Monday, 12 November 2012

How Saskatchewan is failing Aboriginals

From time to time I come across people that really don't understand the seriousness of racism in our modern world. This is particularly true in Saskatchewan, where the anti-Aboriginal sentiment remains fierce. It is not uncommon to hear things like, "well, they get their education completely paid for, isn't that enough?" and "They already don't pay taxes, isn't it time they contribute to the country they live in?"

It's beliefs like those that really drive me up the wall, and are the reasons why I'm writing this post.

Sunday, 30 September 2012

The Catholic Church: A force for good?

This is a highly amusing debate that features the question, Is the Catholic church a force for good? The whole debate is filled with deep and insightful moments, but Christopher Hitchens and Stephen Fry decisively prove their worth, and indeed Ann Widdecombe and John Onaiyekan are severely out-matched.

However, of particular note here is that Fry is easily the mvp of the evening. His immeasurable wit and brutal honesty completely catch both his opponents and the audience off-guard, and that's very much to his credit.

Saturday, 22 September 2012

Is it good to be bad?

The problem of evil is a significant issue for theists because, if the type of god they believe in is all powerful, all good and all knowing, then it stands to reason that the presence of evil in the world should be both undesirable and preventable, yet God chooses to do nothing about it.

Sunday, 16 September 2012

The reaper wields a gavel, not a scythe

What do you think about the death penalty? This is something I have personally been on the fence about, because I have two equally strong but diametrically opposed reactions to it.

Thursday, 13 September 2012

The world needs a tall, frosty glass of justice

According to Wikipedia, the Just-World hypothesis is the tendency for people to want to believe that the world is fundamentally just. Unfortunately, this belief has the nasty tendency to suggest victims are to blame for their own misfortune.