"Greg, I think Pat makes a really good and important point about diplomacy. If we want Muslim allies to join the war effort against ISIS, then not calling them Islamic terrorist would make some sense.
But here I want to briefly respond to…"
"Anyone here see a strategic advantage to not verbally attacking ISIS (or Al Qaida) as "Muslim" terrorists? The idea that these thugs are not practicing the religion seems foolish to me (and apparently everyone else on this thread). It may…"
"It's not about truth; it's about rallying the tribe against the neighboring tribe. Religion may once have been about the pursuit of truth, but the scientific method took over that role, and rightly. Religion persists almost…"
"An aside as regards the whole "No True XXXXX" business: when christians have Catholics and Protestants and the Protestants have Methodists and Lutherans and 100 different flavors of Baptists and Pentacostalists and Congregationalists ...…"
"I agree with that Loren. Saudi Arabia regularly and officially beheads people for things like "sorcery", or for just opposing the government, yet they're the US's 2nd bestest buddy in the region. Israel, our very best…"
"Loren, your statement of rule #1 is probably more accurate than mine. And, telling the Saudis to pack their limitless supply of sand up their *** is certainly a worthwhile goal. However, I'm not sure we get any oil from Jordan, or Lebanon, or…"
"The problem is that the concept of "faith", which could be defined as pretending to know what you don't, as reliable epistemology is inherently flawed. ISIS, or whatever you want to call them, has not strayed from Islamic apocalyptic…"
"Daniel's take on this is very good and noteworthy. It follows that Obama is wanting his replies to be politically correct. That just doesn't work, but it does avoid labels that would lean towards a religious war.
Keep in mind that…"
"Sadly, Rule No. 1 is probably: "Thou Shalt Shamelessly Brown-Nose Those You Wish to Co-opt to Your Purposes" ... especially if they have oil and you don't. At least that business about oil has been shifting recently, though not…"
"I don't disagree that ISIS is an Islamic Terrorist organization. And, I can freely say that all I want without fear of repercussions on an international stage. I'm not the President of the US, or any other nation for that…"
"Sadly, it seems as though President Obama has fallen victim to the whole politically correct school of thought as regards islam, probably with the intention of not offending anyone. Not only is he failing in this effort (PC offends ME, pretty…"
"Dear Bertold, Thanks so much for your comment. Like yourself, I have been amazed to see how religious groups strategically use rhetoric in order to avoid taking responsibility for deeds done in the name of the faith. It is such a…"
"Daniel, Thanks so much for your kind words. I think you are right that the President resists calling ISIS a religious organization because he wants to prevent xenophobia. But I think his approach will unwittingly promote xenophobia…"
"Interesting and well-stated opinion piece, Michael. Thank you for sharing it. I especially like the way you succinctly put a couple of points:
In his amazing book Coming to Our Senses, Morris Berman argues that the methods employed by the Catholic…"
"Thanks for the editorial. Religion certainly gets a pass, and more, from most politicisns. Even the President's fairly nuanced comments about christianity at the prayer breakfast were criticised.
it's hard to come up with a "no true…"
Thanks for checking up on me. I really appreciate that ( :
Well, I am actually gearing up to work on writing an essay on claude McKay its due the end of June (hopefully the editor likes it).
I didn't get into CUNY grad Center. So, that sucked...lol
I am applying to Teachers College and St. John's and Nova Southeastern U in Florida. So, when one door closes another shall open.
Congrats on finishing the book. The curse of Atlas and Sisyphus is now over...lol
The life of an academic is not easy.
Take care,and thanks again,
You literally read my mind. It is truly overwhelming. I am quitting (tomorrow) my second job. I literally did not have time to do anything. So, now, I have time to do apply. I have been questioning people as to what phd would work for me. I realize that I want he pedagogical emphasis but the research backing. So, I decided to apply to Teachers College (Columbia) and CUNY grad center for their Urban Ed Phd. I still, light years from now, want to study law. However, that will have to wait because if I am able to go back to school I will have pay off a huge debt from school.
However, I am glad to hear that you are reaching a conclusion with your book. I am as a matter of fact looking at your book right now. I had to request it through Inter-library loan from Hunter College and I am also reading Donald R Barbera's book too Black and Not Baptist. I was talking to a fellow colleague and she told me you must make the time to write and study and make a list of all the things you want to write about so you can have enough material through out your academic career.
So, I am putting my mind to pen and paper...
Talk to you soon,
Ditto, I am grading papers for both classes this weekend. I have to make the tyrant announcement about respecting deadlines. I know how you feel about meetings. I am working two job, trying really hard to squeeze in time for application deadlines for phd programs and make time for myself and my partner. So, I feel your pain...
Wow Michael, thank you so much for commenting back it really means a lot to me. I propose that I look at atheism as a black gay man and how we have to come out of various closets. We are considered socially unaccapetable because of the social stigma attached. However, even if we are accepted for being gay it is the ultimate slap in the face if we are atheist. I remember reading a lesson before dying and a raisin in the sun and the atheist characters were slapped because they professed their atheism... So,
Hi Michael, I am so pleased to be able to leave you a message. I was conducting a search on works about African-American Atheists and came across your book. I was so thrilled to discover any books on the subject. I would love to talk to you about what inspired you to write such a work. I want to write a book about black gay men and their response to religion and sexuality. Of course its a work in progress.