warming, they announced. There is a consensus. The science is settled. Their meeting would be addressed by professors and PhDs, the “true” scientists, no less. Sparks, it seemed, were gonna fly. Traveling with Lord Monckton on the East Coast leg of his current whistle-stop tour...
  • Narcissism and the culture war

    03/10/2012 1:28:50 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 6 replies
    Renew America ^ | 3-8-12 | Fred Hutchinson
    The culture war might be likened to fighting a war against a coalition of powers. Imagine WWI-style trench warfare on a long front. In the center of the enemy lines are the forces of moral relativism. These forces oppose the idea that there is a universal moral law. On one flank are the forces of the sexual revolution, including gays, feminists, adulterers, the promiscuous, and the pro-abortion folks. On the other flank are the cultural relativists, and multiculturalists. This camp opposes the ideas of truth, beauty, and intrinsic quality. It seeks to suppress the literary, philosophical, and artistic heritage of...
  • Pat Robertson: "It's time we stop locking up people for possession of marijuana..."

    03/07/2012 10:40:18 PM PST · by MetaThought · 115 replies
    Reason ^ | March 6, 2012 | Mike Riggs
    Pat Robertson, America's longest-serving eschatological bigot and spiritual leader, took to the airwaves of the 700 Club last week and denounced the war on weed, as well as liberals, all of whom write laws in a "punitive spirit." Putting aside the fact that Robertson has, on occasion, invited God to smite people people of abominable politics and preferences, this time he is making (some) sense: We here in America make up 5% of the world's population, but we make up 25% of jailed prisoners... Every time the liberals pass a bill -- I don't care what it involves -- they...
  • Voice of 'Black' Reason

    02/20/2012 3:20:39 AM PST · by BeauGalt · 5 replies
    Fox News ^ | Kevin Jackson
    Mr. Jackson is a voice of reason, in a sea of confusion, and rabid racism...
  • The Muslim-Catholic Forum: Can You Name the Animals?

    12/11/2011 5:11:14 AM PST · by Sherman Logan · 36 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | SATURDAY, 10 DECEMBER 2011 | Robert Reilly
    Late last month, twenty-four Catholic and twenty-four Muslim leaders, scholars, and educators met on the east bank of the Jordan River for the second of the two Catholic-Muslim Forums, inaugurated by Benedict XVI in 2008 to encourage dialogue between the world’s two largest religions. How much can be gained from such encounters is hard to say. But the extremely astute Fr. Samir Khalil Samir has said, “dialogue is better than indifference and reciprocal silence.” The forum’s subject was “Reason, Faith, and Mankind,” a highly important topic. King Abdullah saluted the participants: “the forum is the outcome of ongoing initiatives to...
  • Reason and Faith (From An Old Debate-Updated)

    09/18/2011 6:55:01 AM PDT · by SeanG200 · 1 replies
    Religio-Poltical Talk (RPT) ^ | 9-18-2011 | Papa Giorgio
    …I want to insist that there is not a single item in Christianity, upon which our souls’ salvation depends, that is only “probably” true. In each case, the evidence supplied is sufficient to establish conclusive proof regarding the truth of the Christian faith. This is not to say, however, that such a case is psychologically compelling, so that one could not reject the evidence. That would be an abuse of free will. I do argue, however, that one can be absolutely certain (intellectually) of such matters as the existence of God, the deity of Christ, the inspiration of the Bible,...
  • Reason TV Battle for the California Desert: Why is the Government Driving Folks Off the Land

    08/25/2011 10:58:13 AM PDT · by Nachum · 72 replies
    Big Government ^ | 8/25/11 | Reason TV
    <p>The Antelope Valley is a vast patch of desert on the outskirts of Los Angeles County, and a segment of the few rugged individualists who live out there increasingly are finding themselves the targets of armed raids from local code enforcement agents, who’ve assembled into task forces called Nuisance Abatement Teams (NATs).</p>
  • LIRR Widow McCarthy A Vile Enemy of 2nd Amendment

    07/31/2011 11:16:38 PM PDT · by neverdem · 27 replies
    Human Events ^ | 07/26/2011 | Raquel Okyay
    “The beauty of the Second Amendment is that it will not be needed until they try to take it.” Thomas Jefferson Well said, Mr. Jefferson! We do not have to store, fire, own, or even like guns to understand that the Second Amendment’s requirement is a need, no American can do without. If there came a point in time, when our elected officials became so arrogant to cease abiding by the Constitution “the right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed” is in place so that we can protect ourselves, our country and our families...
  • After the Apocalypse, Try Reason!

    05/27/2011 3:16:05 PM PDT · by Ed Hudgins · 13 replies
    The Atlas Society - The Center for Objectivism ^ | May 27, 2011 | Edward Hudgins
    Eighty-nine-year-old religious nut Harold Camping prophesized that the world would end on May 21, 2011, at 6:00 p.m. local time. A woman who believed him wanted to get a jump on Armageddon and avoid the horrors of fire and brimstone. So she slit her 11- and 14-year-old daughters’ throats with a box cutter and then slit her own. The Rapture did not occur. The world didn’t end. The two daughters and mother survived. The mother is in jail where she belongs. Camping, sadly, also survives and is free to cause the world more grief. Camping promoted his prophecy through his...
  • Reason TV: What Happened to the Anti-War Movement

    01/20/2011 4:04:19 PM PST · by Nachum · 21 replies
    big government ^ | 1/20/11 | Reason TV
    Even as President Obama maintains close to 50,000 troops in Iraq and continues to escalate and expandthe war in Afghanistan, the antiwar movement in America continues to shrink (PDF). So, what happened? visited two antiwar protests—one left-leaning, one libertarian—in an attempt to answer that question. Author and historian Thaddeus Russell and Reason Senior Editor Brian Doherty also weigh in. War, it seems, is a bipartisan venture, which is reflected by the fact that Democrats have a favorable view of Obama’s foreign policy, despite its remarkable similarity to George W. Bush’s foreign policy. And though there have been rumblings of...
  • Is Religion Ridiculous?

    12/04/2010 9:43:37 PM PST · by Walter Scott Hudson · 30 replies
    David Horowitz's NewsReal Blog ^ | December 4, 2010 | Walter Hudson
    In a recent post answering the anti-religious zealotry of Bill Maher’s documentary-style film Religulous, I concluded that the film’s topic is “the argument of our time.” That is to say, our political paradigm is founded upon our spiritual paradigm, how we define and perceive the nature of man. If you believe mankind to be the product of an ongoing, emergent, evolutionary process, then you will tend to believe that human consciousness can be applied to drive evolution in a favorable direction. This belief tends to metastase into an elevation of some men above others. Whether the basis for distinction is...
  • Reason TV: The Power of Nazi Propaganda (Video)

    12/02/2010 10:19:47 PM PST · by Nachum · 8 replies
    Big Government ^ | 12/2/10 | Reason TV
    From radio and film to newspapers and publishing, the Nazi regime controlled every aspect of German culture from 1933-1945. Through Josef Goebbels’ Ministry of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda, the German state tightly controlled political messaging, promoting deification of the leader—the Führerprinzip—and the demonization of the ubiquitous and duplicitious “racial enemy.” A new exhibit at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., examines “how the Nazi Party used modern techniques as well as new technologies and carefully crafted messages to sway millions with its vision for a new Germany.”’s Michael C. Moynihan visited with museum historian and curator...
  • Faith and Reason Go Together, Says Int'l Evangelist (and Faith is the more important of the two)

    10/13/2010 1:22:13 PM PDT · by WebFocus · 8 replies · 1+ views
    Christian Post ^ | 10/09/2010 | Edmond Chua
    Do faith and reason conflict? Renowned Indonesian evangelist Stephen Tong addressed the age-old debate head-on Thursday at a preaching session at the National University of Singapore. His answer: faith and reason operate in different spheres and actually complement one another. Faith is the more important of the two. True faith is not counter-reason, the Rev. Tong, 70, expressed with the help of his English translator. In fact, faith "improves" reason and "makes it complete." “True faith will bring your reason that has been lost to be loyal to the truth,” he said. Speaking to a lecture hall filled with students,...
  • Repudiating Whittaker Chambers

    08/26/2010 4:36:31 AM PDT · by Ronbo1948 · 35 replies
    THE FREEDOM FIGHTER'S JOURNAL ^ | August 26, 2010 | by Robert Tracinski
    A reader just sent me a link, with the explanation: "They're at it again." And so they are. "They" is the National Review, the leading publication of the religious wing of the mainstream right. And "it" is bashing Ayn Rand. There is a long history to this. All the way back in the 1950s, when Ayn Rand's magnum opus Atlas Shrugged—which I have described as "Capitalism's Epic"—was first published, William F. Buckley attempted to kick Ayn Rand out of the right. Her atheism and her ethics of individualism was a threat to Buckley's goal of cobbling together a "fusionist" coalition...
  • Barack Obama is refusing to listen to reason on economic policy

    06/25/2010 7:09:47 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 06/25/2010 | Jeremy Warner
    Rarely has the dismal science of economics inflamed such passions. While the "cuts versus growth" debate has been building steadily for more than a year on both sides of the Atlantic, over the past week it has exploded into open international hostilities. A compromised form of words will already have been agreed for the communiqué to follow this weekend's meeting of G8 and G20 leaders; the sherpas who do the preparatory donkey work for these stage-managed events will have ensured it. But behind the anodyne platitudes of any statement, the tensions have reached fever pitch. Gone is the co-operative consensus...
  • More Militarized Than the Military

    05/17/2010 8:26:54 AM PDT · by MetaThought · 23 replies · 892+ views
    Reason ^ | May 14, 2010 | Radley Balko
    A reader who asks his name not be used writes about the drug raid video from Columbia, Missouri: I am a US Army officer, currently serving in Afghanistan. My first thought on reading this story is this: Most American police SWAT teams probably have fewer restrictions on conducting forced entry raids than do US forces in Afghanistan. ... Generally, our troops, including the special ops guys, use what we call "cordon and knock": they set up a perimeter around the target location to keep people from moving in or out,and then announce their presence and give the target an opportunity...
  • Reason TV's Nanny Of The Month: Officer Bans Flags On Long Flagpoles! (Video)

    04/30/2010 6:20:11 AM PDT · by careyb · 2 replies · 287+ views
    The Hope For America ^ | 4/30/10 |
  • The Evangelical Atheist, Part V: Temple of Reason

    04/12/2010 4:45:47 AM PDT · by Walter Scott Hudson · 1 replies · 129+ views
    Fightin Words ^ | April 12, 2010 | Walter Scott Hudson
    Authority is necessary. It is a requirement of nature. Anarchy is a Platonic ideal which cannot truly exist. Without a government strong enough to protect inalienable rights, strong individuals will assert themselves upon the weak. The more successfully individuals can govern themselves - which is to say, restrain themselves from violating the inalienable rights of others - the less government is necessary.Perhaps the greatest example of this truth in the last century was the civil rights movement of the 1960's. There were so many individuals unwilling to govern themselves, to keep from violating the inalienable rights of blacks, it took...
  • Never trust an Obama-first libertarian

    03/28/2010 5:29:22 PM PDT · by AustralianConservative · 84 replies · 960+ views
    Australian Conservative ^ | 28 March, 2010 | Ben-Peter Terpstra
    For years, I’ve heard supposed libertarians pontificating about low-taxes, on the one hand, while supporting welfare-dependent drug addicts, on the other. Which begs the question: Are the media’s favourite libertarian thinkers, Alzheimer’s victims or fifth columnists? Take Reason magazine – and let’s revisit 2008. Before the last election, Peter Bagge a Reason contributing editor was asked which way he was swinging. The libertarian-minded elitist pontificated: If the polls in my home state are close: Obama (McCain is simply too incompetent these days to be president). If not, I’ll make a protest vote for Barr. And how did that work out?...
  • “Atheism - celebrate reason” while absconding from reasoning

    03/04/2010 9:15:34 AM PST · by MarianoApologeticus · 84 replies · 1,090+ views ^ | March 4, 2010 AD | Mariano Apologeticus
    ...atheists in Australia appear to have demonstrated that they have more money than they know what to do with by wasting it on bus ads that read “Atheism - celebrate reason.” Atheists have, again, come very close to quoting that which the Bible has stated for almost 3,000 years, “‘Come now, let us reason together,’ says the LORD (Isaiah 1:18). The ads are occasioned by the upcoming “Global Atheist Convention” in Melbourne a convention that is being titled, “The Rise of Atheism” and billed as the “biggest ever atheist event in Australia’s history.” This convention will feature the best and...
  • Stossel Exposes Cali's Lavish Public Sector Pensions (Work til Seventies to Pay Gov Worker Pensions)

    02/15/2010 1:42:17 PM PST · by 198ml · 12 replies · 1,073+ views
    Business and Media Institute ^ | 02/15/10 | Anthony Kang
    The past several decades, Americans have seen the disaster unionism has wrought on Detroit’s Big Three. The auto-makers, saddled with powerful unions, fell victim to a combination of labor inefficiency and premium worker pay that proved unsustainable. And while much of the rest of the private sector long ago realized the sots, government apparently has not. So, for the first time in history, public employees comprise the largest segment of unions today. Save for New Jersey or New York, the pending public pension crisis is nowhere more evident than in California. Currently the state is on the hook for $100-300...
  • More Than Zero

    01/10/2010 7:12:09 PM PST · by mnehring · 6 replies · 417+ views
    Why won’t people who love to make zero-sum arguments about the economy apply their own lessons to government spending? Anyone who has expended energy arguing for free trade, market competition, and the open exchange of ideas has repeatedly encountered the same obstacle: zero-sum assumptions misapplied to dynamic, nonlinear phenomena. Almost anywhere you see statism advancing— in economic policy, national security, even the basic conditions for free speech—you can bet that underneath there’s a faulty zero-sum argument. All complicated matters of life, according to this way of thinking, can be reduced to a simple binary scale: Press your thumb down on...
  • Steele: 'God Has Placed Me Here for a Reason'

    01/08/2010 5:26:24 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 30 replies · 931+ views
    CQ-Roll Call ^ | 1/8/10 | Jackie Kucinich and John Stanton
    Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele lashed out at his GOP critics on Friday, saying that God made him chairman because of the strength of his belief in the party and that naysayers are afraid of his message of change. "A lot of people think that this is about me. It is not about me," Steele, a former Maryland lieutenant governor, told the Christian Broadcasting Network. "When this job is over, I will go back to doing something else. But God, I really believe, has placed me here for a reason, because who else and why else would you do...
  • The Lesson Restated

    10/29/2009 7:38:58 AM PDT · by arthurus · 3 replies · 173+ views ^ | 1979 | Henry Hazlitt
    Economics,, as we have now seen again and again, is a science of recognizing secondary consequences. It is also a science of seeing general consequences. It is the science of tracing the effects of some proposed or existing policy not only on some special interest in the short run, but on the general interest in the long run.******But in the course of specific illustration we have found hints of other general lessons; and we should do well to state these lessons to ourselves more clearly. In seeing that economics is a science of tracing consequences, we must have become aware...