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In this post we are going to do something a little different.  We are going to look at conditions in the mental health industry and the Syrian refugees, in order to draw a commonality from both situations.  I recently read a NY Times Opinion called How to Help Save the Mentally Ill From Themselves by Norman Ornstein.  The piece describes his family’s experience with their oldest son Matthew, who experienced a sudden psychotic break during his twenties.  We are sorry for the pain and loss they have endured.  We know first-hand what they have gone through.

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Posted in: Healthcare
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There has been much attention given recently to the problems of drug addiction and the release of criminals convicted for drug related crimes as the sentences they received are now deemed too harsh for these ‘non-violent’ crimes.  It has becomes an issue in the primaries with Jeb Bush, Chris Christy, and Carly Fiorina all giving personal testimonies on the matter.  In addition it is one of the main election concerns in New Hampshire.   So far the focus in the media has been on factors such as:

 

  • Race

  • The legalization of drugs, such as marijuana

  • The prescription practices for legal drugs

  • Drug use as a factor in other crimes

  • Drug crime’s impact on communities

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Posted in: Charity
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Today’s post will take a look at the upcoming election.  It is not meant to be either an endorsement or criticism of any particular candidate(s).  Instead, its purpose is to look at some of the current characteristics of this race in the light of this site’s topics.

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Posted in: Governance
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We’ll continue the last post by looking at the supreme court in relation to acting on the truth.  As previously stated the primary purpose of government is to protect its citizen’s rights.  To that end three separate branches of federal government were established, each with limited powers, and each with the incentives and ability to provide a check on the advance of power by the others.

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Posted in: Governance
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Last time we took a look at collectivism and truth.  This time we’ll use several more recent events to examine collectivism and the way it goes about implementing what it perceives to be the truth.  Why?  Because it seems like things are changing rapidly, and not necessarily for the better.  Most people seem to agree.  This week’s Rasmussen right track/wrong track survey indicates that less than a third of Americans think we are on the right track.   Implementing one’s truth concerns not only the ends that are to be achieved but also the means used to reach them.  I’ve stated before that within collectivism, regardless of its form, it is only the ends that matter, and that the means do not matter to them.  So we will look at three current events from the past couple of weeks, and the common thread among them.  The first is the tragic death of Kate Steinle.  The second is the recent revelation of Planned Parenthood’s sale of infant body parts.  The third event is the supreme court ruling on unnatural marriage.  We’ll cover the first two in this post and conclude with the third item next time.

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Posted in: General
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I hardly know where to begin this post, so please forgive me if it seems a little scattered or it offends.  It is not intended to do either.  Instead it is intended to shine a light into a place that has become quite dark.  In one day this past week, there were news stories on the following items:  (1) the events surrounding Rachel Dolezal’s resignation, the former leader of Spokane’s NAACP office, (2) the St. Louis Cardinal’s alleged hacking into the Houston Astro’s database, (3) the apparent lack of honesty in Hillary Clinton’s turning over emails from the period while she was Secretary of State, (4) the Baltimore DA’s apparent conflict in the case she is about to try, and (5) the shooting at the church in Charleston.  I believe there is a common thread throughout these stories, and I’ll focus on just two of them to hopefully make the point. 

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Posted in: General
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The last two blogs looked at the compatibility of shari’a and US law from the perspectives of:  (1) the separation of church and state, and (2) the form of governance.  It is clear that shari’a not only contradicts, but that it is also incompatible with our founding principles.  This is simply a matter of fact as previously outlined.  In this post we’ll look at another area, that of the philosophical basis of Islam.  We’ve stated several times that the reasoning and consensus of the Islamic clerics was applied in:  (1) the creation of the Sunna, (2) the creation of the rules limiting the number of variant readings of the Qur’an, and (3) the identification of the trustworthy hadith.  But what were the philosophical and basis of reasoning that were applied, and do they matter?

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Posted in: Islam
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I’ve asserted in my book that all forms of governance break down into three or four types.  It is time to talk about those in more detail, as it has a direct relationship to the topic at hand.

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Posted in: Islam
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The next area we will explore is the compatibility of US and shari’a law.  As should be clear by now, Islam is more than simply a religion.  It is politics, military, civics, ethics, culture, law, and religion – all in one package.  Further, it is impossible to separate one aspect from another.  Islam is all.

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Posted in: Islam
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We will next turn to a quick look at the sources supporting both Christianity and Islam.  A prevelant criticism within Islam is that both the Torah and Bible have become corrupted.  But is this true?  We’ll start with an examination of the Bible, and by extension the Torah (Pentateuch) as it is also contained within the first five books of the Old Testament.  But first we’ll open with three passages from the Qur’an, the first two of which say that the truth comes from Allah, and that the Bible and Torah come from Him.  The last several verses of the second passage state that the Qur’an contains the same truth as in the earlier scriptures – the Bible and Torah.

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Posted in: Islam
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Dan WolfMy goal is that my writing will help you to get started on your own journey of discovery, or help you along the way on a journey you may have already begun. Our Founders considered education, religion, morality, and virtue to be the cornerstones for any successful society. Being successful requires understanding both the languages of reason and faith; reason alone is insufficient.