Robert Klein Engler lives in Des Plaines, Illinois and sometimes New Orleans. Robert’s books are to be found at [url=http://amazon.com/]amazon.com[/url] and [url=http://Lulu.com]Lulu.com[/url]. His long poem, The Accomplishment of Metaphor and the Necessity of Suffering, set partially in New Orleans, is published by Headwaters Press, Medusa, New York, 2004.Robert can be reached at: [[email protected][email protected]][email protected][/email]
Freedom of religion in the United States is a complex issue. It is an issue that involves both tradition and Constitutional law.
Tom Krattenmaker writes, “The freedom to believe as one chooses is crucial to the American way, and belief has little meaning if it cannot be acted upon. Even so…the right to practice religion must have its limits. Especially when the consequences are life or death for those with no choice in the matter.”
How long as it been? Years have gone by and there is a Select Committee of Congress, yet still we do not know the answer to three basic questions about the Incident at Benghazi that any detective doing a homicide investigation would ask. We do not know how ambassador Stevens died. If he was murdered, we do not know who did it, and finally, what was the motive for the murder of our ambassador? In short, we need a theory of the crime to find out the truth about the Incident at Benghazi.
Events in the Middle East are complicated. It is often difficult to keep tract of the moves made by both state actors and state leaders. Here are a some points to keep in mind as we attempt to piece together reports in the media and stories researched online about developments in the volatile part of the world.
Hillary Clinton stood before the coffin that held the cold, dead body of US Ambassador Christopher Stevens and blamed his death on a video that supposedly insulted Muslims. If telling a lie is not a betrayal, then what is?
In her Dover Air Force Base statement Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, said, “We’ve seen rage and violence directed at American embassies over an awful internet video that we had nothing to do with.”
The unintended consequences of bad policies is nothing new. In an attempt to ban a book, governments are met often with the unintended consequence of making the book more popular. Who knew at the time, that welfare policies furthered by Democrats would have the unintended consequence of destroying the African-American family?
The 20th century poet Robert Frost wrote that “good fences make good neighbors.” We do not know if Frost meant that to be a comment on the evils of multiculturalism. We do know that in our time of multiculturalism the lack of good fences encourages cultural conflicts that should be noticed. Take as an example, the cultural similarities between the Aztecs of Mexico and the Nazis of Germany.
With the recent news there were dozens of CIA employees at Benghazi when the attack took place, the mystery of what they were doing continues. Furthermore, “CNN has learned the CIA is involved in what one source calls an unprecedented attempt to keep the spy agency’s Benghazi secrets from ever leaking out.”
For part of my higher education I attended a university run by Jesuits. At that time we told the joke that the only difference between the Jesuits and the Communists was that the Communists locked you OUT of church and the Jesuits locked you IN.
1.The New World:
Pope Francis is the first Pope from the New World. This is significant because for almost 1,500 years the continents of the New World were not supposed to be where they are. The world for the Romans and many who followed them was made up of Europe, Africa and Asia. Now, we have a Pope from a country no one imagined at the time of St. Peter, a Pope who has the ability to see the whole world, not just in his imagination, but as a NASA photograph, spinning in the darkness of outer space.
According to a CBS News/AP story, posted on the Internet (September 12, 2012, 10:37 AM), US ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens died of “severe asphyxia,” sometimes referred to as smoke inhalation. It was reported to the media by a Libyan doctor, but was not an official autopsy report. In spite of this unofficial report, most Americans believe the ambassador was murdered.
Now that summer vacation is over, many college and university students will return to their studies of social justice. These students will have plenty of time to prepare for the next United Nations World Day of Social Justice on February 20, 2013.
There is another fundamental transformation of the United States taking place besides the one that will happen with Obamacare. That other transformation is the one caused by illegal immigration, especially illegal immigration from Mexico.
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