Islam and radical Islam June 26th

Conversations with a Muslim

I checked with the Eugene Islamic Center about finding someone of the Muslim faith that would be willing to address our class. No one was available but one member Drew, was kind enough to answer some of my questions. I have rearranged these questions and answers in the form of a conversation. Jerry Continue reading

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The Trump Effect – Here and Abroad     – June 15th

The Trump Effect started out as an entirely negative thing. Teachers started complaining that their students were bullying other kids. Minority and Muslim kids were afraid. the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Teaching Tolerance project found that: “Ninety percent of educators report that school climate has been negatively affected, and most of them believe it will have a long-lasting impact. A full 80 percent describe heightened anxiety and concern on the part of students worried about the impact of the election on themselves and their families.”  Continue reading

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Climate Refugees – June 12th

An Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF) report determined that as many as 500 – 600 million people, nearly 10% of the planet’s population, may be displaced by Climate Change. There are already about 26 million who have been forced to move. That figure may grow to 150 million by 2050. Continue reading

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Human Rights Abuses June 1st

In previous administrations, the United States placed pressure on every country it dealt with to improve their human rights records. Ronald Reagan said, “America is a shining city upon a hill whose beacon light guides freedom-loving people everywhere.” We were considered an example for all of the nations of the world of how a civilized nation behaved. We were the ones that did not torture, that believed in equality and freedom, that had a free press and free elections. Continue reading

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Human Trafficking March 22nd

This is one of those topics that I don’t know much about so we will learn as we go.

We all assume that human trafficking is something that occurs in other countries but not ours. It is just too hard to imagine children disappearing and being forced to live a life of slavery and/or prostitution here in the land of the free.  Continue reading

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Immigration Reform May 18th

Like most things today Immigration reform has become extremely political. Conservatives think of immigrants as murderers, rapists, and job stealers, who soak up government giveaways and are harmful to the country. Liberals on the other hand see immigrants as hard working people many of them fleeing oppression, who create new businesses and help the nation.  Continue reading

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There are three agencies investigating Trump’s ties to Russia. The Republicans only want investigations of who leaked information they are trying to cover up. For the Democrats it is about who colluded with the Russians when they influenced the election. No one is investigating the most important question. Has Trump been compromised by the Russians, and is he acting as an agent of Russia? Republicans say the entire idea is incredible and not worth considering. I think it is. Continue reading

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