Hanukkah and Advent

This week is the beginning of Hanukkah for Jewish and Advent for Christians. Both religions ceremonies involve ceremonial lighting of candles. Hanukkah represents dedication for Jewish persons. Advent represents a season of love and peace leading to Christmas, the...

ISIS attacks a mosque in Egypt

The recent attack by self-designated Islamists on a Sufi mosque in Egypt is despicable and to be condemned by any standards. It demonstrates, very sadly that groups who call themselves Islamic are not. The mere fact that they designate themselves as Islamic does not...

Happy Thanksgiving

Tomorrow is; today for some of you in Asia. Thanksgiving is the biggest holiday of the year in the US. There is a very similar holiday in Canada in October. Why is Thanksgiving the biggest holiday in the US? Even bigger than Christmas? Christmas is indeed an important...

Plea bargaining

The latest issue of Economist has an excellent editorial about the use plea bargains in the U.S. judicial system and those of other countries. Do plea bargains really serve justice and favor defendants? Are they used excessively for immigrants and others at the lower...

Oppression in the name of religion

The news reports this week that the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia has taken control over Wahabi leaders and prohibited them from making arrests or assaulting persons who they view as violating requirements of Islam that they have developed and are not parts of original...