I think I could like Ayatollah Hossein Kazemeyni Boroujerdi. I will likely never meet him as he is in prison in Iran and being tortured and relatives fear he is close to death.
Mr. Boroujerdi supports the traditional Shiite view that religious leaders should stay out of politics and preach their messages to the faithful in mosques (maybe a few Christian preachers in the US could learn that lesson). In his words, protesting in 2006, “the regime is adamant that either people adhere to political Islam or be jailed, exiled or killed. Its behavior is no different from that of Osama bin Laden or Mullah Omar.”
Mr. Boroujerdi has also preached tolerance of all religious beliefs, including atheism, on the grounds that faith must be freely chosen. Perhaps nothing bothers the Iranian regime more than religious pluralism: In recent years, the country has been swept by the arrests and executions of members of minority groups like the Bahais and Sufi dervishes.
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Bill Maher is a relatively famous television personality. Of course, he got this position by correctly realizing that he wasn’t a very good standup comedian and his real talent was getting famous people on TV and then making fun of them or using them as foils to make a political point. He has bounced around a couple of different venues and has currently landed at HBO. His show is called “Real Time with Bill Maher”. He has used this notoriety and fame to also publish some of his remarks and is a frequent contributor to Huffington Post. His latest article is the subject of this post.
Originally, I only wanted to reply to Bill Maher in his comments section. However, Huffington Post limits comments to a small number of words so I am forced to make further comments here. You can read my original thoughts at this link as there are currently over 2500 comments on this article and it would be difficult to find mine. You may also want to read Bill’s original article before you read my comments.
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Michael Vick was released from prison today to continue his sentence in house arrest. I know that there is a lot of desire to say that he has paid his price for his mistake and therefore should be allowed to play in the NFL.
I sympathize that a man or woman should be able to move on after they have paid for their mistakes. However, sports should be held to a different level of integrity. We should not allow Michael Vick to play professional sports until Pete Rose is allowed to play baseball again.
As I discussed several times, we need to hold athletes to a standard that at least is equivalent to everyday life and they probably should be held higher due to their incomes. Check out the following articles:
RANT! Drugs and bad conduct in professional sports
RANT! Drugs and bad conduct in professional sports (again)
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I have spoken about Iranian justice in the past and ranted that a population that wants to be treated seriously cannot be so barbaric. Now I read about a blogger that specialized in cultural discussions was imprisoned and died in prison. On this blog, I rant and discuss a lot of politics and some cultural things. In Iran, I would be thrown in jail and I too would probably be dead by now. For as much as I complain about broken things in the US, at least it is better than most of the world.
I first saw this information on Blog Herald so go over and read about what they have to say on the subject. You can also read more in the New York Times, the LA Times, and they all seem to point to Radio Free Europe.
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Another story in the continuing discussion regarding former prisoners at Guantanamo that returned to cause harm to Americans and our allies. This further questions that very political decision to close Gitmo as a secure prison for terrorists. We obviously cannot release them back to their home countries since it seems that so many were true criminals and should be put in jail for decades.
Here is a part of the story from AP but there are some other interesting thoughts at the blog Clinging to G & G
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Taliban’s new top operations officer in southern Afghanistan had been a prisoner at the Guantanamo Bay detention center, the latest example of a freed detainee who took a militant leadership role and a potential complication for the Obama administration’s efforts to close the prison. U.S. authorities handed over the detainee to the Afghan government, which in turn released him, according to Pentagon and CIA officials.
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So says a report by the New York Times.
A Pentagon report requested by President Obama on the conditions at the Guantánamo Bay detention center concluded that the prison complies with the humane-treatment requirements of the Geneva Conventions.
Does this mean we can cancel the silly Presidential decree to close the prison that was issued BEFORE anyone bothered to check to see if we were compliant?
It is amazing that an important decision like this was made without facts. Sounds like it was made for political reasons.