I would like to thank Brett Frazer for his response to my article “Islamic Violence Justifies Islamophobia,” in the May 31 issue of The Northern Light, because his views are a good representation of apologists for Islam in the West. And so it is with great enthusiasm with which I aim to dismantle his arguments in this week’s column.
Stories By Daniel McDonald
A common critique of American society is the extent to which inequality runs rampant. It’s all been said before; how those lovely Scandinavian countries and many of their Western European neighbors have achieved a much greater level of egalitarianism than we have.
Whether it’s the recent ban on trans fat in California, sugary drinks in Massachusetts, or salt in New York, one thing is for certain, the state is becoming increasingly involved in the dietary choices people make. Until recently, these regulations only targeted what businesses and schools were allowed to provide. The Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act, […]
One of the more heated issues over the budget debate in Washington is the amendment passed by House Republicans to cut all federal funding of Planned Parenthood. As of now, the Federal Government subsidizes Planned Parenthood at a cost of about $360 million per year. And although this may seem like a lot, in the […]
“The President does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation.” Oh how the times have changed. These were the words of then-candidate Obama in 2007 before he decided to intervene in yet another oil-producing […]
The devastation in Japan is mind boggling. As most are aware, the country experienced a record-breaking 9.0 earthquake off its North Eastern coastline, triggering a major tsunami measuring nearly 80 feet high and traveling up to 10 miles inland. Currently, the official death toll is 10,102, though estimates put the number closer to 18,000. From the combined impact of the earthquake and tsunami, 125,000 buildings have either been damaged or destroyed, and major infrastructure such as roads and railways severely crippled.
In the past month the world witnessed two barbaric acts of terrorism in the name of Islam. Arid Uka shot and murdered two U.S. soldiers and seriously wounded two others at an airport in Frankfurt while shouting the all too familiar “Allahu Akbar.” Oddly enough, the Obama administration was incapable of labeling this a terrorist […]
Apart from a few radicals, most Americans believe in equality. The great disagreement comes when people try to determine what equality actually is. On one side are those concerned with establishing the optimal environment for the equality of opportunity, while the other side wants to guarantee the equality of results. Feminism began as a necessary […]
Multiculturalism as a defensible concept seems to be standing on its last few legs. Recently, both German Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister David Cameron have declared multiculturalism to have “failed” and France’s National Front leader Marine Le Pen says she senses an “evolution” in Europe’s support for multicultural policies. It would seem that […]
We are witnessing the passing of the old order in the Arab world. A change of this magnitude has not occurred since the fall of the Berlin wall. And whatever the outcome may be, the region will never be the same. What started as a domestic issue in Tunisia has now spread to Egypt, Jordan, […]
Tunisia, a country whose citizens have long put up with a corrupt leadership and rigid controls on both their economic and political rights, has finally had enough. With an unemployment rate hovering around 13.5 percent and a highly regulated economy, growth has been slow and unable to quell the anger and frustration over police state […]
During an age in which Americans are bombarded from all sides over stories of natural disasters, overpopulation, pandemics, terrorism, and global warming, it is easy to adopt a grim view of the current state of the world. In 2010 we witnessed a deadly earthquake in Haiti, a massive oil spill off the Gulf Coast, and […]
The estate tax (also known as the death tax) is possibly the most devastating form of taxation ever created. It is for this reason that Congress passed a tax relief package in 2001 gradually phasing it out. The relief reached its peak this year resulting in a zero percent estate tax rate, something which hasn’t […]
Proposition 8 in California defining marriage as being between a man and a woman was overturned in August of this year in the case of Perry v. Schwarzenegger and is now set for a Dec. 6 hearing before the Ninth District Circuit Court of Appeals. Judge Vaughn Walker wrote the decision arguing, “Gays and lesbians… […]