How the US really feels about gays

Signing a UN declaration is roughly as binding as your New Years resolution. Still, they are symbolic representations, somewhat like a lofty resolution, indicating an important issue which needs attention. It's why I'm appalled the US failed to sign a UN declaration aiming at decriminalizing homosexuality. Of course, I'm not entirely surprised, since the government seems to have no regard for civil libertie ...

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Things are heating up in Iraq

It's never good news when Iraq makes the front page of the news. That's usually because we've become so accustomed to tragedy, that daily events, bombings, and massacres are casually relegated to a dark and lonely corner of most mainstream media sites. Thursday was particularly brutal, as a female rights activist was beheaded in her home. Violence against women has been escalating, and is unlikely to stop. ...

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Can torture be justified?

Imagine your family is being held hostage. They are hidden in a secret location inside a chamber slowly filling with water, and you have somehow managed to capture one of the men responsible for their disappearance. You do know time is of the essence, and you have very few options. In this scenario, would you resort to torture to get your information? If you did, would you feel morally justified in your act ...

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On the legalization of prostitution

What are you supposed to do if you are asked to chose between two evils? We like to believe the decisions we make correspond to our morality, but there are often problems which arise in our modern world that have no adequate solution. In these circumstances, we must act pragmatically to ensure the consequences of our actions do not exacerbate an already difficult situation. If we can accept that the choices ...

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The biggest legacy of the Bush years

The Bush presidency has been a disaster. Perhaps there are some of you who believe somehow, history will vindicate this man, but it is as clear to me today as it will be in 50 years; President Bush was the worst president in the history of the United States of America. It could be the fact his government was involved in perhaps the biggest scam in the world by convincing their blood drunk populace that Iraq ...

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The real definition of marriage

There's been a lot of debate concerning the definition of marriage. I know many conservatives are offended guys like me call them on the fact that the real reason they dislike gays marrying is because they are homophobic. I'm accused of making blanket statements about conservatives, and of labeling people. Now, I want to make it clear to everyone that I'm not trying to make a person feel inferior for being ...

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Religious people are easily frightened

TGA reader Ben sent me this link. It's from a Australian news site, and deals with the issue of having secular ethics as an option for primary school parents. Seems as though the staff and parents aren't too pleased about it: Research director Jenny Stokes said: "If you go there, where do you stop? What about witchcraft or Satanism? If you accredit humanism, then those things would have an equal claim to be ...

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The Santa experiment

I don't have any children, although like any young adult, I've often contemplated how I would raise my own. I never particularly liked Christmas, and I always felt it unwise and deceitful to teach my children the rather silly notion of Santa Claus. The big bearded guy stands for many of the values I do not believe in; mainly the capitalist, consumerist attitude I feel is quickly destroying our planet. Recen ...

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Grumpy old man claims global warming is a hoax

Here's an amusing / frustrating video of Weather Channel founder John Coleman trying his best to blast global warming. He's concerned about how 'upset' people are, as though being worried about the environment is slowly killing people's souls. He also believes things are just fine, and there is no need for concern. It seems his biggest proof is simply that the polar icecaps are not going to melt, despite cl ...

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Mugabe claims cholera outbreak is contained

Zimbabwe is in trouble. Not only is the country suffering from hyper inflation (they printed a 50 billion dollar note a few months ago), but it's also in the grips of an epidemic of cholera. The World Health Organization estimates roughly 15,000 people are infected, and 700 have already died. The outbreak is leading many to flee to South Africa, but they in turn are not quarantining any of the refugees, whi ...

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