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Deedra Abboud: A Feminist Muslim?

Now This has a new video up today about Deedra Abboud. Abboud is a Democratic candidate for the US Senate in Arizona. If successful, she will be their first Muslim senator, and that would be great. A wider diversity of viewpoints is nearly always better when it comes to government. Much as I have an issue with the finer points of intersectionality, more women, and more philosophies is a good thing.... read more

31 Oct: Daily Homily (#MuellerTime) and Tweets

As you can imagine the Twitterverse is full of tweets about two things today: Halloween and the arrests resulting from the Mueller investigation. I predicted a couple of days ago that Paul Manafort would be the first arrest. Yesterday, though I didn’t say it anywhere publicly, I began to think there would be a second person. I had no idea who it would be though. Now Manafort and the second person,... read more

29 Oct: Daily Homily (Catalonia) and Tweets

There aren’t many tweets about the situation unfolding in Spain regarding Catalonia. So, I put up a few myself. I find the whole thing extremely worrying as it’s hard to see how there can be a peaceful resolution at this point. Personally, I oppose the calls for independence. However, the extreme heavy-handedness of the central government in Spain is appalling. Any government that perpetrates... read more

27 Oct: Daily Homily and Tweets

One of the tweets Ann German brought to my attention today is about the judicial system in Mississippi. The situation is so outrageous that I feel I have to do more than just present the tweet. A poor, young, woman had a baby. When the baby was four months old, she and the baby were passengers in a car that was pulled over in a traffic stop. (The baby was properly secured in a car seat.) When the officer... read more

26 Oct: Daily Homily (Weinstein and Determinism) and Tweets

Given the heinous nature of the actions of Harvey Weinstein, there are still plenty of tweets about him in the Twitterverse. He’s getting plenty of attention elsewhere too, and rightly so. In today’s fast moving news cycle, things get old too fast too often. Today Jerry Coyne was one of those who wrote a post about the a$$ho£e: ‘Harvey Weinstein, creep or psychopath?‘. He looks at... read more

25 Oct: Daily Homily and Tweets

Most of those I follow on Twitter are of a similar mindset to me. As a result, most of the tweets from the US I see agree that Trump is a bad president and the country would be better off without him. However, I’m aware that I’m not seeing a representative cross-section of the country. That came home to me on of 8 November last year. That night I found out something was wrong with the... read more

Why the Iran Nuclear Agreement is a Good Deal

The official name of the Iran Nuclear agreement is the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or JCPOA. It was signed in Vienna on 14 July 2015 between the Islamic Republic of Iran on one side and France, Great Britain, China, Germany, Russia, and the US on the other. The alliance of France, Great Britain, China, Germany, Russia, and the US is known as the “P5 +1”. “P5” refers to the five permanent members of... read more

22 Oct: Daily Homily and Tweets

Things are not looking good in New Zealand. We’ve finally got a government, but the only people it’s ideal for are Winston Peters and his voters. The weather is gloomy after several days of lovely sunshine. And, worst of all, the All Blacks LOST! There are, of course, lots of tweets about both the rugby and the government in the Twitterverse in New Zealand. The All Blacks losig is a guaranteed... read more

18 Oct: Daily Homily (Religion & Children) and Tweets

I haven’t done many religion tweets in these posts, so I’ll write about it instead. A couple of weeks ago I once again had proselytizers at the front door. This time, they were from the Seventh Day Adventist Church. One was a man in his 30s or 40s, and the other was a boy of about sixteen. The poor kid was obviously extremely nervous. He told me where he was from and invited me to a meeting at... read more

17 Oct 2017: Homily (NZ Coalitions) and Daily Tweets

It’s been a couple of days, so I thought it was about time I did a tweets post. I’ve been partly writing a “proper” post, and partly taking time off. Spoiler Alert: the “proper” post is about the Iran Nuclear deal, which I support. It’s mostly written, and I know what the rest is going to say. However, I’m not up to writing today, so it’s on the... read more

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