In Defense of Reason Part 6: Independent of Principle

On Friday June 22, 2012 Nick Gillespie, the editor-in-chief of reason.com and self-described libertarian, appeared on Real Time with Bill Maher and criticized both Maher and Rachel Maddow of MSNBC for their supposed liberal bias. While discussing the political scandal known as Fast and Furious, Gillespie asserted that “[liberals] would always take the side of a Democrat over a Republican.” The inability of Maher and Maddow to convincingly respond to Gillespie’s critique has caused several conservative commentators, including Noel Sheppard of newsbusters.org, to claim that liberals have finally been exposed as peddlers of propaganda.… [Read more]

In Defense of Reason Part 5: American Virtuo$ity

On June 7, 2012 Lebron James, the starting small forward for the Miami Heat, provided basketball fans around the world with a performance that can only be described as historic. James’ 45 points, 15 rebounds, and 5 assists in game six of the Eastern Conference Finals makes him the only basketball player since Wilt “the Stilt” Chamberlain in 1968 to accomplish a comparable feat in a play-off game.… [Read more]

In Defense of Reason Part 4: Sticks and Stones and Concentration Camps

On May 13, 2012 in North Carolina‘s Providence Road Baptist Church, Pastor Charles L. Worley publicly advocated the forced relocation, imprisonment, and subsequent death of gays and lesbians. Apparently not only does pastor Worley believe that a 100-mile-long electrified fence would be adequate to hold the entire gay population, but also that such an act of Christian charity would cause the species known as homo queer-ius to become extinct, due to the hereditary nature of sexual preferences.… [Read more]

In Defense of Reason Part 3: A Parable in the Mouth of Fools

On April 26, 2012 Charles Taylor, the 64-year-old former president of Liberia, was convicted of war crimes by the UN-backed Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL), making his trial the first time a former head of state has been prosecuted in a court of law since the aftermath of World War II. Specifically, Taylor was found guilty of aiding and abetting the Revolutionary United Front (RUF) during Sierra Leone’s Civil War from 1991 to 2002.… [Read more]

In Defense of Reason, Part 2: Bending Over Backwards

On May 9, 2012 President Barack Obama, in an interview with Robin Roberts of ABC News, became the first president in U.S. history to publicly support marriage equality, stating that “for me personally –- it is important…to go ahead and affirm that I think same-sex couples should be able to get married.” President Obama’s announcement came on the heels of Vice President Joe Biden’s interview on Meet the Press three days earlier, where the Vice President said he was “absolutely comfortable” with gay marriage.… [Read more]

In Defense of Reason Part 1: Yippie Ki Yay

On May 1, 2012 President Barack Obama announced a new agreement between the United States and Afghanistan at Bagram Air Force Base. The President outlined a fairly modest exit strategy in which he confirmed the departure of 23,000 American combat troops by 2014, emphasized the training of 352,000 Afghani soldiers by U.S. personnel, and committed both American military and financial support to Afghanistan over the next decade.… [Read more]