Khalid Sheikh Mohammed

In a facinating New Yorker article, writer Terry McDermott did a lengthy expose on this fellow, clearly the mastermind of 9/11.  He follows Mohammed’s life from his childhood through the incarceration he is now experiencing at GETMO.  He reviews the letters Mohammed sends to his family and others.  Without relating all that I found in…
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Archeologists Have Their Spats

A Freethinker organization I belong to chronicles an on going spat among archeologists about the city of  Bethlehem.  Not Bethlehem, PA, but, you know, the real Bethlehem. The  dispute is about whether there actually was a village at the current location of Bethlehem at the time the New Testiment’s lead character, Jesus, was born.  We must…
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No Contest

Nine years after 9/11,  what is the major force in play in U. S. politics?  The opposite of reason, unreason. Evidence, knowledge, proportionality, nuance and complexity, the indespensible tools of the liberal mind, seem not to compete with simple expressions of  rage against Islam.  The political profit to be gained from jumping on board with this simple…
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Pres., Right On

Today the AP quoted President Obama, “…we are not at war against Islam.  We’re at war with terrorist organizations that have distorted Islam or falsely used the banner of Islam to engage in their destructive acts.” If we get in a snit about the Mosque in NYC, we are losing a good opportunity.  In any…
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They're Comin' To Fargo

August and September have been busy for those of us in the local Freethinkers group.  We are putting on a Conference, the details of which are at www.redriverfreethinkers.org . Tonight, I had a phone call which helped make the whole effort worth while.  A nice lady from Minneapolis said she would like to come and…
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