Hasan Is Wrong – Religion Is Not Rational

In a recent online group discussion, an atheist friend of mine accused “religion” of being irrational. I made an attempt to explain that while world religions may not be consistently rational, there are religious individuals and denominations who value reason and science. A Muslim friend responded with a link to an article Mehdi Hasan, a […]

Democracy As A Stepping Stone To Dictatorship

In a recent article in The Guardian, former Kuwaiti MP Musallam Al-Barrak talked of the threat Kuwait’s democracy is facing given the autocratic decrees of Kuwait’s Emir, Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah. Al-Barrak’s article seems to suggest that he’s a champion of democracy and hopes to see power in the hands of the people. I couldn’t help but think that half […]

Flying Elephants

Apologies in advance for the lame joke that follows. But there’s a lesson behind the lameness. I promise. Under the dictatorial rule of Saddam Hussein, a science teacher was teaching her 1st grade class about animals. Student: “Miss, I was told that elephants fly.” Teacher: “No, elephants don’t fly. Who’s the idiot that told you […]