Thoughts on the Baltimore riots

There is no reason to attack and attempt to murder police officers and there is no reason to burn down businesses and vandalize cars. There is also no reason to allow out-of-control police to beat arrestees to death (which might or might not be what happened in this case, but it seems likely that it is what happened) even if the person under arrest is a drug dealing gangster scumbag with an extensive arrest record, as seems to be the case with Freddie Gray. Police have every right and obligation to use deadly force when there are no other options, … Continue reading Thoughts on the Baltimore riots

Interesting arguments with right-leaning Zappa fans

Equensu Ocha wrote: Hobbin and a nobbin with someone else w a suspiciously middle eastern name disturbingly similar to a middle eastern dictator that had his own trading card set, I think we collected them all. Abel Ashes responded: Equensu Ocha, Your comment about Obama’s middle name is ridiculous. Obama is a Christian liberal secularist who supports equal rights for all and the first President I have heard explicitly call for equal rights for atheists. The fact that he has Muslims in his family and was given an Islamic name middle name should no more be held against him than … Continue reading Interesting arguments with right-leaning Zappa fans

Universal human rights are your property

All people should be considered to be “owners” of the “property” we call “universal human rights” simply because they are conscious and sentient human beings. A person’s rights should not depend on which clump of dirt in which ocean their mother happened to be in when said person plopped out of her vagina. To this desirable end via global human rights law and the eradication of theocracy, monarchy, plutocracy, tyranny, and lawlessness, I assert that national civil rights exist primarily, so far as they do exist, because there are national civil rights laws that have enforceable punishments nationwide and national … Continue reading Universal human rights are your property

In response to the absurd notion that there is “no such thing as political Islam”

In reply to a certain article that appeared in my news feed claiming the “there is no such thing as political Islam.” : If there is no such thing as political Islam then all Muslims should join with me in calling for an end to all theocracy, state religion, hereditary religion, and laws based on religion and instead support secular law and government. But we all know, that while there are many Muslims who do support secular, liberal, pluralist politics, there are far more who support Islamic politics, Islamic government, and Islamic law. It is simply a lie to say … Continue reading In response to the absurd notion that there is “no such thing as political Islam”