Trump’s Exoneration

We have a problem.

For the sake of this discussion let us presume that Trump and all connected with him are completely innocent of any form of wrong doing with respect to Russia. However, only you and I know this.

Now, allegations (which in this hypothetical are unfounded) have been made about Russian ties to the Trump campaign. Trump needs to be shown blameless so that this issue will be put to rest.

Here is the problem:

Who can do this?

Jeff Sessions? He is not credible simply by virtue of his appointment. The same problem holds true of the Assistant AG as well as the soon to be FBI Director.

I have been distressed by people’s propensity for #Russiantojudgement but that doesn’t mean we should never have a judgement.

I am confident we will find a way through this but I don’t see what that will be and it bothers me.

The U.N. – Oxford Union debate

The Oxford Union was founded in 1823 and is a famous platform for debate. The merits of a given motion are debated and then a vote is taken.

The motion: This House Believes the United Nations is a Failing Institution.

Eight speakers with strong arguments on either side.

I’m not a fan of the U.N. but it was fun and educational to hear about people’s argument’s in favor of it, as well as brutal criticisms. Saudi Arabia being on the U.N. human rights council would be one of them. Does that seem right to you?

Muslims & Terrorists

Link: Zinc Video Muslim Terrorist Statistics

Apparently the folks at Zinc only upload videos to FB. It’s a short video (1:13).

Let’s lead with the fact that banning people because of their religion is quintessentially unAmerican.

Just like Trump, but to a different direction, this video misses the point. The Muslims killing Muslims e.g. ISIS, would claim those being killed are not Muslims.

While 106,000 is a small percentage, it is a large number. It looks nice to say 0.006% of Muslims are terrorists and makes a useful point but it is missing the larger point.

Having seen how badly people misinterpret Christianity from the outside, I am reluctant to make any statements about what a religion is or is not. With that understood, it is my understanding that the actions of ISIS are justifiable under the Quran and Sharia law. This not to say it is the only perspective one can take but that it is a perspective ISIS and their supporters can support from text and tradition.

This leads us to the larger point, What is Islam?

What is happening right now is a battle for the meaning of the faith. So when 1.6 billion Muslims are mentioned, what does that mean?

The video also treats Islamism as a spontaneous movement devoid of context. The West (US, UK, et al), Russia, and others have acted to the detriment of people living in areas with high concentrations of Muslims. That is not the sole reason we have our current troubles but it is part of it.