August 2007


From washingtonpost.com:

Ayaan Hirsi Ali ยป The western world would be wise to recognize the realities of Islam, a religion laid down in writing over a millennium ago with violence and oppression at its heart.

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From C-SPAN2:

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Join us for a conversation with author Edward O. Wilson. Pulitzer Prize-winner and biologist Edward O. Wilson has taught at Harvard University since the mid-1950’s, and is currently a research professor there. Mr. Wilson was named one of America’s 25 most influential people by Time Magazine in 1996. His books include: Sociobiology: The New Synthesis, On Human Nature, The Ants, The Diversity of Life, Consilience: The Unity of Knowledge, The Creation: An Appeal to Save Life on Earth, and Nature Revealed: Selected Writings 1949-2006.

From the Houston Chronicle:

Texas students will have four more words to remember when they head back to class this month and begin reciting the state’s pledge of allegiance.

This year’s Legislature added the phrase “one state under God” to the pledge, which is part of a required morning ritual in Texas public schools along with the pledge to the U.S. flag and a moment of silence.

State Rep. Debbie Riddle, who sponsored the bill, said it had always bothered her that God was omitted in the state’s pledge.

“Personally, I felt like the Texas pledge had a big old hole in it, and it occurred to me, ‘You know what? We need to fix that,’ ” said Riddle, R-Tomball. “Our Texas pledge is perfectly OK like it is with the exception of acknowledging that just as we are one nation under God, we are one state under God as well.”

From Slate.com:

Some Americans may consider Scientology perhaps a cult, maybe a violent sect, and certainly very weird. And, like many, I find the Church of Scientology odd, to say the least. But Scientology is no more bizarre than other religions. And it’s the similarities between Scientology and, say, Christianity and Judaism that make us so uncomfortable. We need to hate Scientology, lest we hate ourselves.

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