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Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act has been the subject of many heated debates across the country lately. The bill supposedly “protects the rights of business owners” to refuse service to anyone for any reason so long as that reason is based in religious belief.
Republican presidential candidate for 2016 Rand Paul presents a realistic and pragmatic position on Iran. As a senator, he demonstrates remarkable political maneuvering to avoid war while successfully comforting those who question his ability to be a strong commander in chief.
By now I’m sure you’ve heard about the happenings in the state of Indiana.
Free will is something we all presume we have. It is a key concept in many religions and philosophies. It is defined by contemporary Hungarian philosopher Ferenc Huoranszki as the capacity for an individual to be responsible for his or her own actions. It is a commonly held thought that all of us are in full control of our choices in life and that self-determination is the natural state in which we all exist.
It disheartens me that the same Bible that can encourage and build someone’s faith is rubbed in the faces of those on “deviant” paths. As a Christian, it hurts that some people don’t give Christianity a chance, and yet from the way scripture has been abused for centuries, I understand why they wouldn’t.
Wednesday was the big day for jests and practical jokers alike – April Fools’ Day is an international holiday celebrated by millions across the globe. The day is characterized by pranks and jests, and if celebrated right can bring smiles and laughter to everyone’s face. April Fool’s Day is a fun holiday to have around, and it should be around for many decades to come.
Recognizing the need to “agree to disagree” on certain Biblical issues is the basic foundation for what defines the idea of a “Third-Way” church. It is an attempt to keep the Christian church from bitterly dividing on issues like same-sex relationships.
All people, without exception, are entitled to a good quality of life. I deeply believe that no matter who you are or what you’re doing, you deserve comfort. It shouldn’t be about productivity nor should it be about contribution to society. Rather, it should be about the understanding that all human life is inherently invaluable and that everyone deserves to have decent housing, food, clothing, clean drinking water, education, healthcare, a livable wage if they are working and a safety net for those who aren’t or can’t. It shouldn’t be about the cost. You cannot put a price on human life; it is not a commodity.
Monday, March 23, there was a disturbance near the Tower dorms here at Eastern Michigan. Lauren Stewart, a junior apparel and textile merchandising major and resident of Hill Hall, was woken up early Monday morning.
With the popularity of book-to-movie adaptations and TV streaming services, a new kind of fear is spreading in the American public: the fear of the spoiler. Concern over spoilers is something I’ve noticed in the past few years. It’s an entirely new fear that is proliferated by social media, and made worse by the plethora of movie and TV adaptations that are being produced now.
As support for recreational marijuana legalization in Michigan increases, the likelihood of a ballot proposal to enact the necessary legislation is becoming a reality.
I am responding to the “Crass rant” in the comics section of the Echo. The author claims that there are too many babies. This overpopulation myth has caused human rights abuses around the world, forced population control, denied medicines to the poor, and targeted attacks on ethnic minorities and women. Here is a website that can educate and inform: overpopulationisamyth.com
The Board of Regents recently approved a four percent increase in on-campus housing rates and a five percent increase for meal plans. The money generated by the increase will go toward renovations of on-campus housing and cover the increasing cost of food. While I do understand that up keeping facilities is an important part of running a university, I cannot help being skeptical of the increase.
There is no question that religion has been a prevailing force throughout our history as a species. It has served many purposes -- both good and bad -- but what is it about religion that seems natural to us as a species?
Voter turnout in the 2014 election was historically low. According to data collected by the Institute for Democracy Electoral Assistance, only 33.4 percent of the voting age population voted in the midterm elections of 2014, which is the lowest turnout since 1942. While turnout in midterm elections is consistently lower, turnout in presidential elections is not much better. Voter turnout has never risen higher than 60 percent of the voting age population. This is a serious problem for a democracy; however, the reason for such low turnout is fairly easy to explain: voting just isn’t worth it for a huge portion of the electorate.
In 2012, The Cambridge Declaration on Consciousness declared that animals are as aware of their immediate surroundings as humans are. The declaration, signed at a conference in the presence of Stephen Hawking, states that animals can feel emotions just as strongly as humans can. This brings the ethics of animal testing back into question.
I had written last week of the struggle for straight allies to embody both their support of LGBTQA peoples and their faith in the sight of most modern day Christians. But while those voices need to be heard, it is horrible that someone would accept that voice – of the straight, Christian ally – over those of LGBTQA Christians. Neither voice seems to be given much credit to the doctrines of the church, but those actually identifying as anything except straight/cis-gender seem to me to be seen as letting their “desires of the flesh” out-weigh “God’s plan for their lives.”
Terrorism is a universal problem that has been on the news for a long time. There have been conferences held and protests lead against this kind of violence, but nothing has worked effectively enough to eradicate it completely. This, in summary, is because terrorism is not necessarily linked to psychopathology, religion or lack of education, but rather a strong sense of injustice. Terrorism will be an incredibly difficult problem to fix.