"Avoiding and censoring criticism of Islam solely because populists and demagogues make similar critiques is the greatest failure of today's liberals and freethinkers."
It's weird that our political parties fall along this arbitrary spectrum.
In the Arabic translation of The God Delusion, under the title, Bassam added the words: "This book is banned in Islamic countries." It is fortunate and wonderful that the banning of books in the Arab and Islamic worlds is no longer feasible in our new age of information.
We often use several different terms to describe the concept of enlightenment. They include spiritual growth, spiritual development, spiritual awakening, mindfulness, etc. I'm sure you can probably come up with a few more. In essence, we're describing a process of personal realization.
When I'm helping clients set goals for their careers, one of the most important questions I ask them is "why?". Why are they setting that particular goal? That simple question helps them determine whether the goal is aligned with what they actually want.
It's been a month since my wife gave birth to a beautiful baby girl and WOW has it been a learning experience! Changing diapers at 3 a.m., figuring out how to sterilize bottles, bathe the little one, strap her into the car seat, and rock her to sleep. One of my personal heroes, Ram Dass, once asked his guru "How can I attain enlightenment?" His guru replied: "Feed people and serve people." OK.
For a Jewish, middle class, Montrealer, I've spent a lot of my life in the company of the Buddha. I have had an 18-year on-again, off-again relationship with the Buddha. He's been by my side during the ups and downs. I never practiced Buddhism, but I have been a student of the religion for half my life.
Somewhere along the way to inclusion, accommodation and tolerance, it became acceptable for the politically correct, secular, agnostic, atheistic left to demean and denigrate and disrespect those of us who believe in the Bible. East Point Academy is a publicly-funded charter school in South Carolina that runs "Operation Christmas Child" annually, encouraging children to buy gifts for the less fortunate. But the school recently received a letter from the American Humanist Association demanding the project be stopped. The letter called the school's involvement in Operation Christmas Child "unconstitutional.
Three of the top ten books in a recent New York Times nonfiction paperback best sellers list included the word "heaven" in