Welcome to Reason.
The purpose of this blog is to debate if and/or where Reason applies to politics and to religion. Where is the reason behind believing in a particular religion? I want to explore ideas such as: what is the basic criteria for being a Conservative, a Christian, a Muslim, a Hindu, a liberal, a communist, an atheist or an agnostic? What is the Reason for such belief systems, and where do they conflict. What constitutes a "just" war? What is the true reason our military is at war in Iraq? Surely, America isn't at war. Its military, and the White House, is.
A word about me: Above all, I believe personal integrity and intellectual honesty should be the corner stones of one’s life. Such isn’t easy to maintain, as the objective truth (not religious or political truth, which is subjective truth) is what one should accept as objective reality.
Having been a Christian in my earlier life, I experienced a personal renaissance (the evikution of which I will post soon) which impelled me to return to school and study world religions, philosophy and science. Desiring, as many young people do, to find some truth to the "Why" of my existence, I vowed to be unequivocally, intellectually honest, and, thus, to follow the arguments to their logical conclusion.
Because of my decision to strictly adhere to intellectual honesty, and to acknowledge the logic of arguments, I now base my philosophy in science. I strongly object to attacks on science by ignorant citizens and organizations using an equally ignorant government to try to push their ideology on the rest of society. My axiom: The unexamined belief is not worth believing (an obvious derivative of Socrates, who said, "the unexamined life is not worth living").
Feel free to post your opinions about any of the afore stated subjects, or raise an issue of your own. I will usually not answer right away as I am away quite often. However. I will respond as soon as possible.