Justice on Martin Luther King day in the U.S.

Today is Martin Luther King day in the US. We are reminded that the Reverend Dr. King was a strong force for justice and change in the US. Dr. King reminded us of the difference between justice and revenge, and abhorred violent revenge as well.  Dr. King strongly...

New Year and terrorism

Happy New Year to all. This is a holiday recognized by almost all, despite spiritual or religious tradition, even though it is based on the Gregorian calendar promulgated by a Christian, a Roman Catholic pope. This past year has been very mixed in terms of peace. In...

Solstice

This week the solstices occur, winter in the northern hemisphere and summer in the southern hemisphere. The solstices are times of celebrations, some religious or spiritual. Others just good times and parties. In the northern hemisphere, legend says that very early...

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...

Islam in America – Lisa Ling

How many of you saw CNN’s original series of Lisa Ling on Islam in America this past Sunday night? If not, it will be re-broadcast on this coming and some future Sunday nights Lisa’s wonderfully insightful episode featured a mosque in Memphis in which most...

What’s happening in Niger?

News media have told us about the tragic deaths of four US soldiers fighting ISIS. What more is there about the activities of the US. With the defeat of the ISIS caliphate and the resurgence of al Qaeda, terrorism has spread to Africa. Boko Haram is as active as ever....