Philosophy

Dear Waleed, From my living room in Germany, I watched and nodded along with so many others around the world, as you brought a refreshing, much needed input to the dialogue about ISIL. It is without doubt that the world needs more voices like yours to speak against the ever-growing xenophobia (especially in Europe) addressed not only to Muslims, but also to people of Arabic origin regardless of their religion. However I find myself wondering if you would address a critical issue that is rarely (or with bigoted intentions) discussed. It is an issue so great I that if we don’t confront it head on, I fear we will lose this ‘war’ (or better said, this clash of ideologies). And please take this not as a provocation, for I find your opinion a smart, important and accurate contribution to the...
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You should stop participating in this Satanic holiday. Ten reasons you should not celebrate Halloween. Many in our secular society believe Halloween is nothing more than a harmless festival that allows kids to collect candy. But is it? Its origins lie deeply rooted in the occult, and Christians should stay away. Here are ten reasons why: 1. October 31st has long been known as “The Festival of the Dead”. 2. The Celtic tribes and their priests-the Druids-celebrated this day as a marker for the change from life to death. 3. Halloween is still celebrated today by adherents of witchcraft who use the night for their rituals. Witches celebrate Halloween as the “Feast of Samhain”, the first feast of the witchcraft year. 4. Being a festival of the dead, Halloween is a time...
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Dear Church of England, I see you are trying to get yourselves some limelight of the migrants and refugees again. Would that be anything to do with your recent scandal regarding Peter Ball in the press? Oh, of course not, yes it is. You haven't delivered a 'stinging attack' on David Cameron, he and the government including your own, Eric Pickles and Theresa May consistently and persistently protect your corruption and wrongdoing. Jesus made it extremely clear that he considered the Pharisees' attitude of loving to be seen doing good deeds as wrong before God. 'They will get their reward here on earth' was his attitude. And it will be the same with your empty, vainglorious noise about refugees to try and give the Church's reputation a boost after a little bit of your...
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Growing up in a country like India, I had heard several mythical stories from all religions and had often wondered how strong and charismatic all those Gods would be. I always doubted about Gods capabilities of being able to perform impossible tasks, but never dared to question because deep down, subconsciously I had started believing all those stories to be true. Several times in my mind I had imagined all the lords and great leaders I heard stories of, most of the time the imagination was bounded by the their description in the stories. Sometimes , during my childhood days, sitting alone I would think what if someone shows up wearing an abnormally awkward attire ? Should I bow before him or just look at him ? Many years passed and no one showed up, stories faded away and so did...
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We often hear statements trying to not to generalize groups and communities, instead or "all white people..." we say "some white people..." We still live in a society separated by race weather we acknowledge it or not. I'm sure there are white people that will not agree and not want to be generalized but I do. I say continue generalization. I am a white woman. I understand I have privilege. So please continue to say "all white people" please do not say "some" it gives myself and others opportunities to say "yes some white people but I am not part of that some". Please hold me and other white people accountable for our privilege. We have it but if we hear a chance to dismiss it, it will be. Now, I am not saying that all white people are bad, no. But I am saying white people either...
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Lord I am sorry. I might have offended you for my actions. I am really sorry. In times that I needed you . You were there but I wasn't paying attention. I believe now. I believe that you are in fact real. You are my salvation. Please be rid me of all the evil that's surrounding me. I want to return to you God. Please be my strength. Help me be whole. I believe you. I believe in you. Please take me back to you. I hope you could still accept me. I want to return to you father. Let me be your child again. Guide me. Love me. Forgive me. I am truly sorry. And for all the things that I seem to can't express right now, for all the things I couldn't say I hope you could hear them. I don't know God if you would forgive me, if I am still welcome, but I want to serve you. My life...
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What is truth? This is truth; which begins again. What is truth? Who can know? Does simply saying, make it so? This statement is false. Who can tell? Is it really that simple to unring a bell? I'm a doctor, but k(no)w I'm not? Do I really have to get schooled in thought? Can I earn a doctorate by simply thinking? Am I wasting time by penning and inking? Does the answer to the former lie in the latter? If it is so, then why does it matter? Have I arrived at the truth? Is the inquiry over? Is a PhD no more than a three leaf clover? If I ask another question then what does that mean? Am I wrong? Am I right? Is there something unseen? Shall I copy this infinitely and send you each one? Would you make me a Doctor just for fun? It won't break the tempo if you tell no one. Or...
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Here is my response to a letter that says "Homosexuality Isn't a Sin, but Homophobia Is" (http://www.opnlttr.com/letter/open-letter-church-homosexuality-isn%E2%80%99t-sin-homophobia) I understand where they're coming from, as I had to wrestle with the same issue in my own life. As a person who had brought up within the Catholic faith, I had to figure out where the Church was on this topic, and how on earth I could ever be loved in the Catholic Church. Here's what I found out, and I urge you to share, because this perspective gets virtually zero media exposure ... even though people seem to claim that the support "equality." Let's test that out ;) What I Learned I learned that in the eyes of the Catholic Church, to willfully behave in ways that are contrary to Natural Law (...
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The shooting of nine black parishioners at Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C., has prompted righteous outrage and incomparable grief. Black people were targeted and slain after extending grace and hospitality to a heartless white supremacist who allegedly killed them in one of the nation’s most storied black institutions. Weeks later, our hearts are still heavy. Black churches like Mother Emanuel were founded against a backdrop of white racist terror. And so-called Christians whitewashed theology with anti-black racism, which is the reason some slave masters cited the Bible to support chattel slavery. It’s also the reason some white pastors organized church services so that black parishioners were physically separated from white church members during...
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Dear recent gradu-queer and any queer on the struggle bus, Welcome to this shit show called adulthood! (If anyone tells you adulthood is not some kind of a shit show, I give you permission to bite them on the nose for lying.) Perhaps you've recently bid farewell to some university or college, with or without your sanity, self-esteem, and/or personal values. Or, perhaps, you've long ago hung up your cap and gown, or you left "higher" education without the pomp and circumstance. Or, maybe you never fit quite neatly into the post-high school narrative. Somewhere in any and all of these options, you're supposed to have found a job or degree, and the world makes you feel worthless if you don't have either or both. It's fascinating how in the blink of an eye, people stop asking you...
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